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Old 04-17-10, 09:22 AM   #1
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Cell Phones & Carriers

Anyone with Verizon and own a Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus or Droid? I've been with Verizon forever, through my work with get more a discount through Sprint and AT & T, but haven't had any problems with Verizon, imo they all too over priced. Verizon has changed their plans/phones, that almost all of the phones(multimedia type) require a data plan of $9.99 a month or the smartphones - Droid, Palm, etc... require a $29.99 data plan. I don't like having to get something I really don't want. What cell phone and carrier do you have?
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Old 04-17-10, 09:40 AM   #2
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I hope we can get to some universal wifi and then use voip devices and all the cell carriers go out of business.

ps-> I am currently using verizon, I guess I just got in under the wire when you could get a subsidized smartphone w/ no dataplan, just pay per kb (or mb). That last 2 yr contract ended a while ago and I won't be recontracting, for sure.
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Old 04-17-10, 09:45 AM   #3
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Why do you want a smart phone? Internet? If you don't want it all the time but only where you have wifi access (like me), it's cheaper to go out and buy an unlocked phone of your choice and circumvent the need to buy a contract. Maybe you can sell the phone you get initially to help subsidize the cost, too.
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I have Verizon and a Droid. I get a discount through work, too. No home phone, so that offsets some of the Verizon charges. I've been with Verizon for over 10 years and can say that I initially absolutely loathed their customer service. I stayed because the coverage is just flat better. Everywhere. Lately, I've been very pleased with their CS, too.

Since I travel, I guess it's worth it to me to pay their higher access charge than to not have coverage.

I accept that getting a small, net enabled, computer for a hundred bucks is worth paying the access charge. Or, if you want to look at it another way, I'm paying a total of $820 for the computer (including OS and software) and the access for two years, over those 2 years with no interest.

In the Droid's case, it includes a GPS and interactive maps among other things, all included in the package.
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I have a Blackberry Curve (8330 for those who care) with Verizon and love it. I've had no problems with the service, customer service, or coverage. I've been with (now defunct) Alltel, T-Mobile, and my family's been with Sprint. Verizon has been, by far, the best.

I don't care paying extra for something as long as it works. When I was with Alltel, I saved money, but I got far less value due to extremely poor coverage and service.
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Droid on Verizon here. I could live without the data plan/internet but its the only way to get a smartphone now. I really just need the PIM functionality.
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Anyone with Verizon and own a Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus or Droid? I've been with Verizon forever, through my work with get more a discount through Sprint and AT & T, but haven't had any problems with Verizon, imo they all too over priced. Verizon has changed their plans/phones, that almost all of the phones(multimedia type) require a data plan of $9.99 a month or the smartphones - Droid, Palm, etc... require a $29.99 data plan. I don't like having to get something I really don't want. What cell phone and carrier do you have?
Since I'm a long time Palm/Handspring/Treo user, I'm sold on the smartphone concept. It's extraordinarily useful to have all that info. in one device, that is backed up and duplicated and not redundent on my work and home PC's.

That said, and as a long time VZ customer, I too was put off by the $30 mos. charge REQUIRED if you go to a new smartphone. Especially when I started asking folks using Sprint, who pay $6 or something silly like that (untill you find out all the other costs/things Sprint tacks on), and as I asked folks who use the "cloud" I was hearing that everyone loved it and it made life easier as they use their phones.

I spent a lot of time with Pre, Eris and Incredible. Possibly 3 hrs. at VZ stores. I didn't like the Pre and fell in love with the Droid system, especially the on-screen keyboard, which I found less error prone then my Centro and the Pre. The Eris is a steal currently, at $79, minus a $50 every 2 upgrade, plus a buy one get one free program, etc.... My wife got an Eris and I ordered the Incredible. Note that the Eris is discontinued so it's while supplies last. The Incredible is a lot more bucks, but more future proof with it's Android 2.1 OS. Incredible is a lot quicker as well with supposed better battery life.

I spent a day with the wife's Eris, it was incredibly easy to figure out, got her VZ e-mail setup, WiFi at the house with it's Mac filtering, Google calender and contacts setup, all painlessley. I almost canceled the Incredible to go back and get a free Eris, it's that good a phone. Now awaiting anxiously my Incredible, which VZ tells me shipped today.

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I just received an Eris on Verizon.

While a lot of newer phones have more features, they're also much larger. HTC nailed it with the Eris giving it great functionality and user-friendliness in one of the slimmest and most ergonomic packages available. A smartphone is new for me, so it's really nice to have one that is easy to learn and carry. It's going to kill the need for an MP3 player, GPS, laptop, thumbdrive, etc.
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