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Best Cell Phone Coverage?

I want to get a cell phone, and it has to work out in the boondocks here in Brooklyn, the unfashionable working class part. I want SMS too. What provider(s) should I be looking at? Who has the best coverage? Features/price? SMS / Text Messaging is important to me, because all my friends seem to be doing it.

THANKS!

www.marktaw.com
Thursday, September 04, 2003

I'll be curious to know the answer to this, too. Also, I'm currently on Verizon, and their text messaging only allows me to receive 160 characters per email, which is practically useless. I'm wondering if other services offer better capability in this regard.

John Perkins
Thursday, September 04, 2003

Most providers have return policies, so you can get out of your contract and return your phone within X days. Do a little research and then buy and try. If the service sucks - take it back. Coverage comes down to how well does it work in your living room, so testing is the only way to get the answer you need. Good luck!

m
Friday, September 05, 2003

Just checked with Verizon, it is actually the limited capabilities of my phone (a Motorola V60) that prevents my being able to receive long emails. Newer, more expensive phone evidently can receive long messages on Verizon.

John Perkins
Friday, September 05, 2003

The 160 character message limit is common, and I think includes the address/phone number. Even some of the newer phones, like that funky Nokia 3300 with the full keyboard and mp3 player seems to have that limit. That may be receive also, so even if you can send longer messages, can anyone receive them?

Also... these new rich media messages, are they completely incompatible with older phones, or do they downgrade gracefully?

www.marktaw.com
Friday, September 05, 2003

I have Cingular coverage...email messages are broken into 160 char chunks, each linked when viewing...this might be a spec of SMS?

apw
Friday, September 05, 2003

how is your cingular service? are you happy with it?

www.marktaw.com
Friday, September 05, 2003

well I'm not in the NYC area, so it's doubtfull if my answer will help but, here it goes...

I'm located in Wilmington, NC  the coverage here is great...even in buildings, downstairs in the basement (yep I actually have a basement) and traveling along I-40/I-95.


I noticed that service switches to VoiceStream once I get into VA, through MD, NJ, PA, and NYC area...still billed the same, no roaming charges...

apw
Monday, September 08, 2003

Thanks. From what I've been hearing Sprint & Verizon are the best, Cingular sucks, nobody uses T-Mobile (is that also sprint??), and AT&T sucks. So it looks like Sprint or Verizon for me....

www.marktaw.com
Monday, September 08, 2003

160 characters is a spec of SMS.  And I beleive the character count does include phone number, etc.

I have T-Mobile service because I though those T-Mobile PDA phones were too cool, and because I live in a Verizon dead spot.  Coverage isn't wonderful, but at least the phone will ring when I'm home.  BTW, during the blackout, Verizon seemed to be the only service that even had a chance of getting though.

BTW, Wilmington NC is beautiful city, but it didn't look like there was much work there.  Am I mistaken?  Is there much of a job market for programmers in Wilmington?

Keith Wright
Monday, September 08, 2003

"during the blackout, Verizon seemed to be the only service that even had a chance of getting though."

So I keep hearing... but I don't know if it's propoganda or not. It's because Verizon had the generators already for the regular tel lines, so they kept the towers up & running as well.

www.marktaw.com
Tuesday, September 09, 2003

It was true in my office downtown.  Of course I was only a few blocks away from Verizon's huge windowless building downtown that clearly didn't lose power (the neon Verizon sign was still shining the whole time) and as you say, the power they were using to run the rest of their operations could be used to support some amount of cell tower power.  Don't know if away from the Verizolith anyone was able to make any calls.

Keith Wright
Tuesday, September 09, 2003

This is OT for the NY, NY board but since you asked

"BTW, Wilmington NC is beautiful city, but it didn't look like there was much work there.  Am I mistaken?  Is there much of a job market for programmers in Wilmington? "

I moved down here from Niagara Falls during the height of the 90's population expansion of Wilmington, NC (1996).  The company I work for VisionAir employed 70 people, it now sustains about 200....  Other employers include: Corning (fibre optic plant), GE Aircraft Engine, GE Nuclear, PPD, AAI (both pharama related)...  Wilmington along with a large list of other cities in the East is on a list of possible final contstruction site for the new Boeing 7E7....

Employment opportunities are picking up, GE is moving thier Nuclear Headquarters here bringing 100 jobs and creating 100 new ones

apw
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

http://www.outwar.com/page.php?x=1631664

Katul Rataya
Tuesday, October 14, 2003

huh? wtf? i don't even understand that link.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, October 16, 2003

I don't know about Brooklyn, but Verizon's All America Plan is very reliable if you travel outside metro areas, and is at a good rate regardless. One criteria I have for a cell plan is that works wherever I am, not just where I am most of the time. Seems to me a dense area like any of your boroughs should have good signal strength. We live in a town out in the country, of population 10K, in Ohio and signal strength inside our house is 2-3 bars and calls can be made OK.

On the trip my wife and I took to NY last week our phones worked everywhere. One strangeness: on top of the Empire State Building the signal bounced between 4 bars and no bars. I'm guessing we were standing underneath a Verizon tower so the phone probably overloaded.

Bored Bystander
Sunday, October 19, 2003

Yes, my research told me that Verizon has the best coverage, followed by Sprint. This may just be urban lore, maybe the advertising "can you hear me now?" and "americas first all digital all pcs network" worked, but that's what I've been hearing.

www.MarkTAW.com
Sunday, October 19, 2003

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