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I'm coming to Verizon and need advice.

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by AJB, May 23, 2004.

  1. AJB

    AJB Guest

    Hello everyone,



    I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right know
    I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600, but
    know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size; I'm
    looking for something small.



    Any advice would be appreciated.



    Thanks

    AJ
     



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  2. Slick Willy

    Slick Willy Guest

    Just got my daughter the a530s 2 weeks ago - so far good performance. It is
    all digital, so you need to see where you operate and if you will need
    analog too. It is very small. I have an Audiovox CDM8600 that is just
    slightly larger, Phone performance is ok (has analog too). The 8600
    phonebook interface is one of the worst I've ever seen on any phone. The
    speakerphone is not very loud and of limited utility. Both phones have USB
    cables so you can connect a computer via 1XRTT for internet use and also
    synch a phonebook. Synch is a misnomer, as any voicetags and ringers get
    scrambled and need to be reset if whenever I synch (both on Quicklink and
    Futuredial).

    Moto V60s is a no frills mono display, but good speakerphone. The synch
    tools for Motorola phones (Truesynch) are much better. I've had no
    experience with the 4600. Hope this helps.

    "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com> wrote in message
    news:-Iadnaibeco3sizdRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    > Hello everyone,
    >
    >
    >
    > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right

    know
    > I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600, but
    > know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size;

    I'm
    > looking for something small.
    >
    >
    >
    > Any advice would be appreciated.
    >
    >
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > AJ
    >
    >
     
  3. Proconsul

    Proconsul Guest

    In my experience, all Verizon phones work well as phones.....

    I'm partial, right now, to the Audiovox 8600 - I like the phonebook software
    and operation along with the data access, etc., that I use quite a lot as I
    travel extensively. Living in San Diego and traveling to Washington, DC
    provides the added bonus that those two areas have "1X" active.....

    PC

    "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com> wrote in message
    news:-Iadnaibeco3sizdRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    | Hello everyone,
    |
    |
    |
    | I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    | phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right
    know
    | I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600, but
    | know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size;
    I'm
    | looking for something small.
    |
    |
    |
    | Any advice would be appreciated.
    |
    |
    |
    | Thanks
    |
    | AJ
    |
    |
     
  4. Proconsul

    Proconsul Guest

    Can't agree with your comments in re the Audiovox 8600 - you might have the
    unit checked.

    I find it's performance to be more than "good" and the phone book interface
    is fine for me. I also don't find the problems you report when syncing with
    Quicklink. The speakerphone could be louder, but it's acceptable unless
    you're in a very noisy environment.

    You're entitled to your opinion, but my experience tells me the 8600 is a
    solid performer.....

    PC

    "Slick Willy" <slick_willy_@EATSPAM.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:gibsc.5061$zE6.3085@lakeread06...
    | Just got my daughter the a530s 2 weeks ago - so far good performance. It
    is
    | all digital, so you need to see where you operate and if you will need
    | analog too. It is very small. I have an Audiovox CDM8600 that is just
    | slightly larger, Phone performance is ok (has analog too). The 8600
    | phonebook interface is one of the worst I've ever seen on any phone. The
    | speakerphone is not very loud and of limited utility. Both phones have
    USB
    | cables so you can connect a computer via 1XRTT for internet use and also
    | synch a phonebook. Synch is a misnomer, as any voicetags and ringers get
    | scrambled and need to be reset if whenever I synch (both on Quicklink and
    | Futuredial).
    |
    | Moto V60s is a no frills mono display, but good speakerphone. The synch
    | tools for Motorola phones (Truesynch) are much better. I've had no
    | experience with the 4600. Hope this helps.
    |
    | "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com> wrote in message
    | news:-Iadnaibeco3sizdRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    | > Hello everyone,
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    | > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right
    | know
    | > I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600,
    but
    | > know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size;
    | I'm
    | > looking for something small.
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | > Any advice would be appreciated.
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | > Thanks
    | >
    | > AJ
    | >
    | >
    |
    |
     
  5. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    I always consider if a phone has analog capability. This will have more or
    less importance depending on your location and where you like to use your
    phone. I also realize this has become much less of an issue over time,
    however, it's really nice to be able to make calls from remote rural
    locations where this may be the only option. Having analog as fallback is
    kind of like insurance, you hope you don't need to use it, but it's nice to
    have when you do.

