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by CRCinOklnd    Nov 25, 2003, 1:31 AM

Hi All!
I am a current Verizon user in the S.F.-Bay area, and have excellent service with them for 4 years now. But I have been intrigued for a long time with GSM service and the phones connected with it. I need peoples input and opinions here. Is GSM better than CDMA and why? I heard the voice quality is better, but is it by much? A year or two ago, I heard GSM was terrible here(as far as signal strength, dropped calls, etc)...has it improved? From what I've seen on the maps and from what co-workers and friends say, it is yes. Now if I decide to go GSM's way, I've decided to go with either AT&T or Cingular, because they have the upcoming 850 frequency besides the already existing 1900. T-Mobile only has 1900 from what I've seen.
So between AT&T and Cingular, who's got better coverage and service?
As far as phones, I don't need camera's or a lot of games, gadgets, etc...I'm more concerned that it works well. For AT&T my choices are:
NEC515(due to it being "quad-band")
Siemens M56, S56, or SL56(just saw one tonight, pretty cool!) or the Sony-Ericson T226.
For Cingular I've choosen: LG4050, Siemens S56, SL56 or the S.E. T226.
So please help me decide if going to GSM is worth the switch, and which carrier(AT&T or Cingular) is better, and which phone within that carrier you would recommend. I know a tall order here, but I'd appreciate all opinions! Thanks!

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