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XM Radio on my BlackBerry -- sucks!

November 2, 2007 @ 3:43pm

This week continued to rock. Great meetings. Great new connections. Fantastic platform progress on Crowd Fusion. More titles appeared our comic site: Shaman's Tears and Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden.

I even clicked one of the ads on ComicMix for the movie Wanted. I knew it was based on a comic, but it was one I've never read. It has Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman and the trailer got me hooked.

Dear Wanted, Please don't suck! Sincerely, me.

Speaking of disappointments, I have given XM Radio on my BlackBerry Curve the benefit of the doubt for a few weeks. I figured maybe it just doesn't work well near my house -- or in all the small towns in Westchester I've tried it in. But in New York City? In many different neighborhoods? On a weekday? With no clouds?

Anyway, I don't know if it's XM's fault, BlackBerry's fault or AT&T's slow Edge network's fault, but each song should not cut out five to ten times. Listening to XM Radio on my BlackBerry is like listening to Real Audio over a modem in 1996. Very frustrating for eight dollars a month.

Unless XM can tell me how the experience is going to get better, I'm canceling that package. If they tell me it works just fine over a wi-fi connection, that's not enough. Only T-Mobile has the wi-fi option for the BB Curve and in my experience their coverage is poor. Besides, if I was on my home wi-fi network I could just listen to XM over my DirecTV service.

That's too bad since I had high hopes for carrying around XM Radio on my hip.

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