Can You Hear Me Now?

So the antenna broke off of my cell phone the other day, and I’m imagining all that electromagnetic activity, with no other focal point, penetrating my skull and gradually radicalizing all my brain cells.

Couple that with my general desire for a new handheld to replace the old Palm V I’m still using, and it seems to me it’s time for a new PDA/phone combo.

I’m a Mac user, so I’m sticking with the Palm OS options. So what I’ve got in front of me seems to be the Handspring Treo (either the 300, with the Sprint PCS network, or the 270, with either Cingular or T-Mobile), the Palm Tungsten W (with AT&T Wireless), or the Kyocera 7135 (with Verizon Wireless). My current service is with Verizon, and so there’s an ease to the Kyocera — new phone, not new service.

But as long as I’m changing things…

Are there pressing reasons to go with another model than the Kyocera? Are any of the other cellular services better than Verizon? What would I miss by not switching?

Any advice, opinions, or general ranting that can be passed my way would be much appreciated.

5 thoughts on “Can You Hear Me Now?

  1. Verizon, from what I hear, has the best service in SoCal. Dinner bell-like quality and sound. AT&T and Cingular are touch and go.

  2. I switched about two years ago from AT&T to Verizon precisely because the AT&T service here was so bad — we’re in the middle of a bad trough between their towers, I think. I guess I was kind of hoping that Cingular or Sprint or T-Mobile or somebody would be acceptable around here, but…

  3. I had Sprint when I first got a cell phone. Pretty good connectivity and sound quality (everywhere I went– NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco on a visit), but man was it expensive.

    Now we have AT&T, which feels like exactly the opposite problem. The plan is the cheapest I’ve found, but sometimes I feel like I’m using a walkie-talkie. Also, my phone, by comparison to the slim little ones I’ve seen others carry, is a monster.

    This may have no bearing on SoCal service, though.

    I want a combo phone-PDA very much — please post your results if you wind up going that way… If they could attach a decent MP3 player to it, so much the better.

  4. The Tungsten looks like the best device of the three, but AT&T service is, unfortunately, worthless around here. I’ve got Sprint, which isn’t much better. At least I have the good fortune to be moving on to an actual urban environment soon – you’re screwed!

  5. Thanks for the confirmation about Sprint’s service here, Jake. I had a feeling that life out here in this “geographically undesirable” location (see entry above) wouldn’t allow for the service I want.

    And BT, I’ll definitely keep you posted on my purchase, once it happens. Of course, the new iPods are making me drool — but it’s either a cell phone with a proper antenna or an mp3 player for me, for the time being. Sigh.

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