New phone: what works well with CB? (in Off-topic)

bartjan May 11 2008 9:23 AM EDT

Well, it's time for me to shop for a new mobile phone. Not sure what model to pick. I've used Nokia smart phones for the past few years, and don't mind continuing to do so.
If I chose another smart phone, I most likely will combine it with an unlimited (but low speed) Internet plan. So, it would be nice to know what phone works well with CB?
At the moment I'm looking at either the Nokia N95 or the (unlocked) IPhone.

Oh, and if you didn't notice it, I live in Europe, so GSM models only, please ;)

AdminG Beee May 11 2008 9:31 AM EDT

The iPhone is such a cool phone for many more reasons than just playing CB. I wouldn't go past that to be honest.

Sut can give you the low down on how well it works with CB, but I believe it performs well.

Relic May 11 2008 9:43 AM EDT

I play frequently from my iphone and would highly recommend it. Even on the Edge network it is fast enough to play CB. On wifi, it is super fast.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] May 11 2008 10:15 AM EDT

I used the N95 on CB, works really well. Good camera on it too, none of that touch pad nonsense. And it can connect to the Internet using wifi lan :)
Good features too.

QBRanger May 11 2008 11:00 AM EDT

I have AT&T.

Bought the Tilt about 3 months ago. Outstanding. Does CB in frames, and most of the link on the left frame work. The "get more" BA link does not work but you can program the direct link to buy 36 BA a shot.

No problems with it at all, has the 3G network here in the states so it is very fast.

I would recommend it without reservations.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 11 2008 11:50 AM EDT

I use a Nokia E62 (wish I had the E61 with wifi). The screen is massive, and with the newest version of Opera Mini and the auto advancing fightlist it's a screaming BA burning machine.

Best part is the price... $20 US with a service plan.

bartjan May 11 2008 5:13 PM EDT

Seems like the Tilt is a Windows device. I tend to be allergic for those ;)
I already have a company provided Samsung SGH-i780. Too bad it only comes with a 50MB/month plan.

For my private phone, I do not really have to worry about how expensive it is. I lost my previous phone a while ago, but was fortunate to have it insured. Yesterday I received a letter from the insurance company that they'd pay, and they somehow decided to pay about as much for the phone as it was worth when it was new, 3 years ago ;)

Good to know that either phone works good enough for burning BA. Now I just need to determine if I can live with an unofficial unlocked IPhone.

j'bob May 11 2008 9:21 PM EDT

Just FYI, the Tilt runs the newest Windows Mobile which has been said to be head and shoulders above the rest. One of the things I like best about burning ba on my Tilt is that THERE IS NO AUTO ADVANCE!!! YAY.
Side note, the iPhone is a very fun device but the performance is not at the same level as the tilt. The 3G on the Tilt is very noticably faster than the Edge on the iPhone.
But both a lot of fun.

QBsutekh137 May 11 2008 9:39 PM EDT

iPhone is OK, but yes, EDGE is a bit pokey. It plays CB pretty well though, and all web experiences are pretty good (especially on Wi-Fi). Except no Flash...

With the software dev kit coming being out and automatic updates to the iPhone in June, I think it is really going to rock. Apple has added a ton of really nice things via pure software updates. Better corporate functionality, games, and goodness knows how many cool new apps. I am betting several astonishing apps will be out for the iPhone already at launch time, and June is just around the corner. You can even program your own apps and get them available for a $99 license (though looking at Objective-C after I have become more familiar with C# .NET makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit -- and not in a good way).

Lack of Flash sucks, not sure how the other smart-phones (like the Tilt) do with that. Also, Java seems a little more open and mature on the other smart-phones... Most web experiences are pretty dang fine on the iPhone though, with a ton of sites building web-based apps especially for the form factor. It is hard to imagine what people will do with the SDK out, but I imagine apps will be even more polished and smarter about using the pokey EDGE network. It will be client/server computing with the sexiest client in town. *smile* At least I hope it is!

Trying to keep an iPhone unlocked and working always seemed risky to me, so I have not unlocked mine in any way. But as long as you aren't afraid of bricking it, an unlocked iPhone should be pretty sweet. Visual Voicemail and the nicely threaded text messaging app are pretty nice too as unique elements, though I don't text much...
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