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Old 04-23-2007, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My contract for Cingular is ending soon, which means it's time for a new phone and/or plan. I know the Pearl comes in both Cingular and T-Mobile flavors, I'm curious as to;
which plan is better vs. T-Mobile and Cingular?
and are there any differences between the two phones on different phone companies? I mean I'm sure there's a different interface and what not, so tell me which one's flyer ;)

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Old 04-23-2007, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on where you are. Poll users (and abusers) around you.

I live in Denver and here t-mobile plans are cheaper and appear to be overall better deals, including the unlimited BB plan.

Cingular probably gets better signal around the city and occasionally along the highway and especially inside the hospital I work in sometimes. But I really haven't felt like I am dropping calls or lacking in reception. I make good calls with one bar, verizon? Not a chance...

I went with tmo because I spend a lot of time in Winter Park and Fraser Colorado. tmo does MUCH better on the ski slopes and at the base and, although they both have good phone reception at my condo a few miles down the road, Cingular can't pull down a data network there even though the shop guys say it should.

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Same area. And yeah T-Mo seems way cheaper monthly, any differences in the two phones?
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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T-Mo's unlimited rate plan is definitely more economical. Check their website for coverage in the areas where you live, work, etc. I've been very pleased with T-Mobile reliability and customer service.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Same area. And yeah T-Mo seems way cheaper monthly, any differences in the two phones?
The two devices are the same with the exception of the color on the outside.
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Same area. And yeah T-Mo seems way cheaper monthly, any differences in the two phones?
In the exterior, yes. But the guts are the same.
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I work for T-mobile Corp, feel free to call
1-800-937-8997
tell them/enter you're area code, and they will glady assist you to the nearest T-mobile corp. store. There you can get with one of the representatives and let them run a personal coverage check.
3 places I would recommend are, where you live, work, and play.

Let me know if that helps you out.
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I have T-Mobile too because the plans are cheaper, no matter what you will use it for.
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I work for T-mobile Corp, feel free to call
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tell them/enter you're area code, and they will glady assist you to the nearest T-mobile corp. store. There you can get with one of the representatives and let them run a personal coverage check.
3 places I would recommend are, where you live, work, and play.

Let me know if that helps you out.
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I have Cingular in my area because T-Mo isn't as strong in this area. (reception wise). If memory is correct, plans are cheaper with T-Mo, but the lack of coverage makes it difficult to justify. (Difference is less than $10/mo. I think)

So I echo what the others have said. Take the 30 day tour with whoever you think you'll prefer (may as well start with Cingular, since you're already there and probably eligible for upgrade like I was) and see what happens in the main areas you'll be using the phone.

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I have Cingular in my area because T-Mo isn't as strong in this area. (reception wise). If memory is correct, plans are cheaper with T-Mo, but the lack of coverage makes it difficult to justify. (Difference is less than $10/mo. I think)

So I echo what the others have said. Take the 30 day tour with whoever you think you'll prefer (may as well start with Cingular, since you're already there and probably eligible for upgrade like I was) and see what happens in the main areas you'll be using the phone.
I'm not sure about places where there is no T-mobile at all, but if my phone loses connection with T-mobile it switches to Cingular towers. The phone will say Cingular instead of T-mobile. And they don't charge me for Roaming. That may be different for other plans or something, I'm not sure.

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I work for T-mobile Corp, feel free to call
1-800-937-8997
tell them/enter you're area code, and they will glady assist you to the nearest T-mobile corp. store. There you can get with one of the representatives and let them run a personal coverage check.
3 places I would recommend are, where you live, work, and play.

Let me know if that helps you out.
That coverage check doesn't work right, or it just overstates the service. At least that was my case. I asked the rep at the T-Mobile store to check my coverage at my house, work and my girlfriends apartment. At my house he told me 4-5 bars (I get 1-2). At work he told me 4-5 bars (I get 1-2). At my girlfriends he told me no 1-2 (I have a steady 4). So the only way to really know is by taking the phone and testing it yourself.
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I'm not sure about places where there is no T-mobile at all, but if my phone loses connection with T-mobile it switches to Cingular towers. The phone will say Cingular instead of T-mobile. And they don't charge me for Roaming. That may be different for other plans or something, I'm not sure.
T-Mobile doesn't really "have their own" network. They borrow from Cingular, Verizon, and whoever else.

They pay X amount of dollars to use them. So does Helio, Boost, and Amp'd.
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Yes, it is true that tmo has roaming agreements with Cingular, but it is impossible for them to share network capacity with verizon or sprint.
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I have tmob but i am in the new york area..... people are amazed at the services that i have on my bb and the low price i pay. my friend pays 80 bucks for his bb service and bs tex plan.... thats not including his voice plan.. now come on.... thats nutz... and that only gets you 4000 texts and pics. who would sign up for that?
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I'm not sure about places where there is no T-mobile at all, but if my phone loses connection with T-mobile it switches to Cingular towers. The phone will say Cingular instead of T-mobile. And they don't charge me for Roaming. That may be different for other plans or something, I'm not sure.
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T-Mobile doesn't really "have their own" network. They borrow from Cingular, Verizon, and whoever else.

They pay X amount of dollars to use them. So does Helio, Boost, and Amp'd.
Yep, he's right in the SoCal a lot of the majority Cingular towers are used by T-Mobile, and depending on your area, and how well reception and how much the quality of voices mean to you, I guess that's where you'll decide which you'll go to, if both are about the same, go with T-mo cause it's cheaper for data plan.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Here in my area, the data plan is about $10 cheaper on T-Mo than on Cing.
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I went with Cingular because their coverage area seems better and almost everyone I know uses Cingular and the unlimited mobile to mobile minutes/messages are fabulous.
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