Wednesday, January 24, 2007

let freedom ring!!!

so, folks...i'm finally free.
 
and freedom has never tasted so good.
 
it feels good to have choice again but but now that i have options, i have no idea where to start.
 
how the hell do i figure out what cell phone provider to use? and what phone to get? and do i just break down and blackberry out like everyone else? verizon's coverage is good. customer service is by turns dismal and then exemplary. their phones, hands down, are horrible.
 
i think i should get a triband phone. i don't travel outside the country that often but something just makes so much sense about a sim card that you can keep your info on. but t-mobile and cingular are the only ones who sell triband phones. and how is their coverage and their customer service?
 
sprint used to roll over and give me anything i wanted whenever i'd threaten to leave them. but they used to screw up my bills royally every month.
 
sigh.
 
suggestions? i don't talk on the phone that much. i text incessantly. i like taking pictures and sending them but it's on an "as needed" basis and something i do only about once a month. i like the T9 function. scratch that....i LOVE the T9 function. i hate samsung phones.
 
help me!!!

11 people who played with me:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I remember this feeling. Sorry I can't help you cause the system here in Malaysia is way different than the system over there. But my dad is going to switch my entire family to another network by the end of the month so I'm going from postpaid to prepaid which means going from unlimited mostly worry-free (except for my dad, who pays for it all) texting and calls to $80 a month for all my communication needs.

Sony Ericssons are cool (T9, triband and 3G [is that big in the states?]), but I'd totally get a BlackBerry if I could. Listen to other people, they are wiser than I am.

1/24/2007 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man...

You find yourself in that wonderful and glorious nether region between needing a gadget and buying a gadget.

I've never been more jealous of another human being.

I've been eyeing Blackberries lately. Their rampant sexiness is wearing me down and testing my resolve.

1/24/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger The Stormin Mormon said...

The new Blackjack is BADASS!!!

As for service providers, your stuck with Cingular if you want the Blackjack, but I do prefer T-Mobile.

1/24/2007 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cingular (soon to be AT&T again) has fabulous coverage and the customer service has been incredible (and I've had Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint). HATED T-Mobile. By far the worst customer service I've ever had.

Blackberries are cool but if you want true functionality you have to go with the Treo. It blows Blackberry away and every IT person I know carries a Treo. Text, Phone, Camera, Email, Internet plus you can load the entire Microsoft Office Suite onto it.

1/24/2007 11:16 PM  
Blogger omar said...

Through (almost) a month, I've been happy with Cingular. Their coverage seems to be worse in the western US, based on their maps. I've had to call them for clarification on stuff a few times over the past month, and they've been nothing but courteous.

A few of my buddies have Treos, a bunch of my coworkers have Blackberrys. Every single Treo owner I know has complained about call quality or dropped calls (it's not provider-specific, either). It may not be as big an issue if you primarily want the device for text messaging, though.

People where I work are just starting to get their hands on the Motorola Q (possibly only through Verizon, though), which is, at least, pretty sweet looking. The Blackjack has a similar look/feel, and it may meet more of your requirements. I've never actually had a working Blackjack in my hands, though.

I picked the Sony Ericsson W810i becauase of the 2 megapixel camera and how well it works with my Mac. I picked Cingular because they don't cripple the Bluetooth functions on their phones like Verizon does (T-Mobile coverage is spotty in my area).

Good luck!

1/25/2007 6:35 AM  
Anonymous ale said...

I say go with cingular - as anonymous says ATT is buying it back- freaks- but anyway- I've had Tmobile for 6 years and they will not even send me a FREE PHONE for FREE! this is due to new cost cutting "strategies" carap they have going on.

Cingular is using T-mobile and ATT GSM network here in NY so its not a matter of service but customer service and plans.

Cingular has more phone options too, just a tip- once you decide, sign up through amazon.com which offers the phones for the lowest prices.

1/25/2007 11:10 AM  
Anonymous ale said...

oh yeah, blackberry is the greatest thing that happened to humanity, just not Pearl which has kinks

1/25/2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger omar said...

The one catch about Cingular and Amazon, you can't bring your number from another carrier. Or at least, not without paying Amazon $250.

Details here

If you didn't want to port your number over, then you're fine. I got my Cingular phone/plan through Amazon, and everything worked great (and the phone was way cheaper than anywhere else). But if you want to keep your number, you get screwed.

1/25/2007 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T-mobile has good customer service, not great. They have a good selection of phone, but as long as you get a GSM phone that isn't locked you can switch quite easily. Their coverage here in Colorado isn't as good as others but it's not too bad. I currently use a Treo 600 with them, but mostlky I just have my t-mobile service forwarded to my work cell.

My work cell is through Cingular. I am not too impressed. It is a Treo 650, with full data service. The concept is nice. I can surf, read work e-mail, etc, but either the service drops often or my phone resets itself often.

I am not being very helpful, huh?

1/26/2007 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am of no use to you because i pledge allegiance to samsung. sorry. motorola phones suck. i have t-mobil but only because 88% of the people i know have it and we can talk for free.

1/26/2007 9:48 AM  
Anonymous ale said...

you can sign up for a brand new number with cingular, get the good deal on amazon, then, the next day call cingular and ask them to port your old number from your previous carier. when the port has been completed sucessfully you call your previous provider and cancel the old number

1/29/2007 2:01 PM  

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