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  1. -dustin

    -dustin boring

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    i'm just curious. i've been with Sprint for 6yrs, i believe (maybe 5.5), and i realize there isn't much to keep me with them. service is fine, and all that jazz, but i mean, really....is their service better than the others' overall? probably not.

    so recently i've been looking for a new phone. i noticed, being with Sprint for 6yrs, that new accounts get substantially better deals/ offers than long-standing customers. i guess that should come as no surprise. being that my contract has been up since November of 2003, what's there to keep me with Sprint, rather than exploring other companies that have dandy new account deals?
     

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  2. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    i've been with alltel for 2 years and i like it...the service is so so...but i guess i cant complain too much, i can get my phones for practicly next to nothing since my pops works for alltel but i have to pay full price for the service
     
  3. Konabumm

    Konabumm Konaboner

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    I have been with verizon for 8 years
     
  4. Crashby

    Crashby Monkey

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    Ive been with Sprint for 9 years... I switch to Verizon in 6 days (end of Sprint contract). I cant wait. Service and network is much better with Verizon. I got one of those V-Cast phones through Verizon... 1 gig flash with mp3 player.... kewl....
     
  5. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    T-mobile.. gives me a selection of 4-5 phones I can upgrade too every year.. sprint my have the same, you just need to ask.
    Its stupid, but if you change services you get a top of the line phone for free, i know, it doesnt make sense.
     
  6. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    I've been with Verizon for 10+ years. Actually I was with them before they were called Verizon.
     
  7. Brunettes

    Brunettes Monkey

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    6 years with sprint, just got a $340 sanyo for $100 and 100 extra anytime mintutes for no charge.
     
  8. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Cingular pre-paid. Cheapest way to go if you only use the phone occasionally.
     
  9. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    3-4 years w/Verizon
     
  10. GravityFreakTJ

    GravityFreakTJ leg shavin roadie

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    A little over five years with Cingular for me.
     
  11. biggins

    biggins Rump Junkie

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    8 years with US Cellular and yes inbred services can vary greatly from region to region. i was with US Cellular before and after i worked for them.
     
  12. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    4+ years with Verizon. Seems pretty good, considering the competition and they told me if I ever find a better deal through Verizon, I can sign a new contract to get a better plan.
     
  13. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Verizon for....9 years now?
     
  14. biggins

    biggins Rump Junkie

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    thats the problem though. before you know it you will be on a 3 year plan just cause you needed a few more minutes a month. cell phone companies make money off of roamers and people that go over their minutes.

    the entire 8 years i have been with US Cell ular they have given customers the ability to change their plan whenever and NOT sign a new contract.
     
  15. biggins

    biggins Rump Junkie

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    by the way i am not dogging on verizon they are not a "bad" cell company at all.
     
  16. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Sprint consistantly has the most anytime minutes for the money.
     
  17. Angus

    Angus Jack Ass Pen Goo Win

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    I had sprint for four years before moving to Arkansas, service was spotty at best down here, I have been with Alltel since Feb. They allow to change plans with no consequences, and have great coverage as they share thier network with Verizon, in fact I wouldn't be suprised if in the near future the two merge....
     
  18. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Alltel rules AR.

    My good buddy is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Alltel. He used to ride MTB's before getting so damn busy... he's only like 33 years old.
     
  19. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Why people waste their youth working that hard is beyond me........... :D
     
  20. blt2ride

    blt2ride Turbo Monkey

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    Verizon for the past year and a half; before that I had ATT for years. Verizon is a more expensive than ATT, but the service is a lot better. In addition, 95% of my friends and family have Verizon, so I always talk to them for free...
     
  21. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I've been using Verizon for about four years now. They're certainly nothing special. What sucks is that I can't get cell service on my street. :mumble:
     
  22. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Oh I don't know... he started off at La Tech University taking electrical engineering classes but then during his summer intership at a elec coop in AR he thought it was boring. He had 2 years in the EE program then transfered to University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he took 4 years of accounting in 2 years (since it was a lot easier then the electrical engineering classes he was taking).

