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Old 03-15-2005, 07:24 PM   #29
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Jim, the reason for the *228 is mostly for Verizon customers who have national service where we roam for free off of the Verizon network. In those cases the *228 updates those roaming tables as to the preferred carrier or whoever Verizon has agreements with.

The lack of an update could mean using the wrong carrier, thus incurring roaming fees (under some plans) or the potential of the call not completing.

I want my phone to work anywhere where a signal is present and not be concerned if the call is "on or off network" thus incurring roaming charges.

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No, No. I completely understand the reason for the star (*) feature. Im simply saying that weve not had any reason to ever need to use it. Im in the industry, so I have a fair understanding of how things work. (Just as an aside, I got dinged on the forum last night, so Im trying not to sound like a know-it-all)

Its been our experience that the phone simply works, all over the southeastern U.S.A., without any need to update tables/databases, thats all. Also, life is a lot easier when you dont have to worry about such things.

As with all my posts here, I am only relating my own personal knowledge or experience, I dont claim to be an expert on anything, other than the piece of ground Im standing on right now!. Verizon has been a very good service for our needs, thats all.

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Old 03-15-2005, 08:28 PM   #30
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I have tried them all. I have had good luck with Verizon, Sprint PCS and Nextel. I currently have a Nextel and love it.

You can go to any of the cell carriers websites and check coverage maps.
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:11 AM   #31
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For what it's worth...My vote is with Verizon..
After having cell fones, going back nearly 20 yrs and having been burned big time by the best of them..I can truely say, that, with Verizon..I sleep well at night..
All of our family members have the same (Verizon) and, enjoy the no cost features of being able to call each other anytime`
Abt the only time I really have to watch it is when traveling thru WVA...seems like everytime I hit a certain area of WVA, near the Northern part of Va. it wants to slip me into roaming..ugh..
Great news about the outcome of your surgery..Take it easy and enjoy your trips~
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Thanks for the timely reminder about the *228...I try to do this once every 2 month but, you know how time can get away from you..
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Old 03-16-2005, 07:54 PM   #32
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My two cents...

That's about all I spend on cell phone service. I signed up with Verizon somewhere back in the 90s on a plan where I don't pay anything unless I make a call...and I still have my original phone. Never carry it except when on my boat. I couldn't even tell you what my phone number is. This is my now klunky phone. Recognize it?
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:40 AM   #33
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That's about all I spend on cell phone service. I signed up with Verizon somewhere back in the 90s on a plan where I don't pay anything unless I make a call...and I still have my original phone. Never carry it except when on my boat. I couldn't even tell you what my phone number is. This is my now klunky phone. Recognize it?
My wife carries a phone although not free each month is pretty low cost. It runs $11.75 a month and $.26 a minute for each call. It's a Motrola MicroTac Lite which at the time was probably the smallest analog phones made and probably has the best voice quality of any phone I ever owned. Today it's a giant. It won't be long for this life since the cellular industry will eventually phase out analog service over the next few years. It will be interesting to see how Verizon handles the account conversion for phones like my wife's. I doubt I will see the $11.75 rate carry over.

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Old 03-17-2005, 09:34 AM   #34
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Just came back from the Southwest Caravan and our Verizon worked when others wouldn't. We never had a time when ours wouldn't get out and others would. This came about after years of research and disappointments.
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Yeah, we have Verizon here in Angel Fire -- simply because it's the only national carrier that we can use from our home! Yep, we live in the BOONIES!

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Verizon gets my vote for nation wide coverage, from San Diego to Oregon we never dropped a call and daughter lived in NY and now north GA and we talk every day with no problem....clear as a land line. We all have picture phones so I get quick pics of grandson...great fun for traveling.

May not be cheapest but best service for our needs so far....will hope to put it to the real test when we retire one of these days

All the best with your recovery, and have a great time on your adventure
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My vote is Cingular. We went to Cingular GSM from the AT&T TDMA. We've had no problems with it traveling nationwide.

