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best voicestream phone?

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  1. Guest

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    I'm planning on going with voicestream for my service but i don't know which phone is the best? I don't need any extras like internet or anything of that sort, I just want a good reliable phone with good reception and is somewhat small and stylish. Any recommendations? Does anyone have the samsung Q105 or N105 and what is your opinion of it? And one last thing....I like the motorola v60 but i don't know if its worth the$250 pricetag.
     
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    i bought the N105 for $50 and love it. Check it out.[​IMG]
     
  3. aiwapro

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    Well the Motorola v.60 wouldn't be worth the money for you, since you said that you don't need the extras, like wireless internet.
    Do you need a phone for international use? If you don't, then that is another reason that v.60 wouldn't be worth the money for you. It is a tri-band phone, meaning you can use it across the U.S., and through Europe and other companies overseas.

    I have the Nokia 3390 and love it. It is very reliable and has great reception. I think it is small and stylish, but when Voicestream gets the Sony Ericsson T68i, then I will be getting that. Voicestream also has a new phone called the Samsung R225.

    The Nokia 3390 is only $49.99 when you sign up for a plan in a direct-Voicestream store. That's what one of the employees told me today when I was in there. The sign next to the phone said the same thing.
     
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    I think the two best Voicestream phones are the Ericsson T28 and the Nokia 3390. Both had awesome battery life, awesome sound quality, awesome reception. I would prefer the 3390 over the T28 only because the T28 is a bit fragile. If you drop it, the flip WILL break off.
     
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    The n105 has gotten very good reviews and check out the motorola p280

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    The Nokia 3390 is ok if you can get the back panel off to put in the battery!!!!!!! Another quirk of the Nokia 3390's, as per Voicestream and the manufacturer of Nokia phones........
     
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    That is not a downfall of the phone Sweetboxx. You're the only person that I know that has ever had a problem with that.
     
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    aiwapro, I had a problem with that, my father had a problem with it, my friend, who owns the store had a problem with it. And now there is actually a problem with the phone where it freezes on occasion. Voicestream sent out a new one, and that one didn't work at all, now another one is in the mail. There is reports of problems with the phone in general.
     
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    I did have a problem with the freezing too, but once they sent me the new phone, I haven't had the problem since.
     
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    I am thinking of going with voicestream, I don't know anyone in central florida who has voicestream, anyone out there have any good or bad to say about vs? is the nokia 3390 any good as far as reception goes? Thanks
     
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    The Nokia 3390 is great. I have carried it for almost a year now, and it has great reception. Some other people on here will tell you that it is a "great" phone.

    To talk exactly about reception; I can be down to only one (1) bar of frequency, and have crystal clear call quality. Usually phones start to static at one bar.
     
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    I was ready to return my Nokia cell phone because I could not get the back off to put the battery inside. After about 30 minutes it suddenly popped off, problem is, I don't know what happened or if I can repeat it if it ever needs a new battery![​IMG]
     
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    you press in the bottom of the back of the phone, while pushing up on the back of the phone.
     
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    Its a little tricky to get the battery cover out. I have the 3360 (which is basically the same but for TDMA) and I can get clear audio even at zero bars although sometimes it garbles a little but I never get static. Bit error rates are very low even under marginal conditions.
     
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    The Motorola P280 is a great phone, if you get one of the new ones. They have new software and are error-free.

    The old ones erased the phonebook, turned on and off at will, and were just all together unstable.

    The new ones even say "Welcome to T-Mobile."
     
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    How is your p280

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    It is complete crap. I got one of the old ones; It cuts on and off, screen goes blank and light stays on, No Service indications, and much more.

    I called Voicestream this afternoon and they are sending me a new phone within a couple of days.
     
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    hello,

    I apologize for interrupting the general topic in this thread, but a few of you have mentioned something about problems with the nokia 3390 freezing every now and then.

    My phone has started doing exactly the same thing ( every now and then the keys will lock up for a few seconds, then the phone will turn itself off then back on again ). ( as stated in my past in the handhelds forum )

    Anyway, I switched my old battery and sim card into the replacement phone, and the replacement phone started doing exactly the same thing!

    So I was thinking that the problem lay with the battery -- as the nokia rep I spoke to told me that he had never every heard of something like this happening to a nokia.

    Anyway, I apologize for more or less repeating a post that I made in another forum...but I would really like to find out if anyone else has experienced such problems. Voicestream claims all they can do is send me replacement phones ( barring the battery, since voicestream only warranties batteries for 3 months ), and nokia wants me to send the phone to florida...which will leave me without a phone for a good week and a half or so...
     
  19. Guest

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    I had the same problem with my 3390; It froze and I had to take the battery out and put it back in for it to work again. Mine never cut on or off though. My phone always froze in the same place, right when I crossed street after leaving my job. I called Voicestream and they sent me a new phone only. It never happened again though.

