View Full Version : SS: Need A New Cell Phone
02-26-2002, 08:47 PM
Before I start, my cell phone service is with Sprint PCS. My cell phone (Samsung SCH-3500) has been having some serious problems. The battery life now sucks. If the phone is turned off, when it's turned back on it has a problem connecting to the PCS service. At home the phone continuously wanders in and out of the PCS service.
I took the phone to the PCS store and got the firmware updated. That didn't help. I've had the phone three years. The salesman said that's a long time to have the same cell phone. He said the average life of a cell phone is 1 to 1 1/2 years. Do any of you agree with this?
This phone is my only phone. I've got a cable modem for the computer, and I went to Sprint PCS about 4 1/2 years ago as soon as they added long distance to their plans. The plans have gotten better (more minutes), but now their night time starts at 9:00 PM. This doesn't bother me too much, because most of my calls are on the weekend.
If anybody has Sprint PCS, what phone do you have or recommend? I still have the original Sony phone that the service started with, but the battery is dead. I'm debating if getting another battery is worth it, or should I get another phone?
02-26-2002, 11:47 PM
i have the same phone as you and it sucks.
actually, it doesn't suck when it works, but i've had it replaced under warranty 3 freaking times. and that to me means it sucks. i really wish sprint would carry nokia again. i love nokia phones. i used to drop and totally abuse my 6160 when i had at&t and it always worked like a charm!
but this stinking samsung blows. and yeah, the battery life is terrible. it always has been.
btw, where do u live, cause i've actually been ahving problems w/ my service lately. i think they have some issues w/ thier towers lately.
AND i thought i saw that the new plans have their evening rates starting at 7pm, which is great i think!
02-27-2002, 08:33 PM
Another thing that's started happening is that the speaker starts cutting in and out. People can hear me, but I can't hear them. I have the first phone that Sprint PCS started with, the Sony CM-D600S. Unfortunately I never kept the battery charged when I got the other phone. Now the battery is totally dead and will not charge. I may try to find another battery for it. If it's too expensive, I guesss I'll have to buy another phone. The only problem with that is that there's so many choices. I see one I like and then find another one that I also like. I'm not looking forward to shelling out the money, but I don't have another choice.
02-27-2002, 09:03 PM
If you want a good Sprint phone, I'd prolly suggest the LG-5250. I've heard a lot of good things about it.
03-07-2002, 11:49 PM
Just get Verizon's America Choice
Verizon's america choice = Verizon Analog/Digital areas, Sprint PCS Digital Areas, Alltel Digital and analog areas.
It's a pretty neat deal.
Of course, results vary with locale.
03-19-2002, 08:39 AM
Verizon has a lot of good plans to go with. Sprint has the best calls that I have noticed so far. For range, Sprint doesnt have the best coverage unless you remain in the city. I have a Samsung SPH-N200 and the battery life is awesome.
03-19-2002, 03:44 PM
Has anyone had the sanyo 4700 from sprint, im thinking of getting it, but want to know what people think.
03-19-2002, 09:34 PM
I went into a Sprint PCS store and asked some questions about their phones. The salesman recommended the Sanyo 4700 over all the other phones. According to the Sprint PCS website it's got the longest battery life of all their phones. It also has a speaker that would come in handy. I like the looks of the Kyocera QCP-2255. It's got a bright blue luminescent backlight screen that looks nicer than any of the other screens. I'm debating on whether I want a one piece phone, or a flip phone. Since this is my only phone, I want something that will last me for a while.
03-19-2002, 10:58 PM
My friend just got the 2255 yesterday, but i havnt got to see it yet. He said is pretty cool, ill mess around with it tomorrow, hope it has good games.
03-20-2002, 08:25 AM
Sprint is the best way to go phone wise. Their plans include nationwide long distance and roaming only really happens in non-commercial areas and the basement of buildings.
03-20-2002, 10:29 AM
hoser, i think the 4700 is a great phone (i have the 4500, which is pretty much identical). for more info, check out my post in triniton's thread.
03-20-2002, 02:16 PM
I used to have that old big Nokia for Sprint. Not quite a brick but it was big. I've had the old Motorola StarTac for about 4-5 years now. Doubt that the average lifespan of a phone is 1-1.5 years. I think that's the rate ppl upgrade for new cooler phones but I don't think that's the breakdown rate. Course I'm talking out of my butt ... my two cents.
I wish Nokia did have phones for Sprint. If they started selling the small Nokias I would definitely switch. Sigh. I wonder why they haven't tho...contract?
08-21-2002, 02:58 AM
Originally posted by Hoser
Another thing that's started happening is that the speaker starts cutting in and out. People can hear me, but I can't hear them.
try closing the lid a little bit. I have the same phone, which SUCKS, and that trick works for mine. when i press my ear on the earpiece too hard the voice cuts out. Just close the lid a bit! GOod luck
08-21-2002, 09:57 AM
i love verizon...well besides the fact that when i dropped my phone in the toilet in april i had to buy a new one cause the warrenty was up but thats ok...i can always get a signal and the battery life on the phone (lg flip phone) is good considering i leave it on 24/7. switch to verizon...sprint sucks
08-21-2002, 06:38 PM
Where I work recently got corporate discounts at several different cellular services. It takes $7.50 a month off my bill, so it almost covers all the taxes (the state taxes are high here).
I had received a flyer in the mail offering $50 off three phones. One was the SCP-4700 for $79.99. I saw on the webpage that the price had dropped $30, so the phone was offered at $49.99. I called up to order it and was told that since I was now on a corporate plan, I couldn't get this deal. I had just got done changing my plan. I asked if it would have worked if I had ordered the phone first and then changed my plan. I was told yes. That did not make me happy.
Then I went to the website a couple days later and noticed that the dork that changed my service put me on a month to month bill charging me $49.99 instead of the $39.99 I was getting charged. I called back to get it changed and was told that my year commitment had ended in January and this was the first time it was noticed since I had made a change in my service. I asked about any deals on a phone and was told I could have a deal on a phone, or the corporate discount, but not both. This was what I was told before, so at least they weren't changing stories on me. She told me that she would change my service back to a one year commitment so that I'd get the $10 off each month. She said that if I went with a two year commitment, I'd get $100 credit that could be applied to a phone. I'm calling back tonight to verify that this is in efffect before I get another phone.
08-22-2002, 01:05 PM
I'm waiting for camera phones or the new smartphones. I don't like the a500 with the tethered camera attatchement. Hopefully they'll have one that's integrated.
As far as smartphones go (pda and phone combo) I'm looking at the Kyocera 7135(?) for Verizon or Sprint and the Samsung i500 for Sprint. Verizon has a Samsung i600 but with an SD slot. Kyocera may be out November and Samsung in December.
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