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Old 11-04-2007, 02:18 PM   #71
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70 posts and only Paul NC mentioned Alltel. Alltel is far and away the best deal going, bar none. My plan was 350 minutes, two phones and no roaming charges for $66 a month including the taxes. Made a call from the deck of a cruise ship in Alaska and get full coverage on the Navajo/Hopi reservation.

My wife called me this AM from Italy and e-mails daily using an Alltel Blackberry. Price went up to $110 a month for 600 minutes, two numbers, no roaming charges and unlimited text and email.

Would of bought an Iphone, but ATT/Cingular does not have service in the Four Corners area. Verizon customer service here sucks!

BTW, I've had cell service in the four corners for 21 years.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:10 PM   #72
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Beware the international roaming charges!
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:42 PM   #73
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Rented an Alltel SIM card that charges a flat per minute ($1.85 I think) and no roaming charges as the card is $99.00 per week and $15.00 per day after that. Not a cheap date, but it makes my wife happy. Unlimited text/email included.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:38 PM   #74
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Verizon is probably the best service overall. Not cheap but definitely worth the price when you really need it
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You know those ATT/Cingular commercials where the people are talking and one person says something outragous and the other person is talking back but the 1st person doesn't hear anything? ATT says, "No dropped calls... Ever." And it's true. You will rarely have a dropped call, but the commercials are in true form, you will have a lot of dead air and you'll have to hang up anyway. I live in a metropolitan city with over a million people and we still have this problem in the city... I can only imagine how bad it would be between cities. Plus, we've noticed their customer service is pretty bad. It's too bad we're locked into this terribly and painfully long contract.
Having had Sprint before ATT, I would say that's definitely a no go. And Alltel is Allful.
All my friends have Verizon and they all have wonderful things to say about both the coverage and the customer service. So my vote goes with Verizon, but I've not personally used them myself so my vote is hearsay.
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:43 AM   #76
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I think you are probably going to have different experiences with different carriers in different cities. Now that I have everyone confused.

In Atlanta I have had ATnT continuously since they were Bell South Mobility and going back to 1989. Friends have complained about all the other's coverage and my coverage has been a little spotty at times depending on the distance to the nearest tower. And there has always been, and continues to this day, a dead zone one I-85 at the Atlanta Airport. Unless you are on a call, you can't get out. You don't loose your call at this location, you just can't make a new call until you get outside the perimeter or north of Riverdale Road. But overall, in Atlanta, I have heard the fewest complaints with ATnT/Cingular/BellSouth/BellSouth Mobility. I have used Nextel at work and have friends that have used Verizon in Atlanta and both have serious issues. In other areas of Georgia, Nextel is excellent. In south Georgia, Verizon is good...until you get off the interstate. So it just depends on your proximity to the towers. And they don't share towers so you may be close to a tower, but it doesn't do you any good if it isn't your carrier's tower.

Also, a big factor is your cell phone brand. I can't remember my first mounted in-car phone, but the reception was very good but the phone itself had problems (wouldn't switch from hands-free to the receiver once the call was answered and I pulled off the road). All of my wireless/portables have been Motorolas and have performed well. My wife's first mounted phone was an Audiovaux and performed very well. Her first portable was a Nokia and was so bad she won't consider another Nokia no matter how much they are supposed to have improved.

A lot of factors will go into the reception you get. My personal opinion is that the two best carriers are ATnT and Verizon depending on locale. Your actual experience may vary.
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Friend of mine and a fellow Airstream owner was a beta tester for the i-phone and he absolutely loves it. That is until he gets to Durango and AT&T service is unavailable.

I winter in San Diego and using an Alltel phone was a real chore on the weekends thanks to the "bazillion free week minutes" promotions. In the past three years, the service has improved and the only dropped calls are in the Rancho Santa Fe area. The On=Star phone also drops calls there.

Let's face it, customer service is not a strong point for cell phone companies. I'm more interested in performance and Alltel has provided that service all over the country, including Alaska
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One quick note here that I've been thinking about. Next phone I get, I'm going to try and make sure it's capable as a wireless gateway for my computer. That way, you don't have to pay for local WiFi or other services.

On another note, if you want to save some big dollars you might want to consider a "pay as you go" program. I know people who are paying less than $10 per month, with free long distance.
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One quick note here that I've been thinking about. Next phone I get, I'm going to try and make sure it's capable as a wireless gateway for my computer. That way, you don't have to pay for local Wi Fi or other services.
Most providers don't include data transmissions in their voice service. If you hook your computer up to a cell phone, you may not get any faster service than a conventional modem or may run $$$ and charged by the kilobyte of transmission. For broad ban speed (Wi Fi speed) you will need Data service which is extra ($50-70/month) and requires an air card.
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Cell Phone Service

We are on the road full-time and use Alltel. We have tried Cingular and Verizon also but Alltel seems to work the best most places.
We have traveled from TX to NY staying many places in between and have had good service overall.
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