Monday, July 10, 2006

Stupid Fido

I'm rather annoyed with Fido, my current cell-phone provider. They were bought by Rogers Wireless a year ago or so.

I left Telus Mobility to sign up with Fido because I wanted a phone with bluetooth. Telus had jerked me around for 2 years, telling me they'd have phones with bluetooth "any time now", or "in 3 months". I eventually got fed up and signed up with Fido, got a (I thought) decent bluetooth phone, and was all good. Used the bluetooth with my laptop to get online, used it to sync my phonebook with my Palm, and life was good. Except that the Sony Ericson Z600 I bought is a piece of junk. The user interface looks pretty, but functions slowly. It's hard to navigate around because it's always half a second behind. It randomly locks up from time to time. Sometimes it decides to sync it's time from the network, but it asks me about it, and when it does, the backlight on the LCD comes on, while it's sitting in my pocket, and stays on until I notice, which drains the battery. If I get a call while it's waiting for me to say "ok, just do it, damnit" for it's time update, it'll lock up solid. I have to pull the battery to get it to recover. Sometimes the interface lags so far behind I'm not sure if I actually pressed the button. Waiting 5 seconds to navigate into a menu item is just rediculous. I was trying to set up my timezone properly (sometimes when it syncs the time it screws up the timezone) and it ended up locking up for 30-60 seconds at a time just trying to navigate around the menu items. Oh, and it's reception sucks.

So, thanks to all this, and the fact that my Palm has been acting flaky lately, I really want to get a Treo to replace them both. Everyone I've talked to that has one is really happy with it. Unfortunatly, of the 4 cell-phone companies here (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido), Fido is the ONLY one that doesn't have a Treo. Oh, and even though Rogers owns them now, I can't transfer my Fido number to a Rogers account. What a load of crap.

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