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cell phones?

Okay.. I really need a cell phone. Nothing fancy, not too much money, and hopefully as little contractual obligation as possible (without being prepaid).

Working Assets goes for $29.99/mo and runs through the Sprint network. Unlimited nights & weekends (9pm-7am), plus 250 anytime minutes. Good, but if I end up in Pittsburgh again, or something, am screwed. (Small roaming area).

Verizon has a plan for $39.99/mo with "unlimited IN calling" (which means free calls to Verizon customers whose numbers aren't Caller-ID blocked). Covers most of Pennsylvania, but not WV. (Sorta the opposite of Working Assets, only covers more ground in the country overall). May be able to get this for only $9.99 by getting added to my parents' plan in NJ, though that does mean getting a NJ number (instead of MD).

There's Sprint, but they have this kooky system of automatically charging you for extra minutes you may not use once you get close to using most of your minutes. I dunno about that. $35/mo for a good coverage area, or what looks pretty good but won't let me zoom out.

Cingular also costs $39.99/mo with 450 anytime minutes, in this case 5000 night/weekend minutes instead of unlimited. But also has rollover, so unused minutes carry over to the next month. Covers most of the US, except for boonies areas and most of NV & MT and such. No problems in MD, NJ, and most of PA. No roaming or long distance charges (unless of course out of coverage area).

And whatever else.. not sure. Am gonna need to get this taken care of pretty quickly, so that people can actually contact me. (Like, I dunno, job people.. ee) Going to be talking to my parents again tomorrow, see if they've found out anything about possibly adding me in. That would be the cheapest route, but if not, what should I go with?

--Score so far--
Verizon: 5
Cingular: 3.5
Sprint: 0
Other: 0


Jun. 19th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Sounds good. I've heard Sprint==devil before (the main thing being really horrible customer support). I have heard nothing but good things about Verizon so far. Am sorta leaning towards them, but seeing what people think (and if there are other plans am unaware of).
Jun. 19th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Yeah... my big beef was with their service. I was working in Kansas City, where Sprint has its corporate headquarters, and seldom got adequate reception. I think that's pretty sad.

The disconnect fee was the icing on the cake - that I changed to Verizon a few *hours* before they said it was the end of my contract ( and two days after I thoguht it was supposed to end)
Jun. 19th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
I've heard people happy with V and C equally.. I guess whatever experiences you have determine your bias for one or the other. I still recommend Nokia though.


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