lately, ive been looking a lot into cell phone providers and pricing plans. a lot of my friends are starting to get cell phones and dont know what their getting into, so they rely on me to look into it for them and make a good decision for them.
i originally got with sprint pcs almost 3 years ago when i went off to college. it had the best price and it was month-to-month so i wasnt locked into anything. i hate verizons 2 year commitment and that other companies are starting to do the 2 year thing also. what i enjoy about sprint is that when i finally did sign a contract, it was only a year long one and since i signed it 1.5 years into using their service, i figured i could live with it for another year. they still offer month-to-month, but theres a 10 dollar monthly fee for it, but if you really need month-to-month, its worth it. also, their home calling area is wherever you are at when you make the call. i like that a lot for traveling. but, i learned the month when i was out of town and using my sprint service on a sprint "affiliates" network. i then switched to a national plan. i wont even look at a plan if it isnt national. and those plans are way to expensive with att, cingular, and verizon. i want national, not the states nearest me. and the minutes to cost ratio is totally not right, way lopsided.
i also decided to pony up the money up front. almost everyone i know thinks they should pick how much they want to spend and curb their usage to that amount. and in a couple months, they learn real quick. my moms last bill was 300 becuase she has local calling and went to northern cali and called home to her husband constantly. my other friend at work racked up 350 because she has free nites and weekends so she (obviously i guess) forgets that she has to keep day usage down. she also went out to vegas where she appearantly isnt covered so roam away she did. hard way to learn that lesson. ive watched all my other friends slowly go over and over then switch to something more expensive. i say screw that. pick a national plan and pick how many minutes you want. if you cant afford it, then use your cell phone for conveinance, not because its your phone. i do use my cell phone as my primary phone and the house line purely for dial up. if the phone does ring, i dont bother picking it up, i dont give the number to anyone, so i know its not for me.
if your cell phone is for play, then realize that and use it as such, if your like me, and use your cell phone causes its your only contact to the world, realize this, and spend the money so that you wont get surprised. and also, dont get all bitchy about your cell phone dropping calls, people think they have to be perfect, and i think i have more of a right to demand this than the average consumer becasue my cell is my ONLY phone i can use. and i do get upset when it drops and fades out, its very annoying, but i realize radio frequencies arent perfect, and i have the conveinance of answering my phone, walking outside and driving to work or to the person on the other end and never having to leave the conversation. im thankful for what i have and cant wait for the service to become better, then it will really be worth it. and hopefully these 1xRTT networks and sprints thats rolling out this summer will be the shit. and with that im preparing to put down anohter 200-300 dollars for a new top of the line phone to take advantage of the networks, that sucks, but all of us realize thats theres a price penalty for being technologically advances or with the times.
and the advert thing, i find that when im not online and cant receive a call or if that im out and about, and i have friends who are usually home or on network connections, i will sign on and leave AIM running on my phone. then if someone needs to gimme a quick note, they can without using their cell minutes or calling long distance. and i have become extremely fast at keypad typing, not like the cingular or att commercials, but close ;). however, i have been hit with so many of those AIM sex spams recently, that ive been getting them on my phone as well. and thats shitty, but i pay what i do to have all the bells and whistles and all the minutes i need upfront, so IM away, talk away, sure borrow my phone, i realized the possibilities when i put my money down and im very happy with what i have, even when it does act typically cellular and piss me off
oh, and BTW, i am in no way affilated/sponsored/employed by sprint pcs, they have just made me a very happy customer. from customer service that will discuss things with you, to 411 that gets me any info i could ever ask for and with a smile, to treating me like a VIP for spending the money i am, they have done a good job for me.
-- j0sh -- of course im over-dramatizing my statements, but thats how its done here, sensationalism, otherwise you wouldnt read it.