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November 30, 2004 5:03:55 AM

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I don't need the web, I don't need to take pictures, send or receive
pictures -- I simply need to check my email from time to time and
respond to 1 or 2 a day.
Is there a phone/service that allows me to do this without costing an
arm and a leg.
I don't mind a one-time cost for a phone or pda but don't particularly
want to pay $40 or $50 bucks a month to answer a few emails.
I travel and now have been hooking up the laptop each night in a hotel
room. But I would like to be more responsive to some of my emails.

Also I want to stay within the system -- nothing unethical -- whatever
that means.

Thanks in advance for any help.

JW
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November 30, 2004 5:03:56 AM

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jw wrote:
> I don't need the web, I don't need to take pictures, send or receive
> pictures -- I simply need to check my email from time to time and
> respond to 1 or 2 a day.
> Is there a phone/service that allows me to do this without costing an
> arm and a leg.
> I don't mind a one-time cost for a phone or pda but don't particularly
> want to pay $40 or $50 bucks a month to answer a few emails.

In that case, a Treo 650 would be up your alley, if you're truly okay
with the one time cost. If you're a current customer that hasn't
upgraded in 18 months, the cost is $450. While it does do web and
pictures, it also does e-mail exceptionally well, and all for the same
price as a Vision pack on a regular phone (typically $15/month on top of
whatever voice plan you have).

http://www.sprint.com/business/products/phones/650_allP...

Another option is the Blackberry device that Sprint has through Business
channels, but it costs $50 more:

http://www.sprint.com/business/products/phones/bb7750_a...

You can also go the cheap route: forwarding your e-mail to your
sprintpcs.com address, and using any Vision enabled phone to check ad
reply to your sprintpcs e-mail. I've tried this though, and even for a
couple of e-mails a day, I've found this approach to be very awkward at
best.

> Also I want to stay within the system -- nothing unethical -- whatever
> that means.

The Treo and Blackberry are of course, perfectly "within the system."

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Anonymous
November 30, 2004 5:03:57 AM

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Isaiah Beard wrote:

> In that case, a Treo 650 would be up your alley, if you're truly okay
> with the one time cost. If you're a current customer that hasn't
> upgraded in 18 months, the cost is $450. While it does do web and
> pictures, it also does e-mail exceptionally well, and all for the same
> price as a Vision pack on a regular phone (typically $15/month on top of
> whatever voice plan you have).

A standard Vision phone and emailviewer might work too. John Navas posted here
about it, I downloaded it and I think it's a genuinely good program. As far as
I know the free trial doesn't expire, but it only lets you access your Inbox a
few times every day. $20 to register it or $5 or $6 per month for a
subscription (not sure what the subscription gets you, you'll have to contact
the vendor)

http://www.reqwireless.com/

The best thing about it: Getting on the Web to check email means your voice
calls go to voicemail -- until Sprint deploys 1xEV-DV, which won't be for at
least another year or so. emailviewer is a Java application, so if there is an
incoming call it can interrupt the app.

I haven't bought it yet, but plan to when I have the money. It works really
well with my IMAP server and is advertised to work with POP3 mail servers too.

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November 30, 2004 8:32:35 AM

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Thanks for the information. I don't know where I got the number 49.95
to add this feature to my existing sprintpcs plan.
I got on to their site and it mentions unlimited access to AOL and
Yahoo email. My email is a POP3 via earthlink.
Is this going to be a problem?

JW
"Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message
news:D bTqd.27562$U56.19119@fe32.usenetserver.com...
> jw wrote:
> > I don't need the web, I don't need to take pictures, send or
receive
> > pictures -- I simply need to check my email from time to time and
> > respond to 1 or 2 a day.
> > Is there a phone/service that allows me to do this without costing
an
> > arm and a leg.
> > I don't mind a one-time cost for a phone or pda but don't
particularly
> > want to pay $40 or $50 bucks a month to answer a few emails.
>
> In that case, a Treo 650 would be up your alley, if you're truly
okay
> with the one time cost. If you're a current customer that hasn't
> upgraded in 18 months, the cost is $450. While it does do web and
> pictures, it also does e-mail exceptionally well, and all for the
same
> price as a Vision pack on a regular phone (typically $15/month on
top of
> whatever voice plan you have).
>
> http://www.sprint.com/business/products/phones/650_allP...
>
> Another option is the Blackberry device that Sprint has through
Business
> channels, but it costs $50 more:
>
>
http://www.sprint.com/business/products/phones/bb7750_a...
>
> You can also go the cheap route: forwarding your e-mail to your
> sprintpcs.com address, and using any Vision enabled phone to check
ad
> reply to your sprintpcs e-mail. I've tried this though, and even
for a
> couple of e-mails a day, I've found this approach to be very awkward
at
> best.
>
> > Also I want to stay within the system -- nothing unethical --
whatever
> > that means.
>
> The Treo and Blackberry are of course, perfectly "within the
system."
>
> --
> E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
> Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.
>
November 30, 2004 8:42:14 AM

