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It looks like Rick is going to have to get a phone provided by work and they won't be covering the cost of his cell phone now. Since we have a family plan this means that I've got to switch to an individual plan somewhere. It also means that AT&T will most likely not let me keep my unlimited data plan since I'll have a new plan.

So, I already know what I love and hate about the iPhone & AT&T.
Now I need to hear from all of you who have something different.

What smart phone do you have?
What do you love?
What do you hate?
Which carrier are you using?
How's the reception/coverage?

I don't care about a lot of minutes, but I want lots of data! Heck, if I could get a smart "phone" that did everything but make phone calls (insert AT&T/iPhone joke here) I'd be perfectly fine with a separate pay-as-you-go phone, because I just don't make many calls!

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fiddle_dragon
Sep. 16th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I have the HTC EVO
I pretty much love everything about it, but I'm still in the honeymoon phase ;)

Sprint, and I have great coverage. 4G just started up in Boston, and I think they're still working out some quirks, so *that's* not entirely consistent, but 3G is better than my Pre was. I have unlimited data, and as few minutes as I can get away with and still cover the girls without risking going over.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
I've heard good things about the EVO. I'm not sure I could use it & keep a straight face though because I have a friend whose first name is Evo.
genevra
Sep. 16th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I've got the HTC HD2, which is a Windows Mobile phone. I love the ease of use, and how I can add programs however I like.

I'm on T-Mobile. Reception/coverage is good. The best thing though is that they have a no-contract plan. With that, you have to pay full price for the phone, but a single plan is $20 cheaper per month. Unless you have a family plan with 5 people, it's cheaper to go the no-contract route.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, but we really can't afford to pay the higher cost for the phone purchase right now.
genevra
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
They do also have the old contract plan available.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
Actually, I was looking at T-Mobile and they'll also let you do the retail price thing, but pay for the phone over 20 interest free payments. That might be an option.
Of course, until Rick has more details about what they're going to do about the contract he's currently under there's no point in making any decisions.
irish_dragon
Sep. 16th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Friend of mind has a EVO that she enjoys lots.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
I have a friend who is an Evo. That's his first name, so it would be kind of weird to have a phone with the same name.
wiredferret
Sep. 16th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Sprint, using a Samsung Moment, and I love it. I demanded a full keyboard and a solid little cameraphone, and I got them. Also, it's not the most expensive one anymore, so it won't cost you nearly as much.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm not seeing the Moment on any of the wireless providers sites. I do like the idea of not getting the newest & best so I don't have to pay as much.
kajicarter
Sep. 16th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
This probably isn't helpful, but does he have to use the phone they pick? Paul's cell phone is his work phone, but they just give him $50 a month (or something like that) toward the phone bills, and we get to keep our family plan.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Yup. Currently we're on the same as you where work pays a certain amount of the bill & we pay the rest. I guess what they will be doing though is everyone will pick out their phone they want, work will buy them, and he'll never see a bill. I think that for employees that are currently in a phone contract they are planning to pay the cancellation fees. And a single person iPhone plan, w/o the family plan discount & w/o the BSci corporate discount it will probably be more than we want to pay.
scubagrrl
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I use a Blackberry, though I don't do internetting on it. I love it.

Things I use almost constantly: organizer/calendar, texting (has a real keyboard layout), and the notepad.

I use AT&T so I'm no help to you there. Good luck getting things settled how you like them!
kniblet
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Blackberry internet is a little clunky. I have one for work.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Blackberry doesn't do touch screen at all either, does it? I really dig my touch screen.
scubagrrl
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
They do have a touch-screen model. Shawn didn't like it- it's bigger than the regular keyboard one, heavier, and the keyboard was not very intuitive. You already use one, so you might be ok with it. It does have a bigger screen. I have the regular keyboard one, the Pearl, and I like it.

Shawn says unlimited data plans aren't offered anymore, so you might see if they'll do something grandfathered for you. The plans are going to be the major thing- which phone you put on it is a secondary consideration.
genevra
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
T-Mobile still has unlimited data/text plans.
scubagrrl
Sep. 17th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, ok. Thanks for the correction!
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I needs my internets!
I use it for Twitter, looking shit up, the maps for navigation, and the calendar. Also, games when sitting around bored, and reading books w/the kindle or nook apps. Basically, the new one won't have to have more features, just most of the same ones I already have!
spellwight
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I have a Droid and I love it.

