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A change of pace...

I've ordered a sidekick 2 from www.wirefly.com through tmobile. If you get the $39.99/mo 1500 minute plan, they make the phone free after mail-in rebates (which we actually mail in). Add the $20/mo unlimited sidekick data plan that gets you email, text, sms, etc, and the $5.99/mo equipment protection plan, and it ends up being around $70/mo including taxes. Not bad for a FREE phone.

The goods: always-on AIM connectivity, easy web browsing, easy typing, won't fall between the seats. Free.
The bads: locked-up functionality, won't fit between the seats, terrible voice communications. Questionable durability.

What's important to me: I hate talking on the phone. So the voice communications don't really matter to me. If it works in an emergency, hey that's all I need. If someone wants to call and say they're on their way over my house, works for me. For the rest- IM me. hehe. Queued conversations = very good for people with ADHD.

The unlimited data plan is great, cingular doesn't even offer one for less than like $80 a month all on it's own. tmobile fits the bill and is one of the few companys I've never done business with before.

GTE, Cingular, Verizon, Nextel, Sprint, Cellular 1- each and every one has sucked dead donkeys for wooden nickels and gave back change. So. Basically, every cell company sucks, pick what you want based on what you want to spend and hope for the best.

Best part is, this phone is in my name entirely, they approved my credit app with no deposit required. Hey hey hey, movin on up in the credit score world! Who'da thunk that I've signed on 5 mortgages and cars that cost the better half of 6 digits in the past? It's not just the 6 million dollar man that can be rebuilt with some time, patience, and determination. And it doesn't take 6 million bucks to do it.

lugubriously. This word was in a sci-fi book I was reading last night. Odd. It means mournfully. But it came out of nowhere, in a book that has a high school level vocabulary at best. I've never heard of it till now, and the manner in which it was used was entirely counterintuitive. Odd.

- Keman


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Jan. 4th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I'd love to get a Sidekick, but T-Mobile is pretty much useless outside of major cities. No chance in hell of getting reception out here in mountain country. :(
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Well, perhaps in the mountain country you've been to ... but...

Tmobile offered 4 hours of uninterrupted connectivity (not a single disconnect) from virginia to north carolina. All through the mountains, through the middle of nowhere ... Decca was online via it and chatting away while I was carving up the twisties. Maybe it's different in other parts..

- Keman
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Having had an original color sidekick (which I liked, by the way), I can attest to the fact that it is indeed useless more than a few miles outside major metro areas and major interstates.

Given the density of interstates and major cities out east, I'm not surprised you wouldn't have problems, but I lost data signal and occasionally even phone signal going along I-96 from Grand Rapids to Muskegon in Michigan, and even more disturbingly, for a considerable amount of the trip from Detroit to Columbus, OH (after I left I-75). Data coverage is impossible north of Mt Pleasant. Indeed, entire states in the central US are without GSM service of any kind.

That said, apart from battery life and reliability issues (which I hear are better on the 2) it was a lot of fun. Flash and mp3 support, as well as better programming API, drove me to the HP 6315 PDA phone which I now use. Unfortunately it's cursed with a Microsoft OS, which brings all the bugginess of windows 95 with real mode drivers to the world of cell phones.

I hear the next gen phones coming out now are much better, so hopefully Verizon will be picking up on that soon. Meanwhile, always glad to welcome someone else to the always-connected generation. :) That thing was my biggest productivity killing investment ever.

[big meeting] "hey, look, someone AIM'd me!"
[family reunion] "hey, look, someone AIM'd me!"
[driving] "hey, look, someone AIM'd me!"
[in bed] "hey, look, someone AIM'd me!"

You soon will learn how well it balances atop the hub of the steering wheel. :P
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
You soon will learn how well it balances atop the hub of the steering wheel. :P

Or on David's back? :}
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
What's your AIM name? :3
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)

Surprised? :P

- Keman

Jan. 4th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
I got CellularOne due to my presense in Alaska at time time. GCI and CellularOne(through Dobson Cellular which is now gone) as the only two companies that work up there. Sprint phones work along with Verison, but you can't get one up there and roaming fees apply anywhere but Fairbanks which will change soon.

I got my crappy Nokia for $5 (sim phone) with 450 minutes, no roaming fees or long distance anywhere. It costs me $60 a month, data is $.10/kb or some such that I never use, SMS is $.10 to send, can receive for free.. thought about other options but eh, in the end this phone rarely goes out of service, even through remote parts of the Yukon territory and BC.
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I was weighing on getting a new sidekick last fall when I got new phone. Only i've heard t-mobiles coverage out here is spotty at best, sort of a 50/50 but 53.45 a month for unlimited everything on my new sanyo was just too much to pass up and the fact it's red and not silver or black like every other flip phone.. Go Sprint. =)
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