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Cell phone recommendations?

At present I am with Virgin Mobile (but their customer service sucks), and I have a Kyocera K10 Royale (it's all I could afford at the time).

I am looking to upgrade in both service and hardware. Here is what I am looking at: Cingular/AT&T's Go Phone/Pay As You Go service. And for a phone a Motorola RAZR V3 Silver.

About the phone: does anyone have one? Does it feel flimsy? What are the drawbacks? What should I consider instead?

The only other two pay-as-you-go services I know of are TracFone (ugh) and Boost Mobile (Nextel). I am not particularly fond of the Motorola phones Boost is offering.

Oh yeah. I don't use my phone that much. so 25 cents a minute won't kill me. I actually have a huge backlog of $$ at Virgin Mobile because I just plain don't use it, plus everytime I try to download something (ringtones, wallpaper), it just doesn't get to my phone. Customer service says, "Try again in a couple hours." ::sigh::

I even talked to my sister for 25 minutes yesterday just to try to use some of the balance. The call was full of drop-outs on both sides. At least once she asked, "Are you still there??"

So Cingular is looking like the most reliable service. I just need to find the exact right phone to go with their Pay As You Go/Go Phone service. :-)

Help? Thanks!!!

Oh: here's a link:

http://www.cingular.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones/prepaid-phones.jsp

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raaven
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the specific phones, but the last time I changed services I used this site to compare. They have some screamin' deals (we got both phones & two bluetooth headsets free), and evreything went off without a hitch. Maybe you can find it useful. :)
countrymouse
Jan. 28th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I checked it out and came up with Cingular and a pay-as-you-go plan. :-)
raaven
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad it was helpful! :)
sexypinky365
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
I work for T-Mobile. The razrs are VERY delicate. The screens break easily due to their thinness. T-Mobile has great pre-paid as well. I'm not sure of the coverage in your area, but if you have great service check it out. No fees- you just use your minutes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sarah
countrymouse
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
T-Mobile doesn't have any pay-as-you-go plans, as far as I can see. And that's what would be the most economical for me and my family. We just don't use our phones that much, me least of all.

I got to see a Razr V3 in person yesterday, and it didn't look or feel at *all* as flimsy as it did on the Web! See totallyobsess's review/comment below.
sexypinky365
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Yes- T-mobile has pre paid Its not a plan per say..you just add the minutes on....refill amounts in 10, 25, 50 and 100. I was just trying to help.
countrymouse
Jan. 29th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
I appreciate your help. :-) I think I can get a better deal on a prepaid Razr V3 with Cingular ($100 cheaper).

Thanks anyway. :-)
sexypinky365
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh no problem. Glad I could give you some help. If you have any questions working the phone or the bluetooth, let me know. I'm a pro :)
countrymouse
Jan. 30th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! I may just take you up on that. ::grin::
totallyobsess
Jan. 27th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
I've had the V3 razr for almost a year...I had countless people tell me it would get broken within the first couple of months....so far not so much as a scratch on it and it's been dropped (on a daily basis - I'm clumsy), thrown, sat on (it's so thin and lightweight I keep it in my back pocket a lot of the time) not to mention Gabe plays with/uses it all the time. I could never go back to a regular size phone...I honestly can't think of any down sides or anything I would change other than the screen gets dirty really easily (especially with fingerprints), but it came with a little lens cleaner that clips on. Now the bluetooth headset is another story altogether....
countrymouse
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for your review!!! That, plus seeing a Razr V3 in person (at WalMart) yesterday, totally convinced me that that's the phone for me! :-)

Tell me about Bluetooth. I don't really know what that's for. So I guess I might not be getting everything out of the phone I could if I don't use that?
totallyobsess
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well, my main complaints with the bluetooth is the cost. You can't connect your phone to your computer like you can with most cell phones - it has to have bluetooth connectivity, so basically with every picture I take, I have to email it to myself - which gets to be pretty expensive. Gabe has bluetooth, so it's not as much of an issue now, except I have to use his every time I want to transfer something. The other thing is that you can't connect a standard headset...it has to be a bluetooth headset and they are OUTRAGEOUS! The headset that matched my pink rzr was $100 and to top it off Motorola phones have connectivity issues with bluetooth. Basically, if I lose a signal with my phone, I have to turn it off and then re-sync it...very annoying if you were in the middle of a conversation. These may not even be issues for you, but with Steve gone, we use only these phones to talk to each other (it's free on cingular's family share plan and mobile to mobile) which means I find myself holding a phone to my ear for hours at a time, so the headset was a definate must. The pictures come out pretty darn good for a camera phone, I have one on my yahoo 360 right now of Gabe that I took with that phone. So, just something else to think of...even with all those complaints, I still prefer bluetooth to regular - no cords to get tangled up in.
countrymouse
Jan. 29th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Cat'r showed me a bluetooth adapter at Circuit City online for $30. It has good reviews, so I guess I'll get that (it's a Kensington).

I probably don't need a headset. I don't think I would be on the phone for long amounts of time. If I ever *start* needing to be, I guess I'll start doing some comparative shopping.

Thanks for explaining! :-)
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