Phone Switch


When you consider how much time a pastor spends on a phone, it is a big deal when you switch phones.  I just bought a HTC 6800 phone off of one of our youth members.  Why?  Because I absolutely hate my old Motorola Q and this buys me some time to wait on new phones that will be coming out next year.  AT&T=no coverage, Sprint=no coverage, T-Mobile=no coverage and Verizon is just starting to cover the area. That leaves US Cellular as our only real current option.   I’ve had the Q for a year and a half and I could fill a book with everything I don’t like about it.  I really don’t want to enter into another 2 year contract, so by buying this phone I can wait a while until a Google Phone or an iPhone is available in our CDMA market.

So far, I’m really liking the HTC.  It’s still not even close to my iPod Touch on ease of use, but at least it is customizable. You can even do a little hacking to get GPS working on it and you can even install the newer Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 operating systems.   I like the touch screen and the slide out keyboard works great when responding to emails.  It’s a little too thick, but for now I’m very content. For a gadget guy, that doesn’t happen very often. 🙂


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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3 Responses

  1. You seem to enjoy the full keyboard. Do you like the WMobile OS?

    • Mike says:

      I have a love/hate relationship with Windows Mobile. I used to have a Dell Axim PocketPC back in the day, so I'm pretty familiar with the overall interface. It has potential, but the interface was really never optimized for a phone. The iPhone/iPod Touch are leap years ahead in their UI. Having the ability to either use the on-screen keyboard or hardware keyboard with this phone is a plus.

      I like hacking around a little, so this phone will keep me busy for a while. I plan on unlocking it and putting some custom ROM images on it. I do like the ability to install custom programs like facebook and evernote on this phone. It also has a great camera. This should hold me over until we get some android based phones here.

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