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  1. #1
    Mike M. Miskulin
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    hey now,

    considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities. Verizon
    has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    price.

    Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    not just GSM) comment on your experiences.

    Thanks



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  2. #2
    Elmo P. Shagnasty
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    Re: National Plan coverage

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Mike M. Miskulin) wrote:

    > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.


    I can get on the phone and drive through WV and western Maryland,
    through the mountains, carrying on a conversation with no problem and
    only a couple dropouts while things switch around.

    Pretty much, if there's a signal you're covered.

    I'm spoiled; I could never go back to a regional plan. Plus, I would
    never consider a GSM-only plan until the last TDMA/CDMA site is turned
    off.




  3. #3
    Aboutdakota
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage



    Mike M. Miskulin wrote:
    > hey now,
    >
    > considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    > verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    > for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    > is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    > need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities. Verizon
    > has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    > price.
    >
    > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.
    >
    > Thanks


    Likewise to Elmo, I find my coverage far outweighs coverage from
    Verizon. In many areas were Verizon customers are prohibited from
    roaming, I can roam. I am still on the TDMA Preferred Nation plan, so I
    do get roaming charges occasionally. My plan is based out of Florida
    and I have also had good luck with customer service (it helps being
    courteous and respectful).

    Plus, Cingular will allow to become a customer without signing a
    contract, something that Verizon generally will not allow.

    So, I would recommend that you go with Cingular. You could buy a used
    GAIT phone (search Ebay for GAIT) and activate with Cingular and try
    them out for a few months. If after 3 months you find that Cingular
    does not suit you best, you could terminate service without an ETF. And
    even when you are not in contract with Cingular, you can switch plans
    easily, and promotional minutes are generally included. Switch on
    Verizon and you need to extend your contract to keep the night/weekend
    minutes!

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  4. #4
    AL
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    I am liking the no contract option more and more.
    One other thing about Verizon, my night and weekend minutes ended the minute
    my contract ended, so they are not for life unlike most other carriers. I
    liked my night and weekend minutes and won't pay extra for them... But I'll
    try a new company soon, especially one with the no contract option, should
    be win-win for me and them. Especially with VZW bad customer service as of
    late.

    AL

    "Aboutdakota" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    >(Snip) Plus, Cingular will allow to become a customer without signing a
    > contract, something that Verizon generally will not allow.
    >

    (snip)
    > even when you are not in contract with Cingular, you can switch plans
    > easily, and promotional minutes are generally included. Switch on
    > Verizon and you need to extend your contract to keep the night/weekend
    > minutes!
    >
    > AD
    >






  5. #5
    Elmo P. Shagnasty
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    In article <[email protected]com>,
    Aboutdakota <[email protected]> wrote:

    > you could terminate service without an ETF.


    What's an ETF?




  6. #6
    Chris Russell
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    I have had the Cingular TDMA/GAIT Nation Plan for 3 years, since last
    Dec. 14th with a Nokia 6340i. I drive an 18-wheeler all over the
    country and I get service everywhere the map shows I get coverage. No
    LD or roaming charges ever! Out West in the mountains, you can lose
    service between towers 12-15 miles apart in the middle between them.
    When I had erroneous roaming charges in Canada (I only live about a
    mile and 1/2 from Windsor, ON.) they were immediately removed. I have
    been in truckstops where the drivers are asking over the CB if anybody
    has Verizon service and I always have Cingular when they are asking
    that question.

    Chris
    Please respond on Usenet



    [email protected] (Mike M. Miskulin) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > hey now,
    >
    > considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    > verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    > for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    > is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    > need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities. Verizon
    > has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    > price.
    >
    > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.
    >
    > Thanks




  7. #7
    JAlves
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Mike M. Miskulin) wrote:

    > hey now,
    >
    > considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    > verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    > for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    > is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    > need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities. Verizon
    > has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    > price.
    >
    > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.
    >
    > Thanks


    I've been using the Cingular national plan (multi-band, not GSM) for a
    few years now. No problems at all, but my travels take me to mostly
    "main stream" places. I'd expect that even a GSM phone would work where
    I currently travel despite the fact that Cingular's GSM system isn't
    built out yet.

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  8. #8
    Frederick Claus
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    "Mike M. Miskulin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > hey now,
    >
    > considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    > verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    > for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    > is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    > need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities. Verizon
    > has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    > price.
    >
    > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.
    >
    > Thanks


    The way Cingular's National plan works is if there is a tower for a Cingular
    or a company they have an agreement with (there is a lot of them), you have
    coverage. Their plans are No Roaming plans. I would have to say that
    Cingular's national plan would give you good coverage. Your best bet though
    is to take a look at the coverage map for Cingular, and for Verizon. Just
    because it's a "National" plan, does not mean you have coverage in EVERY
    part of the country. Take a look at their maps.

