Browsing Tag: cellphones


    Adventures in Texting

    April 23, 2010

    A few nights ago, I was watching the Mariners game on FSN Northwest. Former Mariner Jay Buhner was a guest commentator on the broadcast. I loved Jay as a player, but he’s not so good in the booth. At one point, his explanation of a poor umpire call was, “They’re human beings, too.” And describing the secret to Ichiro’s success, Buhner revealed that “he just knows how to hit.”

    I had my iPhone with me when they put up a trivia question on the screen and invited viewers to send guesses/answers via text. The correct answer was “B”, so I decided to play along. And that’s when the adventure began. Here’s a screenshot so you can watch along as it happened.


    The moral of the story: If you text the word “stop,” you could cancel stuff that you haven’t even signed up for. Oh, and there’s no human being on the other end of some text conversations. Now you know.


    Consumer Reports: Cell Phone Service Ratings

    November 30, 2009

    I tweeted earlier today about the wireless provider ratings that are in the new issue of Consumer Reports, and that tweet provoked a lot of discussion about customer service, dropped calls, coverage areas, etc.

    So at the risk of violating the terms of my CR subscription, here’s the chart showing the factors that CR used in making its ratings. You should be able to click the image to see a larger version.


    CR tested the four companies in 26 US cities, and Verizon was rated best in all 26. And this is why, when the iPhone is no longer just an AT&T device, I plan to switch to Verizon.

    More discussion on Techmeme.