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Old 10-25-2006, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I dont mean to start a Holy war here, but here goes...

I currently have a 7130e on verizon, I mostly love it. Someone at work has a bigger screen BB ( I THINK its an 8700) on Sprint. His screen is bigger, but I actually LIKE suretype and the smaller keyboard. So I am keeping the 7130e on Verizon.

well... Here I sit in St. Petersburg Russia with a useless phone. My buddies phone worked in Frankfurt including data, here in Russia it works as a phone fine, but no data. Meh, thats fine. My phone ONLY works in the U.S. and I also have the advantage of no GPS. OH, and dont forget, if I switch phones, no SIM card! so nothing moves to the new phone. woohoo!! :(

Am I missing something here? It seems like I should definitly switch to a carrier with better service. Spring has EVDO for tethering (so does verizon) and works in Europe (not verizon). I am thinking of switching when I get home, but I dont want to regret it later.

any opinions?
(other than "SPRINT SUX", yes, I will stipulate that ALL carriers suck. with that stipulation, what else? )
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1: The sprint BB you are referring to is the 8703e I believe?

2. This is indeed a holy war haha. In truth, it all depends on where exactly you use the phone most. I know from experience that Sprint's reception in my primary locations (home, office and the roads in between) was horrid. BUT, they do offer a 30-day risk free period, and if you sign up for their service, realize it doesn't perform in your key areas, you can return the equipment for a full refund, and cancel your contract WITHOUT paying the $200/line early termination fee. Be careful with this, make sure to set your calendars for reminding, and allow an extra 3 days (approx.) if you are porting your number either way (3 days before the 30-day period is over, port it back).

Nobody can really give you a DEFINITE reason to go either way, except you. I didn't find Sprint's customer service particularly pleasing, but then again, I've had the same issues with Verizon's customer service.

Good luck making a hard choice!
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Thanks Froogle.
How do you like your 8700 on Cingular?
According to the Cingular site, no GPS. :( bummer.
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Thanks Froogle.
How do you like your 8700 on Cingular?
According to the Cingular site, no GPS. :( bummer.
Other than a few small quirks (bought the refurbished model), I love it. The full QWERTY fits my fat thumbs, and it's just a nice luxury to have.

I am actually quite clueless when it comes to EDGE, EV-DO, GPS, GSM, etc. So my apologies for not being able to follow along with that kind of talk.

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Other than a few small quirks (bought the refurbished model), I love it. The full QWERTY fits my fat thumbs, and it's just a nice luxury to have.

I am actually quite clueless when it comes to EDGE, EV-DO, GPS, GSM, etc. So my apologies for not being able to follow along with that kind of talk.

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Yeah,
I would love to, but my dam phone doesnt work in Europe.
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Coming from nextel, I have to say the Sprint voice and data seem more robust. I grew tired of not being able to make calls and having no service at my desk at work. I miss the d/c feature at times...Id rather have reliable voice than walkie talkie. The sprint internet experience is way better. I am thus far pleased with sprint. I have found no less customer support on the sprint side as opposed to the nextel side. Both blackberry support are poor at best, but hey this is what this forum is for....I have a RAZR on vzw and have just as good phone service on sprint, and at times more sustained EVDO w/ sprint.

Just my .02...based on my experiences.
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Most CDMA phones (Verizon and Sprint) will only work in the US. To work in overseas areas, you really need a GSM phone (Cingular or T-Mobile) but I have heard that both Sprint and Verizon offer some type of international phones if you set it up in advance of the trip abroad. You should talk to your carrier.

Judging from the many posts concerning overseas travel, T-Mo is the best for Europe. Not sure about Japan and the Far East as they seem to be using a different standard, however, I have seen some posts where the 87xx on both Cingular and T-Mo have worked in Japan.
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Default Sprint's new EV-DO Revision A network ,will give it the fastest wide area network

sprint is currently offering $39.99 unlimited data and phone as modem...

Also their speeds are known to be the highest as modems... not fast though on the 8703e phone...'

ABC News: Sprint Revs Up 'Rev A' EV-DO Network
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Sprint Revs Up 'Rev A' EV-DO Network
Sprint announced the first 21 cities for its new EV-DO Revision A
network today, which will give the nation's third-largest wireless
carrier the fastest wide area network.
Sascha Segan - PC Magazine

Oct. 24 -

Sprint announced the first 21 cities for its new EV-DO Revision A
network today, which will give the nation's third-largest wireless
carrier the fastest wide area network.

The company is already selling three PC Cards to help laptops hook up
to the new network, but MacBook users and other folks without PC Card
slots will be able to access the Rev A system with a new USB modem,
the company said in a press release.

The first Rev A market, launching today, is San Diego. By the end of
the year, it will be followed by Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, N.Y.,
Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Conn., Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Newark/Trenton, N.J., Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Sacramento, Calif., Salt Lake City, San
Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Sprint will upgrade its whole
EV-DO network, covering more than 164 million people, to Rev A by the
third quarter of 2007, the company says.

Sprint is first to get Motorola's hot new phones. Click here to read more.

Rev A raises theoretical download speeds from a maximum of 2.4
Mbits/sec to 3.1 Mbits/sec, and raises upload speeds from 153
kbits/sec to 1.8 Mbits/sec. Latency will also go down from around 225
ms to about 50 ms. While users will probably see some increase in
download speeds—Sprint is very conservatively raising the top range of
their average estimated speeds from 700 Kbits/sec to 800
Kbits/sec—uploads will go much, much faster. That enables functions
like video calling, multiplayer gaming, uploading multimedia content
and webcam streaming. It will also make peer-to-peer file sharing
easier, though Sprint is sure to frown on such a use.

Rev A is especially critical for Sprint because the new network is
fast enough to support Nextel-style push-to-talk functions. Sprint has
expressed a desire to move existing Nextel users off of Nextel's old
iDen network onto a new Sprint network, but not until the company can
duplicate the full Nextel experience.

Sprint won't charge any more for Rev A than they do for EV-DO now: $60
a month for unlimited PC Card usage if you also have a voice plan, or
if you sign a two-year contract; $80/month if you don't fulfill one of
those conditions.

Verizon Wireless, which also uses the EV-DO system, has also said
they'll roll out Rev A next year, but the company hasn't launched any
markets yet. The equivalent technology for Cingular's and T-Mobile's
networks is called HSUPA; Cingular is still struggling to roll out the
previous version, called HSDPA, and T-Mobile has said they won't start
selling HSDPA until next year.

Sprint also announced its first widely available USB modem, the
Novatel Wireless Ovation U720. While Sprint has been selling USB
high-speed modems to business customers for a while now, this will be
the first one available to the general public. The U720, which we hope
will work with MacBooks (but we haven't heard), will sell for $249.99
or as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract. The Rev A PC Cards will
also work with Sprint's Linksys EV-DO-to-Wi-Fi router, offering
another option for folks who don't have card slots.

There's been relatively little talk about phones that will support Rev
A, though they're sure to come. Rumor sites have earmarked the HTC
Libra, also known as the UT Starcom SMT-5800, as a Rev A Windows
Mobile smartphone. It's the next generation of the successful PPC-6700
model; according to Phone Scoop, it will have both a phone keypad and
a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and will be available early next year.

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Copyright (c) 2006 ABC News Internet Ventures
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