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Give me advice, all you cellphone people

So, I'm thinking about transferring my old phone number to a cellphone when I move into the duplex. I've never had a cellphone before, and really know little about them. Nor am I sure what my calling habits will be, other than that I don't tend to call long distance really at all. Cellphone people, please give me advice on picking a phone, plan, and company.

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eatsoylentgreen
Jul. 15th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
one option to consider is a prepaid phone... you recharge your phone with minutes. Some people say it's cheaper, once you've paid for the specific type of phone.
jojohnst0355
Jul. 15th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
you could do the whole prepaid thing, my advice is not to. I have had some friends do that and get screwed royally. but it is always an option.

I would recommend checking out Verizon. for "our" area, they have really great coverage, so you would rarely be in a place without service.

phone wise... I would suggest, a motorola or a samsung. I personally have always had good luck with those ones. Since you are a pretty busy person, and would just take the phone and go... maybe a flip phone? no accidental dialing people in your pocket...
grenacia
Jul. 15th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Aside from you guys, I've had advice to try: T-Mobile pay as you go, T-Mobile National plan, and Verizon Wireless. I think T-Mobile and verizon seem to be the winners. As for phones, I do think I want a flip-phone. The Motorola RAZR3 seems really really cool but the only provider offering it is cingular, who I hear sucks, so to get one I'd have to buy it elsewhere and get it unlocked, so I don't know if I'd bother.
grenacia
Jul. 15th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Nassarmu on OKC said:

I've had good luck with T-Mobile, they have 24/7 tech support which no other provider has and their phones work in Europe.

they have good plans and their free starter phone (Samsung C225) is of better quality than the starter phones from others.

If you get a National plan you get free Tmobile-Tmobile and free evenings and weekend. With cell phones there is no such thing as long distance, all phone call anywhere in the US are simply deducted from your minutes, even local calls. So this is something that you will want to consider when you decide how many minutes you are going to use. You can ask qwest for a detailed phone bill that includes the number of minutes used that month. On the flip side on the weekends you can call your family across the nation all day long and it will not cost you a penny. note that you will probably use more minutes because you will answer the phone more often if you carry it with you.
grenacia
Jul. 16th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
just got another vote for verizon from molerat on OKC
grenacia
Jul. 16th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Matashi on OKC says: well, if it's transferring a lan-line number to cell phone, I can't help you there... wasn't aware you could even do that. As for a carrier, someone recently suggested Verizon to me, so I'm looking into that. The most usefull package i've found (since I use a cell phone exclusively) has been appx 300 weekday minutes, free nights and weekends (starts 7pm every night) If you are not on a package deal with someone else's phone, free roaming may be available. I believe most have free long distance.

In short, though... it's all down to who has the most coverage for where you plan to be going the most. *sigh* not very helpfull in the end, eh?
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