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Buehler445
07-08-2008, 07:46 PM
My phone is poop, so I need a new one. I haven't followed what phones are worth a shit, so I need your guys' help on which ones are good/bad.

Since I am in BFE, I am stuck with Alltel. Here is a LINK (http://www.alltel.com/wps/portal/AlltelPublic/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3hnP2-DoCBDAwN_HxcnAyNLZ0PLIE9DIN9MPxykA0mFu3eokYFRgFOwWZi7i5GBgQFE3gAHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8jOTnN0VFQEAPhJpK4!/dl2/d1/L0lDU0lKSWdrbUEhIS9JRFJBQUlpQ2dBek15cXchL1lCSkoxTkExTkk1MC01RncvN19DTkswUlIxMDBPTERCMDI5QzE5UkkxMTBH NC9MX19fXzQ!/?WCM_PORTLET=PC_7_CNK0RR100OLDB029C19RI110G4_WCM&WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/Personal/home/p/phonesandaccessories/showphonesby/view+all&mrktID=LIN)to phones I have available to me.

I have had good luck with Motorola, but I refuse to buy a RAZR. I really don't like them.

I am also thinking of going to a Blackberry or other smart phone, but am not sure I want to pay an additional $20 for the data service. I have used a PDA pretty extensively in the past, but now that I'm in an 8-5 job, it is more of a pain to tote around. Any insight on what kind of usage would be required to make them worth the money would be appreciated. I have no idea what type of blackberry is good.

Also, since Alltel got bought out by Verizon, is there anything I should worry about there?

Thanks in advance.

KcMizzou
07-08-2008, 08:05 PM
I went without a cell forever, and was perfectly happy. Recently picked up a Tracfon for 20 bucks that'll suit my needs perfectly. I am a bit of a gadget geek, but cell phones aren't really my thing.

As a bonus, my little ghetto phone got a signal down in the hills at Lake of the Ozarks, when my step-dad's fancy phone wouldn't. :D

Buehler445
07-08-2008, 08:33 PM
My cell phone is my only phone. I'd like to get a decent one.

Fish
07-08-2008, 09:30 PM
If you happen to change your mind about the RAZR... let me know. I have one for sale right now. It was last on Alltel service, so that would work for you. I'll include the box, charger, and Chiefs colored protective shell. Used for about a year. One small scratch on the front down near the Motorola symbol.

$70.00

Motorola RAZR V3c

http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/product/details.jsp?globalObjectId=129

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JBucc
07-08-2008, 09:35 PM
I was going to get a Sony Ericsson w580i. But then I got an MP3 player instead.

StcChief
07-09-2008, 08:51 AM
Love my Razr - got a clear hard shell plastic cover and some spare covers.... at http://www.bargaincell.com/
along with car charger.

HC_Chief
07-09-2008, 12:51 PM
RAZRs are complete shit. The hinge on the flip-up screen will eventually go bad; it locks a bit on the cheap components and requires a bit of torque to open. Of course as soon as you do that it will pinch/fray and or cut the cables to that piece of the phone. If you made the mistake of saving your contacts to phone (so you can apply individualized images & ringers), you're screwed. Screwed, of course, unless you were smart enough to back them up first; not a bad move considering the fact that you just bought a POS Motorola anything.

Buehler445
07-09-2008, 05:34 PM
RAZRs are complete shit. The hinge on the flip-up screen will eventually go bad; it locks a bit on the cheap components and requires a bit of torque to open. Of course as soon as you do that it will pinch/fray and or cut the cables to that piece of the phone. If you made the mistake of saving your contacts to phone (so you can apply individualized images & ringers), you're screwed. Screwed, of course, unless you were smart enough to back them up first; not a bad move considering the fact that you just bought a POS Motorola anything.

My hate isn't nearly that deep, but OK. What do you suggest?

HC_Chief
07-10-2008, 08:55 AM
My hate isn't nearly that deep, but OK. What do you suggest?

Depends on what you need. Do you need a PDA or a simple phone? Are you a "texter" or do you actually use your cell phone as a PHONE? ;) Do you like having individualized ringtones & images for callers, or does simple=better for you?

Nokia makes a good phone. Toshiba also makes a decent phone.

I got an iPhone because I got tired of taking a cell and an iPod everywhere. I wanted to combine the two into a single item; iPhone did that for me. Plus I'm a tech geek and find gadgets kewl ;-)

Bowser
07-10-2008, 02:47 PM
I'll jump in on the request for a new phone. I have a Samsung slider phone, and I would probably be better off making my own cell phone out of a turd. I'm on the road daily, and as soon as I'm out of city limits, it's hit or miss with reception. I just need a phone that is RELIABLE on service, and I don't need all the fancy bells and whistles.

Buehler445
07-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Depends on what you need. Do you need a PDA or a simple phone? Are you a "texter" or do you actually use your cell phone as a PHONE? ;) Do you like having individualized ringtones & images for callers, or does simple=better for you?

Nokia makes a good phone. Toshiba also makes a decent phone.

I got an iPhone because I got tired of taking a cell and an iPod everywhere. I wanted to combine the two into a single item; iPhone did that for me. Plus I'm a tech geek and find gadgets kewl ;-)

Optimally, what I would like to get is an itty bitty phone that fits in my pocket nicely with AMAZING reception. The only functions I really want are bluetooth, and a phonebook.

