My mobile is disconnected

I was very surprised to find out that outgoing calls from my mobile stopped working from today’s morning. I thought that maybe CYTA has a problem again or something. Usually, when they disconnect the phone for unset bills, they play a message saying so every time the call is attempted. I was just getting a busy signal and call dropped.

I waited half a day, moved around between cells, but still nothing. I than asked a couple of people if they had the same problem. Noone of them did. And indeed my wife’s mobile worked properly. So I moved my SIM card to her phone and tried calling. Nope. Didn’t work. I then called CYTA (fault reports number is 8000-0197, not 197 as they advertise) and they told me that the phone was disconnected because of unset bills.

That got me totally confused since my phone bill is payed via standing order by the bank. Automatically. I checked my account balance and sure enough I had funds available. So I proceeded calling the bank and asking them if the standing order had expired or something like that. In the end, it turned out be my mistake – I had a huge withdrawal which practically nullified my account until the next incoming money transfer two days ago. And, in complience with Muphy’s law, my phone bill came exactly in that time. No money – no bills paid – no phone services.

I’ll have to pass by the CYTA’s office with some cash tomorrow morning and pay it using the old way. I guess there will be a whole bunch of people like myself. Heh.

On smartphones in general and Motorolla A780 in particular

Via this post in Hazard’s blog I found this reivew of Motorolla A780.

It looks like Motrolla A780 is indeed a decent smartphone. If I was to buy my first smartphone, Motorolla A780 would be a perfect choice for me (nevermind the fact that I still cannot buy it anywhere). But, I already had my first smartphone – Sony Ericsson P800. Getting and using one for more than a year slightly altered my requirements list. Things that I care about now are:

  • FM Radio. It turns out I can spend a lot of time listening to FM radio rather than to silence or mp3s on the memory card. MP3s eat up a lot of space, and listening to them eats battery like a car with no petrol. FM radio reciever must be built-in into my next smartphone. It is a good option anyway, since it is cheap and small, but with a lot of use for many people. It seems that Motorolla A780 does not provide it.
  • Recoding and playback of voice calls. I never thought that I would want this feature in the first place, but in the course of the last two years I foud myself in the situation where I badly needed it more than once. Luckily, Motorolla A780 has it.
  • CompactFlash memory. Although I am yet to see any good phone with CompactFlash, I still want it. CompactFlash is the best memory option for a smartphone I can see out there. It is cheap. It is open. And it is huge. CompactFlash cards and microdrives are in the GByte area already and not only that, but they are relatively cheap too. Memory Stick Pro 1 GB is roghly 3 times more expensive than a 1 GB Compact Flash card.
  • High level of integration in PIM. Personal Information Manager is an important part of the smartphone. I, therefor, expect it to be properly done. Sony Ericsson P800 has an average one. It provides all the important functions for calendaring, addressbook keeping, TODOs and notes. What it lacks is a good integration between this parts. For example, when I creat an appointment or a reminder for a phone call in the calendar, I cannot use contacts from the addressbook. I have to retype everything. Similarly, I cannot attach notes from the notepad to the contacts in the addressbook. Addressbook allows one to type in a single note for the contact but that’s it. I cannot attach any graphics (like a map of how to find someone’s house) except for one single photograph. P800 has a photocamera, but I cannot organize my photos properly with contacts or notes attached to them. All of these require user to dump all data to the computer and do all the organization there. Bad. Unfortunately, I don’t know how good Motorolla A780 in this regard. But in the worst case scenario, I guess, the same solution as for P800 will work – install a third party organizer.
  • GPS. Global Positioning System allows one to always know exactly where he is. Not only that, but it can provide this information to all sorts of software. When taking pictures, location coordinates might be saved into the image. This way you will always know where you took the picture. Alarms and reminders can use the coordinates to go off only when you are in the area. Coordinates can be used with a number of mapping services to suggest a better route through the city or to help you find your way back to civilization. Or to the nearest petrol station. Or hotel. Or good restaurant.

One of the things that I have noticed in the review is that Motorolla A780 does allow you to have both a ringtone and a vibrating alert. This is really odd and I don’t see any reason of why did they make it like this. I hope they will fix the behavior in the next generation of this phone.

One thing that I stopped worrying about is battery life. If the phone can live one a single battery through the day, I am satisfied enough. I realized that there is no way that I will find myself away from power for longer than a day. As long as the device can be recharged from a socket, or a car, or a USB of a computer, it is good enough for me.

Picture of the day

At workI was very limited on the time and movement today, but I was hoping to take some pictures. Just to ensure that I have something I’ve made this one with the phone. And than, when I went out with friends, I forgot to take the camera… Damn!

On the other hand, mayb it’s good that I didn’t take since I got drunk and lots of other people joined in, so I could easily lose it or get it damaged by someone curios. There are two sides to everything they say…

SonyEricsson P910

SonyEricsson P910

Just a few minutes after I have finished the post on mobile phones, I found out that SonyEricsson has announced P910 – the next model continueing the trends of P800 and p900.

Main advancements seem to be:

  • Increase of internal memory from 16 MB to 64 MB.
  • Support for up to 1 GByte of memory via Sony Memory Stick Duo.
  • Additional QWERTY keyboard on the inside of the flip (see image on the right).
  • Better screen that now supports 262,000 colors.

They have also added a whole bunch of software such as an Opera browser and GPS navigation program that works with GPS devices attached via Bluetooth.

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