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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 01:40 pm
Smartphones

Does anyone have any impressions of cellular service with Verizon, Sprint, or Cingular?  Good, bad, indifferent?  The reason I ask is because my Palm V was giving me problems a few months back and I finally quit using it.  I still keep track of things on the PC and that's been good enough in the interim, but now that I have the full-time gig and I've got more things to keep track of, I'm thinking I'll get a new PDA.  As long as I'm upgrading, I am strongly considering getting a smartphone that combines PDA and cell phone characteristics!  I may end up just getting the PDA, but it would be nice to have the phone feature.  Anyway, I was just curious if people had any horror stories or glowingly positive recommendations for service carriers or even regarding smartphones themselves!

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moogie277
moogie277
Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)

We have Cingular. I can't say it's always been great, but they have definitely done a lot of upgrading in the past couple of years. We generally don't have any real problems with them and since most of our friends and family also have Cingular, we don't get charged for calls.

As for the PDA/phone thing, make sure you do your homework. My husband has the Treo. It has a lot of great features, but it doens't do any of them particularly well. He says it's just ok. On the other hand, his co-worker has the same phone and loves it. I guess it all depends on the person.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
To Treo or not to Treo?

As for the PDA/phone thing, make sure you do your homework.
Yeah, I don't plan to make this an impulse buy. Not completely, anyway! I've known I need to replace my PDA for a while, and that is certainly going to happen within the next couple weeks. The question is if it's worth upgrading to a smartphone or not. Part of me thinks it would be cool and definitely a convenience. Another part of me says I've lived almost 30 years without it and been fine, why should I pay so much for something additional and arguably unnecessary on a monthly basis? Hmm. Well, thanks for the feedback! :)


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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)

I use Verizon and it's been fine. I have a feeling that all of them are fairly similar and you could get horror stories or glowing recommendations from users of all 3 providers. It may come down to which one has the package/phone that works best for you.


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squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
Fri, Nov. 3rd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
/agree

Hellokitty's right: all three of these companies have millions of customers, so positive and negative reviews abound. Your best options simply depends on who's phones you like and what calling plan you like best, as well as the coverage area. If it sounds complicated, it is. You could start your research with any one of those criteria, but may want to review them all eventually.

I have Verizon and have been with them for many years now. They are fine and the billing is usually regular. My only beefs are the required 1 or 2-year service contracts (very likely holds the case with Cingular and Sprint too) and the ridiculous $0.39/minute (or $0.49/min?) rate they stick you with for minutes used after you've used up your allotted minutes for the current month. If that second problem happens a lot, it probably means the customer needs to upgrade to a plan with more minutes, but if you do, Verizon (and maybe the others too) require you to sign a new 1 or 2-year contract. *sigh*

There are definitely frustrations. Anyway, I hope this helps. Let me know any other questions you have.


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living_in_books
amylya
Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)

Fuck a bunch of Sprint.

AND! If you get Verizon, I will text message you all the time. Except when I am in prison, which doesn't sound right but you know what I mean :)

I can do dinner on Saturday night. I never sleep anyway, so what the hell!

SEE you soon!

amy


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Verizon to the max!

I can do dinner on Saturday night. I never sleep anyway, so what the hell!
YAY!!! Most excellent, I am looking forward to it. I'll send you an e-mail next week when I have a better idea of what my weekend will look like. See you soon, indeed! :)


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sarah_mae13
sarah_mae13
Sarah Mae: Radical, Militant, YA Librarian
Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)

Sprint is the best network around here. I would say poll people with different carriers who use their devices in the areas you spend the most time in and see which ones get the better reception.

That's what I did before I got my cell phone.


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zacho817
Zach E
Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Can you hear me now?

I've had plans with verizon and now with T-Mobile. If i could, i would definitely go back with verizon with my sidekick. The device is cool, but tmobile's coverage area stinks at times. Verizon has awesome coverage areas especially here in the more populous areas of the country. I don't know how good the data network is though. I only ever had just a cell phone with them. Only time i've ever heard of problems happening is with the family plans, (my dad was told by the verizon people that he was not the main name on the plan, and that my sister was and he'd need to get her permission to change any features...oooh boy was he mad!!) But, then I don't think you'll be setting up a network like that.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: Can you hear me now?

(my dad was told by the verizon people that he was not the main name on the plan, and that my sister was and he'd need to get her permission to change any features...oooh boy was he mad!!)
*LOL* I daresay he would be! Thanks for the feedback. :)


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