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Ready to start looking at new cell phones

ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
Okay, my current cell phone is dying, which means I'll probably get a new one on Black Friday or right after Christmas (some time when I can get a spectacular deal). I'd like to get a PDA that also functions as a cell phone. It doesn't have to be anything really spectacular; the ability to work as an effective day-planner, check e-mail, text, search Google, look up Google maps... yeah, that's pretty much it. I don't even need (nor really particularly want) a camera, but if it has one, meh (maybe I can get a shot of a cop beating someone up someday). I'm pretty price-sensitive, so the cheaper, the better. I currently live in Seattle, so whoever I go through has to have coverage up here. My parents live in Northern California, so it would be nice if they had coverage down there, too, but that's not really a deal-killer.

What should I be looking at? What sorts of features should I particularly be exploring? And where can I snag particularly good deals?

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    ege02ege02 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    iPhone.

    I can get you one from the U-Village Apple store with a student discount, I believe.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    ege02 wrote: »
    iPhone.

    I can get you one from the U-Village Apple store with a student discount, I believe.
    "Price-sensitive." In English, this means "I do not want to spend $400 on a phone." It also means "I do not want to spend $150 a month in data fees to use AT&T's shitty, shitty-ass data network."

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Yeah, you're pretty much talking about an iPhone. Windows Mobile is really not good.

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Thinatos wrote: »
    ege02 wrote: »
    iPhone.

    I can get you one from the U-Village Apple store with a student discount, I believe.
    "Price-sensitive." In English, this means "I do not want to spend $400 on a phone." It also means "I do not want to spend $150 a month in data fees to use AT&T's shitty, shitty-ass data network."

    Then I guess you're looking at a Treo or an HTC.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Okay, say I were willing to lighten up on the more internet-ish stuff. What would I be looking at, then? What's the difference between a Treo or an HTC and an iPhone? Is there an easy-to-use primer somewhere for this kind of stuff that isn't corporate-sponsored?

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    JAEFJAEF Unstoppably Bald Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Who are you with currently and how set are you on keeping your number? A Sprint SERO (Sprint Employee Referral Offer) is $30/month for 500 minutes, 49.99 for 1250, 99.99 for 2500, and includes unlimited text and data. You also get lower-than-consumer pricing on expensive phones so a Mogul (AKA HTC Titan AKA PPC 6800) would be 299.99 with a $100 mail in rebate.

    Huge info dump here.

    This shit is cheap. The catch is, and there's always a catch, you may have difficulty porting your number over if you're from a different carrier (but it's worth a shot) or if you convert the account you may have issues with billing (like I did) and have to watch your bills and play phone tag with customer service to make sure every thing's coming up correctly. If you're not averse to being on the phone a while as things get started, I would definitely recommend it as that shit is cheap.

    Also Opera Mini is a wonderful browser, and since the Mogul has Java built in you can run all kinds of stuff. Personally I like Windows Mobile a lot more than proprietary shit as there's a larger pool of software to pull from.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I need to change area codes anyhow, so the number thing isn't a big deal. I'm currently with Verizon. I would classify myself as relatively happy with their service.

    500 minutes is a ridiculous amount of time. I don't think my whole family talks on the phone that much in a month. Maybe in a year.

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    SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    JAEF wrote: »
    Who are you with currently and how set are you on keeping your number? A Sprint SERO (Sprint Employee Referral Offer) is $30/month for 500 minutes, 49.99 for 1250, 99.99 for 2500, and includes unlimited text and data. You also get lower-than-consumer pricing on expensive phones so a Mogul (AKA HTC Titan AKA PPC 6800) would be 299.99 with a $100 mail in rebate.


    Seriously, SERO is cheaper than any dataplan that you'd get from any other carrier, and the Mogul is one of the best PDA-phones.

