By Derek Snyder | March 8, 2004 8:27 AM
There’s been a lot of news out there lately regarding AT&T’s recent actions. They are trying to get their customers on the east and west coasts to lose their 1900 mhz only phones in favor of 850/1900 mhz models. On paper, this seems like a good idea since it will help fill in some of the gaps in coverage they may have (pending the completion of the Cingular buyout). However, this news means that they are asking for all their east and west customers to replace their feature-rich phones, and replace them with inferior models.
This could stand to be an issue for Microsoft, since most all of their Smartphone and Pocket PC Edition phones lack the 850 band.
In my opinion, this seems like a tragic mistake. Never should a company insist that it’s customers move backwards with the devices they are using; asking them to give up their t68is and 3650s in favor of far less feature-rich models. Will this be cause for a lot of new T-Mobile customers? What about Verizon– is anyone hearing me now?