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Which Plans/Phone do I choose?

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Viper, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. Viper

    Viper New Member

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    I am going to be moving to the NYC/Jersey City area and was looking at getting my first cell phone and a plan. Would appreciate suggestions/advise. I travel moderately and would need a plan with roaming and long distance included. I was looking at Cingular/Verizon/Voice Stream. Does Voice Stream offer any plan with night and weekend minutes ? Also has anyone bought anything from the site LETSTALK.COM . They seem to have a good deal on the Cingular Nation Preferred network 300 plan : 29.99 and only a one year contract. The phones I am looking at are the Motorola T193 (better than free, they give you $30) and Ericsson T61z (FREE) with the cingular plan. Appreciate help from experts on pros/cons of these phones and service providers.

    Thanks
     
  2. nester

    nester New Member

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    The Cingular preferred plan is GSM only... It is a national plan, but it doesn't have the coverage of a Cingular TDMA plan (though it has more minutes as a compromise). I personally like my Cingular (TDMA) service. I look forward to seeing GAIT phones available... then if you can get a Cingular Nation (non-preferred) that does GSM and TDMA and AMPS across the country with no roaming, that may be my next upgrade... If you go with Cingular, I'd reccomend the Motorola... I have had a great experience with all Motorola equipment I've used... And if they pay you to take a Motorola, how can you go wrong? As a fan of flip phones, I would only consider the more expensive models right now. I hope Motorola makes a GAIT version of the v60... That would be a dream come true for me.

    From what I've heard, GSM is pretty hit-or-miss... it works great for some and terribly for others, mostly depending on where the phone is used... Voicestream and Cingular NY are GSM. AFAIK, Voicestream only has unlimited weekends, not nights.

    Verizon has great coverage. When my Cingular service was getting crummy a few months ago before some local system upgrades, I was seriously considering Verizon.

    For national, you might consider Sprint as well, but again... some love it and some hate it... For business travel (major cities) they have a pretty good reputation.
     
  3. Viper

    Viper New Member

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    Thanks. But the web site says that it is 800 MHz TDMA technology and not a GSM one. Click here to check plan details. The recommended phones which they give for this plan include Motorola T 193 and Ericsson T61 z which I beleive are GSM phones. Will they work for this plan . I don't get it.
     
  4. ComicalMoodyDan

    ComicalMoodyDan Gold Senior Member
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    Cingular is GSM in the NYC area. By the way since this is your first time buying a cell phone don't buy off the internet. Wait till you come to NYC and just buy a phone from a retail store in the local area or a well know authorized seller.

    By the way yes GSM coverage is limited but if you mostly stick to the NYC area Cingular should be fine for you. Check the maps carefully.
     

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