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Old Jul 20th 2005, 8:45 pm
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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.
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Old Jul 20th 2005, 8:52 pm
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Originally Posted by ecosse
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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
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Old Jul 20th 2005, 8:54 pm
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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.
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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.
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Default Re: Cell phone providers

Originally Posted by ecosse
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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.
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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.
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and really the only choice if you want to do international GSM roaming.
T-mobile too...
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oh is Verizone the same as Vodafone?
Thanks for the tips!
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Default 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
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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

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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?
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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!!
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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.
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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!
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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
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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!
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