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    Red face Bing app review and media store rant

    Today I had a chance to use the Bing app on my Dare, and I must say, it was pretty functional. It was able to find things by location and gives you the ability to navigate there with VZNav and a link to call the number. All around I like it and will definitely use it for local searches instead of 411 since I have data.

    Then it got me thinking, "I wonder if Verizon has any other useful programs that JUST MIGHT be worth justifying their ridiculous prices." I figured a universal converter program would be cool to have and be a little more convenient then always going online to look it up.

    When I poked through the app store, I couldn't find anything but instead saw some of the stuff that they have on there. It was like walking through a "As Seen on TV" store in the mall. Most seem like pointless novelties that are barely worth downloading for free, let alone the prices they charge for it. Wild & Sexy Latinas Slideshow for $3.49 a month. Random video apps for $2.99 a month? Do people really buy these things?

    Thought I'd just express myself a bit.

    PS: The mobile email program is also kinda functional, except in the new version, it makes a audible beep every "keystroke" and cannot be disabled... really Verizon? Is it that hard to fix?

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    I also DL'd the app Bing to my Dare but haven't found it very exciting. Admittedly, I'm a slow learner when it comes to software without detailed instructions. But it is frustrating that I have "Location On" enabled and when I start Bing, a screen pops up lecturing me about turning "Location On" on. Then the first search is performed as if I am in the last location that I previously used Bing. I shut down the app, start it up again, and then it performs a search in my current location. Rather crude. It only seems to be looking for places of business. More of a commercial advertising piece of software if that's all it will do. I tried looking up a specific address by house number and street, thinking it would display a map with the location shown. Nothing. Couldn't find a business at that address, I guess. As I said, I'm a slow learner and could be all wrong on how Bing is supposed to work, but so far, as Shania Twain would sing, it "didn't impress me much."
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    The way I see it, its more of a free web based alternative to 411. I had to find a doctor's office today for a friend and I just searched "Dr. [name], [city]" and it found it without a hitch. And I think for your residential search, that's what Verizon wants you to use VZNavigator for even if you aren't navigating

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    And I was hoping it would be a sort of replacement for Google with location on, like the Bing that is being crammed down some users throats as a default search engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbdfahrer
    When I poked through the app store, I couldn't find anything but instead saw some of the stuff that they have on there. It was like walking through a "As Seen on TV" store in the mall. Most seem like pointless novelties that are barely worth downloading for free, let alone the prices they charge for it. Wild & Sexy Latinas Slideshow for $3.49 a month. Random video apps for $2.99 a month? Do people really buy these things?
    Now that I have an enV3, I was thinking what can I do with it, even though I don't have a data plan? So I looked at that app store. It's all crap. Asian Beauties? I'm sure that will be great on a 2 1/2" screen. Who buys this crap? Or weather for $3 per month? I can get weather for free on a PC or the radio. Why would I pay $3 per month for it?

    Traffic reports might be useful (even though they're free on the radio every 10 minutes), but I didn't see any traffic apps.

    Eh, I guess I'll just use it as a phone, to send text messages, and to play music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat001
    Now that I have an enV3, I was thinking what can I do with it, even though I don't have a data plan? So I looked at that app store. It's all crap. Asian Beauties? I'm sure that will be great on a 2 1/2" screen. Who buys this crap? Or weather for $3 per month? I can get weather for free on a PC or the radio. Why would I pay $3 per month for it?

    Traffic reports might be useful (even though they're free on the radio every 10 minutes), but I didn't see any traffic apps.

    Eh, I guess I'll just use it as a phone, to send text messages, and to play music.
    My point exactly. Seems like 80% of the apps are just fluff to the store to make it look appealing . And the really sad part is not all of it is purchasable; there's a monthly subscription,

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    BING! one day a Bing icon appeared on my blackberry. at least you guys had a chance to decide if you wanted it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirksucks
    BING! one day a Bing icon appeared on my blackberry..
    This is what is confusing. The Bing on my desktop is just a competitor for Google with an emphasis on searching images. The Bing I dl'd to my phone is a tool that is supposed to search based on location, mainly searches for businesses, but it doesn't replace Google as a general search tool.
    What Bing was forced onto your BB? The search/image Bing or the location based business searching Bing?
    Couldn't the geniuses that created these programs come up with different names to clarify which is which?

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