    I just had this problem with my P280 as I explained in my above post that it froze, cut on and off, among alot of other things. Anyways, I called Voicestream and they sent me not only a new P280, but a new battery with it. She told me on the phone that they were going to send the battery too, and to make sure that I not only sent the old phone back, but to make sure I send my old battery back to them too.

    Here is the way to make sure that the battery is causing the problem. Plug the phone in through the AC adapter and see if it happens. If it doesn't happen with it plugged in, then there must be a problem with the battery. Your direct-Voicestream store should give you a new battery; mine gave me another one when I first got my 3390 and the battery just wasn't lasting. All they had in stock was the higher capacity battery, so they gave me that one.
     
  20. Guest

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    That was me in the above post. ^^

    aiwapro
     
  21. Guest

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    Here is the way to make sure that the battery is causing the problem. Plug the phone in through the AC adapter and see if it happens. If it doesn't happen with it plugged in, then there must be a problem with the battery. Your direct-Voicestream store should give you a new battery; mine gave me another one when I first got my 3390 and the battery just wasn't lasting. All they had in stock was the higher capacity battery, so they gave me that one.
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    Was the phone purchased through Voicestream directly?
     
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    I got the t28 when I signed up with voicestream. The original phone started out ok. but got progressively worse to the point of it being absolutely useless. Voicestream finally sent me a replacement after many calls to customer service. On the good side, the new phone arrived within two days and so far its working great.
     
  23. RS1999ent

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    Thank you for the replies. My responses to your statements are below.


    << Here is the way to make sure that the battery is causing the problem. Plug the phone in through the AC adapter and see if it happens. If it doesn't happen with it plugged in, then there must be a problem with the battery. >>

    hmm. That. perhaps is a good point. Since the phone doesn't turn on at all without a battery in it, even if the phone is connected to an AC adaptor, i was under the impression that even when using the AC adaptor that the battery was somehow involved. I guess I'm wrong about that though...


    <<She told me on the phone that they were going to send the battery too, and to make sure that I not only sent the old phone back, but to make sure I send my old battery back to them too. >>

    sigh. VoiceStream rather curtly informed me that their warranty on batteries lasted only 3 months, and that since I purchased my phone on January 19th of this year, all they could do is send me replacement handsets. When i told them that the handset itself didn't seem to be the problem, they once again rather curtly told me that there was nothing they could do and that I should contact nokia.

    I eventually did manage to get them to credit my account for the "price of a new battery." That is I received an email for a voicestream "Customer Care Specialist" stating that she had credited my account for the price of a new battery, which she claimed to be $20. This rather annoyed me, because the VoiceStream accessory store itself charges $30.45 for a replacement battery ( 640maH, 3.6V NIMH ). When I went to a VoiceStream dealer, the salesperson there wanted $40 for the same battery, and when I went to a store which just sold nokia parts, the salesperson there told me the price would be about $35. Thus, though i do appreciate the fact that the customer service rep credited my account for $20, I don't particularly like being lied to with regard to the fact that the rep told me that $20 was the price of a "new battery" for my phone. Seems like they were simply trying to get me off of their shoulders, instead of trying to help me.


    <<I got the t28 when I signed up with voicestream. The original phone started out ok. but got progressively worse to the point of it being absolutely useless. Voicestream finally sent me a replacement after many calls to customer service. On the good side, the new phone arrived within two days and so far its working great. >>

    So I took the phone to a nokia level 3 service center yesterday...which actually turned out to be a Verizon Wireless store. The technician there put my phone in some kind of testing machine he had and told me that there was absolutely nothing with the phone itself, and that if I had any problems it might be with the battery or with the sim card.

    So last night I went out and purchased a nokia BLC-2 battery ( 850maH, 3.6 V Lithium-Ion battery...I figured I might as well get some extra battery life while I was buying a new battery ). Guess what? The battery simply doesn't work. If I plug the battery into the phone, and plug the phone into the charger, the lcd screen simply stays blank. I don't get the traditional battery charging indicator, etc. After leaving the battery on the charger for about an hour I tried to turn it on...to absolutely no avail. I'm sure this is just a random fluke...but still...

    If this continues any longer I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do... In my opinion both voicestream & nokia ( especially voicestream ) have an obligation to figure out what is wrong with my phone. Since the cause of the problem is still in the air ( after all I'm not sure if it's the battery ), they should make every effort to determine the problem. What annoys me most about VoiceStream is both their statement about the price of the battery in the email above ( I really don't care about the price...it's the fact that they explicitly told me that the price of a new battery was $20 when in fact every store I have visited sells the same battery for at least $10-$15 more than that ). Another gripe I have with VoiceStream is with regards to this conversation I had with a VoiceStream representative at a local mall :

    When I asked this representative ( at my local mall ) whether they'd replace my sim card for me if I used the new battery and found that that was not the problem ( since right now the problem can only be the sim card or the battery ), he told me that I would have to have the sim card replaced by the VoiceStream store from which I purchased the phone if I wanted the replacement sim card for free. Further, he told me that if I tried to get the sim card replaced at a store from which I did not purchase the phone, they would have to charge me $20.

