British Expats

British Expats (https://britishexpats.com/forum/)
-   USA (https://britishexpats.com/forum/usa-57/)
-   -   Cell phone providers (https://britishexpats.com/forum/usa-57/cell-phone-providers-315087/)

ecosse Jul 20th 2005 8:45 pm

Cell phone providers
 
Hi
I'm moving to New York next month and was wondering how to set myself up with a mobile in America....any tips on best provider? I am after a contract rather than pay as you go.
Thanks

BritGuyTN Jul 20th 2005 8:52 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by ecosse
Hi
I'm moving to New York next month and was wondering how to set myself up with a mobile in America....any tips on best provider? I am after a contract rather than pay as you go.
Thanks


www.cingular.com

pretty reasonable with euro style phones

sibsie Jul 20th 2005 8:54 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 
Hard to get a contract with no credit history. I use Verizon as their US wide coverage seems to be the best and I call coast to coast a lot.

snowbunny Jul 20th 2005 9:04 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by BritGuyTN
www.cingular.com

pretty reasonable with euro style phones

and really the only choice if you want to do international GSM roaming.

anotherlimey Jul 20th 2005 9:06 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by ecosse
Hi
I'm moving to New York next month and was wondering how to set myself up with a mobile in America....any tips on best provider? I am after a contract rather than pay as you go.
Thanks

Worry not about your cellphone; do worry about your credit rating before applying for one.

Before you leave, get an AMEX card, then have it changed to a US version when you move here.

There are some international banks that will do the same, just look up 'credit cards' using the search function.

Bob Jul 20th 2005 9:08 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by snowbunny
and really the only choice if you want to do international GSM roaming.

T-mobile too...

ecosse Jul 20th 2005 9:08 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 
oh is Verizone the same as Vodafone?
Thanks for the tips! :)

BritGuyTN Jul 20th 2005 10:15 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by ecosse
oh is Verizone the same as Vodafone?
Thanks for the tips! :)


Nope, vodaphone has a stake in the company but verizon uses dodgy technology incompatible with the rest of the world

cingular has the biggest network in terms of subscribers and geographical coverage to the best of my knowledge. - they purchased ATT wireless about a year ago who in their own right had a pretty sizable network

t-mobile has the smallest (maybe worst) network

Big D Jul 20th 2005 10:21 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 
as stated credit history is the problem - maybe once you have some history with a land line they can bundle in a cell phone?

Remember that you pay for incoming calls on all mobiles so this reduces any free minutes

Got a virgin PAYG for my wife as she is a low user and at the time they went the longest between requiring top ups.

Good advice on the Amex - well worth doing to establish a history

Good Luck!

sibsie Jul 20th 2005 10:24 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by BritGuyTN
Nope, vodaphone has a stake in the company but verizon uses dodgy technology incompatible with the rest of the world

Mr Sibsie uses Verizon on overseas trips and never has a prob with it.

Out of interest, why don't they use SIM cards over here?

Big D Jul 20th 2005 10:33 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by sibsie
Mr Sibsie uses Verizon on overseas trips and never has a prob with it.

Out of interest, why don't they use SIM cards over here?


T-mobile and Cingular do - the others are on a different technology - there endeth my techie knowledge!!

fatbrit Jul 20th 2005 11:25 pm

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by sibsie
Out of interest, why don't they use SIM cards over here?

SIM cards are part of the GSM spec so you'll find 'em in TMobile and Cingular phones. The rest of the providers use different systems that didn't include a removable memory chip in the phone.

snowbunny Jul 21st 2005 12:49 am

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by sibsie
Mr Sibsie uses Verizon on overseas trips and never has a prob with it.

Out of interest, why don't they use SIM cards over here?

The mind boggleth.

Verizon uses CDMA technology..... what kind of phone does Mr Sibsie have, cos I'd be interested!

Bob Jul 21st 2005 1:02 am

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by BritGuyTN
Nope, vodaphone has a stake in the company but verizon uses dodgy technology incompatible with the rest of the world

Though it works in south korea, canada and chile....

and to be fair to T-Mobile...they probably have the best GSM coverage in the New England area...not that that's saying much :D

fatbrit Jul 21st 2005 1:09 am

Re: Cell phone providers
 

Originally Posted by BritGuyTN
but verizon uses dodgy technology incompatible with the rest of the world

I dunno! I think of it like the BetaMax / VHS argument. Convinced Verizon has the best network for quality and coverage if you're in the US. (Alltel share the network BTW.) However, you pay through the teeth for it and it don't work almost nowhere else!


All times are GMT. The time now is 6:55 pm.

Powered by vBulletin: ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.