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what cell phone service should I get...(12 posts)

what cell phone service should I get...PeterRider
Mar 13, 2003 11:49 AM
what is the company that offers the best coverage ? So that I get coverage hopefully everywhere when I go biking, in case of emergency. I am in the LA area. A friend told me to go Verizon...


I use VerizonRoadnMtn
Mar 13, 2003 12:22 PM
Never had a problem with them...good customer service, have traveled all over the states and never been in a place where I couldn't get a signal...and most of the time, even in remote areas, a digital signal.
Verizon. Nm.HAL9010
Mar 13, 2003 12:29 PM
The timing of this post couldn't be much worse.Tri-State Cycler
Mar 13, 2003 12:32 PM
Read the thread posted yesterday by Doug.
Am I the last person in America without a cell phone?laffeaux
Mar 13, 2003 1:01 PM
I don't have a cell phone, nor do I plan on buying one anytime soon. I guess after 10+ years of riding a MTB the idea of being self-sufficient on bike rides (i.e. carry water, food, and any tools that could possibly be needed to fix a bike) is ingrained in me, and the idea of needing a cell phone to call for help has never crossed my mind as something I'd ever need.

I ride to get away from work and the daily grind, and don't want a cell phone to allow either to find me. I commute to work several days a week, and find that a large percentage of the drivers that drive unpredictably and scare me are talking on their cell phones. Maybe those drivers are bad drivers in general, but maybe the cell phone is part of the reason they don't drive well.

The need to be in contact with someone at a moments notice is something that I've never felt. I guess I'm one of the few who see little need for cell phones, and am mildly to very annoyed by cell phone users.

It certainly feels like I'm the last guy on the planet not owning one.
Not a necessity, but a great backcountry safety tool.StupidLight
Mar 13, 2003 1:53 PM
Dude, aside from the nominal costs, there are no disadvantages to having a cell phone, particularly in the backcountry.
Don't want to be accessible? Don't turn it on!
And it's not about calling Jenson to order a new rear deraileur after I stack either!
I also do a lot of backcountry rides alone, and although I have yet to ever need to call for help, I know MTBing is a risky sport and am more than happy to carry the extra 3oz. of security (switched off, I might add!) in my Camelbak.
T-mobile cause they sponsor bike racing. nmtriple shot espresso
Mar 13, 2003 1:22 PM
T Mobile...they support cycling...F@@@ the rest. nmeschelon
Mar 13, 2003 1:24 PM
AT&T or Verizon! Whatever you do, don't get Sprint or MCI!StupidLight
Mar 13, 2003 1:43 PM
My sister is in the LA area and has Sprint. I haven't understood a single word she's said on the phone in two years -- yes their signal is that bad (which makes those TV commercials sublime comedy).

MCI spent the entire year I was on contract with them trying to rip me off by billing for astronomical sums and refusing to send a bill. They only came clean when I wrote the FCC after terminating the contract.

I've got a lot of family in southern CA and they all use AT&T or Verizon to good results.
re: what cell phone service should I get...raboboy
Mar 13, 2003 1:55 PM
Verizon is excellent. I'd use T-Mobile if their coverage was worth a damn in the areas that I am most.
Thoughts on AT&Tsnwbdrhoon
Mar 13, 2003 5:29 PM
AT&T in the past has had amazing range, customer service, clarity, etc. Recently (last 6 mos), I've notice all of these things dropping considerably. The reason (and they'll even tell you this): They're sinking all of their assets into their new GSM network. Right now, it's not that widespread, but soon it will be. In the meantime, their digital network is just going down the tubes. I will switch to Verizon when my contract ends. That's what most of my friends have with NO problems.

How is T-Mobile?
re: what cell phone service should I get...Kvonnah
Mar 13, 2003 6:56 PM
T-Mobile would be cool but we are still building there network in CA. I actually work for T-mobile so I get 2000 min + free LD, nation wide roaming and Mobile to Mobile for ten bucks AND, this is the best part, my site Director is also into cycling so he is going to try to hook us up with T-Mobile Jerseys for the MS 150 we are riding this year.

Anyway, give them another year out there before you get them, in the mean time I would say Verizon is your best bet.