Okay - so it's not exactly Mac related - didn't know where to post this. I really dislike cell phones but seems like circumstances dictate that I get one. Sooooo... your 2¢ please, everyone. It will serve not only as portable phone but as my land line also. Have not started to research this but I'd like the opinions of people that use them rather than salespeople first. What do I look for in a phone/service company? What questions do I ask? What's a good price for service? What/who should I avoid?<br><br>Thanks all...<br><br>
I have SprintPCS and use my cell as my home phone too. <br><br>Here are some things to look for since you are going to use it as your main phone:<br>1. Unlimited nights and weekends. Don't go for the ones that have minutes, cause if it's your main phone, you will use it a lot more than someone who has a home phone.<br><br>2. Try to get roll-over minutes...I think Cingular has them...and some other companies but I'm not sure. This is where if you don't use up all your peak minutes, they roll over to the next month, so you don't lose them. Though, as this is your main phone, you probably won't have any minutes to roll over, like me! LOL<br><br>3. Get as many peak hour minutes as you can...cause you will make or receive more calls than you think. <br><br>4. Nationwide calling. See if you can get the free long distance thing and then if you do, check to see if it's only from your "home area" or if you can call from anywhere in the U.S. That's good if you travel a lot. Otherwise the home area is good enough.<br><br>5. Get dual-band. This way if you do travel and go through an area where digital service is unavailable, you can switch to analog. But that's expensive, so don't call analog if you don't have to!<br><br>6. Check on how much it is if you run over your minutes....how much per minute.<br><br>Course all of that above is subject to actual usage....see if you can upgrade your plan at no cost. (most will) That way you can start with a plan and then upgrade if you find you are using up your minutes faster than you thought. I think all companies require a contract now, even Sprint dammit, so you can't downgrade until your time is up, usually a year or two. If you do get a contract, make sure it is only a year, max. That way you can change companies/plans if things are not what you thought.<br><br><br>Sprint for me isn't too bad...but I might look into other services and see what's out there. I have heard that Cingular is decent. I think T-Mobile used to be AT&T? Sprint's customer service is pretty good too.<br><br>One thing about cellphones, most are proprietary to the service, so if you go with Sprint, it will only work with Sprint, etc.<br><br>Anyway, that's my 2 cents<br><br><br>[color:red]Don't make me open this on you!</font color=red><br>
If cell is going to be you primary phone, borrow phones from a few friends with different services to see which gets a better signal at home. If you expect to travel out of your area frequently, you may want a plan that won't apply roaming charges — they can really add up. Like John said, you have to compare minutes offered to what you expect your calling patterns to be. And look for a plan that offeres calling features a-la-cart, so you can elect just the features you need.<br><br>I've used AT&T Wireless (M-Life) for about 5 years and have been very happy with service and price, but there are a lot of choices out there.<br><br>
i just switched from sprint to t-mobile. the plans seem to be better. the coverage is a bit less but still very good. the signal seems to be much stronger. in places where my sprint signal was weak the t-mobile is strong. phone: motorolla 332 works great and matches my ibook not that it matters. more importantly,it has usb connectivity which means i can more easily add new contacts (via ibook and shareware) and access the internet with the phone. set-up is easy (osX reconizes the phone immediately). its slower than dial-up, only 9600, but works well for checking email... works with your regular minutes, no extra charge.<br><br>
I've used Sprint and now have ATT. Sprint didn't have good coverage where I worked, and when I went on the road, their coverage in Colorado and Arizona stank (might have improved since then.) <br><br>The idea of borrowing a mobile to try it out where you're most likely to use it is EXCELLENT! If you can't do that, then you usually have 14 days to return the phone, but check that out before you buy.<br><br>At this point, you'd be a fool not to get a Bluetooth phone, but who knows if they've got coverage where you are?<br><br>
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