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Old 07-01-2007, 08:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You should check the coverage maps and ask people in your area what kind of signal they get. You can also go to the Options -> Mobile Network screen on a Pearl and manually register on the T-Mobile or AT&T network (or any other GSM carrier in range), then go to Options -> Status and check the signal strength. It should show up even if your phone can't register. Keep in mind that the number displayed is negative, so -70 dBm is a much stronger signal than -100 dBm.

I have T-Mobile, and it has horrible coverage in my area. 2-year contracts suck.