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    JAEFJAEF Unstoppably Bald Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Verizon has top notch customer service, but you pay for it with their plans and extras. Fucking. Expensive. If you don't mind keeping an eye on your bill every month in case things need to be rectified with customer service, I would seriously recommend the $30 SERO plan. If you're starting with a new number it is incredibly easy and there is a much lower chance of any problems. If you do apply for it just make sure that they add the unlimited data and unlimited text properly, and check your first few statements. I know I never use anything close to 500 minutes either.

    Regarding the Mogul, it is a fantastic phone. Windows Mobile is a platform I like a lot as it's very versatile and you can sculpt it to do what you want. Now, keep in mind that to untap its full potential you must possess the five rings of earth, fire, wind, water and most importantly heart. You must also do some tweaking.

    Out of the box the phone does not have the highest max volume, sound is a bit weak on bluetooth headsets, sometimes the screen comes out of sleep mode on its own (not that it starts running anything, it just comes out of sleep randomly.) Of course, a new patch for the phone's ROM should be coming out soon which should crush some bugs, and before then there are ways to get around or repair the first two issues. If you are not looking to be playing around with a tech device too much I would recommend one of Sprint's standard phones still with the SERO plan as you would still get the unlimited "Phoneternet" which would let you access some junk phone formatted sites and your GMail, maybe a rudimentary mapping system of some sort, I'm not sure.

    However, if you're willing to dedicate a little time to the Mogul you can make it an incredibly powerful tool and fun machine on the go. Windows Live (a better version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile), Java games, regular Windows Mobile games (I have X-Com on mine, and various puzzle games like mahjong and some gem shit) and some great web browsing wherever you are. Opera Mini 2 is amazing and comparable to the iPhone's browser in terms of sexy features. You can also work around most of the current negatives of the phone.

    The good far outweighs the bad, but I'm just trying to keep you aware that it's not a prance through fantasy land, but if you're willing to spend a little time and effort it can be great.

    You mentioned family. There are no family plans through SERO, and depending on how many people you're looking at setting up with phones it would be $30/month for each of them. Keep that in mind when you're looking at pricing.

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    DharmaBumDharmaBum Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I have a question about buying a new cellphone.

    I really need to get a new one, but I don't have one of those $100 credit things that the providers give you. I was just wondering if the prices displayed on the Verizion website, for instance, are the price that I will pay for buying that new phone. Or is that the price that you get for the phone when you also sign up for a contract. I already have a contract, I just want to get a new phone and don't want to pay out the nose for it.

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    JAEFJAEF Unstoppably Bald Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    How long have you been in the contract? Your upgrade date is 20 months from when you first signed the a contract and got a new phone. If it hasn't been 20 months but it HAS been 12 months or more, and you're on a plan 49.99 or higher, you MAY be eligible for a yearly upgrade (two year price as if you were upgrading normally, no additional $50-$100 credit towards phone, may be a $20 early upgrade processing fee on top of phone price.) If your phone is not functioning properly and it HASN'T been a year and there is no physical or liquid damage on the phone, take it in to a corporate store and they will replace it for you there or ship you a replacement (2 business day shipping) as long as they are able to duplicate the issue (or in the case of dropped calls they can actually look those up.)

    If none of these things are available it would be full retail for a phone which is fucking EXPENSIVE. The shitty phones start at 129.99 and the middle end ones start at 209.99 (RAZR, etc.) but that wouldn't affect your agreement in any way. Hope that helped.

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    The SERO deal JAEF pointed out sounds like an excellent choice. One of my co-workers has a Sprint phone and he loves them. I've got an HTC Wizard on Cingular/AT&T and love the phone for the most part. That there Titan is basically my phone + more RAM + faster CPU... very fucking cool.

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Thinatos wrote: »
    ege02 wrote: »
    iPhone.

    I can get you one from the U-Village Apple store with a student discount, I believe.
    "Price-sensitive." In English, this means "I do not want to spend $400 on a phone." It also means "I do not want to spend $150 a month in data fees to use AT&T's shitty, shitty-ass data network."
    To be fair you can get a 4 gig iphone for $300, and unlimited data is only $20 per month.


    Really though, a SERO plan sounds ideal for you.

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