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Old 04-09-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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Report: Sprint working with Barnes & Noble on Kindle competitor

Computer World posted the following article: http://www.computerworld.com/action/...&source=NLT_PM

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According to TheStreet.com, one unnamed wireless industry insider said that Barnes & Noble was working with Sprint after discussions for a similar deal ended with Verizon Wireless. The article also indicates that AT&T could be interested in working with the bookseller. ...

TheStreet.com noted that Barnes & Noble ended a three-year e-book partnership with Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. in 2003 because of disappointing demand for a tablet device they produced.

But the segment seems to have been reinvigorated, several analysts said. Amazon expects to net $63 million in profit from the Kindle, with more than $280 million in sales in 2009, according to Sandeep Aggarwal, an analyst at Collins Stewart.
The Kindle numbers seem interesting even tho it was not the focus of the article.

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This could be interesting. Will definitely watch to see what develops here.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:13 AM   #3
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Sprint is offering it's services all over the place. I came across this article, also from Computer World a couple of weeks ago.

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According to an unnamed source cited in The Wall Street Journal, Sprint is talking to GPS device maker Garmin Ltd., camera maker Eastman Kodak Co. and storage device maker SanDisk Corp. about providing wireless Internet access to their products. Sprint did not respond to a request to confirm that information.

Its strategy of striking deals with other companies to connect their products via Sprint wireless networks was demonstrated with Amazon's Kindle, where Kindle users can download books wirelessly using Sprint's high-speed data network.

In another example, Sprint said today it is the wireless network provider for Ford vehicles equipped with in-dash PCs.
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Oh well. I was really hoping for AT&T or Verizon. Sprint and T-Mobile simply don't offer coverage where I need it and roaming so far into rural areas Idaho, Montana, Washinton and Oregon just does not do the job, which is why I had to switch carriers for my cell phone. If the wireless aspect would actually work in more places I visit, I might be more interested in it for my e-book reader or other electronics toy. Until then it just is something I don't want to pay for or carry around as dead weight.

On a more cheerful note, maybe if Sprint does well enough at this type of sale they might increase the coverage area and that would be a happy thing.
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:57 AM   #5
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Competition is great... an universal format would be even better
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:09 AM   #6
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In another example, Sprint said today it is the wireless network provider for Ford vehicles equipped with in-dash PCs.
That sounds a little short-sighted. Does Ford imagine that nobody ever drives their car in a country other than the US? What happens if someone goes to Canada, or Mexico? No wireless coverage?
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:59 AM   #7
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That sounds a little short-sighted. Does Ford imagine that nobody ever drives their car in a country other than the US? What happens if someone goes to Canada, or Mexico? No wireless coverage?
There probably is some of that (mostly those who live close to the borders) and I'm sure the vehicle owners will deal with it. The majority will likely never drive their cars out of the country (I never have with any of my cars).
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #8
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Daffy,

I think Harry means "Doesn't Ford think that people in countries other than the U.S. by Ford automobiles?" Of course, I may be wrong about that (so what's new?).

As for driving in another country, I have driven my car in Canada but there isn't a prayer of my driving my car in Mexico. OTOH, it doesn't matter to me what Ford does; we stopped buying anything but Subaru automobiles about 15 years ago.

But it does matter to me what B&N does. Why would anyone choose Sprint? It has the worst ratings of any major U.S. cell phone company by far and there has even been some question about whether it will survive.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:54 PM   #9
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Daffy,

I think Harry means "Doesn't Ford think that people in countries other than the U.S. by Ford automobiles?" Of course, I may be wrong about that (so what's new?).
After re-reading his post, I see you're right. I would guess Ford would/could use another carrier for vehicles sold in other countries. Unfortunately, some things may not be available in very country (or region).
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No, I did actually mean "don't Ford think that people who buy cars in the US ever drive them to Canada and Mexico?" . Obviously cars built for overseas markets wouldn't use a US-only provider.

I must confess, though, that I've never heard of an "in-car PC". How does it operate?
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:25 AM   #11
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No, I did actually mean "don't Ford think that people who buy cars in the US ever drive them to Canada and Mexico?" . Obviously cars built for overseas markets wouldn't use a US-only provider.

I must confess, though, that I've never heard of an "in-car PC". How does it operate?
I don't believe it's on the market yet. I've not seen any advertising for it.
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I must confess, though, that I've never heard of an "in-car PC". How does it operate?
Most "in the car" PC's are aftermarket or DIY devices. Some people consider the Navigation/Audio system combo as a car computer too. Also, car "computers" can be very simple. We had a 90 something Dodge Caravan which has a "computer" that calculated miles to go on tank of gas, gas milage and other simple basic stuff like that.

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Most "in the car" PC's are aftermarket or DIY devices. Some people consider the Navigation/Audio system combo as a car computer too. Also, car "computers" can be very simple. We had a 90 something Dodge Caravan which has a "computer" that calculated miles to go on tank of gas, gas milage and other simple basic stuff like that.

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Of sure, most modern cars have an "on-board computer" of that type, but this made it sounds like a standard PC!
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:34 AM   #14
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Harry, they are referring to connecting your PC to the Internet via the car, not the onboard diagnostic computer.
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Yes, that's what I thought it meant. I've never come across that in the UK - is it common now in the US?
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