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  • Dean Waye 6:39 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Mobile phone, Tow truck, ,   

    Dear AAA, Thanks for the Android App 

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    Dear AAA,
    It will soon be time for me to renew my subscription. With cars so reliable these days, and roadside assistance available from many providers (including my cell phone company), my AAA membership renewal decision breaks down to 3 components:
    1. I travel for work, so if my wife has car trouble she has someone to call
    2. A small discount on hotels (which I don’t pay for anyway, see #1)
    3. Possible discounts using the ‘Show Your Card’ program at some retailers and other providers.
    For #1, since the same tow truck shows up no matter which roadside assistance plan I belong to, I have decided it’s basically a wash.
    For #2, no one really cares if I save $5/night on a hotel. Choosing a cheaper flight is much more important.
    That leave #3, and this week when I was traveling with my own car and needed new brakes, I didn’t remember to ask, nor was I offered, a discount via AAA. In fact, I am not sure one was available.
    But if I had thought to download the AAA Android app for my phone that could point me to a place that did offer a discount, a single purchase could have saved me enough to justify my annual membership.
    Thanks for the app… did you ever send me anything, telling me it existed?
     
  • Dean Waye 8:06 pm on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Mobile phone, Motorola, Verizon, Windows Mobile   

    Thanks, Google. Android is Awesome. 

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    An early job during college was sales for Rogers Cellular (back then I lived in Canada). They issued me my first ever cell phone. It wasn’t even as pretty as this one. Mine was a dull/shiny battleship grey.

    Here’s what I learned from that job:

    1. Cold calling sucks.

    2. Some of the best fun I ever had was applying hard thinking to sales/marketing.

    3. Having a cutting edge cell phone is awesome.

    Fast forward to today, and after years (and years) of some of the best phones around (Windows Mobile, even), I now have my first Android phone, the Sprint Evo 4G.

    I love this phone.

    And I just wanted to say thanks to Google for the Android OS. Thanks for making it free, thanks for letting it be promiscuous across handset manufacturers, and thanks for continuing to make it better. It makes my Apple iOS 4 device seem clunky. It makes my Blackberry (sorry, Canada!) laughable. It makes me seem cooler. People even stop me and ask about it now. That hasn’t happened since I owned the one in the picture above. And I hear the new Droids, including the upcoming one from Motorola, will be even cooler.

    Maybe I’ll even switch to Verizon to get it. Someday.

    After I am finished with my Evo.

    Cheers, Dean

     
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