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heya.
how’s everyone fixed for cell phone service? my sprint mobile phone has been really dysfunctional of late—not sure if it’s the service or my battered phone. how’s everyone else doing with sprint recently? the general consensus I’ve heard is that verizon has the best service and T-mobile the worst, with sprint coming in middle with passable service and cheaper plans than verizon.
the past week or so, sprint has not even been close to passable, but it could be my phone. it’s been through a lot.

by teru kuwayama at 2004-08-24 12:57:07 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Try calling Sprint customer service (dial *2)
Ask the robot lady for a “P-R-L update” she should transfer you to a person. then ask that person for the same thing. they’ll tell you to wait a min or two, then hang up, then call them back, and wait another min or two. It’s no guarantee, but it might improve your service.

Verizon has the most coverage in the US, but not useful overseas. If you switch to Verizon, I highly recommend the Motorola V710. If Tmobile, the Nokia 6600 (though it’s pretty big).

Conrad

by Conrad Albrecht-Buehler | 24 Aug 2004 13:08 | | Report spam→
Heyo, to answer your question, I use an SE t68i and T-mobile.

As far as service/reception goes, it’s fine for me, but I’m in a different area, so that probably isn’t relevant to you. The phone itself is fine; I’m not real fussy about such things. I heart Bluetooth, though, I think it’s really worthwhile, if your computer has it. It enables me to sync my address book and calendar to my phone in the background, I can send and receive text messages through the computer, and then there’s Salling Clicker, which allows me to use the phone as a remote control for the Powerbook. Too cool.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 24 Aug 2004 13:08 | | Report spam→
hmm. I want a new phone. I hate my current phone. I do love verizon though- no problems at all & good customer service.

Does anyone know of a bluetooth phone from verizon that will work with a mac? Does the v710 work with a mac?

by [unverified member] | 25 Aug 2004 06:08 | | Report spam→
Hey Matt — no firsthand experience with Verizon, but it looks like that’s the only Bluetooth phone they have. I’ve heard not very good things about Motorola working with Macs…

by Shinji Kuwayama | 25 Aug 2004 08:08 | | Report spam→
salling clicker might make me switch to Tmobile. A guy I work with has Tmobile though and he’s constantly complaining about service and coverage (in NYC). anyone have any good Tmobile stories?

By the way, michelle has sprint & it seems to work fine, except in our apartment.

by [unverified member] | 25 Aug 2004 17:08 | | Report spam→
there are no good T-mobile stories in new york, that I have ever heard.
I just jumped ship from Sprint to Verizon. I meant to get a the cheapest, simplest phone in the store, but of course I ended up leaving with a camera phone that shoots video clips, and even more software and USB cables for my insane collection of “stuff”.

by teru kuwayama | 28 Aug 2004 10:08 | | Report spam→
I switched to verizon a couple months age, and am pretty damn happy with the service. Works well here in somewhat rural norcal, and even better when I was in NYC. I got the cheap-ass nokia 3589i, but it hooks up to my ibook no problem. It uses just my plan minutes when I’m connected online (it’s slow though), and I just have the basic $40/month plan.

For macs the Quick Link Mobile software and usb cable (http://www.smithmicro.com/)are very easy to use and worth the $$.

by [former member] | 07 Sep 2004 14:09 | | Report spam→
I switched to verizon about a week ago, and my service has really deteriorated as compared to sprint. I am messing around with different phones, so far a couple of different expensive ass samsung 610 camera-video phones… dropped calls all the time. I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that all battery operated devices hate me.

by teru kuwayama | 07 Sep 2004 21:09 | | Report spam→
I have T-mobile and my coverage flat out stinks in NYC. I get next to no signal inside buildings at work or at the place I am crashing, both of which are just north of union square. Interestingly, the signal stength just keeps getting worse. Similarly, my phone never worked inside my browstone apt in brooklyn, but thats maybe to be expected since it was like a giant, half-underground stone cave. For a while thought it might be my phone, but others with T-Mobile tell me they dont get signals in both locations either. Probably should change my service but it works kick ass in Miami where I spend half my time, and where my wifes AT&T is pretty much a door stop, go figure. When I got the service, they were the only ones to offer world phone GSM, which makes talking on the same phone in far away places, for something like $500-a-minute, fun and easy :)Actually, having GSM was pretty handy on the recent trip to Perpignan, so I would recommend that. I think other providers have GSM now too though.

by [unverified member] | 08 Sep 2004 08:09 | | Report spam→
Teru:
this is what you need…
http://www.pokia.com/

by [unverified member] | 08 Sep 2004 14:09 (ed. Sep 8 2004) | | Report spam→

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