    He graduated with a steller GPA and a CPA then went to work for Arthur Andersen. They sent him to New Zealand for a year while they opend an office there. He left the company just before the big scandle and joined Alltell as a VP of Finance.

    ..and he used to ride MTB's.... I've been trying to get him to ride again since he lives in Little Rock but so far he's been too busy...

    :(
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Sounds like alot of school & work to me. Although the NZ gig probably would've been cool. Although knowing AA he probably spent most of his time slaving at the grindstone.

    I still can't understand why people work that hard. ;)
     
  24. golgiaparatus

    golgiaparatus Out of my element

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    I hve been with Cingular for about 1.5... it blows. Service is fine, features are fine, equipment, fine... the problem is I have the $50 plan yet I still pay $80 a month. And I dont ever go over on my minutes. WTF is that? As soon as my contract is up I will be looking for another provider.
     
  25. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    When he was in NZ he and his wife went hiking/rafting/biking just about every weekend. He lived within biking distance of his office.

    I'll NEVER be VP of a mjor corporation that's for sure.... :monkey:
     
  26. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Because girly short-shorts can get quite expensive. Surely you know that.
     
  27. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Quit talking on the phone.......... :think:
     
  28. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Naw. My shorts are always cheap. I can't bring myself to pay more than $30 for shorts.

    Maybe that's why they're so damned short. :think:
     
  29. Salami

    Salami Turbo Monkey

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    PrimeCo.

    I used them for quite some time. About two years ago we switched to Cingular because Verizon/PrimeCo wouldn't give us the promised upgrade credits towards new phones. We also couldn't get very good service in our house. With Cingular we make all of our long distance on our cell phones.

    I just got a nice new Motorola Razr on Christmas eve. :thumb:
     
  30. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    4 years. Was AT&T pre-paid but they are now Cingular. The bummer is that I get great reception everywhere except in Pasadena, where I live! So we are about to switch up. We'll go with a pre-pay dealio again since we rarely use our cell phones. Possibly T-mobile... they seem to have the best pre-pay plan.
     
  31. degoose

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    Cingular 4 years. Only good reception at mammoth.
     
  32. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    So he can retire with a huge bonus/pension/retirement plan at 50 and travel the world for the next 20 years I suppose...

    :think:
     
  33. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    <shrug> I guess it's true what they say. Youth is wasted on the young. :D
     
  34. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    Have you looked at your bill to see what the "extra" charges are? You must have multiple phones, send a $hitload of text messages, or surf from your phone to add that much onto your bill. I have Cingular with the 450 anytime minutes per month, 5000 nights and weekends $39.95 plan. It comes to $43 or $44 after taxes and "fees".
     
  35. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    i try to switch once every year once the contract runs out. however, i felt poor this year and didn't want to front the cost of a phone until the amazon.com rebates came in, so the current count for me on cingular is 17 months.
     
  36. -dustin

    -dustin boring

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    did you call up customer service to get that deal, or was that a promo they were running?

    i got a response from them earlier today (sent an e-mail around 1am) that said i could get soem discounts that are best summed up by $150 instant rebate and 5% rebate on monthly recurring charges. Oddly, the rep said i've only been with Sprint for 4yrs. i've been in college for 5, and had Sprint during my senior year of high school. hmmm....
     
  37. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    Me too, back when they were GTE. I've had the same carrier for over 15 years.
     
  38. golgiaparatus

    golgiaparatus Out of my element

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    You didnt read my post... I dont ever go over on my minutes.
     
  39. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    They can't just charge you $30 for the Hell of it, man..........
     
  40. golgiaparatus

    golgiaparatus Out of my element

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    Extra charges are usually about $5 for info or text messages. The rest is all "fees & taxes".