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SubZeroX

Dec 8, 2009, 8:09 PM
Hey guys I'm new here in the states. I'm from canada and moved about 2 weeks ago. I'm currently using Rogers and im paying out my butt for roaming. I'm also trying out verizon wireless also. The reason i went with verizon because everyone in forums that i read say its the best in the US, but I'm getting drop calls and I only sit at 1 bar at my home, my calls also cut in and out. I exchanged phone already but I'm thinking its coverage. But is AT&T and T-mobile the only carriers in the US that use GSM? I thought verizon used GSM, but they dont. the guy who sold me the storm 2 says they use GSM thats why theres a sim card in the storm 2. I'm not a tech savvy person. thanks.
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SubZeroX

Dec 8, 2009, 8:09 PM
oh i live in dallas, tx.
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attws411

Dec 8, 2009, 8:15 PM
Its prob the network...AT&T and T-Mobile only two carriers in the US to use gsm....Storm has a Sim slot incase you go overseas to use the GSM on roaming. I would deff look at our website for coverage and mostlikely will have better luck.
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SubZeroX

Dec 9, 2009, 4:42 AM
I'm thinking of the network also. I have switched out 2 phones already and did there roaming update. Looks like I'm going to say goodbye to verizon. I'm looking at AT&T and T-mobile now.. they both have excellent coverage in my area. my co-workers on AT&T and T-mobile both love there service.

Now I know Verizon is on CDMA, the rep there lied to me i guess, thanks for telling me its only for oversea roaming. In canada, we mainly use GSM and even BELL and TELUS which are CDMA carriers going to GSM. So I prefer GSM cause I have a Rogers Bold 9000, but I want an iphone also or android.
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thickjake

Dec 9, 2009, 7:31 AM
If it is GSM you are looking for, ATT or TMO are your options. You get a cheaper price in most cases with TMO but a better value from ATT.
ATT will give you a much larger coverage area (most of TMO coverage is roaming on ATT with ATT customer taking preference).

Have you seen the VZW 3G ads? well take the same ad but make it ATT and TMO. ATT data and 3G coverage is substantially larger than TMO.

Rollover, A-List, Mobile to Mobile to 81 million, over 120 million if you have ATT landline, are all included...
good luck
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acdc1a

Dec 9, 2009, 9:16 AM
A better value from AT&T? You're out of your mind! Go take a look at the plans and compare. T-mobile works great in TX as well.

You have to understand that most people who post in these forums work for the particular carrier, or have some sick love affair with the particular carrier that they post on.
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Hombre07

Dec 9, 2009, 11:21 AM
As he stated, T-Mobile is better in price, and AT&T in value. He even cited the better value points for AT&T.

Bush had it right when he said these kids can't read.
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PhonemanJ

Dec 9, 2009, 12:40 PM
If you are looking for service in the Dallas Area, ATT has very good coverage there. T-Mo is pretty good also, but if you get outside of the main DFW area, ATT's rural coverage is better than T-Mobile's.
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SubZeroX

Dec 9, 2009, 5:21 PM
I dont plan on going rural lol. I'm strictly city. I was thinking of getting both AT&T ane T-mobile and keep Verizon and test them out all at once.. then ditch the 2 that doesnt perform. Seems fair right?
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acdc1a

Dec 9, 2009, 2:53 PM
"As he stated, T-Mobile is better in price, and AT&T in value. He even cited the better value points for AT&T."

If you're using an unlimited plan, why would you need rollover minutes or any of his other AT&T canned selling points? Now let's compare the price of the AT&T unlimited plan to the price of a T-Mobile unlimited plan and go from there.
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RobbieJnn

Dec 9, 2009, 6:10 PM
att
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SubZeroX

Dec 9, 2009, 5:15 PM
I checked out t-mobile and my co-workers have T-mobile and they say its great I even see full coverage in my area.

And yeah I can tell by reading from every post in different carriers, many of them do lol. but I do my research by asking people i know or talk to person to person. I dont go what people post on here, no offense to anyone.

