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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
I have Cingular coverage...email messages are broken into 160 char chunks, each linked when viewing...this might be a spec of SMS?
how is your cingular service? are you happy with it?
well I'm not in the NYC area, so it's doubtfull if my answer will help but, here it goes...
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....
160 characters is a spec of SMS. And I beleive the character count does include phone number, etc.
"during the blackout, Verizon seemed to be the only service that even had a chance of getting though."
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.
This is OT for the NY, NY board but since you asked
huh? wtf? i don't even understand that link.
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.
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.
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