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No-political info needed - cellularLive Steam
Jun 3, 2003 5:16 AM
I have been shopping for new service. I have T-Mobile and hate it. I am intetested in Nextel for the direct connect feature. Anyone have that would like to comment on it?

Also, can anyone out there tell me if analog will eventually go the way of the dinosaur? I travel and like the mobility that a tri-mode phone offers, but will the country be fully digital any time soon?
Been covered recently, here's the link. . .js5280
Jun 3, 2003 9:42 AM
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re: No-political info needed - cellularjtolleson
Jun 3, 2003 9:57 AM
Analog may go the way of the dinosaur, but not within 5 years (which is longer than you'll keep your phone). In rural Colorado at least (probably 80% of the state) it is still ALL there is. I personally would not yet buy a phone that wasn't dual- or tri-mode to capture both analog and digital signals.

As for which company is best, it really depends where you live. For example, Sprint is not great here, but others swear by it. AT&T and Verizon have the best coverage in Colorado, probably following by Qwest, then Sprint, then Voicestream.

You'll get the best advice by talking to people local in your area.

Don't skimp on minutes, esp. if you do much long distance. I stay in better contact than ever with parents and sibs thanks to a good wireless package.
fully digital?filtersweep
Jun 3, 2003 9:58 AM
I can't wait for GSM to catch on nationally (on my ultralight single-band phone). I have the worst coverage imaginable. I purchased this because it allows roaming in Europe, but they have their own incompatible GSM frequencies. Bottom line- there will never be a one-size fits all solution. I'm quite sure analog WILL be obsolete at some point, since makers don't feel compelled to have seven-mode phones or 18-mode phones... ;) It will always be mode of the week- and always incompatibility issues.
Thanks for your responses. I'll take them ..Live Steam
Jun 3, 2003 12:48 PM
under advisement. It looks like Verizon will get my business because of coverage to the areas I travel. I just wish they had the Direct Connect feature. Nextel should license it. They would make a ton and I don't think it would hurt their own subscribership.