1. Cell Phones are a pain. Verizon vs. Cingular

    jake on 2005.07.24
    at 05:15 pm

    What’s the problem?

    Basically I am currently having an internal battle between two celluar companies. I’ve been with Verizon for four years. I got my first personal cell phone the summer after I graduated college. Two years ago I grabbed myself an LG VX6000 at a very good price because I renewed my two year aggreement. Now my agreement is up, and I’ve come up with a few new options.

    This post has been mulling for a while. I already wrote it once, it was schizophrenic. But today I saw something that reminded me I better get this down in writing before it all comes to pass and I’m sitting here with a new phone typing this in retrospect.

    Sony Ericsson and Cingular

    Sony Ericsson k750iMost ludicrous of the choices is a pretty Sony Ericsson k750i and I could even purchase it from a shop I trust. Of course the darn thing costs $ 400+ and is “European.” Which is translated as out of the four possible GSM bands, it has three, missing one US band.

    So while the phone is my current winner, I worry I’ll be dropping calls left and right. There is some hope but I’m getting negative feedback from my surroundings because of the high price tag. Even though it would be unlocked and I could carrier jump with it. Well jump from Cingular to T-Mobile.

    And if I ever moved to Europe I’d be all set just by getting a new sim card.

    Verizon and “Crippled” Phones

    LG VX8100Verizon is the safe choice. The brand new LG VX8100 looks to be the phone I’d pick. Too bad the Bluetooth® is crippled. Maybe I’ll get lucky and someone will figure out how to hack it for this phone too.

    Verizon even seems to have a hard time with understanding the many wonderful uses of Bluetooth.

    …With Bluetooth, you can make hands-free calls virtually whenever and wherever you want. To use Bluetooth technology, you’ll need a Bluetooth-capable device [ed. phone] and headset.

    It has been widely speculated this is simply to gorge cusomters out of more money. I’d tend to agree since other carriers, including Cingular, allow much more functionality with their implementations.

    So while I would save money, I’m not enthusiastic about staying with a company I don’t agree with.

    Anybody and an object that rings

    Now really the most outrageous option is to stop trying to be ahead of the technology curve and just buy a working phone and pair it with any old cellular service.

    This option is not much of an option. It’s more of a fallback in case I back myself into a corner trying to figure out what to do. My decision skills are fairly weak lately.

    Any thoughts?

    I’m curious if anyone else has thoughts on the subject. So far I have taken step one and got a cheap Nokia 6010 to check out the service in my area for Cingular. No problems at work or at home.

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    Comments (3)

    1. mel said on 2005.07.25 at 02:00 pm

      Cingular didn't work out...

      Over the holidays, our household switched from Verizon to Cingular so we could upgrade to the razr phones. It was a disaster – we had dropped calls all the time. Following up with Cingular to try to find a resolution was time-consuming at best. Thankfully, there’s a 30-day guarantee, and Verizon welcomed us back with open arms. We still want new phones, but we want something as cool as the razr yet available through Verizon…

    2. Jason said on 2005.07.31 at 11:53 pm

      Which way to go

      Jake, there really only exists just a few questions you must answer:

      1. Do you really plan on going to Europe anytime soon?
      2. Are you really going to take advantage of any of the bluetooth options, be it your car, hands-free, or laptop integration (as with the powerbooks -bluephoneElite)?
      3. Will the European phone(s) be that bad in your area? You might not be in a totally rural area, and if not you shouldn’t have any issues with these European phones.

      If it were me, I’d go all out. Sure, $400 sounds like a lot of money, but your cellphone is a key instrument in communcation i’m sure.

    3. Jake said on 2005.08.03 at 04:43 pm

      Thanks Jason

      I think I’ve made some progress in my decision. And then you had to appeal to my ‘get the best’ attitude. I really don’t think I’ll be in Europe anytime soon. At least not till after the 1 year contract I’m leaning toward runs out.

      As for the Bluetooth capabilities I’d have to say I really do plan on using them if I can. My Powerbook I’ve had for a year and a half came with Bluetooth and I have not used it for anything. I’d love to be able to take advantage of that feature.

      But outside of the fancy features I think I have to let my wallet dictate my actions. I have too many things to purchase in the near future, and I’m not interested in using my credit card on a $400 dollar phone.

      But I am only going to go with a 1 year contract, so I’ll get to go through this stress again next year and hopefully have a little extra cash lying around break my chains to Verizon.

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