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I’m a Sprint Ambassador

Some unexpected and interesting things have been happening to me lately, and I’m happy to report that today was no different. The exciting trend continued this afternoon when I received a short, sweet email that contained promises of free gadgetry and services – something that would even make engadget editors raise an eyebrow or two.

After someone from Sprint visited this humble website, they sent me an email with the following attention-getter:

The Sprint Ambassador Team recently visited Pearsonified.com and wants to invite you to participate in our Ambassador Program.

As far as I can tell, the purpose of the program is to create a feedback forum where people field test the latest and greatest products and services and then provide their two cents on their experience. In my case, I’ll be testing out the very cool-sounding Sprint Power Vision Network, which is summarized on the Sprint website as follows:

The Sprint Power Vision Network provides rich, clear visuals, high–quality sound and broadband–like speed on your wireless phone. Watch, listen, play and do at the speed of life.

“Broadband-like speed on [my] wireless phone,” huh? Well I’m definitely going to be scrutinizing that aspect of the service, as I’ve been looking for some sort of mobile internet access solution. Before I get too deep into editorializing, though, let me give you the rest of the scoop, which comes from the invitation email:

So what’s the deal? As a qualified participant, we will send you one Sprint Power Vision phone and provide you with six months of all-access service (at no charge). You’ll have access to the Sprint Music Store (SM) live TV broadcasts, gaming and more. Yes, you will also have unlimited free calling and data service. It’s a pretty good deal and all we ask for in return is your candid feedback (you decide how much and how often).

Yes, my friends, those are sweet words to be reading in your inbox. Oh, and I already got “qualified,” so I’m good to go. In fact, the response email indicated that I’d be receiving my brand new Sprint Power Vision phone, the Samsung MM-A920 (pictured), in 2-4 weeks. In a previous life, I was heavily involved in the cellular/mobile industry, and one of the things that I took away from that experience was a distinct distaste for Samsung phones. It will be interesting to see if this phone will change that perception. Honestly, I hope it does, because that will make my experience as an ambassador that much more enjoyable. Oh, and I just checked out the specs on the MM-A920 – this puppy retails for $299.99! Hell, it seems like it will rock…here’s hoping it does!

Okay, I tried to hold off on the editorializing, but that’s simply not possible. I’m stoked about this experience because

  • it’s completely atypical for me to be involved in something like this
  • I get to try out a service that I was really curious about but probably never would have tried without a friend’s insistent recommendation (probably 2 years down the road, argh)
  • most important, I’ll have something to freakin blog about

Obviously, wireless broadband is going to open up virtually unlimited possibilities for mobile-philes everywhere, but I still remain skeptical as to how well TV and especially the internet translate to the mobile medium. Fortunately, I’m going to have the chance to find out very soon, so whatever I learn, I’ll be sure to pass along.

Ah, and I just checked out the Sprint web site once more…get a load of some of the channels that will be available to me on Sprint TV:

  • ABC News Now
  • NFL Network
  • Fox Sports
  • ESPN
  • Fox News
  • NBC
  • The Weather Channel
  • Discovery Channel
  • …and lots more that probably aren’t worth a damn

Damn blogosphere! You can’t be unique for two seconds up in this mutha ****er. We interrupt this mundane, boring post to bring you another blogger who was invited to be a part of the Sprint Ambassador Program. Somehow this guy’s thoughts go from cell phones to his penis, but then again, I guess it’s this kind of stream-of-consciousness rambling that has made him a really popular blogger. See, I don’t read that email from Sprint and make a vague association with my pieces parts, but I guess that’s an area where I’ll need to improve :-P

Note to self: running monologues with your penis are great for comments.

Update: I decided to do a Technorati search on the Sprint Ambassador Program this morning, and the blogosphere is abuzz with info on the topic. A fellow blogger, Vinny Carpenter, offers up a few more details about the program on his site:

At current, it’s an invite only program that is targeting bloggers…This program is a clever attempt to get a Sprint phone plus free service to people that blog about technology.

