Friday, April 25, 2008

S60 : Give em something to amaze

One of the best things I like about carrying the N95 is that there is something or the other on it to amaze my friends and family. "Whats new on your phone?" is what I get to hear most of the time when I meet people, and most of the times I have something to show them and get nice reactions ;)

I am not such a great UIQ fan, so when my friend asked me about reviews for the P1i, I went googling for its features. Sony Ericsson has this amazing TrackID feature. Just transfer a recording of any music/song and you will be given back the details of the track. AMAZZINGG. Searching for its S60 counterpart I came across ShazamID. Tried it and was really surprised. It recognized every track I gave it, the oldest Hindi songs to the latest ones. All of my colleagues gave it a try, simply great results.

I was once traveling with my in-laws, their car audio remote was not working. Figured out their player model, downloaded its related file on Psiloc's IrRemote and TADA, surprised them.

Got similar reactions with PyPiwo, Nokmote, MobiTubia.

Google Maps , show em your location even if its not a GPS enabled phone ;)

Shozu your just clicked pics, even the BarCode application was enough to amaze some of my friends.

There are lots of such apps and the newer ones keep coming.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Forum Nokia India

Forum Nokia has now put up an Indian specific site. My testimony's included in their testimonial page ;)
Even a promo going on, register at ForumNokia to win a N958G.
If you are not into mobile programming, check out the getting started page.
Not too much stuff there at the moment, most of the links lead to the mother ship, but its good to have all India specific events and promotions here.

Students, I know most of you go to training institutes in the holiday season to learn some or the other programming language. Why not try your hand at mobile programming. I don't know of any Institute providing any mobile programming courses, but you can find a lot of material on ForumNokia to get started.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

With great power comes great responsibilities

The title is addressed to our wireless operators. We are worlds 2nd largest mobile market. An operator can reach or can be a medium to reach millions of people. And most of the operators are in this space since the beginning. Even after so much time, it seems the operators do not have proper systems in place.

Todays Mumbai Mirror carries a story where one Biggie operator (Airtel) pushed SMS's which were links to semi nude models. This was opened by childern in the age group 10-14. This service was not even subscribed to. Mostly in these cases the response got from the customer service is "Sorry". The man has lodged a complaint with the police.

It seems like some of the operators are just after increasing their customer base. Rest everything is of no priority. The customer service is awful. Telemarketing calls, worse.

I've changed 3 operators till now. The first one was TataIndicom. Great service. Changed because I was limited to their cell phones and wanted to use newer ones.

Then Airtel. The worst operator experience for me as well as my dad. Can you believe they charged me Rs 2700 for GPRS usage. At that time (almost 2 yrs back), I usually surfed a few sites on my Nokia 6630. Any broadband provider would have given me their best plan for Rs 2700/month . I didn't pay the bill, made a lot of calls to the customer care and even went to Airtel Gallery 3 times and they said thats the way it is and nothing can be done. Phone got disconnected for non payment of bill and after a few months their legal notices started coming in. CRAP.

By that time I shifted to BPL Mobile. Great service. No issues. The best part is they have very good customer service.

My dad was on Airtel prepaid till a few months ago, all of a sudden started getting cricket updates. For every update they cut Rs 3. Calling them didn't help. The Sms's just kept coming. Shifted to BPL.

Don't know much about other operators. But my message to Airtel is , instead of spending crores of money in Ad's and TV shows why not improve your systems and your customer service. Remember "With great powers come great responsibilities".

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

N-Gage2 : Update Error

Been trying to install the n-gage.sisx file since it was announced, but in vain. Always get this "Update Error". This usually happens when some application tries to install a file that is already present in a particular location. I uninstalled quiet some applications which I didn't use frequently but nothing. Googled for this, and I think I am the only one with this problem. Dont want to format my phone now, guess I'll get a look at N-Gage2 only when the new firmware comes out for the N958G :(

Fix : Upgrade your PIPS to v1.2 - Thanks Antony.


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