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Old 08-21-2006, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am located in the Memphis, TN area, and am wanting to upgrade to a Blackberry 8700 series device. I currently have a contract with Cingular which I'll have to break to get a Blackberry (affordably), so I'm considering switching to T-Mobile.

Who prefers which of these 2 carriers and why?

Thanks for the info!
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If you already have an 8700 why are you going to switch to get an 8700?

I find that Cingular has better service in most places, but T-Mobile is cheaper, especially for data. Just do some research and find out how the coreage is for each in your area.
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I've used both and found T-mobile a better company to work with as well as cheaper (IMHO)
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I don't have an 8700 yet. I'm looking to get either the 8700g or 8700c.
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Location, location, location.
Which carrier has the best coverage where you live, where you work, where you commute and where you travel.

Cost is immaterial if the coverage isn't there.
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I am located in the Memphis, TN area, and am wanting to upgrade to a Blackberry 8700 series device. I currently have a contract with Cingular which I'll have to break to get a Blackberry (affordably), so I'm considering switching to T-Mobile.

Who prefers which of these 2 carriers and why?

Thanks for the info!
I use Cingular... They have better coverage in my area (Texas, especially rural south Texas), but they are more expensive.

You should probably look at the online coverage tools for Cingular and T-Mobile in your area. Below are the links:

Cingular: Cingular Wireless
T-Mobile: Personal Coverage Check - Coverage Maps for your calling coverage and service coverage areas
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The 2 would be about the same price for me as I get a discount on Cingular through work. I looked at Cingular's "coverage check" and don't think that's too accurate based on the service I've been receiving around town...
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The best coverage is Cingular.

The best prices is T-mobile.

I am currently using T-mobile because of the price.
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T-mo is cheaper, but their service usually isn't as good as Cingulars. Cingular spent 21 million on their network over the past 2 years to make it better, so they cost a little more.
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Hey Option - in the interest of full disclosure, who do you work for?

Just checking...
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Yes, I work for Cingular, so my opinion on this is slightly bias. You'll notice that in my original post to this thread stayed to research who had the best network in the area. I just wanted to shed some light on one of the reasons T-Mobile is cheaper.
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No, you shared your opinion.
I do believe that Cingular recently lowered their price on BlackBerry Data Plans, didn't they.

Shilling is really bad behavior.
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Yes, they now have a 29.99 BIS only plan. The full BES plan remains 44 dollars.

Shilling?
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Look it up.
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shill xx (xPx)xxPronunciation Keyxx(shl) Slangn.One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
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Well I had both Cingular and T Mobile. They faired well in areas of good to great coverage. Unfortunatly T Mobile failed in certain spots that were important for me (and that is in NYC) which ended up in me giving up trheir BB. Had them side by side to compare for what is best for my needs plus at the time T Mobile was much cheaper even after the Cingular discount. But to my surprize even after choosing to stay pu with Cingular a couple months later they lowered their BIS cost which made it even better for me for just $5 more a month. The one thing one would need to take into account, if you are curently under contract with Cingular and Plan to break it, you need to do the calculation to see if it is worth paying the ETF on top of the cost of the new BB with T mobile.
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I am located in the Memphis, TN area, and am wanting to upgrade to a Blackberry 8700 series device. I currently have a contract with Cingular which I'll have to break to get a Blackberry (affordably), so I'm considering switching to T-Mobile.

Who prefers which of these 2 carriers and why?

Thanks for the info!
It really shouldn't be what we think. The real answer is who provides the best coverage where you will use the device. And where you use it should be where you live, work, play and travel. Great customer service means nothing if you have no signal when you need it.

Like Pizzle said, "Its all about coverage in your area."

If you are looking for personal opinions, I have Cingular and find the coverage very good where I use the device here in New England. However, I carry a Verizon phone for those times when I am out of Cingular coverage.
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i would honestly say that if you go to a cingular corporate store, and talk to the rep, and just be completly honest with him, you might be able to get whats call an exceptional upgrade, but it depends where your at in your contract, and cingular has a couple of different data price plans. but you might have to get more details from your rep
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