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jw wrote:
> I don't need the web, I don't need to take pictures, send or receive
> pictures -- I simply need to check my email from time to time and
> respond to 1 or 2 a day.
> Is there a phone/service that allows me to do this without costing an
> arm and a leg.
> I don't mind a one-time cost for a phone or pda but don't particularly
> want to pay $40 or $50 bucks a month to answer a few emails.
> I travel and now have been hooking up the laptop each night in a hotel
> room. But I would like to be more responsive to some of my emails.
>
> Also I want to stay within the system -- nothing unethical -- whatever
> that means.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
>
> JW
>
>

If you are willing to ditch the phone, you can always get an OGO.

http://www.attwireless.com/cell-phone-service/ogo/index...

It's not Sprint, but it is e-mail, pure and simple.


Or perhaps a hiptop, if you want to spend some more money.

http://www.danger.com/

Again, not Sprint, but you can get some pretty inexpensive data plans.


The Treo 650 is great too. Just got ours last week. But pricey. We are
requesting those free 128MB SD cards too. ;-)

bob
Anonymous
November 30, 2004 7:22:07 PM

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jw wrote:
> Thanks for the information. I don't know where I got the number 49.95
> to add this feature to my existing sprintpcs plan.
> I got on to their site and it mentions unlimited access to AOL and
> Yahoo email. My email is a POP3 via earthlink.
> Is this going to be a problem?

Short answer: with a pda/phone, no it won't be a problem.

Long answer:
Access to Yahoo and AOL e-mail is through the Vision browser, which has
quicklinks that allow you to sign into AOL and Yahoo's respective mobile
phone portals. If you use a phone/PDA device like a Palm, PocketPC or
Blackberry device, then you won't be using that same browser to get into
your e-mail. Instead you'll be using a mobile e-mail client that can
connect to any POP3 account, including earthlink.



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Anonymous
November 30, 2004 7:24:40 PM

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Bob wrote:

>
> The Treo 650 is great too. Just got ours last week. But pricey. We are
> requesting those free 128MB SD cards too. ;-)

Hi Bob,

How did you request yours? I saw that there was going to be a way to do
to so posted on Palm's website some time in early December, but if you
already did it, I'd love to know how.

Got a Treo 650 myself, and while I'm largely satisfied, it is starting
to fill up. :) 

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December 1, 2004 2:21:43 AM

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"Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message
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> jw wrote:
> > Thanks for the information. I don't know where I got the number
49.95
> > to add this feature to my existing sprintpcs plan.
> > I got on to their site and it mentions unlimited access to AOL and
> > Yahoo email. My email is a POP3 via earthlink.
> > Is this going to be a problem?
>
> Short answer: with a pda/phone, no it won't be a problem.
>
> Long answer:
> Access to Yahoo and AOL e-mail is through the Vision browser, which
has
> quicklinks that allow you to sign into AOL and Yahoo's respective
mobile
> phone portals. If you use a phone/PDA device like a Palm, PocketPC
or
> Blackberry device, then you won't be using that same browser to get
into
> your e-mail. Instead you'll be using a mobile e-mail client that
can
> connect to any POP3 account, including earthlink.
>
>
>
> --
> E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
> Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.
>

Thanks Brian,

I noticed from one of your other posts - which I need to reply also --
that you have a Treo 650.
It seems like that is probably what I will go for.
I sell software over the internet which requires the buyer to e-mail
us an ID from which I supply a Registration Code which I return via
e-mail. I handle the e-mail with the signature option. I have a
number of signatures set up for different circumstances. They act as
a form. I apply the signature -- fill in a name and a code and sent
it out.
Is the mobile e-mail client on the 650 sophisticated enough to do
this. I suppose I could set up a draft folder and work with draft
e-mails. Does that also sound like a plan?
The only other question I have and it probably should be addressed in
a palm-oriented group -- but here goes anyway. The code generator is
a simple C program that executes out of the Window's Command Prompt.
How hard would it be to install that on the 650. With a little effort
I could put in into Java.

