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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 12:58 am (UTC)
I've found Verizon's help center folks to be pretty close to inept when asking questions about their own service. I switched to Cingular and have been happy ever since. The rollover is fabulous if you're not a gabber; I have the same plan you're looking at. I also recommend Nokia phones. Best reception rating and lowest repair rate. Flip phones get problems with the button between the two halves and then there's the risk of breaking it in half. I got my Nokia for 50$ and it has speakerphone. I also recommend getting an earpiece for when you don't want to use the speakerphone (if you get a phone with it). I am either sensitive to energy or they really do have a powerful signal, but I can feel the signal going through my head and it heats up my ear. Maybe its the shape of the phone. I like talking on the phone while its on the desk with either speakerphone on or with the earpiece in my ear. Best of luck! Let me know if you want any more details.
Jun. 19th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
Have heard that actually.. rialian says the same thing. (About the signals).

Cingular royally screwed me over with my prepaid phone, and have heard from a lot of people that their signal drops in a lot of places, where Verizon covers pretty much anywhere. So have been leary to try them out.. but we see. More info is good. (^*^)


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