Who do you have? and what do you think of them?
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SubZeroX

Dec 9, 2009, 5:12 PM
Thats what I thought, I wish everyone was GSM so itll be more competitive lol. I'm leaning towards GSM cause of the phone flexibility, and international capabilities. I was with Rogers for 6 years and i travel home to canada and overseas too.

Thanks for your help thickjake. I'm looking into it already.
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VZW611LA

Dec 9, 2009, 11:23 AM
Did you get a Samsung...
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VZW611LA

Dec 9, 2009, 11:25 AM
Turn the phone to CDMA only and try that. I did that and it helped a lot when.
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AshDizzle

Dec 9, 2009, 9:38 PM
Did it really help a lot genius? Don't you think Verizon is smart enough to ask RIM to give CDMA priority over the GSM bands to reduce issues? I guess not.
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VZW611LA

Dec 10, 2009, 11:20 AM
Not if it is set on Dual CDMA/GSM mode.
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Sigma1570

Dec 10, 2009, 12:38 PM
Admit it...verizon isn't the best everywhere.
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famoussasjohn

Dec 13, 2009, 12:19 PM
Sigma1570 said:
Admit it...verizon isn't the best everywhere.

He can't speak at this time, he is nose deep in Verizon's crotch.
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gadgethead

Dec 10, 2009, 12:07 PM
I may be wrong here but I don't think priority has anything to do with it. I believe the phone only supports the GSM frequencies for oveseas and not the frequencies that AT&T uses in the USA.
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AshDizzle

Dec 10, 2009, 7:53 PM
The Storm 9530 and 9550 both have GSM 850/1900 which can be used on AT&T's network.
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andy2373

Dec 9, 2009, 11:50 AM
You didn't by chance stick you're old Rodgers SIM card in the Strom 2?
Have you tried a completely different VZW phone?
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SubZeroX

Dec 9, 2009, 5:19 PM
No, I tried it, but it didnt read my sim. Its just the vodafone sim in it. This is my 2nd storm2 and the rep acctivated in the store and we made calls and everything. its just when I go home. I know I still have 30 days so I'm still debating if i should switch to an android or disconnect.

I'm going to sign a 2 year, and since I have a smartphone I know if problems persist ill have to pay out 350 lol. So I;m being really really careful in what im investing. I know blackberries are solid phones.
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andy2373

Dec 9, 2009, 6:15 PM
Well I'd tell em' your troubles at home and see if they'd through in a network extender?

And on a side note defiantly get an Android phone. Smile
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AshDizzle

Dec 9, 2009, 9:40 PM
I like how much all the VZW fanboys swear by android now. 6 months ago you would have all trashed it in favor of BBOS.
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Sigma1570

Dec 10, 2009, 12:51 AM
Dizzle...Fo Shizzle.

The Kool-Aid has changed colors.
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turnman34

Dec 11, 2009, 8:42 PM
yeah wait till they get the iphone(rumor), they will be on it like white on rice.
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SubZeroX

Dec 13, 2009, 8:21 PM
So I went to the AT&T store and got the new blackberry bold 2 and I also went to T-mobile and got a mytouch 3G this weekend I took a trip with a couple of friends at work around texas, mainly houston, arlington and austin.

AT&T: Got good signal majority everywhere, 3G was in the cities, but driving went down to Edge. Calls been dropped once. Good connection.

T-Mobile: Even coverage as AT&T, 3G was good, but sometimes were spotty, but major areas had good connection. Didnt drop a call and connection was fine.

Verizon: Verizon held up good, I mainly had 1X on my phone. Travel wise had good connection, got bars, and even on 1 bar i could still hold a call. 3G was when I hit the city, but when walking in buildings it would go from 1X t...
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Azeron

Dec 14, 2009, 2:47 AM
You should make a You Tube video.
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SubZeroX

Dec 14, 2009, 5:13 PM
haha i would have totally, but.. no camcorder.. i do, but its like 3 years ago with those mini hi8 tapes. then i can show the world!!
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