jw
December 1, 2004 2:54:52 AM

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"Bob" <bob@test.com> wrote in message
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> jw wrote:
> > I don't need the web, I don't need to take pictures, send or
receive
> > pictures -- I simply need to check my email from time to time and
> > respond to 1 or 2 a day.
> > Is there a phone/service that allows me to do this without costing
an
> > arm and a leg.
> > I don't mind a one-time cost for a phone or pda but don't
particularly
> > want to pay $40 or $50 bucks a month to answer a few emails.
> > I travel and now have been hooking up the laptop each night in a
hotel
> > room. But I would like to be more responsive to some of my
emails.
> >
> > Also I want to stay within the system -- nothing unethical --
whatever
> > that means.
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any help.
> >
> > JW
> >
> >
>
> If you are willing to ditch the phone, you can always get an OGO.
>
> http://www.attwireless.com/cell-phone-service/ogo/index...
>
> It's not Sprint, but it is e-mail, pure and simple.
>
>
> Or perhaps a hiptop, if you want to spend some more money.
>
> http://www.danger.com/
>
> Again, not Sprint, but you can get some pretty inexpensive data
plans.
>
>
> The Treo 650 is great too. Just got ours last week. But pricey. We
are
> requesting those free 128MB SD cards too. ;-)
>
> bob

Bob,

Isaiah -- if you are reading this I'm sorry for calling you Brian in
the post upstream.

Isaiah ask how you applied for the card. I am interested in this also
but I would like to know if they plan on "fixing" -- if that is the
right word -- the file system and how they plan on upgrading the
existing phones. Do you have any information on that. Do you suppose
it will be a trade in, take it to the service store, or something
else?

jw
Anonymous
December 1, 2004 6:42:20 PM

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jw wrote:

> Bob,
>
> Isaiah -- if you are reading this I'm sorry for calling you Brian in
> the post upstream.
>
> Isaiah ask how you applied for the card. I am interested in this also
> but I would like to know if they plan on "fixing" -- if that is the
> right word -- the file system and how they plan on upgrading the
> existing phones. Do you have any information on that.

Palm did announce that they are working on a fix of sorts that does a
better job of optimizing memory usage. It might not completely
eliminate the problem, but it will likely improve things to a more
acceptable level.

> Do you suppose
> it will be a trade in, take it to the service store, or something
> else?

Most likely it will be a firmware update. Like other firmware revisions
on previous models, you would download an installer, hook up your Treo
and load the new firmware into it using your computer.


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Anonymous
December 1, 2004 6:47:45 PM

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jw wrote:


> I sell software over the internet which requires the buyer to e-mail
> us an ID from which I supply a Registration Code which I return via
> e-mail. I handle the e-mail with the signature option. I have a
> number of signatures set up for different circumstances. They act as
> a form. I apply the signature -- fill in a name and a code and sent
> it out.
> Is the mobile e-mail client on the 650 sophisticated enough to do
> this.

I don't think it is. I don't work with multiple signatures, so I can't
be 100% sure, but I haven't seen this functionality in either VersaMail
or in Sprint's Business Connection software.

> I suppose I could set up a draft folder and work with draft
> e-mails. Does that also sound like a plan?

That would probably work better.

> The only other question I have and it probably should be addressed in
> a palm-oriented group -- but here goes anyway. The code generator is
> a simple C program that executes out of the Window's Command Prompt.
> How hard would it be to install that on the 650. With a little effort
> I could put in into Java.

There are C/C++ compiling tools for PalmOS, so conceivably it would
work. See:

http://www.palmos.com/dev/support/docs/dev_suite/Compil...



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Anonymous
December 1, 2004 9:27:25 PM

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"Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message news:8w5rd.695$OF2.126@fe62.usenetserver.com...
> jw wrote:
>> Thanks for the information. I don't know where I got the number 49.95
>> to add this feature to my existing sprintpcs plan.
>> I got on to their site and it mentions unlimited access to AOL and
>> Yahoo email. My email is a POP3 via earthlink.
>> Is this going to be a problem?
>
> Short answer: with a pda/phone, no it won't be a problem.
>
> Long answer:
> Access to Yahoo and AOL e-mail is through the Vision browser, which has
> quicklinks that allow you to sign into AOL and Yahoo's respective mobile
> phone portals. If you use a phone/PDA device like a Palm, PocketPC or
> Blackberry device, then you won't be using that same browser to get into
> your e-mail. Instead you'll be using a mobile e-mail client that can
> connect to any POP3 account, including earthlink.

With a non-PDA phone, wouldn't it be possible to install the POP3 email
client mentioned by Steve Sobol? http://www.reqwireless.com

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