Tobyjoe and my T-Mobile contract expired last week. Normally, I’d just keep going with it until someone either slaps me with a 500 dollar bill (hello, ATT) or charges me for services I don’t have and never asked for (hello, Verizon). This time, Tobyjoe wants to consider switching because we’re paying for roughly a gazillion minutes but are only using about 300 a month. (When they tell you to up your minutes in the family plan and you really only ever talk to family [which is free] just say no.) Basically, if we lower our plan, we have to renew our contract, so we may as well evaluate other carriers.
I don’t know anything about cell phone companies and the things that actually SHOULD matter. I choose them by disqualifying the ones who were previously mean to me and then deciding based on things like, what are their ads like? Do they make an annoying chirping sound when you talk to someone? That said, the last time I went with T-Mobile because Catherine Zeta Jones is a freaking knockout and my mother and I want to make out with her (but not at the same time). I would have gone with Sprint, because the guy they were using as a spokesperson was also quite charming. Plus, he was able to herd small weiner dogs whereas Catherine Zeta Jones herds only weiners.
Our contract is up and we’re shopping around again. I imagine we might just stick with T-Mobile, who knows. But if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to read them. What do you use? How often do you use it? How much do you pay? Does your phone drop calls? Do you have a lot of cool phones to choose from? Because I like cool phones. I need to always own the coolest most recent phone. Seriously.
Any suggestions and/or horror stories are greatly appreciated.
One thing to consider is Internet access. Toby is hooked on his broken Treo 600 and would like another ‘smart’ device, so the question of high-speed comes up. GSM vs CDMA and similar terms are gibberish to me, though.
Cingular is the only unionized cell company (and they attribute a great deal of their success to that fact) so we lean towards them in some ways. Sprint and Verizon have better high-speed and newer Palm devices, so that’s a factor.
Maybe we should just switch to carrier pigeons.