Over at Micro Persuasion, Steve Rubel mentioned that Sprint has also launched a P2P campaign to generate interest in their products and services. Personally, I am a big fan of the way Sprint is attempting to exploit the blogosphere in order to gain publicity and exposure. To me, it represents a very keen marketing savvy, and I’m sure this is something we’re going to see a lot more of in the future.

What’s next, Apple giving out 12″ Intel Power Books? We can only hope!

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7 comments… read them below or add one

Neil February 2, 2006

So far, the phone’s been pretty enjoyable, although the watching TV technology still has some way to go. I felt like I was back on dial-up. But it certainly shows me the direction we’re heading — soon everyone is going to be walking around with one phone/ipod/mini-tv/day-planner rolled into one.

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David Harrison August 8, 2011

This is so spooky! Neil predicted the future. The future is the iPhone haha

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Chris P. February 2, 2006

Something tells me the accident rate is bound to rise, especially due to the tiny TV screens…

“Is that a nipple?”

*CRASH*

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TAD February 7, 2006

Woo! I just got my invite too. I think they’re getting bloggers in all of the major markets. Pretty darned cool idea.

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Marine March 6, 2006

Hi, I would like to know what’s happenned, did you receive the mobile phone from Sprint? What do you think about it? And what do you think about this marketing strategy?

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Chris P. March 6, 2006

Marine,

I received my phone like 5 days (including the weekend) after I was first notified, which I thought was exceptionally fast. The service works well, and as far as Samsung phones go, this is certainly the best one I’ve ever used. I’ve had the phone for a little over a month now, and the most impressive aspect has been the live TV, which I spoke about here.

As far as the marketing strategy goes, I think it’s pure genius. I could be wrong, but I think they’re the first major corporation to specifically target bloggers to generate word-of-mouth interest (the strongest kind) in a new product. Realizing the power of the written word is something that any good marketer is familiar with, but utilizing it in this way is definitely a novel thing – a guerrilla tactic, if you will.

Honestly, I think this is probably the first in a long and glorious reign of blogs as a high-powered advertising medium.

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michelle July 13, 2008

HOLY CRAP DOES THE INSTINCT SUCKS!!!!! A SIDEKICK IS BETTER THAN THIS! and on top of that sprint costumer service sucks i never had that problem with at&t. at first i had the sidekick lx and the phone was pretty cool you could have multiple e-mail accounts and it had messenger and internet and if you were on the internet and saw a pic you like you can copy it to your phone and it had flash for the camera and took nice picks the only thing it didn’t have was video you couldn’t see video’s so i decided to hand it down and switch to sprint I ordered the blackberry pearl online at first i kinda liked the blackberry it had the same features as a sidekick but better with t.v. and everything but something was wrong with the dam phone i actually spent 3months going back and fourth with sprint costumer service keeping me on the phone for hours!!! till i got desperate yesterday and said hhhmmmm let me buy the instinct and see what the buzz is about! Ok so i bought it… it doesn’t have messengers like you have to go to the website itself on the phone to use it! doesn’t have flash for the camera and come on I’ve seen better tv and video quality on my blackberry tv and video and on the instinct it’s too blurry and as for fastest internet conection… DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH! It take long to load a page, and i cant even click on a picture and save it to my phone like i did with a sidekick and a blackberry yea the gps is cool but you got the same shit on the blackberry the only thing thats OOOOOOOOOHHHHH… AAAAAAHHHHH on this instinct is that it has touch screen THATS IT! And i just got off the phone with a costumer service rep for sprint and he even said it himself your better off with the blackberry. like does it even give you that option to click and save a pic?? because if it does then some1 please help me figure this crap out! but so far I’m convinced this phone sucks for the things I’m looking for… blackberry’s are better. Sprint was making a HUGE deal about the new instinct and I’m over here thinking its better than the blackberry as if it had more features and cooler stuff… NOT EVEN CLOSE! like i said the only thing cool or different about this phone is that it’s touch screen. o now i’m going back and returning the phone i want my $465.00 back

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