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T-mobile York, PA area servcie ?

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by PADutchman, May 26, 2003.

  1. PADutchman

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    Currently a Cingular customer, and not happy at all with the local plan, and running at least 50% of the time on ATT - Very poor Cingular network in and around York, PA.
    Considering T-mobile and would like some honest feedback from someone who is familiar with using T-mobile in the York / Harrisburg / Lancaster areas.
    I've narrowed the field to T-mobile or Verizon My previous experiences (yes, I was on Verizon B4) have lead me to these two.
    Thanks !

    Update: co-workers are touting NexTel as the way to go. My head hurts !
     
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  2. NYCDru

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    Seeing as how you are in PA it would not suprise me if all your responces said think verizon or ATT. If ATT is not available in your area then Verizon most likely would be your better choice. Especialy when travelling through some of the more rural areas were there may only be analog coverage seeing as how verizon as znalog to fall back on and TMobile does not.
     
  3. Matt

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    PADutchman,

    Contrary to NYCDru's post (which is not based on experience I believe), I have had very good service with T-Mobile (formerly PCSOne) in that area. I've been a TM user for over three years and have friends and family in the area. In York county, I've been along Rt 30 and 83 of course, and had good service in the York Haven area. Lancaser County is pretty well covered. Millersville, Lancaster, Manheim, Lititz, etc. are all places I have traveles and used my phone over the years. The major shopping areas along 30, Park City, etc. are all fine. I don't go to Hbg, but since it's the biggest city in the area the service is probably good there as well. You have a 14 day trial period.

    Dru - Lancaster is not as rural as it used to be - over a half-million people in the county I think.
     
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  4. PADutchman

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    ATT is available here, but I will not redo that agonizing ordeal,...........TDMA or GSM (well, maybe GSM in another 10 yrs?) I hear all these reports about how T mobile has added so many new subscribers, but yet, I know 2. One here, who is content because they have a 20/month plan, and another in Baltimore,MD which isn't really my market but is generally happy. Minor coverage issues there.
    I'm aware that T mob. may not cover "ye old huntin camp " but I'm not there. In areas where I would be away from what I'll call major metro areas, I would be on what amounts to mostly, a major roadway for my area. Switching to what little is left of Vzn's analog network isn't that important to me.
    I'm sure VZN would suit my needs, but T mob is still calling me !
     
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    Matt,

    I was looking at the S105, but it is a little pricey. Any other suggestions ? Some reps here tell me that all of the Motorola's are slightly inferior for RF / sig, and voice quality. Do you find the T mob GSM to be of better voice quality than say CDMA, if can compare ?
    I've made one call on a T mob phone in Gettysburg, and it was very nice. My Cingular/ATT beast had barely enough signal (in building) to make a call, which was why I used a freinds T mob phone.

    I'm just trying to make a good decision and avoiding another 1/ 2 yrs of mediocre wireless service (Cingular) all over again.
     
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    Most people claim GSM sounds better over CDMA. Both sound better than TDMA to me (Cingular ATT). I would honestly try both out. Verizon will give you better coverage in most cases. T-Mobile provides better value. Try them both out during the trial periods, that way you can pick which one is better. In reality on T-Mobile all you are getting are cheaper text messaging/data packages and 200 more daytime minutes. I have heard Verizon local plans will be improving soon, though I still suggest America's Choice for them. In either case, only sign a 1 year year deal. Phone warrentys vanish after a year, so you could get stuck with a crap phone on a 2 year. One year is better all around! [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the input thus far. I looked at the LGVX4400 and the Samsung A310
    Personally, the A310 would suit my needs fine, and "felt better in my hand.."
    Ofcourse, with a 1 yr deal, you don't get the good handset pricing.
    Just who do we have to blaim for this wireless cherade that we have in this country ? I would guess the FCC,...and the carriers themselves want to eek out every last cent from us, until someday, in the undoubedtly distant future, 1) wireless is improved enough to realistically replace a wired phone (mine sounds so bad much of the time that I won't use it......how much sense does THAT make?)
    and 2) it is viewed as more of a utility and not a priviledge.
     
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    Dutchman,

    I can't give you a comparison of GSM to CDMA since I've never used CDMA. My previous carrier before TM was Verizon, then Bell Atlantic, but I had an analog phone (this was late 1999/early 2000). I've been all GSM since then.

    As for phones, it depends on what you are willing to spend. I do lime my s105, but as you noted it's not exactly cheap. [​IMG] I think the moto v60 and v66 have had at least decent reviews for RF, and I think the v66 is either $50 or free after rebate from TM Corporate Stores only until the end of May. Also depends what is improtant to you - color screen, camera phone, none of that stuff, etc.
     
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  9. njsvrzncdma

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    thats not just corporate stores. Ill do it at my store also on plans 39.99 and above for the v66
     
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    Dutchman, this was reported on another board. I heard tha Hbg finally has a Best Buy so it might be worth your trouble:

     
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    The waters muddy even more. A work associate of mine is saying NexTel. I know they have more affordable plans, but they still seem a little pricey.
    The Verizon network scares me a bit, as I work and talk to people all day long (on their Verizon supplied handsets) and much of the time, the voice quality is very bad. Like a burbling, talking underwater sound. True, they have low end handsets. However, voice quality and coverage are my 2 areas of concern. I don't need or want color screens/internet/downloadables/Ptt, walkie talkie
    (although I can see why a field contractor type person may) and heaven forbid, a CAMERA !
    Just a "phone" for voice, with good quality sound and respectable RF coverage.

    Am I being unrealistic here ?
     
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    1.) You are being very realistic in your desire for coverage and sound quality, alot of us here based our decision on that alone.

    2.) Use the cariers trial period to figure out if they have the coverage you want.
     
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    I appreciate everyone's input. I believe I will choose between VZN or T mobile. Nextel plans don't suite me, and I don't want or need walkie talkie / PTT

    My other remaining question is, and yes, there is a new Best Buy in my area, if I buy from a source other than a "factory" store, do the trial periods still apply ?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Yes, the trial periods still apply. Just be sure to read the terms and conditions before you sign. I have NO idea if Best Buy (or any other retailer) may add their own terms and conditions on top of T-Mobile's (or any other wireless provider.)
     
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    Just a note I did not see the s105 in my BBY circular.
     
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    I have used T-Mobile all over Lancaster County and some of York and never had a problem with service. Of course there are a few dead zones here and there as there are with all the providers, but Lancaster is probably one of the easiest terrains to cover. I will say that with Verizon there are spots heading into Lancaster County from Chester County on Route 30 that I always have a problem. I think this is where it switches from the Philly system to Lancaster system but for about a half mile stretch I always drop a call and then can't make call until I get to about the Gap Diner. Overall though I think AT&T (TDMA and GSM), T-Mobile, and Verizon all have good coverage in that area and you should be fine with any. I know people using each of those providers and are happy with it. Just take advantage of the trial period and try each of them to see how they work for you.
     
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    Chad s. - Thank you for the local report. I haven't made a firm decision yet. I'm deciding between VZN or T mob I get an employee discount with VZN so that may win out.
     
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