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Robert Levy
12-03-2003, 08:01 AM
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12-03-2003, 04:44 PM
Well here's a funny thing. I've never really thought that MS Smartphone was a product I'd be interested in, but I find myself more and more attracted to the idea. Probably because I'm just not seeing anything in the Pocket PC world that is getting me excited.

So here I am.

Anyway, to get on topic, you asked for suggestions and I would suggest some carrier specific forums. When I'm looking for phone information I tend to go to howardforums and I find the carrier forums to be really helpful. Entertaining flame wars too, better even than Palm vs PPC :D

Carrier forums would be good places to discuss future offerings, deals on voice and data plans and whines about poor customer service.

I'm a Sprint customer and would love to quickly find out what is going on and when smartphone models are likely to be available.

Having said all that, I would also like to see smartphone and PPC information all on one site since they are variations on the same theme.

Anyway, that's my thought. If I stay in this smartphone frame of mind I might be around more often. And I must admit, I do rather like that Treo 600. It would be nice if smartphone has a decent way to enter text. I realize it's considered more of a viewer for data and yes, I could get a PPC Phone Edition but I want a phone that looks like a phone.


Robert Levy
12-03-2003, 05:28 PM
Forums for mobile operators: Done (http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/forums/index.php?c=7). I'm worried that people will get confused between things like the Samsung forum and the Verizon forum, but it's a good idea so we'll see how it goes.

Pocket PC and Smartphone on one site: This isn't feasable on our end for a variety of reasons but if it's really important to you, here's a solution... both sites expose an RSS feed that you can subscribe to using an RSS aggregator to pull content from both sites into a single place. The one our team uses is NewsGator (http://www.newsgator.com), but there are lots of free alternatives.

Thanks for your input! What's next?

Mike Temporale
12-09-2003, 05:50 PM
Are we going to see Mobile Forums??

Of course it would be great if it can be optimized for a smartphone, but even something a little more PDA friendly would be nice. :wink:

Otherwise, I like the site the way it is. I don't know if there is much that needs to change. :way to go: Of course as the market grows so will the traffic. :D