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Old 12-12-2006, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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which one is the better carrier, and which one sells the pearl for cheaper?

Tmob is GSM, and cingular is CDMA? am i right? or mistaken?
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looking at "let's talk.com" the TMO has the best price for the unlimited data plan after 5 years w/ cingular I'm outtah there.....after dec. 25th when the contract expires........in fact I've hit a juvenile anticipation point lusting after the Pearl....lol........and makes watching the TMO commercial that much mo bettah...come on CZJ.....C-man
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which one is the better carrier, and which one sells the pearl for cheaper?

Tmob is GSM, and cingular is CDMA? am i right? or mistaken?
No, Cingular is GSM as well. Cingular has the better network but I'd say it comes down to your particular area and how coverage is for you for each carrier.

I've been with Cingular for 3 yrs now and have been very happy for the most part. My coverage is exceptional!
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I couldn't decide for a while either. I jumped to T-Mobile after looking at the coverage it seems to have improved in the recent year. I think the T-Mobile Pearl looks slightly better also. No to crazy about the grey middle part on the Cingular one.

So far works great.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ah. The age-old "which carrier do I choose" debate.

Here's the short answer that covers most of what's been discussed in past threads:

- Stop caring about phones...care about COVERAGE. The most kickass phone in the world does you little good if the service doesn't work.
- Tmo is cheaper, but the coverage is considerably more spotty.
- If you're concerned with the price of a Blackberry, it likely isn't the device for you. But as for which carrier sells one for the cheapest, it all depends on where you buy it from. Deals can be had almost anywhere.

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Old 12-13-2006, 09:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Tmobile has cheaper plans but it SUCKS in NYC
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Where you live has great importance. I live in the DC Metro Area and travel to NYC frequently, and T-Mobile coverage is excellent throughout, so I get to use their 20 buck unlimited data plan, which is a hell of a deal. Coverage might get spottier when you go away from urban and suburban areas.

The difference in price of the device itself will be irrelevant in the long run. It's more important that you get a good plan with good coverage. Get people with T-Mob and Cingular to come to your house and check their signal. Ask coworkers about their signal. Go to the T-Mo and Cingular websites and check their coverage maps.

Having said that, coverage being equal, T-Mo is generally considered to have better customer service and better plans. But all the customer service and cheap data plans in the world are worthless if you don't have signal.
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Where you live has great importance. I live in the DC Metro Area and travel to NYC frequently, and T-Mobile coverage is excellent throughout, so I get to use their 20 buck unlimited data plan, which is a hell of a deal. Coverage might get spottier when you go away from urban and suburban areas.

The difference in price of the device itself will be irrelevant in the long run. It's more important that you get a good plan with good coverage. Get people with T-Mob and Cingular to come to your house and check their signal. Ask coworkers about their signal. Go to the T-Mo and Cingular websites and check their coverage maps.

Having said that, coverage being equal, T-Mo is generally considered to have better customer service and better plans. But all the customer service and cheap data plans in the world are worthless if you don't have signal.
I agree with you. I live in nyc and I recently switched from Tmobile and they have great service in NYC. Also, know people who has tmobile for years and they love it and they have good customer service.
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T-Mobile with a doubt (of course if you have a good coverage area). Another guy in my office has the Pearl with Cingular (and I have the Pearl with T-mob)....T-mob phone looks better and the data plan is less expensive...... I've been with T-mobile for many many years, started with them when they were called Digiph PCS down here (had the 18 pound Siemens phone) and they have always had great rates and superior customer service.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm in the Seattle, WA area.
any specific area comments for tmob vs. cingular? or are they both ok?
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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tmo is sometimes spotty in northwest, compared to cingular.

Also, Cingular has roll over minutes so one can reduce the no of minutes on monthly plan (after first year/rebate?).

I had tmo/voicestream since 98, because of their year long contracts. But now tmo is also 2 years (but thro my company it is one year - so I am still on tmo).
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Cingular have the best coverage and T-mobile have the lowest per month price.
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Can't tell you about Washington, but in central and south Texas, Cingular has much better coverage than T-Mo. I loved T-Mo's lower prices, but the service in those areas was worthless without good reception. Cingular costs more (boo!) but I've been much happier with the coverage.
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