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Looking for cell phone advice 
5th-Oct-2007 02:18 pm
Misc - sunflowers 1
Does anyone have any recommendations on cell phone companies to like or avoid?

I use a pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile phone that I originally got just to carry in case of emergencies.  (And because it's cute.  And makes a sound like a TOS communicator when I flip it open.  Yes, I am 13 and easily amused.)  However, people have discovered my cell phone number and have begun texting me more and more.  Even with buying the discount text message packages, I burned through $20 in 18 days this month.  So I think I'm approaching a point where it would make more financial sense for me to drop the landline all together and get a GOOD cell phone.   

One friend hates Sprint because of poor customer service.  Another loves Verizon's call quality but admits they've never had to try to resolve a problem, so their customer service could be even worse.  Does anyone else have any opinions?  Or recommendations on pretty phones that make awesomely geeky sounds?
5th-Oct-2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
The only info I can offer you is that I have AT&T (it was Cingular when I signed up) and the coverage isn't that great. I almost always have problems getting a signal if I'm in a building. WTF? I've only had to call their customer service once and the chick I talked to was awesome, but it was a Sunday and there wasn't anything she could do over the phone for me so I had to wait until Monday to get real help.

My dad works in phones and says that Verizon is probably the best as far as call quality/coverage, etc. but since I don't use them I also can't say anything about their customer service.
5th-Oct-2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm also quite fond of Verizon's call quality. My friends drop calls in tunnels, iffy coverage zones (and also my house - which is a black hole of EM signal), but my cell phone works. Their text message plans aren't bad either. I don't know about customer service - like your friend, I've never had to use it.
5th-Oct-2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have AT&T and even though my bill is always sky-high every month, that could be because of my affinity for ringtones and backgrounds. If you're looking for a good text-messaging plan, I think theirs is a good one (unlimited texts/media texts/internet for $20 a month). The service is fairly good and I've only had a few dropped calls here or there.

I think you should go for AT&T or T-Mobile. They both have pretty phones.
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