A few weeks ago I was forced to buy a new cell phone. I belong to the (minority?) kind of people who use a phone only to make and receive calls. Moreover, I don’t need to fry my brain with extended usage of cellular service. Last but not least, I travel internationally. My requirements boil down to:
- GSM tri- or quadriband phone, unlocked
- a local prepaid SIM card
- lowest possible rates
- reasonable credit expiration policy
- simple backup / management from the desktop
I already have my good old Nokia 6310i, that has followed me from Europe to North America. All I need is a simple prepaid SIM card. As others have found out before me, the Canadian wireless industry is useless. The only way to get a decent prepaid SIM card was to buy a phone. Since I must buy a phone, I may as well buy one that fits my requirements. Only one offering met my requirements: 7-Eleven’s Speakout. with the Nokia 5200. There are no 7-Eleven in Québec, so I waited for the next occasion I was in Ottawa ( BSDCan 2008 ) and bought one there. 7-Eleven Speakout is in my opinion the best service currently available to Canadian customers with similar, simple need as me.
This is pretty much a mainstream consumer phone. And since it fulfilled the minimum requirements for Helmut Dersch’s PTviewerME, I decided to give it a try. It works! I will explain in a future post how to make it. I might show the how-to live this weekend in Toronto at the Panoheads meeting hosted by Mark Banas at Autodesk if there is interest.
In the meantime, I can’t do otherwise but rant about Nokia. This will most likely be my last Nokia handset ever. This company is displaying an arrogant attitude on my desktop and in the community of free software.
On my desktop, the Nokia software is an all-or-nothing thing. It hijacks media from my preferred media player (VideoLAN), and it hijacked all of my Java code too! It has that bloated Vista feeling, and is as far as I am concerned a downgrade from the barely acceptable eight year old software that came with my previous Nokia model.
And then Nokia wants to teach us business? The market will teach them a lesson: respect! The desktop belongs to the user. Before messing it up, ask for permission. And if the user only needs a part of your software functionality, respect that as well and don’t install bloatware.
Hasta la vista, Nokia, soon comes OpenMoko.