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Old 09-07-2007, 10:29 AM   #1
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any suggestions for a new cell phone?

We're on the old tdma cell phone service and will need to move to gsm soon..any suggestions on a basic cell phone w/out all the bells and whistles?..don't think I want or need internet, texting, music, or video
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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If you are looking for the generic type you may want to try these out.



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Old 09-07-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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I have had very good luck with LG cellphones. The last phone I had was a VX3400 and it was flawless. I use Verizon and I have been very pleased with the service. Be sure to get a tri-mode phone. This will enable use in analog only areas.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:55 AM   #4
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Codybear,
We've been with cingular (now ATT) for years. $59.95/month, share the minutes and talking between us and anyother cingular/ATT customers is free...ie no minutes charged. Just traded in a motorola basic and got the Moto Razr. Thinner. It has all the b & w, but we don't use those features. Most phones now-a-days come with the capability for everything. It's just a matter of what you want and are willing to pay for.

Now that you are totally confused, go get one.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:57 AM   #5
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i also liked the 3400. i now have the the 8300, with more features including VZ navigator capable. i don't like the button positions as well but i had to upgrade. if you don't use it much, T-mobile had a pay as you go plane that if you buy the phone and $100. in airtime, it is good for a year.

reception always varies by carrier and location. i have an old bag phone if you want it ;-)
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:07 AM   #6
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Verizon has very good coverage, but a little more expensive. We have LG VX6100's and they are nice (basic ... not too many bells and whistles). They can go pretty loud which is nice if you are driving or are in a noisy room.
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We use a Nokia 6086 through T-mobile, not too much fancy stuff on it as a phone, but it does have one main feature we like, it uses wifi if availible. So when it has wifi the phone works using it and does not use up your mins. We have a family plan using this and a favorite five plan so our mins are more than enough to cover the month. The quality of the calls are good with both standard cell service or by using the wifi feature. It hands the call off to regular service if you leave the wifi hotspot with no problems. Also have been using t-mobile for about 3 years now, have not had any problems in different parts of the country, able to send and receive calls almost anywhere. The cost of this Nokia phone is $49.95 with signing up with T-mobile. One side point, my one friend Kory is about the cheapest person I know, he has actually taken apart his cell phone in the past to repair the phone ( and he did it), I never thought he would get a differenet phone. To my surprise after seeing my phone, and doing some of his own research he upgraded to one too. One other feature I have as an extra on my account is internet on my phone chip. This allows me to conect the phone to my laptop and have internet on it where we happen to be on the road. My eyes are not good enough anymore to try and have internet on a phone screen, but it is nice to have it on the laptop from anywhere we go. Nice thing on this feature is it does not count against any minutes from the plan. With or without the internet on the account, I would suggest the Nokia 6086 with T-mobile. Good basic phone.
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:35 PM   #8
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I have had very good luck with LG cellphones. The last phone I had was a VX3400 and it was flawless. I use Verizon and I have been very pleased with the service. Be sure to get a tri-mode phone. This will enable use in analog only areas.
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My wife, one son and I use LG phones through Verizon and are pleased with them. Battery life is excellent, not the short life of the Samsung phones both of them use to have. My daughter thought she would be happy with one of the first Motorola Razr that came out but can't wait to get rid of it (various problems).
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:53 PM   #9
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We're on the old tdma cell phone service and will need to move to gsm soon..any suggestions on a basic cell phone w/out all the bells and whistles?..don't think I want or need internet, texting, music, or video
Does your provider offer phones? Many times they're subsidized where you can get a phone for free if you sign a 2 year contract.

Many here have suggested Verizon, but Verizon is not using GSM. I think AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM providers.
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It's funny we talked about this at lunch regarding the new iPhone and whether any of would jump service providers and go to AT&T just to get the phone. All of us there were techy folks and the answer pretty much came back to the fact that we all choose our service provider as our first criteria, then the phones supported by the provider become the next issue.

I have two criteria. First I need a nation wide plan with no roaming charges. Secondly I need the best coverage area within that nation wide plan. (Note not all nation wide plans are really nation wide, even though there may be a signal where you are at.) I then rank those by pricing. Obviously I might be willing to work with less coverage if the areas I lose are not in my normal travel range and there is a significant cost savings. They key at this point which has been pointed out by others is that not all areas have digital service. To get the best overall coverage in a national plan, that means having a tri mode phone. There are still significant portions of the country that don't have digital service, and once you get off the beaten path, that becomes very evident. That requirement alone will minimize the number of phones available to you to select from.

Keep in mind that once you have to roll to analog service, power consumption becomes much higher and average standby and talk times as quoted by most manufacturers go out the window. Therefore I look for power consumption numbers when using analog service, and I also look for battery options. I also look to see if a stand alone battery charger is available. Some phones only charge batteries when the battery is connected to the phone itself. This becomes a tacky situation when you need the phone and can't devote time to charge a backup battery.

Other things that are important to me.

1. Can I hear the phone ring? It's surprising how many phones are almost inaudible in noisy locations. Also does it have sufficient volume in the earpiece?

2. If it has a vibrate feature, does it vibrate hard enough to notice? Some put out so little that its almost impossible to feel anything.

3. Does it have voice dialing? A great feature to be able to speak a command to call someone, without having to dial.

4. Does it support Bluetooth? A great communications feature that allows you to wear a wireless headset.

5. Does it support distinctive ringing? I have different ring tones set up for certain individuals. It's great when you are wearing a wireless headset and a call comes in.

