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Re: Carwings support for non-smart phones

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:59 pm
by walterbays
GeekEV wrote:My favorite use for a smart phone is answering those "why is..." questions when you're out and about and they pop in to your head. Instant gratification.
"Where is..." questions seem especially important to combat range anxiety when you're out driving. Sure the car GPS may tell you "where is a restaurant?" but it's not so good telling you "where is a restaurant I'd want to eat at?" The most efficient use of kWh is not to drive somewhere at all because you found what you need nearby.

However it's worth noting that you can get a smart phone or tablet without a data plan, albeit without the discounted hardware price from the subscription subsidy. http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f ... fi+only%22 I have a "cheap" limited data plan from T-mobile and use 3G data only in special circumstances. You'd be amazed how many places offer free WiFi. (Now if they would all offer free recharging too - but that's another thread...)

Finally, noting the OP's desire to remotely turn on climate control... I guess you'd mostly want to do that from home or from the office, so you could just use the web interface from a computer and skip the smartphone altogether. Didn't I read here somewhere that the web interface offers the same functionality as the iPhone app? I sure hope so since the delivery estimate of the Android app is still "Pending." :-)

Re: Carwings support for non-smart phones

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:53 pm
by turbo2ltr
I have an idea.

Stay tuned. :)

Re: Carwings support for non-smart phones

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:59 pm
by GeekEV
It's a little different presentation (not even very different), but the same functionality, yes. For that matter, if you've got WiFi access, get an iPod touch. The iPhone app will run on that too... Or even an iPad, though it's not native to the larger iPad screen. No data plan needed.

Re: Carwings support for non-smart phones

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:16 pm
by Mx5racer
would a Ipod Touch work for you?
I have the App on my touch - just need a car :|

Re: Carwings support for non-smart phones

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:19 pm
by thimel
In places where I have wifi, an iPod touch or my computer will work fine. However, if I go out to a store or restaurant or go running and then want to turn on the climate control, there is no wifi and then the text messaging method would be good. As other people have already mentioned, I am reluctant to pay the monthly data charges for a smart phone. That is why I prefer to get this functionality on a non-smart phone.