But since those phones don't exist, I'm thinking about a smartphone. I have a PDA but don't take it much anymore because I have a desk job now. But could still use the functionality (for personal stuff at my desk). I'm not really sure I want to pay the extra $ for it.

BWillie
07-10-2008, 10:28 PM
I have Sprint, and I used to have a A900 "Blade". It's the better version of the RAZR pretty much. It was a good phone until I jumped into the pool with it on. Not sure if you can use any of them on Alltel but you can get a used one for 40 bucks. Only thing that kind of sucks is the battery.

I have a Sprint Mogul now, the HTC 6800. I'm still getting used to it, and I've never had a PDA phone but I'm learning more each day and liking it more each day. If I could only figure out how to work you tube on it.

Fish
07-11-2008, 08:11 AM
I have Sprint, and I used to have a A900 "Blade". It's the better version of the RAZR pretty much. It was a good phone until I jumped into the pool with it on. Not sure if you can use any of them on Alltel but you can get a used one for 40 bucks. Only thing that kind of sucks is the battery.

I have a Sprint Mogul now, the HTC 6800. I'm still getting used to it, and I've never had a PDA phone but I'm learning more each day and liking it more each day. If I could only figure out how to work you tube on it.

Nope. Sprint is GSM service. Alltel is CDMA.

rad
07-11-2008, 11:44 AM
This is mine, and I love it....it has a "rubbery" texture to it, I've dropped it alot, doesn't affect it. Cost $199 1 1/2 years ago. Motorola i580:

http://tezmobile.com/media/images/30884_pdi.gif

ChiefsFire
07-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Im on Alltel and carrying my first "smartphone",Blackberry Curve. Loving it.

The size is not bad....fits well in my front pocket with a leather skin on it.


The need for email access is vital to my job so that aspect of the service plan is not an issue. What I absolutely love is the ability to tether my berry to a laptop and have awesome connecton speed anywhere I have EVDO service, but thats another 10 bucks a month, which is my entire county and comes in handy working in emergency management.

If the Curve seems too big there is always the blackberry Pearl which is tiny.

If you see a need for a smartphone...go Blackberry. The wife carries a Moto Q and it likes to lock up.

BigVE
07-12-2008, 09:42 AM
My whole family has upgraded to newer Alltel phones in the past few months so I will share what we learned: I had the Razr, liked it and had no problems for 2 years. I upgraded to the Motorola Rokr which is a slider instead of a flip phone and has same basic functions as the Razr but is nicer. Bottom line for me: I am happy with it. My son got a Samsung Muse and he is not really happy with it. The Crazr phone is very nice too, similar to the Razr but a bit smaller overall AND has MP3 capabilities. My wife got an LG but I dont rem the model...she is happy with it, she also had a razr before. Other than the smart phones (blackberry pearl would be my choice) the Rokr and the Crazr were the best bets for the price. They also had a really cool looking phone called the LG Glimmer which had a touch screen and all sorts of other goodies but it was still a little pricey so I passed on it...it would have been my first choice if I didn't mind shelling out 275 bucks and waiting/hoping for my rebate. Hope this helps.

Buehler445
07-12-2008, 11:20 AM
Thanks fellas. Leaning toward the blackberry. A couple of my buddies got them, and have been pretty impressed. I talked to another guy about the phone functionality of them and he said they were really good. The added bulk/size didn't affect his phone useage. Have you fellas had similar results?

irishjayhawk
07-12-2008, 11:39 AM
Nope. Sprint is GSM service. Alltel is CDMA.

Sprint is most certainly not GSM.

Buehler445
07-20-2008, 08:34 AM
I got the Blackberry Curve 8330.

I've been pretty impressed with it so far. It is very intuitive. Although I can't figure out if I can set up events in my calendar, address book, and tasks on my PC and then synch them over to the Blackberry.

RustShack
07-20-2008, 10:46 AM
I got a Moto Rokr not too long ago, its pretty tits.

Braincase
07-21-2008, 06:25 PM
HTC Touch Diamond (http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=46278)

unlurking
07-22-2008, 03:01 AM
Was debating between the Touch and the iPhone (don't want to leave VZW). Hope VZW picks up the Diamond. I think that would solidify the decision to stay with VZW.

EDIT:

Well, I found mine. I am a fool for qwerty keyboards, so it is the HTC Touch Pro for me. Same design as the Diamond, but with a slider keyboard. Adds to the overall thickness (obviously), but I've been using my vx6700 for a few years now and used to it.

http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=49518
(http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=49518)

SBK
07-22-2008, 08:11 AM
I have a blackberry and love it. Plugging into my laptop and using it for a high speed connection makes it even better.

Simply Red
07-27-2008, 08:13 PM
Pearls are solid.

banyon
07-27-2008, 08:40 PM
Now that I also am in BFE, I had to go to Alltel too. Had to get rid of my Treo, which I liked.

Now I have the Moto Q, which crashes constantly it seems. :cuss:

The interface is not nearly as user friendly either.

Mr. Flopnuts
07-27-2008, 08:49 PM
Sprint is CDMA but you can't bounce phones off of that like you can GSM providers. Sprint phones only work with Sprint, Verizon with Verizon, etc.

Mr. Flopnuts
07-27-2008, 08:50 PM
On a side note, I moved last weekend and haven't had new service installed in my apartment. I have my blackberry plugged into my laptop and have had internet service since I moved in. It's not a bad feature to have if you own a laptop. Being able to go down to the beach and work, surf (on the web, I don't live in California), etc. is a pretty cool thing to do.