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01-05-2007, 12:38 PM
I've been with Alltel for a lot of years because they were the only game in my area. That has changed over the past few months and I might need to look for a better provider. Who do you have service with, and are they any good?
Only 2 in my area, Verizon, and Cellular One, I have had Cellular one for a while, no complaints.
Here in teh DFW area we have quite a few.
I have T-Mobile. I have 2 lines thus the family plan.
My average phone bill is between $115-$150max per month.
700 Shared Min Nationwide (no long distance, no roaming)
Free Nights and Weekends
Unlimited Text Messaging
Insurance for my phone
Unlimited data package (internet for my pocket pc phone)
T-Mobile Web (T-Zones) for Trina
And whatever ring tones she downloads.
I never really ever lost signal unless in basment of a building or in boonies of Lousiana. Never had a problem with a dropped call besides when Justin's crappy service does.
My cost wouln't be so high but i pay $30extra for the data package wich allows me to access internet on my windows mobile cell phone.
I perfer GSM type networks because I like to have backup phones. If my phone for some reason goes out, I can always take out the sim card and put it in one of my two backup phones.
Verizon, Sprint, Metro PCS all use CDMA. Which means your phone uses a unique ESM (think thats the right term) number. If you loose or break your phone, your screwed until you get a replacement.
Services like Cingular and T-Mobile use GSM which use Sim Cards.
I know for a fact that you better have good credit to get Verizon. I know people with good credit, and Verizon wanted a redicilous deposit.
01-05-2007, 01:53 PM
I was on Cingular until recently, and before that I had AT&T (which Cingular bought.) The Service on Cing. was brilliant (even got text messages from a friend of mine who was in Fallujah; the AT&T repeater was working and it was in network! and I drove cross-country from PA to NM without losing signal once...but in the last six-eight months, service has been absolute $hit. Dropped calls all the time (including one to the tech support guys who suggsted a new phone), my friend and wife reported the same thing (my friend Joe doesn't get his voicemail for up to an hour after it's recorded...) They didn't do a lot of add-on costs: if you don't use your minutes up, they roll them over (use or loose by the end of the year.) I would average 4000 minutes rollover by years end. There were no added costs for international, national, weekend or night, and if the person was Cingular it didn't count toward your minutes. Basic minutes plan was 450.
Switched to Verizon this month. So far, crystal clear calls, no drops. The voicemail and text messaging work fine. Customer serice and tech support have been great (I called to find out why I couldn't transfer a music file from my computer to the phone.) They have that VCast stuff -- so if you use the phone for weather, news, stuff like that, it's worth it. (I don't and they let me cancel that part of the plan, no static about it.)
I have about a half dozen friends on Verizon -- they all seem to really like them. Jury's out for me until I see the first bill. They supposedly like to nickel & dime you on little things, but I can't verify.
My $70 plan for me and the wife inclues the 700 minutes w/ free night & weekends, 250 text messages, a certain data throughput (haven't checked on how much) -- although the VCAST stuff is apparently covered in that plan ($15/phone/mo.) Overall, looks to be better than the Cingular deal (save I liked having the extra rollover stuff if I needed it.) Coverage in New Mexico can be really spotty, but so far Verizon seems to have as good coverage as Cingular did.
Heard some bad stuff about T-Mobile customer relations (from one of their engineers, no less), but can't verify. Kamo would know more about them.
So Cingular -- was good, now not (at least in NM.)
Verizon -- great call quality and features, really good customer service. Jury out on billing.
With work at my old job, I used Cingular & Verizon. When I started my own business I used Sprint. In this area (Rochester New York) I was losing signals and communication frequently. I changed to Verizon and have had no problems. I never have losed a signal unless in side a bldg (like hospital with lead walls, etc.) I have found that if you phone use is like mine, that my phone is used as my business phone and thus it is on 24/7, you will needed to shut it off for about 60 seconds once or so a week. Verizon suggested this and so did Sprint. It allows the phone program to reset itself. I think the service advantage/problems is designed to each individual area. I hope this helped.
01-05-2007, 02:59 PM
i've got verizon. best service in my area. but diff phones/technology, as i don't get the quad-band/gsm/etc. then again, i don't bother leaving the country, either.
01-05-2007, 03:20 PM
Sprint sux, and thats all I have to say about that.
Ever fig out how to use that phone?
01-06-2007, 06:56 AM
Yeah, I guess.
Turns out it is not capable of sending text messages. According to the Korean engineers who made it, if a person were to spend $500 on a phone, why would they want to do the low brow text messaging thing when they can simply e-mail?
All in all its the best phone I have ever had, but the service sux.
MO - That was my experience with Sprint also. The equipment I had was good, the customer service was good also. The phone service was no good.
Lol, my phone does everything.
01-06-2007, 12:27 PM
I have had them all since for work i travel 100% of the time i have found that cingular has the best coverage no matter what state i am in plus for 3.00$ extra a month the service plan cant be beat break it spill water on it lose it they will have a replacement there in a day or two plus the three time's i have had to get a replacement it was always an upgrade
because cell phones are a limted run type product my wife just lost hers and they sent a camera phone to replace hers that did not have one originially. My wife used to work for sprint and i do not like them at all either Verizon was ok if you stayed around philly but center pa service was B.S.
I agree that Sim cards are the way to go if you damage you phone FuBAR it dont matter the sim is usally dead but if it get wet or droped or just stops workin a you just change over the sim that is great because you dont have to reprogram all your numbers ECT.
I am on a family plan with three phones for 150.00 a month all options 100 text msg.a month open wave that is like cell phone internet/weather/im + 5000 min a month and the service plan plus it dont matter what plan you have calls from and to other cingular phones is free no min usage no matter where you are in the lower 48 states[U] this is why every one i work with has cingular i call pittsburg/west pa 10-15 time a day from reading/philly east pa that call on a land line is long distance oh it has FREE LONG distance to any where in the lower 48 but it does use min if you are not calling a cingular phone but it does not cost extra.
So cingular is the company for me but they do have like one or two year contracts that kinda sucks if you dont plan on keeping your service sorry to sound like i am on a :soap: but i have had to use cell phones every day for the past 7-8 years so i really have had them all (When you travel cross contry it has to be set for both analog and digital free roming has to be set also)
I dont care who you have there are just some places where it drops calls even sat phones drop calls sometimes........
01-06-2007, 05:49 PM
Sprint sux, and thats all I have to say about that.
maybe there, but i love my sprint. never drops calls and always have service. i love my phone too. ppc-6700
01-08-2007, 11:59 PM
I don't have a problem with sprint either. I've always had great service in Baltimore and the surrounding counties using a motorola V3M RAZR.
02-26-2007, 08:02 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I went with Nextel. It has the best coverage where I live.
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