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Old 12-31-2003, 04:07 PM
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Just received Sony/Ericson T608 for SPRINT. Early impressions are that this is an excellent quality phone. Its well made (no junky plastic), has nice displays/options. Best of all, it linked up easily with the TL!!
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I called sprint yesterday to set up service and use the T608. I was amazed to learn that they have "sold out" of the phone and the sales assistant said they were going to "discontinue" the T608 after having it out only a week or two, but he said to check back in a few days, because after checking with a supervisor, it seems that there are "rumor" about the phone. Earlier in the day I had talked to a different sales assistant who mentioned that the T608 was a popular phone in the last week or two.

Go figure...
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Yeah......I had read somewhere on one of these boards that the Sprint T608 was possibly a limited production model?? Maybe Sprint is just testing out the waters with Bluetooth. They should seriously bring out some BT phones though soon or they WILL loose customers (I was ready to walk).

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Just spoke with Misty at 1-800-PCS-AUTO:

They are not taking deposits and the Guestimate for the next
batch is 2 weeks to 6 months!

Can you say: Market Research Analysis?

I have been w/Sprint for >3 years, and the wife w/Verizon for about the same duration.

Sprint LAGS where Verizon LEADS in So-Cal.
It could be my TouchPoint 2100 has bad Signal Aquisition, but my wife gets full reception when I am "Searching for a Sig.

Does Verizon have better "Knife Edge Refraction?"

I would switch to Verizon in a heartbeat--but they do not have trust in the BT market... yet.

Get Smart Verizon, Get Smart Sprint.

Jones-Zing to get the "Handsfree Link" Op-checked....
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Originally posted by acuranme
Mook, the z600 is currently in stores here in nyc...$200 w/ tmobile contract(i believe that's w/ a rebate). Nice looking phone but a bit bulky and doesn't come with a belt clip...holding out for the moto v600!
Can you give us some kind of contact info for a local t-moblie store that you saw the z600 in? I have contacted T-Mobile customer service and they know nothing of the z600. I would really be interested in ANY info you can provide. Thanks!!!
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The only place I've seen on the web that offers the Z600 with a contract for T-Mobile is Just-Talk. You must be a resident of NY or NJ to get the contract discount. Bought my from another vendor ($350) and am very pleased with it. Reception is excellent and acts like it was made for the TL. First try using Acura's instructions for the pairing. The only problem I have is when other people see it. They want one! Have had two offers to buy mine.
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Anyone know if the Tmobile MDA-II uses HFP or HSP?
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Old 01-02-2004, 05:58 PM
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Originally posted by ChicagoFraize
Yeah......I had read somewhere on one of these boards that the Sprint T608 was possibly a limited production model?? Maybe Sprint is just testing out the waters with Bluetooth. They should seriously bring out some BT phones though soon or they WILL loose customers (I was ready to walk).

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I don't think you will be seeing any more T608's
http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=16379
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Old 01-02-2004, 10:14 PM
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W:wow:W

Why did Sprint even bother?
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just to be clear then, the MID cannot display Names, just numbers. Is this correct?
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That is correct.

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Verizon SOL?

Is there a timeframe for verizon to add a bluetooth capabilities?
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Yes (timeframe), when they feel like it. Verizon is terrible at adding new technology. My guess is when they loose enough customers to other carriers because of Bluetooth, they will add it to thier phones. Problem there is the number of people who will switch is such a small percentage it doesn't make much of an impact. Could be years.

Have been a Verizon customer for many years. The best coverage of any carrier. Switched to T-Mobile because of Bluetooth. So far, the coverage has been excellent. I think Verizon was the best a few years ago, but the other carriers have caught up.
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So what is the best phone (BT) to get from T-Mobile for the TL? I agree with you Verizon used to be best, I have a lot of issues lately with them were none used to exist.
Any reccomendations?
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I have attempted to link a Nokia 6600 (using t-Mobile). I have succeeded in geeting the link. I can answer the phone. I can dial out , but the sound remains within the handset. I suppose there is no hope for me.
Separately, I purchased an unlocked T68I from an ebay seller. The phone contains an earlier version of the firmware. The phone is not out getting flashed and updated to the most current version.
This is turning out to be a lot of work!
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Im using a SE Z600 on T-Mobile. Like it alot. Hooks up with the TL easily. Haven't had time to download my contact list from Outlook yet, but the voice system works well. Have dialed three numbers using the voice system and it got it right every time.

