I have been with Nextel since 2001 a month before I started truck driving school. I chose them because they had a plan that allowed unlimited incoming calls and I got quite a bit of use out of it. Then more recently (2003) everyone that I new and talked to also had Nextel so we all talked to each other for free. Since then, everyone either slowly switched to another carrier or I don’t keep in contact with them, either way I was getting ripped off for the service I was getting.
My plan had 500 anytime minutes and unlimited incoming. Free nights and weekends (who’s doesn’t) and it was costing me $70/month. Not to mention the fact that I could never stay within the 500 minutes so it was more like $90/month.
Finally after years and years I let my contract run out and decided to switch carriers. I chose Cingular . Trista, Ryan & Katie all have it and it’s free to talk to anyone that does. We got on a shared minute plan and have 1400 between us and they roll over to the next month. All that for the same $90/month I was paying. (pretty excited about it).
Now what’s cool is that I got to get a new phone. I debated with myself on what one I should get. The new Motorola RAZR freaking rules but there is no headset jack for hands free. You HAVE to use the bluetooth wireless ones. So I decided on the Audiovox SMT 5600. It runs Windows Mobile and allows you to play mp3’s and watch videos on it.
I have to give credit for this to Ryan French because he bought this phone several months ago and now I copied him. It can connect to your computer and sync with Outlook and get your contacts, calendar and email. It does about everything you’ve ever heard of a phone doing. It has a camera as well.
The only thing I can think of to complain about and I’m not even sure if it’s actually a complaint is that there’s no clippy holster like Nextel, but more of a pocket that you slide onto your belt.
I’m quite sure that I’m going to drop the phone while trying to answer a call. I thought of another complaint though: the headset, when left plugged in, doesn’t allow the phone to ring out loud but only in the headset itself. So I can’t do what I’ve always done and drive down the road with my headset plugged in, and when a call comes in, I just slap it on my head and push “Accept Call”. Now it looks like I’ll be fidgeting trying to plug in the headset while answering the phone trying not to miss the call all while driving. Good.