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Cell Phone Death
So, my cell phone is officially dead. buttons 1, 4, and 7 don't work most of the time, in addition to the microphone being broken.

There is a phone I want (The Nokia N95 -- so, so sexy), but it is $750 retail, and no one is offering it with a plan yet.

I'm really tired of T-Mobile's lack of decent network speed. I want something that can get online and actually act like an internet connection. I'd also like a plan with some voice, unlimited texts and unlimited data for less than $100 a month. It seems like I can't actually have that with Verizon or Cingular/AT&T.

So, it looks like I'm going to be going with T-Mobile for a while longer. The question is, what do I do:

* Get a new phone via t-mobile, probably for free, but sign a contract for another year
* Get a new phone via ebay or something, pay a bit more up front, but no contract
* Get a new phone via a friend who has an old GSM phone lying around and doesn't need it. (Any of those around here? sderle and supersat come to mind...)

I really don't want to be stuck with T-Mobile forever, but I don't have much free cash to hand, and I don't want a really expensive plan.

Hopefully I'll find a cheap decent phone lying around that I can use for another 6 months, and then upgrade when what I really want is actually available...

(iPhone and openmoko are both decent options for many people, but most of what I do is texting or ssh while walking around. Neither of these have a keypad. Typing 'blind' is practically impossible for these things, and it's important enough to me that I can't give it up.)

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If you had asked before the weekend.... I had my old GSM phone sitting around for no particular reason, but my parents just took it back with them to NJ.

My dad has some sort of Cingular/AT&T plan for voice and unlimited data which (theoretically) isn't too expensive... but I don't know the details. I can ask if you'd like. I've never been very happy with my reception at MIT, though, especially in Tang and that corner of campus. Seems to work fine in places other than that... but my room consistently only gets one bar.

The cheapest voice plan for Cingular is $40, looks like, and the cheapest unlimited data is $40, plus $20 for unlimited texts. (I'm getting pretty much the same with T-Mobile, but my data is only $20. Of course, I pay for it with speed.)

I don't get reception at all in the house with T-Mobile, but I don't need voice that much, so I'm willing to punt on that -- I just step to the front porch or use the landline to make calls at home.

I thought I was just going to get something new, but the prices on the plans are kinda the killer -- I just jumped $10/month in my plan, and jumping another $20 is too much pain for me right now.

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