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Posted: 8/21/2005 4:59:28 PM EDT
Hi. Been using prepaid wireless (tracfone, if it matters) for the last 18 months.

It sucks. The phone is old, the reception is spotty, they nickle & dime, and customer service is helpless.

I need a real phone.

There is a complication. I ship to basic training in a few months, so I'll be all over the place.

I live in MA. In a few months, I ship to Lackland, then tech school in Texas for 3-4 months, then language training in CA for a year or so.

1. Is there any readily available plan that works across the USA without slamming me/without a home vs. roaming area?

2. What else do I need to look at or for?
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 5:16:33 PM EDT
Verizon
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 5:18:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By enigma1:
Verizon



+1 get a national plan if your gonna be all over!
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 5:19:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2005 5:19:38 PM EDT by bushy2112]
Verizon +2
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 5:45:34 PM EDT
Cingular has the best coverage in the nation.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:01:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Cingular has the best coverage in the nation.



Good lord. If that's true then we're doomed.


Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:04:15 PM EDT
I hust switched from Qwest to Nextel. I had been with Qwest wich at one time was Northwestern Bell since 1985
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:07:43 PM EDT
+3 Verizon has been great to me.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:30:15 PM EDT
+4 Verizon

I've had Verizon for 5 years. Never a problem. I have a national plan.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:35:22 PM EDT
+5 on verizon... had sprint for years had problems for years. switched to verizon, been 10X better
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:36:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Londo:

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Cingular has the best coverage in the nation.



Good lord. If that's true then we're doomed.





Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:42:25 PM EDT
Can you hear me now?
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:45:32 PM EDT
My son is at the Naval Academy prep school in Rhode Island. We live in Texas. We got a phone here in Texas with our local area code and a nationwide plan and sent it to him up there. Works great. Went with Verizon as well.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 6:58:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Londo:

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Cingular has the best coverage in the nation.


Good lord. If that's true then we're doomed.


It's true. And we're doomed. I will never knowingly let those m-fers have another penny of my money as long as I live. Tried Verizon and it didn't work for me, so I'm mucking along with T-Mobile.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 7:17:31 PM EDT
I agree Verizon has pretty good service, and you get reception a lot of places. I also personally like Spring. I recommend you find out the carrier of the people with whom you spend the most minutes talking, and get the same wireless carrier they have so you can use mobile-to-mobile, or pcs-to-pcs, or whatever their carrier calls it, to talk for free (and free up lots of "regular" minutes for your plan).
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:25:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:34:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2005 9:35:11 PM EDT by Barrelburner]

Originally Posted By Troy:

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Cingular Verizon has the best coverage in the nation.



Fixed it for you.

-Troy



He's right. I drive a truck 48 states. Verizon has no roaming charges in the lower 48 states. There are very few dead spots.

ETA with the America's Choice plans
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:34:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2005 10:21:15 PM EDT by CavVet]

Originally Posted By Troy:

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Cingular Verizon has the best coverage in the nation.



Fixed it for you.

-Troy




+47


I was with Airtouch before the buyout.

I have no roaming, no LD, anywhere I am is home. My service is so consistent, I cancelled my house phone in '00.

ETA: My Sister works for T-Mobile. When we go to our Parents in Kali, she has to use my phone. No signal.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:49:48 PM EDT
dont do it man.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 10:17:27 PM EDT
+48 Verizon
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 3:03:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stormtrooper:
dont do it man.



Me? Why not?
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 3:07:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/22/2005 3:07:18 PM EDT by Tango7]
Sprint has been pretty decent - free calls to other Sprint users (wife got a phone at the same time) , with no roaming / LD charges.

Of course, we opted for the "Super bazillion / WTF" plan (I forget the name) with about 2500 minutes, so we're not doing it on the cheap, but it's worked well for us.
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 3:22:56 PM EDT
Go with Verizon. Have had it since it's Airtouch days, have service everywhere I have gone (I travel all over for work), and they will do anything to make you happy. If you call them up to dispute a charge and have even the worst argument in the world, chances are they will drop it anyways. I've never paid for any roaming I have accumulated.
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 4:03:22 PM EDT
Verizon is the best in AZ. Don't know about your state though
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 7:26:36 PM EDT
I am pretty happy with pre-paid. Wife has Virgin Mobile, I have T-Mobile. Virgin Mobile has decent customer service. Both phones have good coverage and no roaming fees from what I can tell.

GunLvr
Link Posted: 8/22/2005 7:41:45 PM EDT
You mean Sprint Nextel.


Originally Posted By Tango7:
Sprint has been pretty decent - free calls to other Sprint users (wife got a phone at the same time) , with no roaming / LD charges.

Of course, we opted for the "Super bazillion / WTF" plan (I forget the name) with about 2500 minutes, so we're not doing it on the cheap, but it's worked well for us.

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