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My phone is exhibiting some really exciting failure modes right now. The buttons that at least occasionally work are highlighted:



I can receive calls, but I can neither make calls nor check messages. I can receive texts, but I can only reply with the canned texts that came with the phone, and that only to numbers in my contacts list.

It's neat and all, but it's time for a new phone. Our contract for Verizon broke when P decided to get an iPhone, so I'm completely free to choose. This is what I have so far:



Verizon


  • Pros: I already have service with them. The people I call most, my family and thumbie are free since they're in network.
  • Cons: The reception is spotty in my apartment and on campus. Also, all of the new phones I've seen are much more locked down and branded than my current phone.

Cingular

  • Pros: I'm all set for when iPhone v2 comes out, and I could get shared service with P.
  • Cons: I really don't like the thought of giving AT&T money. They are also pretty locked down.

TMobile

  • Pros: GSM! Android! Generally less assy about unlocking phones.
  • Cons: Generally inferior reception, though I don't know how they do in SC.


(I've sworn off Sprint after a terrible experience with them a few years ago, and I travel enough that I need access anywhere, so the minor providers aren't a real option)

I don't really care about advanced cell features like phone/pic messages. I do end up making and receiving a lot of calls, so I'm not going to be going for minimal or pay-as-you-go plans. Easy international calling is another big plus.


Any other suggestions? In particular, if you've tried using a cell in Santa Cruz, what's worked for you? I'll be buying a phone in the next day or two.

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From:krchicken
Date:November 12th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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in my experience, verizon has the best coverage and is the most expensive while tmobile has the worst coverage and the best prices. sprint and cingular seemed squarely in the middle. that said, i've decided to suck up the poor tmobile coverage and see how much i hate it..

tmobile has a "fav 5" thingie, which while it sounds like 8th grade, it lets you pick the 5 people you call the most and makes those calls not count as minutes, which might make sense for you..

as far as i could tell, the iphone can't be on a sharey plan. so you lose that pro.. there is only the iphone plan for it..

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From:komaheian
Date:November 13th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)

I saw an HTC phone today

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I saw an HTC phone today
It was cute: http://www.htc.com/product/03-products.htm
(Cingular)
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From:thumbie
Date:November 13th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
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If you ever manage to hang onto a call with *any* service provider while driving past Pasatiempo Dr., let me know and I will be very surprised. =\
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