Thursday, September 28, 2006

T-Mobile vs Cingular

Nokia is letting me keep the N93 that they had sent me for a two week trial. Now I've got to decide how to get some cell service on it.

I heard a lot about cell service while in NYC at the Nokia event this weekend. It's messed up. Over in Europe and all over the world cell phone service is different. The phones have little chips in them that let you move your account between phones very easily.

Verizon does not have that. They lock you in. It's funny. When you think about getting cell service, in your mind you think about who has the best coverage. Those Verizon ads work really well. I've actually had excellent service and support from Verizon. The only place I can't get coverage from them in the Boston area is over at WZBC at Boston College.

So with the cell phne chips, you can drop your phone # into any phone you might have in your drawer. This is pretty cool.

So right now I have a Motorola Razr, and now, the Nokia N93. I'd like to be able to drop my phone # into the N93 but can't.

I've got to use a carrier that allows the use of these portable chips. That's either T-Mobile or Cingular. Each of these companies seems to have a plan that costs nothing per month. They only charge per call. That seems like a good idea for the time being. I'll just forward my cell phone over.

So what's your experience with T-Mobile and Cingular in New England, especially the Boston area


  1. Anonymous11:47 AM

    I don't know about the plans, but I can say that Cingular has far better coverage than T-Mobile. They might be comparable in the Boston area, but my new Cingular phone works everywhere my old Verizon phone did (and then some). I've even gotten service in a valley way out in the woods of rural Pennsylvania. T-Mobile only works in major cities and on big highways.

  2. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Ravi and I switched to T-Mobile and we love it! T-Mobile and Verizon had high ranks from JD Power. We have reception everywhere-unlike Sprint, which dropped calls in our apartment! On the T-Mobile website you can see what your coverage will be like at any address--we've found it to be accurate.