I love google maps and google navigation even for local directions but it came in especially handy during my road trip. I love the twitter app. I love dm and email notifications.

I hate that iPhone apps seem to be the norm and android apps are oh-by-the-ways.

I'm on Verizon and I have signal just about everywhere you would expect to, and some places that would surprise you. I've never dropped a call, and the calls are clear unless the other person has a POS phone. I have a family plan with unlimited data. Let me repeat, UNLIMITED DATA. But it's $152 a month.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Which model of Droid?
Right now with our current iPhone family plan we have unlimited data & unlimited text & more rollover minutes than we'll ever use for about $165/mo. But his work pays $100 of that. So I want to get a phone & plan that will cost me no more than $70/mo.
spellwight
Sep. 17th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
The original Motorola Droid. I have to wait another year to upgrade, but I'm still happy with the one I have.

whimsywinx
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'd kill for a smart phone.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Looking at the prices of some of these models, I just might have to kill for one! It's like the dark side. There's no going back. I try to imagine getting a phone w/o a touch screen, or that won't have maps for navigation, or a good Twitter interface. I can't do it!
If the iPod Touch worked through cell signal & not just wireless I'd be all over that in a heartbeat.
The phone part of smartphone is optional for me. I'd be fine with a dumb pre-pay phone for actual calls as long as I had my internets.
vanaabegra
Sep. 17th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
T-Mobile Galaxy S. Unlimited texts and data. 3G, Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS. Beautiful screen, good sound, decent speakerphone, impressive headphone sound (also, TV and stereo out). GPS, OTOH, is not impressive. Sitting in my office I jump between here, 6 blocks and 2 miles away. GPS+Latitude causes a lockup about 20% of the time (I don't use it often, so this may get better as Google Maps and Latitude both push updates). Swipe for typing is pretty cool.

Main Apps:
Phone (normal everyday make calls and such)
Messaging
Google (duh!)
Gmail
Google Maps
Corp email (Exchange)
Samsung feed widget (for Twitter and other)
Barcode Scanner
Daily Briefing (Weather+News)
Some app that has single-button on/off for bluetooth, wifi, gps and screen brightness adjustment

There are a bunch of other apps that i use occasionally, but that is pretty much it.
mad_brilliant_
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
I use a Blackberry Curve. Lurve it! I get 3G and wifi. I Twitter! I Facebook, google, internet, gps, take pics, vids, and get my emails instantly. Yay!

I'm with Virgin Mobile (which uses the Sprint network.) So I get unlimited data and texting, and 300 minutes talk each month. Like you, I don't use my phone for calling that much, so 300 minutes is plenty for me. It costs me $35 a month. I did have to pay full price for the phone though. Actually, I bought it on Ebay, so that shaved about $40 off the price.
mad_brilliant_
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
I forgot. No contract. :)
gunthar
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Geting rid of the old iPhone
Call Apple i Phone tech support and find out if you have the unlimited tech support option on your phone or just the 90 days from purchase option.

If you have one of the early, unlimited tech support phones you may be able to get a fat wad of cash for it on e bay.

Not every tech is comfortable enough with the random call center monitoring they are under to give you useful tips in swapping your iphone for another. But there are ways that they can word advice that is not exactly in AT &T's best interest so that it doesn't attract the attention of a straight-laced monitor.

Just don't push for information. If they're going to give it, the tech will do so without prodding.
boliviafang
Sep. 18th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I use Verizon. I do not have a smart phone, (LG Dare) but it does have a web browser and I guess, more to the point, I was able to use it all the way to Edmonton and back. When I lost the piece of paper with my mom's company's 800 number on it, I was able to at least look that up using my phone's web browser in my hotel room in Edmonton. I also received pictures via text message from my friend in Italy while I was in Edmonton.

I also received messages while in the lower level of my company's headquarters, which is literally a concrete bunker and where everyone else said cell phone coverage is a problem.

So I'd say Verizon's coverage pretty much rocks socks.
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