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1017Re: [BCD536HP] Siren App and taking ownership

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  • Jim Stein
    Aug 6, 2014
      What is it - do they just have their heads in the sand or do they simply no longer care? I do like my 536 but I bought it instead much less expensive models just because of the WiFi. The way I see it, either give me what you advertised or give me back the $150 premium I paid for those features.    

      On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11:12 AM, "gil Kellersman Jr gilkell13@... [BCD536HP]" <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      I see Uniden is really pushing the wifi feature and the siren app:

      From: "gil Kellersman Jr gilkell13@... [BCD536HP]" <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com>
      To: "BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com" <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 4:02 PM
      Subject: Re: [BCD536HP] Siren App and taking ownership

      Rick you summed it up perfectly! Thanks, Gil. K1RRR

      From: 'Rick Bates, WA6NHC' HappyMoosePhoto@... [BCD536HP] <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com>;
      To: <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com>;
      Subject: [BCD536HP] Siren App and taking ownership
      Sent: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 7:13:43 PM

      I've started a new thread from this so it'll be easier to follow.

      From the reading I've done (here and elsewhere), it's the dongle software that is the issue.  The driver etc. will be proprietary information to that part supplier, not open source.  Open source would have to be reverse engineered and would run afoul of many obstacles, some legal.

      Once the hardware is proven reliable, we'll hear from UpMan about the Siren app.  Until then, we wait.... and wait... and ...

      My opinion:  This should have been fleshed out long BEFORE release of the 536.  It makes the release appear premature (90% functional when you consider no Analyze feature too).  A minimum of 30 day increments on firmware releases from the dongle supplier is NOT being a responsive (or trustworthy, reliable, fill in your adjective) supplier.  The supplier is hurting Uniden (in sales and reputation) and frankly Uniden should be looking for a replacement dongle from a more reputable company, which means a recall of the existing dongle.  The alternative is a Uniden supplied rebate for the dongle (ok, they'd probably issue credit vouchers towards the next purchase) which does further damage to the reputation and profit margin; a no win scenario (bad for the company, bad for the consumer).

      I sincerely hope that the lessons learned here will be given proper attention on the next project.  

      *  If you cannot fully provide the feature, don't mention it in the first place.  
      *  It's better to add 'new, improved, updated or added' feature(s) after release than give out an incomplete product.  (You say it's there, it better be there.)
      *  Make extra darn SURE your supplier can do what they say they will; keep their feet to the coals until they meet their promise.  Keep options open for other (re)sources.

      I score this as a mixed fault issue, Uniden and their supplier.  While not necessarily a deal breaker to most folks, it does leave a foul taste to not have wifi, Siren and Analyze fully functioning in the original release or after almost a year passed now and the promotion as a major sales point.

      Rick, WA6NHC

      iPad = small keypad = typos = sorry ;-)

      On Aug 5, 2014, at 3:53 AM, "Paul Wolsko pwolsko@... [BCD536HP]" <BCD536HP@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      I wonder if there might have been a better result to the Siren affair if Uniden had followed an Open Source approach and spread the development to the larger community.

      Paul W.

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