A final farewell and thank you, from Cam

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Just over a week ago I informed you that June 30th was going to be my last day running TmoNews, and working with the PhoneDog Media team. That time has now come, and much quicker than I was expecting it to. Over the course of my time with the network I’ve written more than five thousand articles, and created over one hundred videos. It’s been fantastic, and if you’d have told me 5-6 years ago where this career with PhoneDog was heading, I’d never have believed you. But here I am, on my last day with the company looking back fondly at a job I’ve loved more than any of my previous vocations.

So that I don’t repeat my earlier announcement, I figured this post shouldn’t be about me (not too much anyway). Instead, I wanted to make sure I thanked people that really need mentioning. People who have had an impact on my career, some more than they know.

First off, I have to thank Adriana Lee. She’ll downplay her role in my career more than anyone. This is ironic given the fact that, without her, I wouldn’t have made it to PhoneDog at all. It was because of a tweet she published that I decided to apply for a position at TodaysiPhone.com, and it was under her tutelage that I first learned about publishing online content. She put up with a lot from me in my early days. Even now, I’m not exactly sure what she saw in my work to convince her I was worth all that time, patience and energy, but she was awesome. She is one of the most incredible journalists I’ve worked with and it’s no surprise to me that she’s gone on to work at ReadWrite (and doing a great job there too).

Secondly, the founder and former Managing Editor of this blog, David Beren. After Adriana left, David became my most frequent contact point within the company. He’d encourage me when I felt low, light a fire under my backside when I needed it but – more importantly – he’d always be available to chat ideas through. He wasn’t scared to tell me if my ideas sucked, and was always ready to back my corner when it was necessary. He had my back at all times.

There have been many other colleagues I’ve loved working with. Past PhoneDog people like Taylor Martin and Sydney Arnold. Present ones like Alex Wagner, Marco Hanna and Beau Hamilton. All of whom I have loved working alongside. TodaysiPhone.com will also hold a special place in my memory. I ran it for a few years before I came to TmoNews and worked with a great bunch of talented young tech enthusiasts. Adam Oram (one of the smartest journalists I know), Stephen Warwick, Kyle Frost and Jake Rosati were the ones I worked with closest. But they’ve all been a genuinely fantastic group to be a part of.

As important as any of these people has been you, the readers here at TmoNews. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Thank you. I don’t think there a many sites on the web with as engaged a community as we have here. I don’t know even a fraction of you as well as I would like to, but I appreciate all the time you take to read my ramblings, comment and add value to everything this site does. TmoNews is an example of why comments are essential on blogs, and – for the most part – a shining light to how community engagement should be done. And none of that is down to me. It’s all down to you, the readers, and I feel honored to have been part of that for this past 18 months.

So, for the last time – Thanks so much, and do feel free to sound off in the comments section below. About anything at all.

If you’d like to stay in touch you can do so a couple of ways. First off, my second home (Twitter) – @CamBunton. If you don’t have Twitter you can grab me the old fashioned way via email: cambunton@outlook.com.

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  • Brandon

    You will be missed

  • JiGSaW525

    Good luck!

  • thepanttherlady

    Sorry to see you go, Cam. :( Will be watching to see where you land next! :)

    • bisayan

      Do u know where s David now at? And thanks Cam and good luck to you!

      • thepanttherlady

        David is still at T-Mobile.

      • Trevnerdio

        T-Mobile’s marketing department, more specifically :D big shot now. Happy for him.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Goodluck on your next Adventure and Thank you for everyrhing. Hopefully we’ll see you stop by from time to time to say hi.

  • 30014

    Good luck with your future endeavors.

  • jakematic

    So long, and thanks for all the fish !

    Best wishes – we’ll miss you…

    • Jona

      Is that a quote from “Make the Yuletide Gay?”

    • Jo

      Is that a quote from “Make the Yuletide Gay?”

      I didn’t realize it was watched by more than a handful of people, besides myself ;)

  • Jwest

    Wow its been 18 months already? Time flew.
    Good luck to you. You took the reigns and handled yours when the community was salty about David leaving.

    • Trevnerdio

      We were shamefully salty, actually. I’m glad we all took a step back and took time to appreciate Cam’s work.

  • kevev

    Good luck dude! Thank you for the awesome work!

  • taxandspend

    Bummer. Good luck.

  • Jess

    Good luck on your new endevours Cam, thanks for everything! :-)

  • tirtawn

    Good luck with your future endeavors. Thank you for all your hard work Cam.

  • Nate

    Thank you.

  • Kenneth Warner

    Who will lead tmonews now?

    • Cam Bunton

      You’ll find out soon, I believe.

      • Goat

        Please him/her be as good at choosing article pictures as you :3

      • Steve

        So tmonews is not closing down cam

      • guest

        My guess is Alex Wagner. He filled in multiple times while Cam was on vacation.

  • Dennis Harker Jr

    A true Gentleman. Thanks Cam for keeping me up to date on the latest news. It has been my pleasure checking in daily with you. Good luck and Gods speed.

  • Andrew Singleton

    Thank you cam! Best of luck in the future! :)

  • Brad Wilson

    Best wishes on the future. I have enjoyed your work!

