I had to come back to Android and Droid X


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  1. Kazrell

    Kazrell Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I had to come back, I had no choice.

    Several weeks ago I posted a blog about switching back to the iPhone 3G from the EVO which I waited patiently for. The reasons were many, but mainly because of the very poor phone reception in and around my house. I ported back after 5 days of using the EVO and several software attempts to fix the reception.

    Since then, I was able to get the iPhone 4 and knowing fully well about some of the problems that AT&T has with their network, I thought this time around Apple had done some things to combat AT&T
     

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    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    I didn't read your post, but umm... welcome back!
     
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    Good choice
     
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    slider5634 Well-Known Member

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    @Kazrell Welcome back... Been there myself. I moved to a small town with good AT&T coverage only to find out it wasn't really AT&T coverage.

    Seriously, AT&T phones are programmed to show "AT&T" even when you're on a partner network or in roaming. To make matters worse, they impose restrictions on partner network usage. How in the world can you expect people to stay within usage limits like these if they don't know that they've left the AT&T network? Needless to say I threatend class action suit for false advertisement of coverage. Didn't actually go through with it, but I did manage to evade my ETF with this bit of information ;)
     
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    this just reassured me that staying with verizon getting the droid x and not moving back to att for iphone 4 .. thanks and since we are from the same basic area (bronx here but i spend a lot of time in white plains) its good to know att service still sucks(left the 3g iphone last november) the guys at work who are awaiting their precious iphones(pre ordered on the 15th of june and still didnt get them lol) are trying to make me move back but i think the droid x is the same phone even better except for the fact the iphone 4 screen is insane other than that droid x wins ... and im an apple fan boy
     
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    Kazrell

    I'm glad everything was alright. Yea....in serious situations, being able to make and receive a call, text is very important thing.

    Thats why I urge ppl to test the reception on these phones before u decide to keep it. I work in a bad reception area, so I will know without a doubt if the antenna in my phone is strong or not.

    My phone has to be a good phone, first n foremost. Everything else is second.
     
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    Had an iphone myself, but hoping to Verizon for the Moto X. I know the phone wont disappoint but can't vouch for the service.
     
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    Had a similar situation that made me switch from AT&T in December of 2009.

    I moved from western Greensboro, NC that had "Good" coverage to the small town of Mebane. The area in this small town supposedly had good coverage according AT&T's map. I was do for an upgrade so I went ahead and upgraded before I moved (Trying to get everything taken care of before I moved since I had 3 months to prep). I upgraded from the HTC Tilt and got the Touch Pro which was a really good device at my home in Greensboro and at work. After I made the move I notice that I got barely any to no service in my "Good" coverage area. I called AT&T and complained that their map wasn't accurate and that they needed to send someone out to my area to check the towers or I would have to cancel my service if things didn't improve. I told them I can't deal with 2 years of this coverage. There's no point of me paying $120 dollars a month to only get service for 10 hours I'm out of the house at work. However, they refused to send someone out to check the coverage, because their little computer system was telling them everything was good and I should be getting good service. I was not getting good service or any service on my front porch back porch or even in my driveway. The best I could ever get was -104db and that was on a clear day in winter with no leaves on the trees and no cars driving down I-40. If that was AT&T idea of "good" coverage I'd hate to think was bad coverage is. I would have to drive mile north to make a phone call. They said I should have confirmed coverage in my area good according to the map, but is an estimate and cannot be guaranteed and would not be able to waive an early termination fee of $350 for 2 devices since I was in a good coverage area. I went ahead and bought a Ooma VoIP hub to then be my home phone. I wasn't going to give AT&T any more money then I had to.

    It wasn't until winter of 2009 when we had a bad blizzard that knocked out the power and cable which turned off the heat (no fireplace) and VoIP. So I hopped in my Subaru and started driving north so I could call the Duke Energy. 1/2 mile down the road I had to dodge a sliding car that came into my lane and I ended up in a ditch and so did he. At this point I still couldn't make phone calls and neither could the other guy since he had an iPhone. He stayed with the cars and I walked down the road in the blistering cold to call for a wrecker and then called Duke Energy to come out as soon as they could to get the power back on.

    The next day while getting my wheels aligned at Sears after going into the ditch I called AT&T and told them the story of the night before. They were unsympathetic. I asked to speak to a supervisor, but apparently according CSR they don't work on Saturdays. Pissedm I then hung up the phone and told the Sears rep I'd be back and went over to the Verizon store 1 block down the street. After 30 minutes I left the Verizon store with a Droid Eris for me and a Samsung Alias 2 for my wife as a early Christmas present and our numbers ported over.

    I then got my bill from AT&T showing that my service had been canceled since I ported my numbers over. At which time I called AT&T and had the ETF waived with hardly any effort. Apparently it's easier to get the ETF waived after you cancel.

    P.S. I had been with AT&T wireless and all the other names it has had (Southerwestern Bell Wireless, Cingular, AT&T Wireless, AT&T) for 11 years. You would think it would be easier to get better customer service with that kind of loyalty.

    P.S.S Beware AT&T's estimate of "Good" coverage can range from anywhere from poor and none to excellent, but most like poor and none.
     
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    Kazrell Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks folks for the comments - I'm even more secure in my decision now.
    You'll see me here posting comments quite often now.
     
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    majorcovert,
    Glad everything worked out for you too. At least both u and Kazrell found out before something happened that couldnt be reversed. Hopefully Verizon provides better coverage for both of you.
     
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    Hey, I grew up at 125 Mamaroneck Ave.
     
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    Wow, both of these are awesome stories.. and defiantly makes me glad I'm on Verizons network. The only places I have had trouble getting signal was along the loneliest highway, and that was only a few places that had problems.. I don;t travel much, so I can't vogue for other places.. but as far as I can tell Verizon is better that AT&T any day... Remember camping at a beach once, one of my buddies has at&t and verizon(he likes verizons call quality better) and he had literally no signal with his iPhone.. even on top of a sand dune he couldn't get anything. I just laughed at him as i was getting full signal at the lowest point of the area we were in. He also able to with his verizon phone that he also had though, so he wasn't completely out of luck. He's really hoping iPhone comes to verizon though because he loves the sync capabilities he has with it
     
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    Did you know that AT&T didn't realize that the formula they used to tell if u have good signal or not was wrong? They were like oops our bad we thought we had it right or so that's what I heard.
     
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    Was it AT&T? I thought it was Apple... ;)
     
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    i think your first problem is that you own a subaru
     
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    It was Apple. They are now using AT&T's method of bar calculation. Now you'll have 5 bars everywhere you go! :p

    Yeah, all-wheel drive is terrible for icy roads :rolleyes:
     
  20. Kazrell

    Kazrell Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well, sometimes :D

    They are communication devices, not just phones. My wife and I use less than 100 minutes a month on our 2 phones, even counting all calls :) She has hearing issues, so I rarely call her, Email or IM are more likely. Also don't ever use Text Messages (another phone feature).

    I have been with AT&T for about 10 years, would like to consider Verizon too, but like you we plan to move in October and probably won't settle into a home until April. We are looking for a small farm in Florida, so I am concerned that almost any carrier could be bad.

    My Uncle who is retired and traveling the country now actually has both. They gave up on a family plan and have 1 AT&T phone and 1 Verizon phone, because they find that when they travel they rarely find places that one always works well.

    Picking a carrier has much more to do with location that their pretty maps on their websites or TV commercials actually show.

    Welcome Back.
     

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