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Cell Phone Death
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crschmidt
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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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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