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Anybody have an opinion on ATT Wireless versus Verizon?

I'm thinking of switching to ATT since Verizon doesn't offer any international usage.

I'm also thinking of getting a Palm Centro (I'd need a new phone if I switched). The only problem is I feel that it might be betraying my lovely little Treo 700p....
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From: tlatoani Date: July 25th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use ATT, and it's great for international travel. In fact, I've gotten better reception in places like remote sections of the Great Wall or the Old City of Fez than I did at my last office here in A2. (Which points up the one potential issue with ATT; I suspect other carriers may give better reception around here.) But I'm sticking with it, and planning to get an iPhone in the near future to replace my Treo.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great info, thanks. Do you have a special international plan?
From: tlatoani Date: July 25th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do, but I'm not sure what it is any more because it's changed over the years. I'll look when I get a chance.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only if it's convenient, I think I'm just about sold already...
From: stilldocked_too Date: July 25th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like AT&T for wireless service, but...I am a BlackBerry guy. I have not had any problems with service, nor with the phones themselves.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, thanks. I've been a Palm gal since around 1998... I love Palm OS. Fortunately, Centro has that.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: July 25th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Come on out to our house. Work gave me an AT&T blackberry against my wishes (I just wanted a damn phone) but since there's ZERO coverage at my house, it's going back to them. I can actually get barely connected if I stand outside, but not enough to make a call. Verizon and Sprint both work here, a little. I haven't tried others.

I use a Virgin Mobile prepaid; they have a presence in many countries, I'm not sure if you could buy a local phone then activate it on the account or not. They certainly make it trivial and free to switch phones within the US. For future UP vacations I'm planning on buying an Alltel Tracfone and just activating it for the week I'll be up there; it seems to be one of the few services that work up there.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: July 25th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had zero problems with ATT Wireless; I find reception in our area is pretty good, and customer service with them has been nice the few times I've had to tweak something or get a replacement phone (I have this bad habit of dropping my phone a lot).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good to know, especially about the reception!
marsgov From: marsgov Date: July 25th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
My only problem with AT&T is that they're in league with the Devil. Then again, so is Verizon.

I personally use a combination of couriers and carrier pigeons, sometimes supplemented by heliographs and semaphore flags. (My Aldiss lamp is in the shop for repair.)

The rest of my family uses T-Mobile, which has excellent international coverage.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! There are always smoke signals, but the curve of the horizon can get in the way....

marsgov From: marsgov Date: July 25th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a member of General Technics, I believe I can make a smoke signal that can be seen over the horizon.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 25th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend t-mobile for international (european) travel.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, but they don't seem to have any Treos.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 25th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Think you'd have to switch to a blackberry or a sidekick, wish we were in Europe where devices are independent of provider.
netmouse From: netmouse Date: July 25th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have ATT wireless now and it seems pretty good. I can even use my phone in the basement, which I couldn't with Verizon.

ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: July 25th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been pretty happy with AT&T over the 5 years or so I've had it. There do seem to be a couple of weird zones in my house where I lose the call if I bend over (Weird, I know) or will start to get the "hang up to make a call" tone in the middle of a conversation. When the later happens and I look at my display it shows the phone thinks it's still ringing. Of course, this could be one more sign the universe is sending me to move out of Hazel Park! ;)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 25th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
i was fairly happy with AT&T when i had it. the only reason i switched was that Verizon has a stranglehold on Lapeer County and i couldn't get reception if i ventured more than 3-5 miles out of town. i really liked AT&T's rollover minutes options - i had the lowest voice plan and never used it up, and their website was super easy to navigate.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 25th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have ATT wireless, and have been pleased with their service and coverage.

It works in the Sears Tower's elevators, which I found kind of interesting.

I don't have a special international calling plan, but I was able to use it in Ireland with no problem at all.

My sister and I were able to call each other with no problem, during the two weeks that I was there... but I didn't try it to dial any local numbers.

I also have the iphone, but don't know if I would really recommend that.
susmadel From: susmadel Date: July 25th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
ATT is not as good in rural areas?
anderale From: anderale Date: July 25th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my Centro. It's handy and cute. Just don't spill water on it and make sure you get the insurance plan (if you're clumsy like me)!
dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: July 26th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Work gave me the a Blackberry 8830 on Verizon. It does CDMA and it has GSM capabilities so you can pick up a GSM card internationally and you're good to go (and the reading I've done seems to indicate that's your best bet for international travel). I haven't tested this out myself (yet), but I don't see why it wouldn't work well.

Aside from that, out here Verizon has a much larger coverage area (and better yet there's is mostly digital coverage) than AT&T (which is digital in the city and goes analog outside). When I talked to our IT guys they said they've had to switch quite a few AT&T handsets to Verizon because they just won't work as reliably throughout the country (and we have jobs going on from Hawaii to Delaware). However, keep in mind, most of our work is on military bases and some of those can be in the middle of nowhere. Basically, if you stick to large cities it seems like AT&T and Verizon are pretty similar coverage wise, but out in the boonies, more often than not, AT&T comes up short. So I guess it matters how much time you spend out in sticks.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: July 31st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy with AT&T. Verizon isn't on GSM, which means you can't use your Verizon phone overseas... but the AT&T international plans are stupidly expensive. Not all GSM phones work well in europe, you need quad-band, really, I forget the frequencies, but most tri-band phones sold here have spotty coverage there, and vice-versa.

When I was in the UK I bought a cheap phone package for 20 pounds that came with 10-15 pounds worth of measured service. I still have the phone, gave it to Graham for her trip, you can have it if you want. The best bet is probably just to get a cheap GSM sim card in Ghent and stick it in your phone while you're there, if you want to use a phone that has your calendar and WiFi... but I consider there's a slight advantage to travelling with a cheap phone that you don't mind losing and doesn't mark you as rich when you take it out. If I was going to buy a new phone, though, I would buy it over there, because they get all the cool Nokia phones 2-3 years earlier than we do... you might even get a plan, Orange has great plans, and it might even be cheaper to get an international plan there and use it here... seems unlikely, but I've never really checked... and actually, if you get a phone that is capable of WiFi to GSM roaming, which some of the newer phones can do (although TMobile is the only one here that supports it so far), your service might be free while you're in your house... actually, I think TMobile is the same as Deutche Telecom, so maybe you should get a plan through one of the other of them... both are GSM, and they have much better privacy policy than AT&T. Actually, there could be huge advantages to buying your cellular service in Ghent through DT, then you'd fall under German or Belgian privacy laws, which are WAY better than ours.

If you want to forward calls to your local number automatically wherever you are, there are incredibly cheap IP telephony services, local numbers in Europe are actually free. See the article "Vhreaking with VoxALot" in 2800, Jose Vela here wrote it, I know him.

Whoever told you that Verizon has better coverage is confused, maybe they're thinking of former AT&T blue and my service (former Cingular, AT&T orange, not to be confused with Orange, the british provider) is GSM only, and works great at my grandmother's house.
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