[aprssig] New Cell Phone
n0yxv at gihams.org
Wed Dec 19 16:24:20 EST 2007
Stan - N0YXV
Yes this is APRS related. :-)
I'm thinking about purchasing a 'Motorola Moto Q' and I was wondering
if anybody had any experience with it and APRS. I'm looking for both
pros and cons.
One thing I was wondering is will it work with Blue Tooth GPS devices?
I know it has Blue Tooth but my experience with Blue Tooth is that not
all advertised features work with all Blue Tooth devices. One review I
read said that you couldn't use the Q as a modem for say your laptop
via Blue Tooth. [Why couldn't Blue Tooth be just like Ethernet ... if
it says it has Ethernet you know anything else with Ethernet will talk
complete Ethernet to it.] Isn't there some kind of GPS built into most
phones now? If so can you use that with APRS?
What APRS software is out there for it? I noticed the APRS/CE looks
like it works with most 'Windows Mobile OS's'. The fact that the Q
doesn't have a touch screen might be a problem.
I can almost hear it now...why pick the Q? Because my phone provider
(US Cellular) only has the Q and two Blackberry's to choose from.
While I probably could figure out how to get another brand to work
with my carrier I'd like to save some dough by getting a reduced cost
phone with a new 2 year contract. [Who came up with the stinking 2
year long idea anyway...I thought it was bad when I signed 1 year
contracts.] If I wasn't stuck buying a phone from US Cellular what
phone would people recommend? My only real requirements for a mobile
phone is that it be more like a computer with email, Internet, large
screen and hopefully be able to run APRS and/or other Ham Software
when I'm away from my radio. Would really be cool if I could integrate
both a GPS and a TNC with the phone.
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