??Sprint Myths??and also a bit of GSM thrown in I see so many people on here saying Sprint is so horrible and yet from all of my experiences and people i know with Sprint it doesnt all add up. I have had Sprint Service for a year now, first with a samsung 8500 and know a sanyo 5150 phone. Clarity of calls has been excellent. Yes I have had dropped calls (although with the sanyo virtually none) but so do all carriers. i live in NJ close to the city and travel mostly in northeast NJ and NYC sometimes hitting connecticut and central and south jersey. Signals have been excellent throughought and down the jersey shore. WHY DONT ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT GETTING A SIGNAL LOOK AT A COVERAGE MAP BEFORE YOU BUY A PHONE It is not that hard, I did. All you need is two eyes. I agree that Sprint DIGITAL coverage is not the most extensive out of metropolitan areas and highway corridors but that is for you to find out before you buy and know where you are going to travel and use the phone the most. In NYC my Sprint phone gets service where my friends voicestream and Verizon phones do not. In wayne nj at some of the homes where some friends live (20 min from NYC) verizon and at&T phones get no service meanwhile I am talking from the basement on a good signal. My friends and I drove from NJ to OTTAWA,CANADA, I had sprint pcs Digital service over 80% of the time during our travel in the USA and the ability to ROAM the rest of the time, and I drove through some very rural areas (the good ol sticks) to get there. Not bad, and this was almost a year ago. Do your homework people. Sprint customer service is not the best, and with each cell phone company you will get that Representative whose attitude sucks and makes you say the whole company is garbage. I have had some long hold times and some short, more recently I get a representative in sub 3 minutes each time (even though Sprint closed down some cust. service centers, i dont get it) Also one major plus of Sprint is their PLAN FLEXIBILITY. i signed up for a 2yr contract cause of the rebate i received through a promotion a year ago, but throughout my 2 years I can SWITCH my plans as many times as I want (preferrably do this to take effect at the start of the next billing cycle to avoid prorating costs, which ALL sprint cust. service reps helpfully warned me about; unlike my sister with Verizon) If sprint comes out with a new promotion plan which you like, just switch, no problem. With Verizon they renewed my sisters contract for another year from the point she switched plans, didnt tell her that, and also prorated her bill for that month instead of telling her just to wait and make the plan change effective at the start of the next billing cycle; this being more cost effective. Verizon does have the largest coverage area in the nation that is true, and hopefully talks of sprint-verizon Roaming agreements prove true, as long as Sprint customers keep Sprint flexiblity Keep yourselves educated no matter what phone company you go with; there are lots of scams out there and dumb sales reps but in todays dog eat dog capitalist markets, you simply HAVE TO BE AN EDUCATED CUSTOMER. JUST READ THE MAP; it's so funny people dont do the simplest of acts and just assume cause they get a signal in the store that it will work great 20 minutes away. There is a verizon store 5 miles from my parents house and when my sister visits she can get 1 bar of signal on her phone maybe half the time, the rest of the time her Verizon phone is NO Service. All carriers suffer from this. Dead zones are a fact of life for now Before I signed up for sprint one of my friends had sprintpcs and i made sure he came over my apartment to see his reception. 4 Bars, so i signed up I think Verizon has a 15 day trial (though watch out for some scheming Billing techniques many people speak of) so u can atry out the phone first. Sprint also offers a 30 day trial within which u can cancel service for no penalty and return your phone (or is it 14 days i dont know check up on it) Also, for people who push for GSM because of world compatibility here is something to chew on. For the average person having a GSM phone that will work in Europe is great, as long as you are lucky enough to goto europe often enough to utilize that and then being able to afford the 1 dollar+ per minute fees to roam on a european GSM network with ure GSM phone. Meanwhile all us CDMA users will be cruisin on 2.5g and 3g networks here at home in the USA long b4 you will. But for all CDMA users there has recently been news released that GSM/CDMA dual mode phones will be released latest 2003, u can search the web for this. If you really need to feel able to use your phone anywhere in the world this will solve your problem. I just wish I was one of the jetsetters who needed a world phone for practical reasons due to the fact that I would be bouncin around the globe, but I am primarily stuck on the east coast USA so I dont need a world phone. I am as much a techno gear head as the next guy and I really want to be able to say I have a phone that works in most of the world, but in reality, like i said unless you travel overseas often or can afford the huge per minute rates when u do travel then having a GSM phone for now is totally useless for that reason alone. ALSO as far as nextel direct connect goes Sprint is launching its own PUSH TO TALK service using technology provided by Winphoria. While i heard also that voicestream and verizon were planning to enter the Push to Talk market i have scoured the web and found no solid articles backing this claim up, whereas you can read articles coming directly from sprint and other sources that it plans to launch its PTT service end of 2002 or early 2003.