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  1. #1
    ap
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    Hello all,
    I purchased a brand new tracfone (pre-paid phone)
    and so far, the phone works great here in atlanta area.

    I haven't ventured outside my local area.

    The only problem is that it requires me to buy a card
    every 60 days. With virgin mobile, I have to buy a card
    every 90 days.

    I read about virgin mobile using the sprint network and
    was wondering how the two compare in terms
    of best coverage and signal strength.

    Let me know your experiences.

    Thanks




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  2. #2
    JoshIII
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    Re: tracfone vs. virgin mobile

    "ap" <corsica@ragingbull.com> wrote in message
    > I purchased a brand new tracfone (pre-paid phone)
    > and so far, the phone works great here in atlanta area.
    >
    > I haven't ventured outside my local area.
    >
    > The only problem is that it requires me to buy a card
    > every 60 days. With virgin mobile, I have to buy a card
    > every 90 days.
    >
    > I read about virgin mobile using the sprint network and
    > was wondering how the two compare in terms
    > of best coverage and signal strength.
    >
    > Let me know your experiences.
    >


    JoshIII josh3i@hotmail.com responds:
    Virgin Mobile is for people that want prepaid at a slightly better
    cost/minute rate, but don't care about or need rural area coverage.

    Virgin Mobile only uses the Sprint network, and *will not roam* on any other
    networks like TracFone.

    Sprint's own postpaid plan customers are allowed to roam on other networks
    in certain areas, including the Verizon network. Not Virgin Mobile.

    In the Atlanta area, the TracFone TDMA models (Nokia 5125 and Nokia 1221)
    are still available for activation. The rural area coverage for TDMA
    cellphones is diminishing nationwide. TDMA networks are going away or being
    converted to GSM or CDMA, so its not a good idea to activate a TDMA
    cellphone if coverage is important to you.

    What model TracFone did you activate?

    JoshIII, 16JAN06
    Prepaid questions? Just ask!
    http://pasofinosc.tripod.com




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  3. #3
    ap
    Guest

    Re: tracfone vs. virgin mobile

    Thanks for replying.

    I have a nokia 1100.




  4. #4
    JoshIII
    Guest

    Re: tracfone vs. virgin mobile

    "ap" <corsica@ragingbull.com> wrote in message
    > Thanks for replying.
    >
    > I have a nokia 1100.
    >


    JoshIII responds: josh3i@hotmail.com

    I'm in the upstate of south carolina, but have a cousin that lives in
    Cumming, GA (northeast atlanta).

    I had my TracFones (Nokia 1100 and 5180i) with me when I visited him.

    The 5180i (TracFone) carrier is Verizon. The 1100 (TracFone) carrier is
    Cingular GSM.

    The 5180i has slightly better coverage than the 1100 in low lying areas
    (lots of hills in and around Atlanta). As long as terrain is relatively
    flat or near the top of hills, the coverage Cingular GSM provides is
    excellent in and around Atlanta.

    I have the Nokia 1100 for the single rate (no roaming charge) and the 5180i
    (2units/minute roaming rate) for the good coverage carriers, i.e.,
    Verizon/Alltel/et.al. The 5180i TracFone roams on several different
    networks.

    I always take both TracFones with me when I am on the road and out of the
    local calling area, just in case I don't have a digital signal with the
    Nokia 1100. All GSM cellphones require a digital signal, and have no
    provision to fall back to analog like the 5180i (CDMA) model.

    JoshIII, 16JAN06
    Have a question about TracFone?
    http://pasofinosc.tripod.com
















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