No Wi-Fi hotspot support? On An Android 2.3? Don't Android 2.2 and above devices include the wi-fi hotspot natively? That sucks for people that want to tether their phone's mobile data connection to a computer, tablet, iPod Touch, etc. That's just for the ZTE though. Maybe the MAX has it.
Way too much bezel on the MAX. Not impressed with that. That's probably the biggest bezel-to-screen ratio I've seen on a smartphone.
People on Mobilesyrup are *****ing that Public Mobile's unlimited talk, text and data smartphone plan is too expensive at $45. When really it's the same price as WIND Mobile and Mobilicity's $35 provincial voice plan plus data ($10 extra).
I think people are getting way to accustomed to the constant low price promos offered by Mobilicity and WIND. These can't be sustainable. Mobilicity invested over $200 million in the 2008 spectrum auction and even more building out their network. Their investors are going to expect a return on investment. The constant promos may be why Dave Dobbin got the sack recently. And Orascom (now owned by Vimpelcom) invested almost $1 billion into WIND Mobile Canada and now WIND Mobile investor Naguib Sawiris went public to the CBC about his regret starting up WIND in Canada. And they've come out with a second $29 promo and they're are heavily subsidizing smartphones on 3 year contracts (Windtab+). They owe so much money to Vimpelcom/Orascom, they can't even pay off the interest payments with the revenue they are bringing in.
Not sure if Public Mobile really have a future in Canada with CDMA. And whether they can make an impact in the upcoming 700 MHz auction as they are the smallest player. But they're probably going about business a smarter way than WIND and Mobilicity's "race to the bottom". And their spectrum purchase was very cheap. Reducing the smartphone plan to $30/month for 6 months is a reasonably good promo. It's not a "for life" promo. But giving away unlimited talk, text and data for $25/month for life can't be very sustainable in the long run. A growing company like Public Mobile should steer clear of "for life" promos. As they grow in size, they will need to increase the ARPU (average revenue per user).