6. Antennas. Does the phone have an extendable antenna, or the ability to plug in an external antenna to extend your range?

Icing on the cake regarding service plans.

1. Does it have free incoming calling? (A great feature when combined with call forwarding service of your home land line).

2. Does it have free mobile to mobile?

3. Does it have a family plan or a plan where you can pool minutes with multiple phones?

4. Can you do forward calls from your mobile to another number?

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So who is your carrier and what phone are you using?
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Old 09-07-2007, 03:36 PM   #12
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new cell phone criteria

Jack,
You gave an excellent list of desirable features. One additional thing that might be added is the phone's ability to be tethered to your laptop and to a charging circuit simultaneously.

I know codybear said they were not interested in the Internet, but I think a lot of others are.
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It's funny we talked about this at lunch regarding the new iPhone and whether any of would jump service providers and go to AT&T just to get the phone. All of us there were techy folks and the answer pretty much came back to the fact that we all choose our service provider as our first criteria, then the phones supported by the provider become the next issue.

I have two criteria. First I need a nation wide plan with no roaming charges. Secondly I need the best coverage area within that nation wide plan. (Note not all nation wide plans are really nation wide, even though there may be a signal where you are at.) I then rank those by pricing. Obviously I might be willing to work with less coverage if the areas I lose are not in my normal travel range and there is a significant cost savings. They key at this point which has been pointed out by others is that not all areas have digital service. To get the best overall coverage in a national plan, that means having a tri mode phone. There are still significant portions of the country that don't have digital service, and once you get off the beaten path, that becomes very evident. That requirement alone will minimize the number of phones available to you to select from.

Keep in mind that once you have to roll to analog service, power consumption becomes much higher and average standby and talk times as quoted by most manufacturers go out the window. Therefore I look for power consumption numbers when using analog service, and I also look for battery options. I also look to see if a stand alone battery charger is available. Some phones only charge batteries when the battery is connected to the phone itself. This becomes a tacky situation when you need the phone and can't devote time to charge a backup battery.

Other things that are important to me.

1. Can I hear the phone ring? It's surprising how many phones are almost inaudible in noisy locations. Also does it have sufficient volume in the earpiece?

2. If it has a vibrate feature, does it vibrate hard enough to notice? Some put out so little that its almost impossible to feel anything.

3. Does it have voice dialing? A great feature to be able to speak a command to call someone, without having to dial.

4. Does it support Bluetooth? A great communications feature that allows you to wear a wireless headset.

5. Does it support distinctive ringing? I have different ring tones set up for certain individuals. It's great when you are wearing a wireless headset and a call comes in.

6. Antennas. Does the phone have an extendable antenna, or the ability to plug in an external antenna to extend your range?

Icing on the cake regarding service plans.

1. Does it have free incoming calling? (A great feature when combined with call forwarding service of your home land line).

2. Does it have free mobile to mobile?

3. Does it have a family plan or a plan where you can pool minutes with multiple phones?

4. Can you do forward calls from your mobile to another number?

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So who is your carrier and what phone are you using?
I'm using US Cellular who is a super regional carrier. Bottom line anywhere in the 48 states where I can get a signal will not carry a roaming charge. I have free incoming calls in the midwest region, an 800 minute pool that I share with my wife and my son, and free mobile to mobile to any US Cellular phone.

I jumped from Verizon because they would not allow my wife to upgrade her analog phone without changing to a new plan. To get her into family plan would force me into a new nation wide plan (America's Choice) which in essance had a smaller calling scope than Verizon's original nation wide plan.

Phone wise I ended up with a Nokia flip phone with voice dialing and Bluetooth. My son ended up with a Motorola, but not the slick looking Razor since they were not tri-mode. In retrospect his Motorola has louder ring tones than my Nokia, and if I had to do it again, I might go with the Motorola just on that alone. I have a better camera than his but I chose the Nokia based on its reliability record. I just checked the web site and I didn't see my son's Motorola although I might have to ask him the model number. Phones are always changing and we are almost two years since our initial signup. I wouldn't be surprised if the phone has been supceeded by a newer model.

One of the things to notice is what kind of phone the cellular employees use (especially the guys at the service centers). Keep in mind that they see the bad ones and word of mouth regarding the good ones gets passed around. I saw a lot of the engineers from US Cellular here at the convention center and store employees using the Motorola phone that my son got. I didn't know if this was the standard or why this model was so prevalent until I asked an employee. His answer was it was the best and most reliable phone.

One last thing to think about is that if you have any kind of hearing disability and possibly wear a hearing aid, you need to try out the phones in advance. My son wears a hearing aid and the Motorola worked the best for him.

Also if you are signing up with a new carrier, see what policies you have to either exchange phones or terminate the plan early. I had 30 days to make up my mind on my phone instrument and/or service.

I also have the ability to upgrade or downgrade my plan within the contract term without having to extend my agreement.

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I have a Sprint (nextel) i850 camera phone it has internet text and some other stuff I dont know about I have had no problems with service and works everywhere I have been no roaming free long distance mobile to mobile (they call it direct connect) you know the annoying beep beep thing 700 anytime mins. unlimited direct and night and weekends are free for 42.00 taxes included 2 year contract and phone was 99.00
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