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    I've used VZW for years and, for the most part, am extremely happy with it. I travel a great deal and never find myself out of coverage. However, the CDMA limitation of not being able to use the phone at the same time as using data has proven to be a real pain. Anyone out there use any of the GSM suppliers who travel a lot and are very happy with their coverage?
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    There's no "one" answer because it depends on the specific tower coverage in the area you are in. On eastern Long Island, I find Cingular's coverage better than verizon's (I have two phones). GSM phones have a battery advanatge of about 50% and while their download speed is theoreticaly faster, you won't see the difference in short downloads because of latency. On lare d/l's, it's noticeable tho. If d/l'ing is your primary function Verizon's 700w may be ebst for you.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1757456,00.asp
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    Cingular, love it. Im in NY, VA, DC, MD, FL, CA, etc all the time. Never had any reception problems. Ive also used the phone abroad in Europe and China.
    iPhone in the Washington DC area.
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    Do a forum search.
    You will find that this has been discussed many times.
    Just call me Berd.
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    I'm in Md. and I had a Cingular 650 before I switched to Sprint. The problem that I had with GSM in my area, was that I had little or no coverage inside buildings. CDMA signals seem to penetrate concrete, etc. betteer than GSM.
    iPhone on AT&T, Waiting for the Pre
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    Like Coffeeman I'm in MD.

    I recently switched from a T-Mobile 600 to a Sprint 650. The coverage is much better with Sprint, in my experience. The Sprint phone reps aren't quite the sharpest pencils in the pack, though, compared with the T-Mobile reps.

    I also miss the option to travel abroad with my GSM Treo. In Germany, Scotland, and Israel, the GSM reception+coverage was much better than in Maryland.

    But overall I'm quite pleased with Sprint, on balance.
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    Just to clarify. You cannot use data and voice at the same time with GSM/EDGE. Now with regards to coverage, I have a Cingular 650 & I am 85.394532% happy with it. Much better than when I had TMO.

    EK
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    Quote Originally Posted by ekegley
    Just to clarify. You cannot use data and voice at the same time with GSM/EDGE. Now with regards to coverage, I have a Cingular 650 & I am 85.394532% happy with it. Much better than when I had TMO.

    EK
    JeffCarlin

    If what ekegley said above is true about not using data and phone at the same time, why would you want to switch?

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    My work cell phone is a Cingular T650 and personal phone is Sprint T650.

    Cingular:

    Pain in the ****
    Unstable Rom
    Connections less reliable
    Worldwide use
    GSM accepted everywhere
    Sim card swappable
    More expensive data plans (20-$50.00)
    More expensive features from cingular


    Sprint:
    Very stable Rom
    Very stable interface
    Connections very strong
    Only good in the US & Japan
    No sim card.
    TBDDPITC (THE BEST DAMN DATA PLAN IN THE COUNTRY)
    Only $15.00 for unlimited data on PCS Vision.


    This is my obeservation living on top of a mountain in Los Angeles where even with line of site to cellular towers both services go in and out of coverage hundreds of times a day.
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    My girlfriend(s) or ex girlfriends had T-Mobile, Verizon, & Cing Blue, and they all had the same coverage issues.

    Now if I could only meet a woman who has Virgin service...I know you could extrapolate alot of puns out of that one!
    The Helen Keller of Treo Central
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    Cingular:

    Pain in the ****
    Unstable Rom
    Connections less reliable
    Worldwide use
    GSM accepted everywhere
    Sim card swappable
    More expensive data plans (20-$50.00)
    More expensive features from cingular
    I don't have experience

    I can't speak with regard to Sprint, but Cingular 1.17 has been rock solid, with stable connection. I don't use my Treo anywhere but in the US but do love the SIM swapabilty.
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    For me it's

    Cingular:
    No ROM issues
    Connectable to Service 95+% of time
    Volume / clarity very good
    GSM accepted everywhere
    Sim card swappable
    Unlimited Data Plan $19.99
    Data Speed acceptable on regular traffic, good->very good on large d/l's
    Cost of Voice Plan at time of contract $59.99 w/ 1,100 minutes
    Batterly Life = 7.5 hours talk; week between charges regular usage.

    Sprint:
    No ROM issues
    Connectable to Service 85+% of time
    Volume Clarity good to very good
    Only good in the US & Japan
    No sim card.
    Unlimited Data Plan $14.99
    Data Speed acceptable
    Cost of Voice Plan at time of contract $59.99 w/ 1,000 minutes
    Batterly Life = 5 hours talk; 3-4 days between charges regular usage.

    My experience is mainly in flat Long Island with travel to major cities 4-6 times a year.

    My rating system for the thing on an every day usage basis is:

    Cingular:
    Base Phone Features 35/40
    Base PIM Features 35/40
    Stability 39/40
    Reception 95/100 (Area Dependent)
    Battery Life 15/20
    Sim Cards 5/5
    World Travel 5/5
    Voice Plan Usage / Features 12/15
    Voice Plan Price 8/10
    Data Plan Usage 12/15
    Data Plan Price 8/10
    Overall 269 / 300


    Sprint:
    Base Phone Features 35/40
    Base PIM Features 35/40
    Stability 39/40
    Reception 85/100 (area dependent)
    Battery Life 10/20
    Sim Cards 0/5
    World Travel 0/5
    Voice Plan Usage / Features 12/15
    Voice Plan Price 7/10
    Data Plan Usage 11/15
    Data Plan Price 9/10
    Overall 243/300

    The 25 point difference gets 10 from local reception so that could easily reverse in another area. The battery life thing and card swapping is big for me though and even the every day data usage is about the same, the large file d/l advantage is probably undervalued.

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