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    Note: I posted this in the general forum and had only one repsonse. I'm hoping this forum might provide more information.

    Short version: AT&T and Verizon are the only carriers that work for me. and I'm sticking with the Palm OS. Thus the two options are the AT&T 680 or the Verizon 755p. Or wait until one or the other gets out a Centro (not sure I can wait as my current AT&T 650 is on its last legs).

    So, why would I want one over the other? I know the specs, but what are the real world considerations, such as data speed (I use a lot of data), reliability, etc.

    Also, are there advantages to the carriers? AT&T has not impressed me with the network reliability. How is Verizon?

    Is there a noticeable difference between EvDo and EDGE? Can either be used as a modem for my laptop?

    What about battery life?

    Are the software products installed on them comparable -- e.g. same versions of Docs to Go, Ptunes, etc.

    What am I missing? Fill in the blanks for me before I drop the cash for a new phone.
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    it might be hard for people to answer just because you're asking about two different devices on GSM versus CDMA.

    I'll just say this: I used the 650 and was very happy with it. the 680 is better, even with a few annoyances (after about a year I was having daily resets). after this latest update I feel like leading the cheers.

    I've never used Verizon wireless but I'd say AT&T in my experience is a little bit better than Sprint, which I used with the 650.

    I have seen raves about Evdo. most of my data use is for e-mail, though I hit the web probably 2-3x a day and it's fine -- nothing like broadband, but for my needs it's ok, & I wouldn't want to have to pay more.
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    Again, I may not be of much help, but I'll throw in my 2 cents. I have been very happy with my 680. In 14 months (2 days before Thanksgiving '06) I have had virtually no issues with my 680. Stable and reliable. I switched from sprint i500 to Cingular 680. Sprint coverage in my area was awful. I only had a signal 50% of the time. Cingular/At&T has MUCH better coverage in my community (small town in central CT). I think that one of the issues you will face: coverage is so location dependent. I can't get either evdo or AT&T 3g coverage near my home or office, and my edge is great (except spotty in some buildings). Also, every time I have checked, Verizon's data plans are significantly more expensive than AT&T around here. Everyone I know with Verizon is thrilled with it, but the cost and poor evdo in my area makes it a deal breaker for me.
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    Is the 680 3G compatible. I have coverage in parts of the areas I travel and definitely where I work (though not where I live). How does the 3G compare to EvDo for speed?
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    Sorry to confuse you. No, the 680 is NOT 3g, just edge. (Of course there have been numerous debates about edge being 2g/2.5g/3g and some nasty technical discussions about the definitions of such terms, but in general the 680 is not defined as 3g compatible.) I just mentioned the lack of 3g in my area, b/c there is no sense in me wanting faster data transfer b/c there is none from ANY carrier near me.
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    Made my decision. After several dropped calls, data connection not connecting despite full bars and resets on the phone I ordered a 755p from Verizon. It will be here Monday. Price of the plans are comparable. In the end I was swayed by the greater data speed and better track record reported for the 755p. And, I am just plain fed up with AT&T. The service was much better under Cingular! I'm hoping Verizon will work out.

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