Since I have the signal stength on the dash I have been watching T-Mobiles coverage. Am impressed so far. Haven't found an area where there is no coverage. Time will tell, but so far this is as good or better than I got from Verizon.
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Hows the Battery life on the T608? I heard it pretty bad from various cell phone forums, but anyone have 1st hand experience?
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I have had the T608 for a couple of weeks now.

Battery life seems okay, but it hasn't been getting a lot of use over the holidays.

I have not noticed the dramatic difference that some others have mentioned.
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I found a T608 on eBay (Buy it now) and it should be delivered next week. I have learned that SonyEricsson made only 10000 of them, and only 5000 were allocated to Sprint. Anyway, I'm glad I found one, especially after reading all the good reports on this forum.
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Originally posted by llove
I have learned that SonyEricsson made only 10000 of them, and only 5000 were allocated to Sprint.
Where did the rest of them go?
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Update on my T616. I got it two weeks ago. Paired it once and haven't looked back. I hop in the car, start up the engine and away we go. My wife's 6310i still asks her if she wants to pair or not so she has to hit a button. I'm sure that's just a setting though.
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Old 01-06-2004, 04:35 PM
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Question SE T630.

Anybody has tried T630, the update cell for T610 & T616?

Just like to know what new features it may have. Or it's just another costly eye-catching toy.

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I know at least on person has and has posted their results in this thread. Look through it.
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Originally posted by SlntSam
Update on my T616. I got it two weeks ago. Paired it once and haven't looked back. I hop in the car, start up the engine and away we go. My wife's 6310i still asks her if she wants to pair or not so she has to hit a button. I'm sure that's just a setting though.
My 6310i works the way your T616 works - it automatically pairs once the ignition is on- its just too bad I dont get the signal strength etc on the display. As Wright said "You cant have everything - where would you put it"
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I just got the (not released in the US yet) Nokia 6820. The phone is a lot smaller than the previous 6800, it includes a camera that takes still and video with sound. As far as Bluetooh is concerned, the sound quality is far superior to the T616, Pairing was really easy and the phone re-connected with the car every time I got in and out. Unfortunately Nokia still has not figured out that they need to send signal strength and battery strength to the car. Another plus is that the caller Id info is sent.
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Old 01-07-2004, 07:13 AM
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Update. The nokia 6820 does have a problem re-connecting to the car if you use the security key lock feature on the phone. You have to unlock the phone before entering the car. If you enter the car with the phone locked you must unlock the phone, it then tries to connect to the car.
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Originally posted by nickademus
I know at least on person has and has posted their results in this thread. Look through it.
I saw that already, just try to get more info. Thanks.
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Originally posted by SlntSam
Update on my T616. I got it two weeks ago. Paired it once and haven't looked back. I hop in the car, start up the engine and away we go. My wife's 6310i still asks her if she wants to pair or not so she has to hit a button. I'm sure that's just a setting though.
On the 6310i:

Go to the Bluetooth menu
Choose View Paired Devices
Choose a device
Choose Request conn. authorization
select YES


That ought to do it!
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I was told today by a T-Mobile rep who had the T610 if I sign up the cost of the phone is free, are the new models that much better? I stll want to see what is the best model to get there is so much chatter, but I have yet to see a clear cut model that is standing above the rest.
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Originally posted by tekexec
I was told today by a T-Mobile rep who had the T610 if I sign up the cost of the phone is free, are the new models that much better? I stll want to see what is the best model to get there is so much chatter, but I have yet to see a clear cut model that is standing above the rest.

For SE phones, I guess all models except T608, T630, Z600, P800, and P900, should be all free if you sign the new contract to get the new number or you sign the contract to transfer from old carrier to the new one...
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Found some news announced yesterday at the CES in Las Vegas.

AT&T will have the new Moto V600 sometime in February. It has bluetooth. Here is the the announcement, sorry for posting the whole thing, but I couldn't get the link to work...


Motorola Model V600 to Debut in the United States with AT&T Wireless

With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and Video Clip Playback, the Quad-Band Motorola V600 Delivers an Accomplished Feature Set and Sophisticated Design for Today’s Discerning Consumer

LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 7, 2004 – Today, at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless communications, and AT&T Wireless announced that the much anticipated Motorola V600 will make its US debut in the coming month at AT&T Wireless stores nationwide. Striking an exemplary balance between advanced technology and remarkable design, the Motorola V600 elevates the wireless experience with compelling Bluetooth solutions, video clip playback, an integrated camera with zoom and quad-band technology, all housed in a sophisticated clamshell design with metal exterior.

