Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Mar 2011 20:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A major deal just went down in the United States, which seriously shakes up the mobile industry on the other side of the pond: AT&T has announced it plans to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.
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Comment by GenBlood
by GenBlood on Mon 21st Mar 2011 02:31 UTC
GenBlood
Member since:
2006-07-05

I'm a T-Mobile customer and I'm not happy ;)
Looks like I'm going to drop T-Mobile as soon
as the deal is complete ...

Maybe, I can live without a cell phone...

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RE: Comment by GenBlood
by Morgan on Mon 21st Mar 2011 19:24 in reply to "Comment by GenBlood"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I've already started researching alternatives. Unfortunately all options mean losing the N900 as a phone, though I could keep it as a MID.

Anyway, so far it looks as though Virgin Mobile is a good option for me. They offer a plan that is $25/month for unlimited data and texts, and 300 minutes/month which is far more than I use (I'm a texter not a talker). That plan applies to their Android phones too, of which they have two. Both phones are decent; one is an LG Optimus V with no physical keyboard for $149 (probably about to be replaced as it is now out of stock) and a Samsung Intercept with keyboard for $199. That's quite reasonable for an Android phone from a major manufacturer without a contract. They also offer a BlackBerry but you have to pay $10/month extra for BIS, if you want to use the built in email and IM functions.

The only downside is that Virgin is just an arm of Sprint, which has spotty service in my area. I'm just outside of Atlanta, and while I'm in what is considered the "metro area", a lot of the places I go to regularly are on the extreme edge of Sprint's coverage map.

The only other option with good coverage for me is Verizon, but I'd go without a phone before subjecting myself to their particular flavor of customer rape. They are actually worse than AT&T.

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