The anti iPhone from TMobile

Last night I had dinner at Dave Winer’s house with Michael Gartenberg, Peter Rojas (the guy who started engadget), Scott Rosenberg of Slate, and Jeremy Toeman (gadget guru). It was an incredible dinner. Thanks Dave for inviting me. This dinner alone was better than all the conferences I’ve been to this year wrapped up.

Anyway, at one point Michael Gartenberg pulled a phone out of his pocket and said that this was a just announced phone (the embargo ended during the dinner). It was an ugly device. It was no iPhone. It looked like a phone that was popular five years ago. Flip phone style. Small screen. Cheap to build. You know the style.

I asked “why is there any company crazy enough to announce a new ugly phone during iPhoneManiaWeek?”

Then he explained what it did and I understood. It’s the anti iPhone.

It’s the equivilent of the Wii when compared to the sexier Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

You know there’s a huge market of people who say “I don’t need the Web, I don’t need a cool camera, I don’t need a GPS. I don’t want a device that costs $600. I just want a phone.”

Anyway, one thing it does is use wifi when available, which saves you money on making a phone call.

Michael Gartenberg has all the details on the new TMobile service and phone.

Note that he didn’t put a picture up. Yes, it’s that ugly. It’s the anti iPhone.

Published by

Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. Yes but can it have an mp3 on it and use it as a ringtone? :) My stupid samsung T619 that I just got from tmobile has bluetooth and I can load mp3s and use those mp3s as an alarm tone put disables them from being used as a ringtone. Argg!

  2. Yes but can it have an mp3 on it and use it as a ringtone? :) My stupid samsung T619 that I just got from tmobile has bluetooth and I can load mp3s and use those mp3s as an alarm tone put disables them from being used as a ringtone. Argg!

  3. Sadly (and somewhere out there, a product manager is going to cry), you lost me at ‘It was an ugly device’.

    I know I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but something can have great features, but if I don’t like the way it looks/feels/handles, that’s a huge point against it.

    Then again, I’m waking up early on Friday to get to the local Apple Store mall at 7ish to see what the line situation is like ;)

  4. Sadly (and somewhere out there, a product manager is going to cry), you lost me at ‘It was an ugly device’.

    I know I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but something can have great features, but if I don’t like the way it looks/feels/handles, that’s a huge point against it.

    Then again, I’m waking up early on Friday to get to the local Apple Store mall at 7ish to see what the line situation is like ;)

  5. Ha ha indeed, our something my wife enjoys. She just want’s a phone, she can put in her car, that has no extra’s at all and will only call.

    I showed her the iPhone videos and all I got was a blank stare and the remark that it is to big. (she doesn’t like the width of the phone).

    My current and old phone are regarded by her as way to sophisticated. (I had an SE 700i, which flips sideways open, but only in one direction and she hates it, because she’s afraid to break it…)

  6. Ha ha indeed, our something my wife enjoys. She just want’s a phone, she can put in her car, that has no extra’s at all and will only call.

    I showed her the iPhone videos and all I got was a blank stare and the remark that it is to big. (she doesn’t like the width of the phone).

    My current and old phone are regarded by her as way to sophisticated. (I had an SE 700i, which flips sideways open, but only in one direction and she hates it, because she’s afraid to break it…)

  7. I’m the one in our family that doesn’t care for the iPhone. My wife is going ga-ga over the design and features. I just want a cellphone that can make/receive calls. That’s it. I don’t need anything more than that.

    I would *love* an anti iPhone. =D

  8. I’m the one in our family that doesn’t care for the iPhone. My wife is going ga-ga over the design and features. I just want a cellphone that can make/receive calls. That’s it. I don’t need anything more than that.

    I would *love* an anti iPhone. =D

  9. This may be the phone for my wife, she has had 2 fancy camera phones and has complained about the call quality on each phone. She wants her old nokia candybar phone back from yester-year. You know the one, no color screen, I think everyone had one of those phones.

    -Jeff
    http://blog.zemote.com

  10. This may be the phone for my wife, she has had 2 fancy camera phones and has complained about the call quality on each phone. She wants her old nokia candybar phone back from yester-year. You know the one, no color screen, I think everyone had one of those phones.

    -Jeff
    http://blog.zemote.com

  11. @ Jeff, my wife still uses a nokia 6310, which indeed is an old candybar (she actually traded her new phone with the bosses son because she didn’t like all funcs on her new phone).

  12. @ Jeff, my wife still uses a nokia 6310, which indeed is an old candybar (she actually traded her new phone with the bosses son because she didn’t like all funcs on her new phone).

  13. hell, t-mobile offered that service and this kind of phone in germany for nearly twelve month and then they killed the service and the phone this spring.
    and it was a good decision….
    wlan range was too poor, sound quality to bad and there where software bugs bigger than in the safari alpha.

  14. hell, t-mobile offered that service and this kind of phone in germany for nearly twelve month and then they killed the service and the phone this spring.
    and it was a good decision….
    wlan range was too poor, sound quality to bad and there where software bugs bigger than in the safari alpha.

  15. Is the display big? That is the single other feature many of my more mature users are looking for when they ask me for recommendations.

  16. Is the display big? That is the single other feature many of my more mature users are looking for when they ask me for recommendations.

  17. Deannie, the phone you have in mind is called the Jitterbug. It is intended for people who don’t like cell phones and/or senior citizens. Even has a ring tone.

  18. Deannie, the phone you have in mind is called the Jitterbug. It is intended for people who don’t like cell phones and/or senior citizens. Even has a ring tone.

  19. If your going to buy the overly hyped iPhone please do so from me

    I think the title speaks for itself. I’m just straightforward asking you to make your iPhone purchase directly from me. There are many of you out there that have been overtaken by the hype. Your going to buy it anyway. So why not help me pay the rent …

  20. I just wish there was a phone out there with 4 simple features:
    * Great call quality
    * Great GPS
    * Bluetooth
    * Support of open standards for data exchange

    Yeah, sadly, I have to list call quality as a feature. But most importantly, don’t waste resources on a camera that is good for nothing. (I don’t care if the camera is 3 megapixel, it will just be 3 million pixels of blurry washed out crap.) I would love to find a small phone with GPS that didn’t run windows. Sadly, Samsung makes some really attractive phones, but I don’t own a copy of an OS that their software requires. If they would just make it use open standards, they wouldn’t have to be software vendors. They could just sell their hardware on its own merits, and let the market take care of the software.

    Alas, all I can do is wait for suitable Nokia.

  21. I just wish there was a phone out there with 4 simple features:
    * Great call quality
    * Great GPS
    * Bluetooth
    * Support of open standards for data exchange

    Yeah, sadly, I have to list call quality as a feature. But most importantly, don’t waste resources on a camera that is good for nothing. (I don’t care if the camera is 3 megapixel, it will just be 3 million pixels of blurry washed out crap.) I would love to find a small phone with GPS that didn’t run windows. Sadly, Samsung makes some really attractive phones, but I don’t own a copy of an OS that their software requires. If they would just make it use open standards, they wouldn’t have to be software vendors. They could just sell their hardware on its own merits, and let the market take care of the software.

    Alas, all I can do is wait for suitable Nokia.