"Just as the ground-breaking Motorola StarTAC and Motorola V60 were the coveted communications accessory of their time, the Motorola V600 is demanding similar attention for its elegant blend of design and technology," said Joe Woods, vice president of product operations for Motorola. “The new model V600 exemplifies our commitment to enriching consumers’ lives with compelling, easy to use wireless experiences -- sharing moments with photos and video, simplifying connections with Bluetooth wireless technology and globetrotting without missing a beat.”

“The Motorola V600 brings advanced mobile solutions to consumers nationwide, giving them new easy-to-use wireless solutions that enhance various aspects of their lives,” said Ketan Kamdar, vice president of device development at AT&T Wireless. “When combined with AT&T Wireless’ mMode service, the model V600 becomes a truly powerful mobile partner, delivering the ultimate in sophisticated wireless communication as it provides access to unlimited information including news updates, restaurant listings and movie times.”

The Motorola V600 offers consumers:

• Freedom to roam: Quad-band technology, 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 GSM bands, allows for voice calls in 125 countries and data activity in 30 countries where roaming agreements are in place
• An expression of individuality: Interchangeable metal covers and situational lighting
• A new tool for sharing memories: Video clip playback, integrated camera with 4x zoom and Multi-Media Message Service (MMS)
• Plenty of room to play: Java™ MIDP 2.0 technology and 5 MB of available memory

The model V600 seamlessly connects with Motorola accessories with Bluetooth wireless technology such as the stylish Wireless Headset HS810, a CES Design and Innovation winner, and the Bluetooth Car Kit by Motorola.

Pricing and Availability
The Motorola V600 will be available in February at AT&T Wireless stores for $299 with a two-year service contract. Additional information on the availability of the device can be found at www.hellomoto.com.

About AT&T Wireless
AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With revenues of more than $16.5 billion over the past four quarters and 21.855 million subscribers as of September 30, 2003, AT&T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and internationally.

About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit: www.motorola.com.

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This V600, is it only GSM or is one of those four bands a TDMA band? Thanks.
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dulnev,

If you read further down is says all four bands are GSM.

Everyone,

Does anyone out there have any info on this phone regarding handsfree profile? I've not seen any confirmation that this phone will work with the TL as well as other phones. Even the Moto info is not that detailed.
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dulnev,

If you read further down is says all four bands are GSM.

Everyone,

Does anyone out there have any info on this phone regarding handsfree profile? I've not seen any confirmation that this phone will work with the TL as well as other phones. Even the Moto info is not that detailed.
Since it's a new phone, it will comply with the latest Bluetooth protocols and would surely implement HFP.
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Does anyone know if the Nokia 7600 will be avilable to the US market?
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Does anyone know if the Nokia 7600 will be avilable to the US market?
It will be here soon. But I don't like it...
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Originally posted by dulnev
Since it's a new phone, it will comply with the latest Bluetooth protocols and would surely implement HFP.
Don't be too sure. When I went to the website and inquired about the HFP, it sent me to a screen and gave me information about the Bluetooth headset. If it does have an HFP, the designers of the website don't seem to know about it. I sent a question in asking if it would work with the HFP in the new Acura TL and have yet to get an answer. I'll let you know if I ever get one.
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Panasonic X70 Does Not Work!!!!

I just picked up a panasonic X70 because the phone looked so much better than the SE Z600, but it does not work. It's really fickle, where even if you dial through the car, there is no sound when it is connected... the phone will not work if it is closed, and you have to reconnect everytime you get back in the car... well, I'm going to go exchange it for the SE Z600...
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Re: Panasonic X70 Does Not Work!!!!

Originally posted by tazma61
I just picked up a panasonic X70 because the phone looked so much better than the SE Z600, but it does not work. It's really fickle, where even if you dial through the car, there is no sound when it is connected... the phone will not work if it is closed, and you have to reconnect everytime you get back in the car... well, I'm going to go exchange it for the SE Z600...
Panasonic cell phones are CRAP! The entire company is going down as far as the product quality and customer support.
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Originally posted by dulnev
This V600, is it only GSM or is one of those four bands a TDMA band? Thanks.

GSM only. The 4 bands refer to 850mGhz (USA), 900 mGhz (Europe), 1800 mGhz (Europe), 1900mGhz (USA).
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