We also use $29.95/mon T-Mobile GPRS internet access. Speed is about the same as dial-in, but it works everywhere a T-Mobile phone works.

For use within AS, and in remote places, recommend Digital Antenna DA4000MR Dual Band Mobile Wireless Cellular Amplifier/Repeater. Makes a HUGE difference in remote areas. We have the omni-directional antenna, which is plenty for most places. We have also used a dual-band directional antenna, which gave us coverage in a remote location. I do believe several folks came over near our trailer to use our repeater. It is a bit pricy, but we move it from our house to the trailer. It works well since we live in rural area.

With the repeater, we get "5-bars" nearly everywhere - on both Cingular for voice and T-Mobile for INTERNET.

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My vote is Cingular. We went to Cingular GSM from the AT&T TDMA. We've had no problems with it traveling nationwide.

We also use $29.95/mon T-Mobile GPRS internet access. Speed is about the same as dial-in, but it works everywhere a T-Mobile phone works.

For use within AS, and in remote places, recommend Digital Antenna DA4000MR Dual Band Mobile Wireless Cellular Amplifier/Repeater. Makes a HUGE difference in remote areas. We have the omni-directional antenna, which is plenty for most places. We have also used a dual-band directional antenna, which gave us coverage in a remote location. I do believe several folks came over near our trailer to use our repeater. It is a bit pricy, but we move it from our house to the trailer. It works well since we live in rural area.

With the repeater, we get "5-bars" nearly everywhere - on both Cingular for voice and T-Mobile for INTERNET.

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Ya wanna guess guess why your T-Mobile get the "same" signal as your Cingular phone when Roaming?
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Probably because they are the same GSM/GPRS network. I never roam on T-Mobile, and I never roam on Cingular.

We went to only cell-phones and reduced our phone bill by more than half.

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Probably because they are the same GSM/GPRS network. I never roam on T-Mobile, and I never roam on Cingular.

We went to only cell-phones and reduced our phone bill by more than half.

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Yep. T-Mobile Roams off Cingular. We are the only compatible system to them.

Technically you do roam anytime you leave the home system. You just don't pay for it with the plan you have. Now When that T-Mobile and Cingular phones are in their home system I bet they may have different coverage. In the home market If T-Mobile has coverage they will not roam onto Cingulars system.

They just have it tagged with in the phone not to show its roaming because of your plan.

Before they closed my shop I had the equipment where I could reprogram and modify the tagging. I had one customer that couldn't get it though their thick skull they didn't have a nation plan just a region plan. He kept saying that he didn't know he was out of market when he got hit with roaming charges two states out of the region coverage of his plan trying to beat us on the roaming charges. Customer service sent him to me to check that the phone was tagged correctly. It was but I reprogrammed the tag to say. "WILL COST U EXTRA $" instead of Cingular Extended. As far as I know he quit trying to claim "he didn't know" after I did that.
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Don, We full timed for six years and are on the road a good deal now. We have used both Cingular and Verizon. Just make sure you get the top plan for roaming so you are not charged roaming fees and are connected to reciprocal service in out of the way places. Colet
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Well since this thread has been woken out of its slumber, I thought I would add a tidbit. After 4 years with what I consider very good nationwide service, I'm considering a switch. My requirement is simple. I want a service were I can be anywhere where there is a signal and use my phone, regardless of the carrier and no roaming fees. My current plan from Verizon (called the nation wide plan) gives me 150 minutes for $35 monthly with free weekends. Not bad. I can upgrade to America's Choice II (not to be confused with the America's Choice plan) which still has the same calling ability for $39.95 and 300 minutes (I'm not sure about nights or weekends).

US Cellular has come into our local market offering the same calling scope with 800 minutes for $39.95 (no free nights or weekends). I've investigated their network and worked with them in placing antennas inside the convention center and domed stadium here. I feel pretty good about their concern and efforts to provide good signals to the area.

I guess I'm curious whether any of you have used these folks in a nation wide situation. I'm happy with Verizon, but having another 650 minutes a month for $5 more and keeping the same calling scope is enticing.

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