View Full Version : Doppler Radar On My Phone

2 man crew
12-20-2002, 08:17 PM
I just posted this on Plowsite.

I purchased a Sprint Vision cell phone (samsung A500) a few weeks ago. I finally got around to trying out the web. I found 2 sites that will load a Doppler radar loop right on to the phone with no laptop, handheld or other piece of equipment.

The speed is a little slow but once it loads it's fine.

I can't wait until this summer when we get a storm or rain shower moving through and I can make a decision no matter where I am.

General Grounds
12-20-2002, 08:36 PM
:blob3: 2 man how do you long onto site from phone, thinking of getting a new phone and that would be awesome, how do they know where you are to show you the loop. tony

2 man crew
12-20-2002, 08:46 PM
You just enter a zip code.

you can get the radar for any zip code you need.

Barker's Lawn Care
12-20-2002, 08:49 PM
I just got a PCS Sprint vision phone(sanyo 4900) on nov. 17. I love mine and its very useful. However, i didnt subscribe to the vision plan because it costs $10 more per month. I was told that u can also access a GPS!!!

12-21-2002, 12:22 PM
2 man,

I also have the Vision deal.

RADAR: (Twin Cities, MN)

What works better for me is KTCA Channel 17. Or what I call "The radar channel". This channel broadcasts MNDOT Aviation weather for most of the day. I think between 5PM and Midnight it become PBS.

Best Buy or Circuit City have a nice little battery powered 2" TV. Its CASIO TV-970 and cost $79. The four AA batteries last about 3 hours of non stop viewing (football game). I get decent reception all the way out to Buffalo for Ch 17.

I haven't tried it frozen, but I assume your cab has heat.

12-21-2002, 07:38 PM
Doppler radar on the phone.. man that could also be a lifesaver as far as tornados go.

Tony Harrell
12-21-2002, 09:51 PM
I have a sibling that's a manager for Sprint pcs (can't say where). He/she says the second generation of vision phones will eclipse the first. There's also some other things in the pipeline according to him/her. I've just decided to keep my 500/1500 until it comes out.

12-21-2002, 10:08 PM
Nextel has had this for close to 3 years now.

12-22-2002, 07:21 AM
Sounds like a nice feature.......

if it rained between May and October.......

12-22-2002, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER
Nextel has had this for close to 3 years now.


I guess this feature is only available if you go w/ the Net feature on your phone. I too have had NEXTEL for many years now, but bill is high enough to nont have this featrure.


General Grounds
12-22-2002, 06:20 PM
:blob3:does anyone know if you can get this on verizon??

12-22-2002, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Turfdude

I guess this feature is only available if you go w/ the Net feature on your phone. I too have had NEXTEL for many years now, but bill is high enough to nont have this featrure.


Correct, I also choose not to pay for it also.

With the 2 way I can call one of 2 weathers services on the direct connect.

12-22-2002, 09:42 PM
Im under the impression that PALM style PDA's are to become wireless phone hybrids... now or the near future. The display should be much better than a cell phone.

As always, you gotta pay to play.

12-22-2002, 10:27 PM
NExtel does not have radar on the cell phone, I have the wireless web and the phone do not have a screen that supports the graphics.

The new Nextel Blackberry will show the graphics, it just came out on 12/2/02.


12-23-2002, 12:28 AM
Lady told me at Nextel you could, but it would be in B&W, Plus I never chose the option.

2 man crew
12-23-2002, 12:39 AM
I pay $79.00 per month for 2000 peak minutes and unlimited off peak and web access. I also pay 3.95 extra for the radar and updated weather.

The phone is in full color along with the radar.

12-23-2002, 06:06 AM
a bit off topic but I keep one of those battery operated weather raidos from Radio Shack in the truck and it has worked very welll...it tells me very accurately when the storm/rain will arrive...costs about $20

12-23-2002, 06:07 AM
I live by the radar during the season. I know what my wife will be getting me in April for my B-day. Thanks for the info. I use intellicast.com because they have nexrad radar which uses individual pixils and has more detail. This format also shows precip. that is hitting the ground. Conventional radar shows rain sometimes on the screen but it evaporates before hitting the ground. Can you access intellicast.com?

12-23-2002, 11:21 AM
These are some impressive gadgets, and to think we lived in caves (some of us here still might!) and now have abandonded the smoke signals.

That is what I was talking about, a cell phone with a keypad and large screen.

Does a laptop have a wireless modem option?

12-23-2002, 07:30 PM
Motorola make a wireless modem for the PC, the iM1100.


2 man crew
12-23-2002, 08:38 PM

It seems that I can only view The Weather Channels Radar and My-Cast Radar. I think they may have a deal with sprint because they both are charging the extra $3.95 per month for the detailed weather report and radar.

If you go with the phone/laptop combo I think you can access any web site or radar.

I'm just trying to keep things simple.

12-24-2002, 06:35 AM
Cool! thnks for the info