Top 8 Cell-Phone/PDA Questions
Posted on 2002-07-18
As of late I've been gathering as much information on the wireless scene to not only get up-to-date on what's happening in the world of technology but to also, one day, be an active commercial participant. I've composed a collection of questions I'm still having problems answering which are in regards to PDAs, Cellular Phones, and WLANs. I'd appreciate it if you could answer one or more questions
1. What are the top 5 activities of Cellphone users? PDA Users?
2. Many users of cell phones have complained about their provider's content. It's reported that 30% of subscribers switch providers annually because of such problems and 60% (of 15000 mobile users polled) reported problems with their current wireless provider. Unfortunately, the report never indicated specifically what users were having problems with -- the cell phone's easy of use, data features, sound quality, speed, etc. In your opinion, what are a few problems with cell phone services that would spawn a migraine or cause you to switch providers?
3. Is there a service for cell phones that you would like to see exist but currently is unavailable or is available but isn't fully realized?
4. I've heard that RIM's Blackberry PDAs have such addictive data features that the units are nicknamed "Crackberrys". Many corporations even use Blackberry RIM 957 PDAs. Exactly why are Blackberry PDAs so much better than a standard Handspring Visor PDA? What data features make them stand out above the rest which would cause so many to swear allegiance to the diminutive unit?
5. Are microbrowsers for cell phones created by the cell phone maker (ie. Nokia, Kyocera), the cell phone carrier (ie. Sprint, AT&T), or is it purchased from some 3rd party software company?
6. How much control can an application running on a cell phone or PDA have over the unit? Is there enough openness (low level access to the units modules) to allow a broader range of customizations such as brightness fading/flickering, finer sound variations, pixel displays, etc?
7. In2A's Signal2Click has technology that signals your wireless phone with a particular type of ring that doesn't make noise thua passing along a piece of information (ie. notification that one has been outbid on Ebay) and incurring no airtime charge. How exactly is this done? Is there a special application residing on the cell phone?
8. Is it possible to create a software app for the PDA/Cell phone that is capable of "altering" the units natural receiving/transmitting frequency (ie. into the FM or TV spectrum) ?