    I think that's just unreasonable...since I am a college student, I purchased the phone while in pittsburgh. Since I'm working in New York over the summer, there's absolutely no way i can travel back to pittsburgh to get a new sim card. When I told the representative this, he just shrugged his shoulders and said I'd have to pay the $20 then.

    Anyway, that's just an update on the situation. Aiwapro, etc. thank you for responding. any additional info you have would be greatly appreciated. You know, for the price of the new battery + new sim card, etc. I could probably just get a phone upgrade from VoiceStream...except right now, I'm not too impressed with their customer service department, and thus I have qualms about extending their contract for another year. In addition, I rather like my phone...

    Anyway, all this is started to rather annoy me. I'm rather sure that if this continues any longer, I'm going to end up voiding the warranty on my phone by throwing it at a wall in absolute disguist...
     
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    Could be the phone. As I said in my post above, the first phone froze, so they sent a new one, with not battery, and that didn't work at all and just showed a blank screen as you described, so then they said maybe it is also the battery, so they sent a new phone and battery, finally it was a good phone that worked. This was all within the 2nd month of service. I suggest giving Voicestream a call back and have them send a new phone, again as it is still not working as it should.
     
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    Go with the R225 Samsung, Battery Great, Blue screen, alerts great sounds and loud. Can't go wrong, pricing should be around Free to 100 with activation.[​IMG]
     
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    I have to aggree with the above thread. I am about fed up with voicestream myself. I bought the Motorola P280 phone back in Feb. Needless to say, it is the most user unfriendly pain in the but phone I have ever seen. My phone book keep mysteriouly disappearing and then reappearing from out of thin air. Finally after the 5th time of it completely being emptied, it decided not to reappear at all. I called Voicestream and they sent me another lame replacement. This time I could not access my voicemail. The prompts where not recognized and so when I pressed 1 or any other command, nothing happend. The computer just keep talking and asking me for a prompt. Finally it just told me good bye and shut off. Anyways, before I could send the second phone back, I lost it on the 4th at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. I am thouroughly angry that no one bother to turn it in, not answer my repeated attempts in calling my number. Bottom line is, I have 2 choices either buy a nokia for $104 bucks or the lower grade motorola for $140 bucks or some absurd amount or just breach my contract. There is not customer service with his company if you are a new customer. That sucks. Don't know what I am going to do. I was told to check with a dealer and see if they would give me a good deal... anyone know of one that actually has good customer service and would provide a decent phone and a decent price?? I am in the Wash DC area. Thanks.
     
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    I just stumbled across this thread, and I happen to have a Motorola 270c which is very similar to the P280. I have had nothing but trouble with this (these) phones. I am currently on my 5th handset in 3 months. i was told that I would have to buy a new phone if I wanted a different model, so i just continue to visit the Verizon wireless store and get new (refurbished) handsets. I have spent many hours in the store complaining, and written a few letters, to no avail!

    Anyway, the phone acts a lot stranger than what you are all describing, it calls people on its own, unlocks itself...etc. My point is, that I think all of this is software related from Motorola, and I think maybe that the P280 may suffer from similar software problems. The handsets are very similar, and the voicestream guy I visited looked at my phone thinking it was a P280. It was onloy upon closer inspection that he determined that it was a different model.\

    Just thought I would throw some gas on the fire. [​IMG]
     
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    If you get a new P280, you will notice that it has been changed alot. It runs alot smoother and responds somewhat faster and the phonebook never disappears. It doesn't cut on and of or anything either. It also says 'Welcome to T-Mobile' when the phone comes on. The Motorola welcome screen is also different. The GPRS responds faster too. I know all of this because I had the older model P280 and it had tons of glitches, so I called Voicestream and they sent me a brand new one with updated software and everything. They even sent me a new battery.

    Also to the anonymous poster who lost the P280, just becasue you were having a problem with the phone doesn't mean that you should be mad/angry with Voicestream. They did nothing wrong, and if you hadn't of lost it and called and told them what was wrond with your phone, they would of sent you a new one just like they did me. I didn't even get the phone from them and they sent me a new one. I got it off of eBay. Go back with Voicestream, there customer service is excellent. Just dial 1-800-937-8997 and there is an option for new customers aswell.
     
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    Nextel has decent service and decent prices. Their phones are pretty decent and actually work. I have a spare one I need to sell but you have to use Nextel service. Are you in a Nextel service area?

    If you are interested, contact me at SweetBoXx@msn.com. My spare Nextel phone is an i50sx. Beautiful phone. Two face plates( blue and silver.) I just bought it in April 2002 but decided that it was too big for my purse, so I purchased the i90c instead, so Im stuck with the spare. I paid 52.99 with the tax but am willing to let it go for 25.00.


    SweetBoXx[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Stick with the simple i always say...

    go for the TalkAbout T2282 if you can find it. I've had it and it never gave me a problem.
     
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