Category Archives: Wireless

26Oct/10

The Samsung Tablet

Yesterday, Sprint announced that it would be adding the Samsung Galaxy Tab to their line-up.  They are offering it at a lower price point than Verizon.  When a “wanting”consumer chooses the Sprint iteration, they get the device for a measly $499.  They also must commit to a 2 year agreement and choose from the $20 2GB plan or the $60 5GB plan.  Overall, the Tab seems like it’ll be a cool little device to have to do “stuff” with.  I’m still trying to figure out what would be the best use for this device.  Forgive me, I’m just barely getting used to me iPad.

The key word there is “little”.  As a reluctant iPad owner (I’ll explain that another time), I can attest to the fact that anything less than 9.7″ is just a really big phone, or a netbook without a keyboard.  Actually, most netbooks have at least 9-10″ screens.  There’s probably going to be a lot of zoomin’ going on with this Tab.

And Sprint really dropped the ball by not shooting for a 4G version.  I mean really!  It would have given them an easy edge over the Verizon version.  At least until Verizon launches LTE and Sprint shuts down the WiMax…..

Anyway, I think the concept of the device is great, and that Samsung can do great things in this segment.  I do feel that it was kind of rushed to market because no one was trying to take on the iPad.  Well, this surely isn’t going to take any significant marketshare from Mr. Jobs.

22Oct/10

PlatinumTel (my employer)

It’s only fitting that my first post be about the place where I spend 50+ hours a week. PlatinumTel Wireless.

What is PlatinumTel Wireless, you might ask.
We are a nationwide provider of prepaid wireless service, offering the least expensive pay as you wireless plan in the U.S. The company was founded in 2001 by 3 entrepreneurs who saw the future of wireless going to prepaid. Man, were they right! They have a lot of firsts under their belt too. They were the first to offer an online activations system, even before all the big carriers. They were the first to offer an option for customers to add airtime online. They were also the first to offer customers the option to ad airtime with as little at $10.

PlatinumTel Now.
2010 marked some very cool things for PlatinumTel. We partnered with embee mobile to offer customers free airtime through Facebook. The biggest announcement came when we released our Real Paygo service. It’s the cheapest pay as you go wireless plan in the US. Customers can talk for only $.05 per minute, text for only $.02 per message, or surf the web for only $.10 per megabyte. We also offer an Unlimited plan that give customers unlimited talk and text with 100 MB of web for only $50 per month.

What’s on the horizon for PlatinumTel?
Soon you will see some very cool new devices, including Android. The first arrives in late November, the Sanyo Zio. It will be our first Android phone,running on Android 2.1. Look for more Android phones, as well as cool plans and features.

Don’t believe that we have the cheapest rates around, compare for yourself: http://www.platinumtel.com/plans/compare

Want to get a PlatinumTel phone of your own? Visit www.ptel.com.