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Old 05-13-2008, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I have been reading the forums for a while but this is my first post. I figure you guys would be the best to ask.

I am currently with US Cellular but my contract has expired. I am looking at getting an 8330 now that they are available! Here-in lies my dilemma.

US Cell does not have theirs available yet. (they are always dead last to offer tech) Unfortunately, CDMA is all that is available at my house and I do not have a land line. Sprint is not an option as there is no service. (and god knows how long they will stay in business) That leaves Verizon. So....

1) Do I wait for US Cell to drop theirs (which could be any time from now until the middle of June according to some sources)

2) Do I switch to Verizon and pick it up there?

The benefits to #1 -
1) US Cell data plan is truly UNLIMITED
2) Much cheaper bill. (by about $35/month)
3) GPS included with the phone (not locked to US Cells navigator)

The downside to #1 -
1) The wait
2) US Cell doesn't currently offer Ev-do speed data in my area (and doesnt know when it will be rolling out)

The benefits to #2 -
1) Verizons Curve is available now!!
2) Verizon offers EV-DO

The downside to #2 -
1) Bill is more expensive (again, by $35 a month)
2) I heard Verizon blocks the GPS feature so you have to use VZ Navigator. (I have a garmin but, still....kinda defeats the purpose of having the feature)
3) I hear that data cap is 5 meg on the unlimited plan. (not so much unlimited) Is it easy to go over this?

So, there you have it. If you were given the same options, which way would you go? I know a lot will say the T-Mobile 8320 but, GSM service is just awful in our area. (central maine...tons of dead spots)

Thanks for any advice you can give.

~Mike
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a question you need to decide on your own..but here are a few thoughts:

-data is capped at 5GB(i'm actually not sure if its capped, but you can have your account closed if you consistently go over). Good luck going over that without tethering(which is another feature you are charged for).

-$35/month is quite the jump in bill price, but again its worth it if you believe you need EV-DO.

-If you dont need GPS, why does it matter that its blocked?

-You said USCellular is going to release the curve somewhere from now till June...that really isnt THAT far off.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I have been reading the forums for a while but this is my first post. I figure you guys would be the best to ask.

I am currently with US Cellular but my contract has expired. I am looking at getting an 8330 now that they are available! Here-in lies my dilemma.

US Cell does not have theirs available yet. (they are always dead last to offer tech) Unfortunately, CDMA is all that is available at my house and I do not have a land line. Sprint is not an option as there is no service. (and god knows how long they will stay in business) That leaves Verizon. So....

1) Do I wait for US Cell to drop theirs (which could be any time from now until the middle of June according to some sources)

2) Do I switch to Verizon and pick it up there?

The benefits to #1 -
1) US Cell data plan is truly UNLIMITED
2) Much cheaper bill. (by about $35/month)
3) GPS included with the phone (not locked to US Cells navigator)

The downside to #1 -
1) The wait
2) US Cell doesn't currently offer Ev-do speed data in my area (and doesnt know when it will be rolling out)

The benefits to #2 -
1) Verizons Curve is available now!!
2) Verizon offers EV-DO

The downside to #2 -
1) Bill is more expensive (again, by $35 a month)
2) I heard Verizon blocks the GPS feature so you have to use VZ Navigator. (I have a garmin but, still....kinda defeats the purpose of having the feature)
3) I hear that data cap is 5 meg on the unlimited plan. (not so much unlimited) Is it easy to go over this?

So, there you have it. If you were given the same options, which way would you go? I know a lot will say the T-Mobile 8320 but, GSM service is just awful in our area. (central maine...tons of dead spots)

Thanks for any advice you can give.

~Mike
You cant go with sprint and roam at home? Most of the time the data still works even when roaming.


I am not totally sure this would work but its worth a try
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sprint roams on vzw for free. They are not going out of business either just typical layoffs becuase our screwed economy. Home depot layed off a lot employees and closed a lot of stores as well. I highly dought they are going anywhere. Being on CDMA is not a negative by any means. But if I were you I would give vzw and sprint a try for a few days as they both will allow you a 30 day trial period just be sure to read the fine print so you don't end up paying 40 dollars for 2 days of use. VZW is excellent sprint is a very good value and pretty good service. Even if they do go out of business your at no loss. But it won't happen. Sorry I never heard of US cellular but if they work for you where you are then stay with them. Don't fall for the shinney new phone bait. But if US cellular never has any good phones ever then you may want to move on.

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I would test out Verizon's service in your area, yeah they may disable some features on their phones and I hate that, however their service is fantastic. If you get a good signal where you live you will be very happy!
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Thanks so far for all the responses.

I am a little nervous about sprint. Everything that is going on in the news (loss of 100 million subscribers and a $211 Million dollar loss makes me fear there will be some sort of "come to jesus" moment in the near future. Can anyone fill me in a bit more with their service? When I am roaming (which I would be at home and in most of the state) will I still be able to access almost all my features? If not, what do I lose?

I don't know whether or not I need Ev-Do. As I have never had a blackberry (but am so anxious to get one) I am not sure if I will suffer with the 1X data that my current provider gives. Does anyone know about the difference in transfer rates between Ev-Do and 1X?

It's a good point that with the Garmin I don't need the GPS, but it would be nice if I am out of town and don't know where I am. (making BB maps a little useless)

Thanks for all the help. I know I am struggling a bit, but I want to make sure whichever decision I make, it works out so I can join the ranks of the many crackberry user and abusers.
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Good questions. It seems it's almost about personal things though, if you want a new phone.. you have your answer. If you want amazing service (at a price) you have your answer. If you don't mind waiting.. then..
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Good questions. It seems it's almost about personal things though, if you want a new phone.. you have your answer. If you want amazing service (at a price) you have your answer. If you don't mind waiting.. then..
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Good questions. It seems it's almost about personal things though, if you want a new phone.. you have your answer. If you want amazing service (at a price) you have your answer. If you don't mind waiting.. then..
again youve hit the nail on the head
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