    Frederick

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  9. #9
    Mike M. Miskulin
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    While pondering the Universe, [email protected] (Aboutdakota)
    wrote <[email protected]>:


    >So, I would recommend that you go with Cingular. You could buy a used
    >GAIT phone (search Ebay for GAIT) and activate with Cingular and try
    >them out for a few months. If after 3 months you find that Cingular
    >does not suit you best, you could terminate service without an ETF.


    So I can cancel before 3 months? I hadn't seen that. They show a
    2 year contract. Also voicemail looks to be additional charge?

    In regards to the rollover of minutes, I know this just started, but
    is it on a rolling year? Ie, any minutes rolled over from January
    and not used expire next January? Or do you lose all your rollover on your
    year anniversary?


    Comparing the Verizon to Cingular maps, they are very similar, though
    both of course say you can't trust the map as the coverage is shows
    the maxium rights, not necessarily active areas.





  10. #10
    Aboutdakota
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage



    Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Aboutdakota <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>you could terminate service without an ETF.

    >
    >
    > What's an ETF?
    >


    Early Termination Fee.




  11. #11
    Aboutdakota
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    > So I can cancel before 3 months? I hadn't seen that. They show a
    > 2 year contract. Also voicemail looks to be additional charge?


    You cannot activate a phone with no contract over the website. You have
    to take the phone into a Cingular store (they might be able to do this
    over the phone, too, but you have to be in a Cingular area for your
    phone to activate correctly).

    > In regards to the rollover of minutes, I know this just started, but
    > is it on a rolling year? Ie, any minutes rolled over from January
    > and not used expire next January? Or do you lose all your rollover on your
    > year anniversary?


    Rollover minutes are good for 12 months. For example, I signed up in
    January. I had 50 minutes that rolled over. In February, I had 17
    minutes that rolled over. In March, I used 68 additional minutes. In
    April I had 277 minutes rollover. The minutes that rolled over in April
    will not expire until next April. You have one year to use them.

    > Comparing the Verizon to Cingular maps, they are very similar, though
    > both of course say you can't trust the map as the coverage is shows
    > the maxium rights, not necessarily active areas.


    I have a feeling that if the FCC gives the go ahead to shut off the AMPS
    system in 2008, coverage maps will change dramatically. Right now, a
    good portion of Verizon's America's Choice coverage comes from TDMA
    carriers that are converting to GSM. Likewise, some of Cingular's
    coverage analog coverage is from CDMA carriers. Right now, AMPS
    (analog) is the only universal wireless protocol. At the rate GSM is
    going, it won't take long before the nation is fully covered with GSM.
    Likewise, CDMA will probably cover the whole nation, too.

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  12. #12
    J P L
    Guest

    Re: National Plan coverage

    I have had a true Nation (AMPS & TDMA) wide plan with Cingular for about 3
    years not and have never been without service. I drove across the country a
    few years ago and was allways able to make and recieve calls. Even in the
    remote areas. I was thinking about switching to a GAIT phone but I am not
    too impressed with the selection of available phones. I am going to hold
    out on switching untill the GSM roll out is complete.



    "Frederick Claus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "Mike M. Miskulin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > hey now,
    > >
    > > considering moving from my single rate east verizon plan to either
    > > verizion national or cingular national. Just tired of getting hit
    > > for roaming and long distance when I travel. Whats important to me
    > > is coverage. I dont usually go to big cities like LA or Chicago. I
    > > need coverage on the raod betwwen major and not so major cities.

    Verizon
    > > has generally been ok, but their plan is kinda weak in minutes for the
    > > price.
    > >
    > > Can those using the Cingular natinoal plan (the one that is multi band,
    > > not just GSM) comment on your experiences.
    > >
    > > Thanks

    >
    > The way Cingular's National plan works is if there is a tower for a

    Cingular
    > or a company they have an agreement with (there is a lot of them), you

    have
    > coverage. Their plans are No Roaming plans. I would have to say that
    > Cingular's national plan would give you good coverage. Your best bet

    though
    > is to take a look at the coverage map for Cingular, and for Verizon. Just
    > because it's a "National" plan, does not mean you have coverage in EVERY
    > part of the country. Take a look at their maps.
    >
    > Frederick
    >
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