03/15/2012, 12:45 PM
I decided that I've finally have had enough with Sprint. The reasons are my aversion to CDMA and lately what appears to be crappy data performance in the Tampa area. This last one apparently since the launch of 4G. I decided that I would un-Frankenstein my Pre2 back to using the USA GSM comm board, and try the contract-free lifestyle for a while.
To do this I needed to find a provider. I looked at the obvious choices (ATT, T-Mobile), but felt they did not have a plan that would allow me this option. ATT required a 2-yr agreement if I wanted to take advantage of my employer's discount (which at 25% is nothing to sneeze at) regardless of my use of an unsubsidized phone. T-Mobile also wanted a contract, and no employer's discount.
So the search moved to the MVNO's. I tried Simple Mobile first. Works good. The EDGE speed doesn't bother me that much. I can still listen to Pandora in the car and that's all I care about. I'm not into video streaming, the screen is too little anyway. The lack of short codes did rub me the wrong way as it impaired my use of Google Calendar functions.
As of today I'm on Straight Talk, ported my number twice with no problems. Short codes work and the 3G is nice. I will have to see if I care more about battery life or data speed, I suspect the former, for 'everyday' use, and fire up 3G for those rare situations where freeTether comes in handy.
Let's see how long this ride will go.. hopefully long enough till an openWebOS device shows up.