I recently switched from the old AT&T Wireless to Cingular, and upgraded to an iPAQ hw6515 PDA phone. The next day, I get an email from Sprint inviting me to join something called the ‘Sprint Ambassador Program’ (via my work on BigBlueBall). The program is designed to put the latest technology into the hands of people willing to put it to good use, give them feedback, and if all goes well, the ambassadors become evangelists.
Since there was no cost at all, I signed up. What did I get? A free Samsung A920 phone and six months of free ‘Power Vision’ service — with no strings or commitment beyond providing feedback. So far I’m liking the deal. Today, Fedex delievered the phone (it’s charging) and I’m sorting through the features. The Power Vision service sounds interesting. Theoretically I can watch live TV, listen to streaming radio via Sirius, download music and surf the internet all at the broadband speeds of Sprint’s EV-DO network.
The phone itself is very nice. A clamshell design with a 1-megapixel camera, bluetooth support, and even a memory slot (a necessity for this thing to really be functional for storing music). Samsung is making great products these days.
So the phone looks exceptional, and the service is interesting. The real question is whether Power Vision will change the way I use my cell phone. I’ll keep you posted.