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So, my options for a large carrier for my tri-band GSM phone are T-Mobil and Cingular. So let's do a quick comparison:

Cingular

T-Mobil

  • Gave the right answer to the selling-records question (see link above)
  • Coverage kinda sucky at my house but pretty decent at the other places I end up most often
  • Cheapest plan is $30 for 300 minutes + unlimited roaming/LD/nights-weekends, which is still more minutes than I'll use

Looks like T-Mobil FTW. Now to call them and see if I can get the ball rolling on getting my number transferred to them without having to pay for service I won't be using.
brynndragon: (Default)
So, my options for a large carrier for my tri-band GSM phone are T-Mobil and Cingular. So let's do a quick comparison:

Cingular

T-Mobil

  • Gave the right answer to the selling-records question (see link above)
  • Coverage kinda sucky at my house but pretty decent at the other places I end up most often
  • Cheapest plan is $30 for 300 minutes + unlimited roaming/LD/nights-weekends, which is still more minutes than I'll use

Looks like T-Mobil FTW. Now to call them and see if I can get the ball rolling on getting my number transferred to them without having to pay for service I won't be using.
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While most people talked about their provider, almost no one talked about actual phones. I suspect this is because what I want out of a phone is different than what most people want out of a phone - I want a phone I can drop repeatedly, leave out in the rain, and accidentally throw in a snowbank without it being worse for the wear, preferably with several day's worth of battery life (including daily 2-minute's worth of use and weekly half-hour+'s worth of use), and that's about it. I neither need nor want ringtones or games or a camera.

Nextel clearly wins in this category with their 810F (mil spec) phones such as the Motorola i560, and they have a plan that's $10-15/month cheaper than my current one. However, their coverage is apparently less than stellar around here (in Consumer Reports' 2006 survey they scored the lowest of the major providers for phone service in the Boston area, at 55/100) and no one mentioned them at all in my last post. Oh, from my last post T-mobile, Verizon, and Cingular all got fairly similar numbers of thumbs up, but I'm not going with Cingular due to AT&T's new "pwnz your records!" policy, which allows it to not only give your phone records and contact info to the government, but also sell it to whomever they damn well please. Also, Verizon and T-mobile were first and second respectively in the aforementioned survey.

So I find myself slightly at a loss right now. If you've got a phone that's durable as hell or know of such a phone that's either Verizon or T-Mobile, please let me know. Also, if you have any opinion on Nextel, let me know that as well.
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While most people talked about their provider, almost no one talked about actual phones. I suspect this is because what I want out of a phone is different than what most people want out of a phone - I want a phone I can drop repeatedly, leave out in the rain, and accidentally throw in a snowbank without it being worse for the wear, preferably with several day's worth of battery life (including daily 2-minute's worth of use and weekly half-hour+'s worth of use), and that's about it. I neither need nor want ringtones or games or a camera.

Nextel clearly wins in this category with their 810F (mil spec) phones such as the Motorola i560, and they have a plan that's $10-15/month cheaper than my current one. However, their coverage is apparently less than stellar around here (in Consumer Reports' 2006 survey they scored the lowest of the major providers for phone service in the Boston area, at 55/100) and no one mentioned them at all in my last post. Oh, from my last post T-mobile, Verizon, and Cingular all got fairly similar numbers of thumbs up, but I'm not going with Cingular due to AT&T's new "pwnz your records!" policy, which allows it to not only give your phone records and contact info to the government, but also sell it to whomever they damn well please. Also, Verizon and T-mobile were first and second respectively in the aforementioned survey.

So I find myself slightly at a loss right now. If you've got a phone that's durable as hell or know of such a phone that's either Verizon or T-Mobile, please let me know. Also, if you have any opinion on Nextel, let me know that as well.
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My 2-year cell phone contract runs out is slightly less than two weeks. At which point I'll be entirely free to contemplate new plans, new phones for almost nothing (which is good, I put my phone through hell and it's beginning to show it), and even a new cell phone company.

So, those who are in the area, any recommendations or negations for your provider? I've currently got Sprint and while overall they work well for me, I'm starting to get really annoyed by the fact that I can't get signal in my house or my office (although this is a recent issue - signal used to be just fine in the office and mildly dodgy at my house; I'm not sure if this is a battered phone issue or what). However, if someone can give me a fairly minimal plan (say, 50-100 minutes/month with unlimited nights/weekends or 100-200 minutes/month total) with no roaming charges for less than $45/month, I'd gladly jump ship. My only worry with that is providers tend to drag their feet on releasing numbers for switch-over - after all, they have less than no incentive to make it convenient for you.

Also, any suggestions for a phone to get? My phone has worked out pretty well, but I'm thinking it'd be nice to have a phone that flips closed (mainly to prevent ass-dialing - I don't think there's a modern cell phone that won't fit in my BDU pocket, flip or not). I hesitate slightly because that reduces its durability, and durability is by far my largest concern (see above about putting my phone through hell). My second largest concern is that it be as cheap as possible (preferably costing nothing after rebate-with-contract). Next in the list is battery life, the longer the better. I'd rather it didn't have cameras or internet access or a PDA, mostly because I don't want to pay for functionality I'd never use (or worse, get addicted to that functionality - I've got more than enough computers and electronic distractions as it is).
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My 2-year cell phone contract runs out is slightly less than two weeks. At which point I'll be entirely free to contemplate new plans, new phones for almost nothing (which is good, I put my phone through hell and it's beginning to show it), and even a new cell phone company.

So, those who are in the area, any recommendations or negations for your provider? I've currently got Sprint and while overall they work well for me, I'm starting to get really annoyed by the fact that I can't get signal in my house or my office (although this is a recent issue - signal used to be just fine in the office and mildly dodgy at my house; I'm not sure if this is a battered phone issue or what). However, if someone can give me a fairly minimal plan (say, 50-100 minutes/month with unlimited nights/weekends or 100-200 minutes/month total) with no roaming charges for less than $45/month, I'd gladly jump ship. My only worry with that is providers tend to drag their feet on releasing numbers for switch-over - after all, they have less than no incentive to make it convenient for you.

Also, any suggestions for a phone to get? My phone has worked out pretty well, but I'm thinking it'd be nice to have a phone that flips closed (mainly to prevent ass-dialing - I don't think there's a modern cell phone that won't fit in my BDU pocket, flip or not). I hesitate slightly because that reduces its durability, and durability is by far my largest concern (see above about putting my phone through hell). My second largest concern is that it be as cheap as possible (preferably costing nothing after rebate-with-contract). Next in the list is battery life, the longer the better. I'd rather it didn't have cameras or internet access or a PDA, mostly because I don't want to pay for functionality I'd never use (or worse, get addicted to that functionality - I've got more than enough computers and electronic distractions as it is).

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Jan. 18th, 2006 01:50 pm
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I won't promise that I'll make a real post, because then I never will. But I will say it's on my mind.

In the meantime: Bestest keyboard EVAR

(For the nay-sayers, Snopes says it's perfectly possible)

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Jan. 18th, 2006 01:50 pm
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I won't promise that I'll make a real post, because then I never will. But I will say it's on my mind.

In the meantime: Bestest keyboard EVAR

(For the nay-sayers, Snopes says it's perfectly possible)

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