Best Cell Phone Browser? (in Off-topic)

QBsutekh137 July 18 2005 7:16 PM EDT

I am finally getting a cell phone since I got promoted to a manager position at work.

I was going to go simple (read: get plan with the best free phone), but decided why not go for a multi-purpose beast that can even possibly replace my Palm Pilot.

So, I want a cell phone (or "bar of soap") that has a browser that can run CB. Do all Palm browsers handle Java script? Does the Blazer Browser (which a lot of the Palm phones ship with) run most web sites? Basically, if it can't handle CB, I don't want it.

I have seen the Blackberry device Nextel offers, and was enamored of the T-Mobile SideKick early on. But both of those have weak browsers that cannot even handle Javascript (or even images decently)>

What is the uber-device that I need? I know it will cost, but ah well. Especially if it can handle the web and replace my Palm, it will be totally worth it. Opinions please!

krasko July 18 2005 7:22 PM EDT

I am using nokia communicator 9300 and i am connecting by GPRS and playing CB from there.

QBsutekh137 July 18 2005 7:28 PM EDT

Wow, a fabulous piece of kit. I should have held myself back on the "ready to pay" comment... I would like to find something under $500... But yeah, that is quite a device, and I appreciate the heads-up on that...

AdminJonathan July 18 2005 7:40 PM EDT

treo 650 is the unofficial handheld CB platform

i.e. if something is broken and isn't real hard to fix I will add a workaround :)

AdminJonathan July 18 2005 7:46 PM EDT

perhaps I spoke too soon

Ellis says treo 650/blazer 4 worked pretty well with cb1 but the frames in cb2 confuse the hell out of it. I don't know if this qualifies as "not too hard to fix..."

but, I was pretty close to getting a treo 650 for father's day and still might for my birthday, so that's about as close to tech support as you'll probably get :)

I'd be curious to hear how a recent Pocket IE does, though.

QBsutekh137 July 18 2005 7:49 PM EDT

You beat me to my next question... *smile* I Was wondering about the Windows versions.

But yes, Treo has lots of advantages, mainly because Sprint offers it:

- Sprint's network, unless they are lying, is mighty impressive. Those USA maps where red indicates coverage make Amerca look like an extremely Communist nation. *smile*
- Sprint offers the unlimited Internet for only $10 extra bucks a month. I am thinking there has to be a catch, but I haven't found one yet.
- Sprint's basic plan is about as competitive as any others too.

Anyone care to weigh in on good plans or on the Windows-based devices?

Thanks for your input, Jonathan.

QBRanger July 18 2005 7:53 PM EDT

I have a Treo 650 and CB works great on it. No problems what so ever, except its a bit slow playing on dialup speeds when at home I got a T1.

AdminJonathan July 18 2005 7:58 PM EDT

yeah, from what I hear Sprint's "100+ kbps" speed is wildly optimistic... but for 1/2 to 1/4 the cost of the other networks (which aren't faster unless you're in one of a very few large cities) that's what I'd go with.

QBsutekh137 July 18 2005 8:26 PM EDT

Ranger, thanks for the use Sprint? Any comments on plans?

I had Sprint for a while a few years back, and their only problem was that they were over extended. So, customer service was the epitome of "suck", and they tried to raise rates a couple times (or nickel and dime in the case of contracts). But they do seem better now...

In case anyone is local, I am in the St. Louis, MO area and have looked at Cingular, Verizon, Sprint, and Nextel so far.
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