The carriers utterly failed to deploy it anywhere. At the same time, the carriers were moving towards doing service programming over the air. When you buy a phone nowadays, the sales droid dials a particular star number (*2 for Sprint, *OTASP for others, I think it's *228 for what's now Verizon) and stuff like your phone number, system assignment, roaming list, and network authentication keys, is loaded by the network. The sales droid no longer has to plug into the phone's serial port (or even use the phone's keypad) to punch it in manually. So not many PSTs were in neighborhood cellular stores, and even where they were, the employees were either not trained or forbidden to use the config-transfer part of it. Customers were just told to go fuck themselves. This pissed the shit out of me enough on general principle, but I was even more upset that months of my friend and coworker's life was wasted.
Well, lately I've been having trouble with my trusty QCP-3035. The 4-way navigation key didn't work right. I backed up its contact list with the Windows desktop utility Kyocera provides with its data cable, and headed over to the
Well, it's about goddamned time.
And to top it off, the phone I got back was loaded with much newer firmware, which includes functional support for BREW.