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Finally time for a new cell phone....

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by Airjockie, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    My Sprint contract ended, and now I guess I'm on a month to month basis... And the Motorolla POS ic502 is losing battery stability, have to charge nearly every 2-3 days now. And the wife will need a new phone too...

    I've enjoyed the push to talk with the nextel, it was the only real thing that was handy with me and the wife while I'm out in the garage...

    I'd love to keep the same phone number.... along with the wife keeping her same phone number as well...

    I'd get her just something that works, while I want something like the I-phone...but would love to get the service charges down to about $100 a month for both phones. Initial cost of the phone will be no problem. The wife was originally going to get me the I-phone for my birthday back in March... and I would get her something for her BD this month.

    I'd like to see youtube at work, have full internet access, be able to post and type on it if needed.... and want a carrier to be reasonable with fee's.... and I don't want to have to be stuck to walls charging the thing...


    what should I look for, and what carrier? What's the best thing out there right now?
     
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  2. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I have a Blackberry Storm with Verizon. I pay like $70 a month. Internet alone is like $30 a month. I also have unlimited text and insurance.
     
  3. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    i wont get anything that is non gsm. fuck having a contract just to get a cell phone. if i want a new phone, i want to pop in my sim card and go.
     
  4. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

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    My wife and I are on AT&T, I have an iPhone 3G and she has a basic razr. We have 700 anytime mins/month, free nights/weekends, data plan for my iPhone and 300 textmessages/month on my line, we pay about 110/month.
     
  5. Mrs. Phyregod

    Mrs. Phyregod New Member

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    Phyre and I both have I Phones with AT&T. 700 minutes/month, free nights and weekends, unlimited texts and pay about $150/month for both. That's an awesome deal for us - we were getting raped with our last carrier.
     
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    I have a storm linh has some LG keyboard phone, and her mom has a random flip phone.

    1 phone unlimited internet/txt/pics all options but nav
    1 phone with unlimited txt/pics but no internet
    1 phone just basic

    700 minutes

    believe the bill is around 130-140
     
  7. eastbxc

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    If I was you call AT&T up and tell them your interested in switching to them and tell them exactly what you want and ask if they have any deals. Every few years when our contracts go up my Dad does this and they always give us free minutes free texts and rebates to new phones. This last time (July) They gave my Dad me and my step mom all $75 towards new phones (made my iphone only $25) and took $20 off the account everymonth and gave us all free texts and 100 more minutes. Just try it I have heard it works with most carries if you call them up.
     
  8. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    From experience in Nor Cal.

    Carriers:
    ATT = Good price, good coverage
    Verizon = Expensive, above average coverage
    Sprint = Expensive, good coverage
    Tmobile = Great price, decent coverage

    Note: Verizon and especially Sprint LOVES to charge for every minute thing. Case in point, they castrate bluetooth so you can use it with only a headset. Cant file transfer or anything (used for ringtones between friends).

    And in terms of phone, the Palm pre and the IPhone 3GS are the two fastest phones are market right now. They utilize the Cortex A8 processor which is currently head and shoulder above the rest.
     
  9. Drake

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    AT&T is not cheap. And in most well populated area's there 3g coverage sucks sweaty balls because everyone has an iPhone.

    If you want to stick with Sprint check out the Palm Pre. Which is what I have and freaking love it. I am actually posting from my laptop which is tethered to my phone all for free. Granted I had to do a little bit of rooting around to get it to work but none the less. I was looking at canceling and going to AT&T but I am saving myself around 600 a year by sticking with Sprint.
     
  10. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    I absolutely love my iPhone. Couldn't be happier with it. Just have to snag someone's wireless if you want to surf the net. 3g is good enough to check email and do certain tasks, but not good enough to just surf around for enjoyment. But hey, its the internet, the real internet, not some shitty text based version thereof.

    It also does great mapping via gps and cell tower triangulation. You can go into the maps app, type from "current location" to "Ihop" and it will route you to the nearest Ihop, give you a live, moving map, instructions, etc.. Very handy.

    Lots of other nifty tricks and tools, too many to list here, I have probably 50 apps on my phone, and I've only had it a month.

    Service is expensive compared with others.. Sound quality sucks in my area, but there are never any dropped calls or "unable to connect" or "call failed" messages. It always works.
     
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    I agree. I love my iphone. The amount of apps you will find something that will make your day easier. The maps feature is really cool. I have used it several times. You can actually watch where your going like any gps. I do disagree I find my 3g coverage is just fine. I think its just as fast online as most computers I deal with just takes more time to actually see the page and what not. I like the fact that my iphone matches up nice with my macbook so it easily switches my notes and calender and contacts with my computer to. I think no matter what phone you get you should invest in some sort of case for it.
     
  12. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I have a case and insurance. Then again, my last phone was the indestructible, waterproof one, so you know how often I break phones.

    IPhones definitely have more apps but as far as my Blackberry goes the only app I wish I had that I don't is mobile banking. For some reason there is no program that works with TD yet.
     
  13. CRX-YEM

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    In any case Clayton due to the number portability regulation you can keep your number no matter what service provider you choose
     
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    ATT around here = crappy service and customer support is a total piece of shit.

    Sprint/nextel is even worse.

    Verizon price wise came in a bit cheaper for our needs then ATT. They also have great customer support. Linh had ATT and when her contract was up she switched to Verizon.

    Verizon where my house is has crappy 3G and the signal drops a lot, but hands down in most areas of the state, verizon > all

    Up in CT it could be a very different story, maybe Verizon sucks bawls and ATT has great signal.
     
  15. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    well, walked into the mall, went to AT&T, walked out with 2 Iphones, a white 16gb 3GS, and a black 8gb 3G for $300

    Service plan for $127 a month...

    Not too bad... :)
     
  16. TommyTheCat

    TommyTheCat Gonzo Scientist

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    Hey, i've been looking at every phone imaginable lately - could you guys give me an idea of battery life with iphones and storms? And kind of usage?
     
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    My storm with basic use, maybe 10-15 txt, 5-10 minutes of internet and 20 minutes of voice use, all day long will only go down 1-2 bar outta 5

    There's 23948032 different versions of the Blackberry OS, depending on what version you run, the batter will do better/worse.
     
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    TommyTheCat Gonzo Scientist

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    I'll have to look into that, what OS are you using?
     
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    4.7.0.148


    time to update it. I think they're up to .180 or .190

    seems a new one comes out every 2 weeks tweaking things for the better or worse the one I'm running has been pretty stable.
     
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    Under heavy use (several calls, 30 mins of net use, with wifi enabled (it only activates the transceiver when the phone isn't locked) I get about 36-48 hours out of a full charge on my iPhone 3G. If I have music on, depending on volume, for a few hours the battery life drops to probably 24 hours. I usually charge it when it pops the 10% warning. The 3GS will probably have slightly lower battery life because of the more powerful hardware.
     
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