May 9, 2008
WELCOME TO DATA HELP
Gerald Evans is a Solutions Consultant for Sprint Nextel in the Midwest Market. His area includes Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska. Gerald supports Authorized Representatives, Embarq, Business Solutions Partners and Nextel Partners.
Gerald began his career with Nextel as a Direct Sales Representative in Tampa, Florida where he went on to become a Major Account Executive, specializing in data sales in the health care and real estate verticals. Another promotion sent Gerald to the Washington, DC area as a Senior Indirect Account Executive with data specialization. In the middle of 2006 Gerald was promoted to the Solutions Consultant team in Minneapolis.
The purpose of Gerald’s website, http://www.sprintdata.wordpress.com, is to provide a ready reference to the channels Gerald supports. From time to time check here for FAQ’s and answers regarding data and Third Party Applications. This site will continue evolving and will reflect your insights and actual situations encountered in the pre-sales support phase of our business. Gerald can be reached at 763-274-8685 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave your comments and reflections here as well.
BLACKBERRY CURVE LAUNCHES
Pricing for BB 8330/Curve is available in SNC:
The QRB document outlines the pricing and feature sets of the 8330 device, but the following lists the Net cost of the 8330 at $179.99…based on the following factors:
Instant credit: $170
Note: Flat Rate Pricing – $179.99
Blackberry Curve Market ‘differentiators’ include:
• 2.0 MP camera
• High speed USB
• Video recording
• Increased internal memory
Blackberry Curve Basic Features include:
• Operating System: Qualcomm MSM6550
• Memory: 96 MB onboard flash memory/32MB RAM w/ ‘Expand memory’ via ‘Internal’ Micro SD card – 1GB (included)
• Dimensions: 4.2 inches x 2.4 inches x .63 inches
• Weight: 4 oz
• Display: 320×240.size, 65k colors, 62,400 pixels
• Network Technology: Digital Dual-Band/EVDO 800/1900; E911 Compliant
• Device Software – version 4.3
• Speakerphone and microphone
Standard Sprint Curve Features include:
• Sprint Navigation
• Sprint Software Store
• Sprint® On Demand
• Sprint ® Music Store
• Sprint® TV
Wake Up w/ RIM 4 Breakfast:
Top customers are invited to attend this exclusive breakfast session to learn about the features of the new BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Sprint and to hear first hand from RIM and BlackBerry ISV partners how they can further leverage the power of the BlackBerry Solution through applications. Details 7 registration information are below. Please encourage your dealers to attend this great event and get a jump on the Curve launch and make sure you share the invitation with your customers. The tentative launch date is June 8th.
Registration: All attendees must pre-register to ensure a spot. Registration is now available.
Registration Website: http://www.thenewBlackBerryCurve.com/
8:00 – 8:30: Attendees arrive and register. Coffee will be served
8:30 – 8:45: Breakfast
8:45 – 9:10: Welcome & RIM Product Knowledge Presentation; RIM CSM/TCM
9:10 – 9:30: ISV Product Knowledge Presentation
9:30 – 9:50: Product Demos
9:50 – 10: 00: Closing
(Note May 27th in Minneapolis
UPDATE ON THE IDEN OUTAGE
FOLLOW-UP/IDEN Certificate outage on JAVA Applications error – Resolution:
As a follow-up to last week’s update on an outage affecting a number of IDEN handsets, the following resolution has been announced in two (2) options for customers/partners to leverage when addressing this problem. For additional questions or inquiries, customers may call Motorola iDEN Customer Care support is 800-453-0920:
Option 1: Customers who experience the Java Authentication error may take their handsets to a service location. The service locations should use the iDEN J2ME Update Utility to resolve this error. There will be no charge to upgrade the phones.
Option 2: A consumer based utility is targeted to be available on 5/10 from the Motorola iDEN Customer Care Support website http://www.motorola.com/support/applicationerror. Instructions for downloading will be provided on the website. It will require the user to have a tethered cable solution. If the user does not have a cable, they can obtain one by calling Motorola iDEN Customer Care support at 800-453-0920. It will take 24 hours to 3 days for a customer to obtain the cable.
WiMAX Chicago heats up in the press:
After the news release on the joint venture of Sprint & Clearwire, Chicago’s Daily Sun Times offered their take on the technology as a first recipient of the 4th Gen solution, stating its “Cable Modem-like” speeds and ability to put the abundance of Wi-Fi (802.11) hot spots to shame quickly. The following article also identifies partners like ZTE, Samsung and Motorola stating that “all is a go” for the network and that products (the first of which would be laptop-based air cards) would start to come on line still this 1st half of the year – http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-thu-wimax-sprint-nextel-may08,0,3186423.story
SPRINT’S GOT THIS ONE
Sprint trumps Verizon on the street in a side-by-side test across the US:
The following article by a northern news columnist gives his best analysis of the power of Sprint’s Mobile Broadband network over the competition on aspects of:
• Ease of use & set-up – Sprint Connection Manager
• Speed of the network & coverage
• Competitively priced service & equipment – via MRC w/ Novatel’s product line (U727)
LOCATION BASED SERVICES IN CANADA
UPDATE – LBS services offering in Canada:
As a follow-up to the announcement of Location Based Services in Canada in April of this year, the following is a map of coverage for your review…which is also available (internally) via the IMPACT tool. The markets for this new service in Canada include:
THE WIRELESS MANAGER
eCenter Wireless Manager – an Overview:
The Wireless Manager tool is part of the new billing and services conversion to the Ensemble Unified Billing Platform for your wireless services and devices.
• Manage Account Info
• Order/Upgrade devices
• Activate/swap devices
• View billing invoice info
• Modify usernames/alias
• Add/Delete/Restrict features
• Get outage information
• ID/PTN Lookup
• And more…
The following links will provide you with both a public URL for a tutorial overview of the Wireless Manager tool that can be reviewed (prior to requesting a training session with Wireless Care Support/BCS) along with a request form that can be completed and forwarded to the BCS Care group to set up a training session for the customer. It may be a benefit to the group to have a representative of the Wireless Care Support/BCS team walk through the tool with the ICM/Great Plains Region on an upcoming call.
Gerald W. Evans
Solutions Consultant II