  • mbarnett13

    Best wishes and thank you for all your knowledge and time! Best to you in your future! Cheers!

  • pseudoswede

    It’s been emotional.

  • Stone Cold

    Thanks for everything. Happy trails take care of yourself.

  • Bapcai82

    Best of luck to you .. Thanks for providing us great information at tmonews.com..

  • Cole Toler

    Thanks Cam! I have enjoyed every bit of your work on this site and wish you the best for the rest of your career.

  • Sam

    Thanks for all you have done Cam, so will there be someone else taking your place to publish articles or after today this site will be shut down?

  • eanfoso

    Not to sound like a jerk, but I hope the new writer isn’t as much of a Samsung fan and is more unbiased.

    • lsuisme69 .

      He was a proud iPhone user for your information

      • eanfoso

        no he expressly would point out samsung stuff and yeah mostly all about samsung, dunno why my comment was modded since well he would openly admit it on his articles :P heck when he went to MWC in barcelona only upclose shots from samsung were taken not so much from the other guys that were also coming to t mobile.

  • Bud

    Farewell and thank you.

  • lsuisme69 .

    Later cam you had big shoes to fill but you did admirable. Great job. Wish you the best. Just wish band 12 would have made it to Louisiana before you left

  • dtam

    good luck cam!

  • Sushimane

    Thanks cam for every tmobile news u published

  • Bordelais

    Cam, I have truly enjoyed your work and talent here at Tmonews. Best wishes to you on all your future career endeavors.

  • Cam’s Last Day

    Cam, as I said earlier, it has been our (readers) pleasure to have you as the Managing Editor. Understanding family priorities, we honor your decision, however, you will be missed. Much Success, always.

  • Paul

    Cheers, mate!

  • YABD

    Goodbye and the best for you wherever you go. You kept me entertained all this years. HASTA EL INFINITO Y MAS ALLÁ.!!

  • Zacamandapio

    Thank you Cam.

  • Luck

    Thanks Cam. Tmonews would not be the same without you. You will be missed by us as well as by T-mobile subscribers.

  • randomnerd_number38

    Thanks Cam. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back.

    Is there no news about anyone taking over at managing editor? Do you think there will be a big decrease in new articles?

  • Irfan

    Wish u the Best :)

  • gmo8492

    Bye Cam, hope to see you somewhere else publishing more articles.

  • jakematic

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • Jeffrey Wang

    Bye Cam, and thanks for all of your awesome articles! Only because of you am I able to enjoy all the T-Mobile news exclusives and rumors!

  • 21stNow

    Best wishes to you Cam! I will miss your work here at tmonews.

  • jonzey231

    So will Tmonews be a dead site from now on? I legit only ever see articles by you.

    By the way, I wish you the best and congratulate you on your writing career.

  • charlieboy808

    “The old fashion way” LOL right. Good luck man. Thanks for taking the reigns after David took his leave. You done good man.

  • Joe

    Sad to see you go cam but good luck with your new endeavors and thanks for all the work you put in to this site hope the next person will do just as good as u.

  • Scottie

    Best Wishes!

  • jeffy

    Cam! It makes me so sad to see you leave. I remember the day david left tmonews i was upset, little did i know, you’d leave too. You were a great author. Good Luck in your future endeavors.
    Best Wishes Cam!
    Until next time

  • kanakamaoli

    Aloha Cam!
    Malama Pono A Hui Hou!
    (Take care until the next time we meet) 00/

  • Analog Spirit

    Thank you, Cam, for all that you’ve done for us and this site during your time here. Personally I think you did a fantastic job and I wish you all the best in your next endeavors. PEACE

  • RiskyBidThis

    See you space cowboy…

  • Mjsun

    Thank you!

  • jmpstar

    Thanks again for everything, Cam, especially for giving this your darndest (it showed) and for helping me with my project. Good luck at 9 to 5 Mac!!! I’ve never actually read it, but I’ll have to start reading…just for you!

    • Locust Gee

      He actually showed up at 9to5Google.
      His predecessor here also went there prior.
      Almost like a pipeline from TMONews to 9to5 publishing.

      • jmpstar

        Ah! Thanks for pointing that out! I had looked for his work at 9to5Mac to no avail. Now that makes sense. :P

  • John Kurokawa

    Thanks for everything Cam- we’ll miss you! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • Nick

    Thank you, Cam!

  • donnybee

    I used to check PhoneDog all the time when Noah and Aaron were the main faces around. Then I branched out to TiP when Adriana and Cam did most of the work. Then followed Tmonews when David was still managing it. Now that you’re leaving, everyone I really followed is gone.

    Too bad. Good luck Cam!

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks Donnybee. You’re in safe hands with Alex. He’s one of my favorites. :-)

  • AS118

    Thanks for all the wonderful articles, Cam! I only started reading Tmonews recently (when I switched to t-mobile) but I really liked your articles and think you did a great job.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Thanks again, Cam! God bless. Best of luck on your next adventure. :-)

  • Bklynman

    Good luck Cam,all you do,thanks again for all your hard work here, too bad the trolls on here didn’t appy,for your job,the ones always complaining about the job you did,would love to see them try to do what you did. Take care,you fill David shoes very well.