April 22, 2003

Hear Me Now?

I came right to the brink of signing up with Sprint this week for cell phone service when yesterday, I got a nice clear call from our out-of-state visitor's cell phone using Verizon from here inside Floyd County. Sprint had told me there weren't any digital towers here, but what they 'meant' to say was that they couldn't afford to put up a digital tower. I borrowed a Sprint phone today to test coverage and it just doesn't cut it. And I read that the company's long term survival may be in question. So...

Any suggestions with Verizon re a minimal phone to be had online somewhere at a good price? We don't expect to use net services, text mailing, fancy ringers... heck, I'll be happy if tech-averse Annie will even use speed dial. Seems there are no 'free' phones offered with signup in the Verizon service center in Blacksburg. Our neighbors had a cute little Samsung A310 they got for $50 back when a rebate was in effect, seems it's $99 again now. Yadayadayada. I'm just fishing amongst my urbane sophisticate blog visitors to help bring us into the digital age. Other forms of age you may keep to yourself, we have plenty, really.

Posted by fred1st at April 22, 2003 08:35 PM | TrackBack

As one of your resident urban sophisticates, I cannot recommend Verizon highly enough. I've been on them for a year now, and I have no complaints except for their higher prices. If it's service you want though, you get what you pay for. My customers have no idea I'm sitting in a pecan orchard when I call from the ranch.

Buy off the web, though...don't go to a retail store. That's asking for a whipping you don't need. You've waited this long for a bat-phone, you can wait a few more days for the mailman to show up.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at April 23, 2003 08:54 PM

I assume you looked here already, but :Verison Wireless... I couldn't find any free, but they have one listed at $19.99 with a 2 year contract.
and a nicer one for $50 (after rebate) listed on the front page.

I'm currently thinking about droping my sprint and getting a new phone from amazon.com.. they have some very nice phones with good rebates, but unfourtunantly no verison phones.


Posted by: Jeremiah at April 23, 2003 09:27 PM

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