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San Jose area choice?

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by Eric3, Dec 12, 2001.

  1. Eric3

    Eric3 New Member

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    Hello,
    I am new to the forum, and new to wireless comm. I have no real experience, direct or even indirect with wireless. I want to get a phone for my wife & family, for only occasional use, mostly in the San Jose area. I would like it to at least work in the surrounding 200mi, even at extra charges. I desire the lowest price/time plan, but it has to work when we need it! Also some sort of free/cheap phone would be good.
    Thanks for any advice, and thanks for all that I read before posting this.

    - Eric
     
  2. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    AT&T & Verizon
    Hi Eric,

    I would recommend, in the following order:
    ATT
    Verizon
    Nextel

    Stay away from WorldCom (MCI). I can't speak for Cingular or Sprint in your area, but for what its worth, read the article I put on my website: http://whitehare.topcities.com/WirelessPhones.htm

    From experience: Don't expect coverage along Highway 1 when you are not in a large city. It doesn't exist from ANY carrier. For example, I get coverage on my ATT phone in Monterey and Carmel, but not in Big Sur. I get coverage in Half Moon Bay, but not out of town.
     
  3. Eric3

    Eric3 New Member

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    Thanks Kevin.
    It's a done deal, bought ATT yesterday. The sales guy was very good, and low-pressure (hard to find in any electronics stores these days). I'll post any feedback after my 3 weeks off and around using it.

    - Eric
     

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