Superior ear-to-mouth ratio

Our friends at Aliant [warning: crazy and confusing website] describe the Motorola V60c, in part, like this:

The 60c opens to show a large keypad, electro luminescent display and superior ear-to-mouth ratio.

Emphasis is mine.

Setting aside the question “what exactly does that mean?”, it occurs to me that the same description might be used to describe the qualities of a good lover.

Which is only appropriate, I suppose, as phones are sold more like sex than technology these days.


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Derek M. on September 22, 2003 - 19:25 Permalink

From my digital mouth to your digital ears…

I think it’s about time to replace the old analog Nokia, but I’m totally ignorant about my cell phone options on PEI these days. Any comments on analog v. digital, battery lives, service providers, brands, ear to mouth ratios?

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DerekMac on September 22, 2003 - 19:40 Permalink

You will certainly find that digital phones have much longer battery standby and talk times, provided that you are in contact with a digital cell site. The moment you move into analog territory, the battery usage will be the same as you are experiencing with your analog phone.

If you travel outside the GCA (greater Ch’town area), there is little choice but to go with Aliant, as they are the only ones who have a large number of cell sites.

Re features: if you travel around North America, you want a three-technology phone (analog/FDMA, TDMA, CDMA (newest), even though the third protocol is not used around here. I believe Peter has already found this out.

Check this previous posting from Peter on models available on PEI:

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Peter Rukavina on September 22, 2003 - 20:17 Permalink

Relative to what’s available in the rest of the world, the phones available from Aliant tend to be more “Zellers” than “Nordstrom.” Their phones tend to be ugly off-brands from companies like AudioVox rather than more widely accepted and available brands like Nokia and Motorola. This means that getting Aliant’s phones to work with standard PC sync software is often difficult or impossible. As far as I know, for example, the only Aliant phone that works with iSync on Macs is the Motorola V60ci.

Rogers has more interesting phones, but much poorer coverage on the Island, although, at least in theory, this is supposed to get better. Future Shop won’t even sell you Rogers phones (even though they’re on display) for this reason.

Telus Mobility, which uses Aliant’s network on PEI, has a slightly more interesting selection of phones than Aliant, but more restrictive contract terms. For example, apparently you’re not allowed to switch back and forth between packages with Telus as you can with Aliant.

Fido, which doesn’t offer any service on PEI, has the most interesting selection of phones of any Canadian cell provider, but, at least from my brother Johnny’s experience, partners this with the worst customer service.

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jodi on September 22, 2003 - 20:35 Permalink

About Fido…. yes, the phones are good but you will find the invoices don’t add up to the total owing, and they like to slap on completely random charges you never asked for on the invoices so watch out. You are lucky not to have them on the island. Don’t you have Bell Mobility? Not bad but check out the roaming charges in BEFORE you roam.

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Alan on September 22, 2003 - 20:48 Permalink

I got my Telus in PEI and moved the account to Ontario and had no problem changing pakcages. Perhaps ignoring the branch offices and dealing direct to the call centre helped.

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John Morris on September 22, 2003 - 22:13 Permalink

i also have telus coverage and I am having problems receiving text messages from the Aliant network. Telus says its Aliant’s phone, although I am sure I got messages from Aliant before.