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Kat
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Cell phone dilemma

on Friday, October, 05, 2012 6:36 PM
Hey fellow technology geeks--

It's getting time for me to get a new cell phone. The one I have is 9 or 10 years old now (it is a WORKHORSE) and it's starting to show its age (battery life going-- I could get a new battery but it also has reception problems, especially at my new apartment. I don't think it's necessarily my network-- I'll compare with my mom, who uses the same service, next time she comes over-- but probably that this poor phone is just too old and has been dropped too many times over the years). (Sorry, long post, but I need advice)

I'm on prepaid and adamant about staying with that, for the record. Plans require a contract AND are more expensive. I can't imagine why I'd want to choose that.

My current network, like so many, is CDMA. My provider doesn't have much in stock right now as far as choices of buying phones from them, all four of the phones they carry get bad reviews from what I can find on a Google search, and I don't really want a refurb phone anyway (my mom bought a phone from them and the battery life was shite, as if the battery was old. If you have a better story about refurbs, I'd like to hear it). Totally gonna pass on straight-up used phones-- who knows where it's been or how it's been cared for, or why they're unloading it, or whether somebody got all their kiddie porn off it. No thanks.

So I need to find an unlocked phone (I believe I can use this and they'll activate it for me-- when I first started with them, my phone was from another carrier-- though when I asked the last time I called Customer Service, of course the guy tried to sell me on their phones).

It's a bitch to find an unlocked *CDMA* phone, from what I can gather. I'm going to visit Radio Shack and Best Buy, but from their sites it looks like the unlocked phones they sell are only GSM phones. I don't want to go with eBay or anything questionable 'cause i don't feel like getting scammed on this.

So I'm considering switching to GSM. Now, I have no complaints with my current provider and quite frankly, they're the cheapest out there-- I pay $40/month for unlimited voice/text and some data (which of course I don't use on this old phone). If I switched to AT&T or T-Mobile to go GSM, I'd be paying $50/month, but I would have no more hassle next time I need to get a new phone because I could buy whatever I want. I'm inclined to go with AT&T, in part because T-Mobile's site is hard to navigate, the wankers, and their coverage is not as good.

I'm not 100% sure about coverage, though. I looked at AT&T's coverage map for GoPhone and it has three shades of orange. My home and work are in the darkest shade of orange for "best" coverage (though my home address is right on the edge of the next shade down), but elsewhere in the area it's patchy. I don't want to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere with shitty service some time, y'know?

With AT&T, too, it's a debate about whether I'd need to buy a new phone. My former partner has been trying to give me his old iPhone for a good while. AT&T says one can't use an iPhone on prepaid, but I've found sites before where people say they've hacked it*. Anybody ever done it or known someone who has?

So: What Would Tron-Sector Do? Should I stick with my current provider and either jump through hoops to find a new unlocked CDMA phone or take whatever shitty cheap-ass refurb they're offering, or switch to GSM and pay more per month? Each has about equal pros and cons (I don't plan on doing international traveling so I dont' need that feature of a SIM card-- I may live right near Canada but I never go).


(tbh with you, I'm not even sure what I want/need in a phone. I need voice, text, and I'd like to have a camera. Beyond that, I don't think I need more. But I also don't want to get something without a feature that I'll wish I had down the road. I admit it'd be convenient to be able to check my email on my phone if I'm at work, or use a map feature if I get lost, but I'm not paying oodles extra for a smartphone plan just to do that.)


*Prepaid iPhone:

http://osxdaily.com/2010/08/01/prepaid-iphone-setup-iphone-for-pay-as-you-go-plan/


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RE: Cell phone dilemma

on Friday, October, 05, 2012 8:46 PM


 
Kat
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RE: Cell phone dilemma

on Sunday, October, 07, 2012 1:21 AM
Alternately, y'all, any ideas for fixing the signal on my current phone? That is honestly the only thing wrong with it and who knows how long it could go on otherwise. I can't guarantee 100% that it's the age/condition of the phone and not the signal, but my guess is that that is it.

That is the ONLY reason I'm looking at getting a new phone-- because this one tends to drop calls at my new place if I'm not right next to the window and obviously I can't have that. The phone works great otherwise and doesn't seem even remotely near dead.

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on Sunday, October, 07, 2012 1:57 AM
Kat Wrote:Alternately, y'all, any ideas for fixing the signal on my current phone? That is honestly the only thing wrong with it and who knows how long it could go on otherwise. I can't guarantee 100% that it's the age/condition of the phone and not the signal, but my guess is that that is it.

That is the ONLY reason I'm looking at getting a new phone-- because this one tends to drop calls at my new place if I'm not right next to the window and obviously I can't have that. The phone works great otherwise and doesn't seem even remotely near dead.

So if anyone has any ideas for what I might look at in there that might be causing my problems and could be fixed, I'd be open to that too.

If you already know the answer but yet refuse to believe, you're wasting your time. There's no sense in beating around a gone horse when there's no more left to do. Time to pony up the cash & stop fiddling around with something that consistently causes issues otherwise you're just being cheap.
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on Sunday, October, 07, 2012 9:29 AM


 
Kat
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RE: Cell phone dilemma

on Sunday, October, 07, 2012 11:10 AM
Daft Tron Wrote:
Kat Wrote:Alternately, y'all, any ideas for fixing the signal on my current phone? That is honestly the only thing wrong with it and who knows how long it could go on otherwise. I can't guarantee 100% that it's the age/condition of the phone and not the signal, but my guess is that that is it.

That is the ONLY reason I'm looking at getting a new phone-- because this one tends to drop calls at my new place if I'm not right next to the window and obviously I can't have that. The phone works great otherwise and doesn't seem even remotely near dead.

So if anyone has any ideas for what I might look at in there that might be causing my problems and could be fixed, I'd be open to that too.

If you already know the answer but yet refuse to believe, you're wasting your time. There's no sense in beating around a gone horse when there's no more left to do. Time to pony up the cash & stop fiddling around with something that consistently causes issues otherwise you're just being cheap.

It's more a case of, I hate throwing away something that works perfectly except for one small issue that might have an easy fix, like opening up the back and seeing if a wire has gone loose in the antenna or something, or that has an issue which may in fact be my provider's coverage and may not be fixed with a new phone at all.buy viagra onlinehttp://www.bilimselbilisim.com/haberler_detay.aspx?id=42 viagra online

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RE: Cell phone dilemma

on Sunday, October, 07, 2012 11:06 PM
ChessMess Wrote:Well I wont be much help. I carry about a cheap feature phone and a iPod Touch. The touch gives me all I need for 90% of the time since I'm usually within wifi reach, and the feature phone cost is waaaaaay lower than a new smartphone and one of those expensive data plans.

Same here, man! Those iPods rock! I don't even use my flip phone that much, there is almost always a land-line phone around.

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