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Disappointing "soft launch" for the myTouch 3G Slide

Discussion in 'T-Mobile Forum' started by SteveW, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. SteveW

    SteveW Battery mgmt is my life
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    This post includes a bit of whining, so please excuse me in advance.

    After months of rumors, and then the official announcement that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide would be released on June 2, I went to the corporate store in my local mall at lunchtime today to check it out. It was nowhere to be seen. I asked one of the cheerful, but not helpful, sales droids that attack you whenever you enter a store.

    "Yes, we have it in stock!" she said happily.
    "Do you have a demo model?" I asked.
    "No, we won't have them until June 16th, because it's not really being released until then."

    I protested that the launch had been widely publicized by T-Mobile, and that it's not much of a launch if there aren't any phones to play with. She suggested that I go talk to (let's call him) Justin, because he has one as his personal phone. Justin was very nice answering my questions and letting me play with his phone. I didn't say that I did the same thing 2 weeks ago in another store, but I took the opportunity to play with a few things that I hadn't before.

    Good news:

    - There is built-in support for Exchange email, which goes into a separate mailbox/storage area. I am looking forward to this. Unlike some people, I don't want to mix my personal and work emails. This may make having a second phone for work unnecessary.

    Not so good news:

    - There appeared to be 76 MB free on the internal memory of the phone. Now I don't know how much junk Justin already put on his phone, but it could be that the 100 MB that PhoneScoop lists as user accessible, is correct. :thumbsdow

    - Justin claimed that you can install apps to the SD card, but then when he tried to do it with several apps on the Market, it didn't actually work. He thought that the app may have to be recompiled for Android 2.1. We could not confirm this.

    - The thing is heavy. Reviewers have remarked on this, and it's true. Even without a case, it feels significantly heavier than my G1 in its case.

    - There was only one accessory for the phone in the store, as far as I could tell - a case consisting of a hard, 2-piece shell and belt clip. Cases are important to me, and while this was not terrible, it didn't give me any choices.

    Worse news.

    - I had them check on my eligibility for an upgrade and the upgrade price. T-Mobile makes you wait 22 months for your full upgrade discount. For me, that will be in late November. I am eligible for an "early upgrade", which, given that I re-up for another 2 years, saves me $155 off the $429.99 price of the phone, for a final $274.99. This is almost $100 more than the already high $179.99 contract price.

    They did tell me about a $500 "No interest, Equipment credit line" that would allow me to pay in 4 installments. But it's still 275 bucks! :crying:

    So after reading a few things online, it turns out that this is a so-called soft launch, and the real launch is June 16. I have never heard of this concept before in the cellphone world. I think it should just be called a crappy, half-baked launch.

    :rant:


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  2. viewfly

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    I feel your pain. What a let down. Nothing more frustrating that walking in to a store, ready to go, with a hole burning in one's wallet, and whamo! They throw water all over you.

    Sorry to hear about that.
     
  3. The Robot Devil

    The Robot Devil Junior Member
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    I don't understand why they are calling this a 'soft launch" ...then again I don't understand anything T-Mobile does anymore. I can tell you that a customer of mine wanted to upgrade to one yesterday. His price for an early upgrade was $354.99.
     
  4. budney

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    I never understood this about carriers. Just release the phone, don't stagger the release. :(
     
  5. tmobileman

    tmobileman Iphone Hater
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    a word of advice if you're not happy with the pricing option call cust care and ask for cust loyalty we will give you the fully qualified deal now, I have sold about 15 of these this week, and most of them were not qualified but I hooked them up.
     

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