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Verizon's Digital Coverage Question..

phone_in_STL

Oct 12, 2005, 11:45 AM
I'm up for my 'New Every Two' right now.

I've done a fair amount of research at this point, but am concerned about going to an all digital phone..

I live in the city (St. Louis, MO)so digital coverage on a daily basis should be no problem. My only concern is that I take a few road trips a year-- some to Colorado, and the digital map through Kansas looks empty on one coverage map..

The two coverage maps I've seen for Verizon are confusing to me.. Does the 'extended digital' mean my phone's going to keep working, just on a 'roaming basis?'

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorCo ... »

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorCo ... »

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phone_in_STL

Oct 12, 2005, 11:48 AM
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freedomrep

Oct 12, 2005, 11:55 AM
Why all digital?? We still have trimode ph's
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phone_in_STL

Oct 12, 2005, 11:56 AM
I'm looking at the a950 and the E815. Both which are listed as "all digital" phones.. wanted to get the MP3 capabitlity, and apparently these are my only choices there..
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SForsyth01

Oct 12, 2005, 12:00 PM
phone_in_STL said:
I'm looking at the a950 and the E815. Both which are listed as "all digital" phones.. wanted to get the MP3 capabitlity, and apparently these are my only choices there..


Also you have the Moto e815, the LG 9800, and the Samsung a970. All are all digital though. The Nokia 6256i will be trimode, but it doesn't have EVDO.
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yeahright

Oct 13, 2005, 8:23 AM
SForsyth01 said:
phone_in_STL said:
I'm looking at the a950 and the E815. Both which are listed as "all digital" phones.. wanted to get the MP3 capabitlity, and apparently these are my only choices there..


Also you have the Moto e815, the LG 9800, and the Samsung a970. All are all digital though. The Nokia 6256i will be trimode, but it doesn't have EVDO.


Do you know if the nokia will definately have the mp3 player? The demo i played with had it removed on that version but the nokia guy told me that they were hopefully putting it back on before launch?
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SForsyth01

Oct 13, 2005, 8:49 AM
yeahright said:
SForsyth01 said:
phone_in_STL said:
I'm looking at the a950 and the E815. Both which are listed as "all digital" phones.. wanted to get the MP3 capabitlity, and apparently these are my only choices there..


Also you have the Moto e815, the LG 9800, and the Samsung a970. All are all digital though. The Nokia 6256i will be trimode, but it doesn't have EVDO.


Do you know if the nokia will definately have the mp3 player? The demo i played with had it removed on that version but the nokia guy told me that they were hopefully putting it back on before launch?


The specs on phonescoop says that it will.
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yeahright

Oct 13, 2005, 9:08 AM
yeah i hope, but i remember the 8100 catastrophe
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SForsyth01

Oct 13, 2005, 9:40 AM
yeahright said:
yeah i hope, but i remember the 8100 catastrophe


So do I. But I have MP3 on my 8100 now. I don't think VZW will make that mistake again.
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freedomrep

Oct 12, 2005, 12:50 PM
As sf mentioned in his previous post wait for a week or two and then get the Nokia 6256i it will have an mp3 player
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pete1660

Oct 12, 2005, 1:28 PM
Verizon's network is primarily digital now, given FCC blah, blah, but you'll probably see AMPS for awhile longer in the more rural areas. Wouldn't really worry about digital-only phones, you'd be suprised how often you're in digital service. Also, there is NO roaming. Extended digital only means certain features (ie. mobile web, pixTXT, etc.) are not available in those areas...yet. The maps you're looking at, is one showing you the National Access Network? If so, don't bother with it unless you're planning on web-browsing while you drive (not recommended).
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phone_in_STL

Oct 12, 2005, 3:04 PM
Good info, everyone- thanks.

I just went over to VZW at lunch and went back and forth trying-out both the a950 and VX 8100..

Have to say, I am leaning toward the 8100 at this point. Just seems a bit sturdier.. more solid buttons.. and of course, better color..

From what I read about the Nokia 6256i, it may only be available at Circuit City, etc. when it is finally released, and then from what I understand none of Verizon's mail-in rebates, etc. would apply..
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freedomrep

Oct 12, 2005, 3:49 PM
Prior to purchasing the 8100 you should read some of the posts on it. I have it and think it's junk reception is horrible with it.
https://www.phonescoop.com/carriers/forum.php?fm=m&f ... »
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phone_in_STL

Oct 12, 2005, 5:06 PM
Thanks-- yeah, I've been reading about the volume level issues..

I wonder-- since you have 15 days to try out phones w/ Verizon, would you be able to determine if the phone is going to do that in that time, or is it something that just sort of pops-up after time?
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freedomrep

Oct 12, 2005, 7:19 PM
It's usually right away but try out different phones and see which ones you like use that worry free
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bpar

Oct 12, 2005, 7:21 PM
I would hope the Nokia 6256i would be available from Verizon stores too! If they have call out cards on them doesn't it mean the phone will be available through them???
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swank632

Oct 12, 2005, 7:38 PM
Buying your phone from the Circuit City is the same as buying from the store. Same rebates apply.
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yeahright

Oct 13, 2005, 8:19 AM
Verizon will carry the nokia and don't worry about the 8100 reception thing, i think it is different for different people in different area. My 8100 is one of the few phones I have had at my house that actually work. My motos always showed two bars but constantly dropped calls, my 8100 only shows a bar but i have never dropped a call at my house with it. Obviously my friends and family have other modesl and all were hit and miss where i live and my 8000 and then my 8100 seemed to be the only ones they gave me constant service.
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texaswireless

Oct 13, 2005, 12:28 PM
I live in an area where Verizon customers use "extended digital" or roaming digital. Most are extremely unhappy with the experience. Features don't work (SMS, voicemail notification, MMS, Internet) and the coverage is of poor quality (the local providers coverage isn't that bad so I assume it is because of compatibility issues).

Much of the midwest is this way and Verizon roams to Alltel and Western Wireless (same carrier now).
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WirelessGirl2005

Oct 14, 2005, 1:49 PM
Just a suggestion, I would get a tri-mode phone just in case you hit some spots where you still need to roam on analog. All of the major metropolitan areas are digital but when you start traveling throughout certain parts of the country (Kansas for example) you may be better off with a tri-mode phone. The digital phone won't pick up an analog signal. Check out the Samsung a650, but there are other options including a bunch from LG (VX3300, VX4650, VX6100, VX4700, VX5200).
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InsuranceMan

Oct 15, 2005, 5:57 PM
If you have a tri-mode phone now, just keep it as a back-up. If you are worried about the digital signal across KS, try this; next time you take a trip, go online first and re-activate your old tri-mode phone. During the trip, set the phone to beep when it changes signal types, and pay attention to how often, and where, it actually goes out of digital coverage. If there isn't much of a lapse, then when you get home and re-activate your all digital phone, you'll know you can use it on your next trip.

As for the 8100, it's been a great phone for me. I've had mine since July 11th. I did have to swap out my first one, as it had some reception problems. Second phone has been great. No reception problmes. I have the v04 software update,...
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