    Verizon's native network is all digital, but they depend on roaming partners
    to fill out their coverage. Notice that the AC map does show areas that are
    analog with sort of a pink color. The dark red areas indicate digital AC
    coverage. The grey areas indicate that roaming coverage is available
    (although not included with the AC plan). It's unclear if the grey area is
    digital or not, but given the rural nature of the grey areas, I'd assume
    most of that requires analog capability.

    -Dan





    "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com> wrote in message
    news:-Iadnaibeco3sizdRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    > Hello everyone,
    >
    >
    >
    > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right

    know
    > I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600, but
    > know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size;

    I'm
    > looking for something small.
    >
    >
    >
    > Any advice would be appreciated.
    >
    >
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > AJ
    >
    >
     
  6. On Sun, 23 May 2004 19:16:57 -0500, AJB wrote:

    > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception.


    The Nokia 3589i is reputed to have excellent reception.
     
  7. _KC_

    _KC_ Guest

    "Proconsul" <nospam@nospam.org> wrote in message
    news:bocsc.18977$PU5.15676@fed1read06...
    > Can't agree with your comments in re the Audiovox 8600 - you might have

    the
    > unit checked.
    >
    > I find it's performance to be more than "good" and the phone book

    interface
    > is fine for me. I also don't find the problems you report when syncing

    with
    > Quicklink. The speakerphone could be louder, but it's acceptable unless
    > you're in a very noisy environment.
    >
    > You're entitled to your opinion, but my experience tells me the 8600 is a
    > solid performer.....
    >
    > PC



    I have to disagree with you on the 8600's RF performance. Out of the
    current phone lineup, its one of the worst performers RF wise. Not saying
    its terrible but if you go into a weaker signal area, it will drop a call
    faster than most of the other phones out right now. The phone book
    interface is fine IMO.



    KC
     
  8. XFF

    XFF Guest

    "Proconsul" <nospam@nospam.org> wrote in message news:<hkbsc.18232$PU5.12245@fed1read06>...

    > I'm partial, right now, to the Audiovox 8600 - I like the phonebook software
    > and operation along with the data access, etc., that I use quite a lot as I
    > travel extensively. Living in San Diego and traveling to Washington, DC
    > provides the added bonus that those two areas have "1X" active.....


    All of VZW's network has been overlaid with 1xRTT.
     
  9. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    "XFF" <xff@austin.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:298d9cbf.0405242156.51312e64@posting.google.com
    > "Proconsul" <nospam@nospam.org> wrote in message
    > news:<hkbsc.18232$PU5.12245@fed1read06>...
    >
    >> I'm partial, right now, to the Audiovox 8600 - I like the phonebook
    >> software and operation along with the data access, etc., that I use
    >> quite a lot as I travel extensively. Living in San Diego and
    >> traveling to Washington, DC provides the added bonus that those two
    >> areas have "1X" active.....

    >
    > All of VZW's network has been overlaid with 1xRTT.


    Not to mention that he specifically mentions two areas with broadband, but
    that is *NOT* available on the phone he uses! Think it's possible that he
    misunderstands things and doesn't know that he can use the 8600 on 1x almost
    everywhere in the country, instead of just the two places he thinks?
     
  10. Proconsul

    Proconsul Guest

    "Peter Pan" <Marcs1102NOSPAM@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:2hg7fcFc5fspU1@uni-berlin.de...
    | "XFF" <xff@austin.rr.com> wrote in message
    | news:298d9cbf.0405242156.51312e64@posting.google.com
    | > "Proconsul" <nospam@nospam.org> wrote in message
    | > news:<hkbsc.18232$PU5.12245@fed1read06>...
    | >
    | >> I'm partial, right now, to the Audiovox 8600 - I like the phonebook
    | >> software and operation along with the data access, etc., that I use
    | >> quite a lot as I travel extensively. Living in San Diego and
    | >> traveling to Washington, DC provides the added bonus that those two
    | >> areas have "1X" active.....
    | >
    | > All of VZW's network has been overlaid with 1xRTT.
    |
    | Not to mention that he specifically mentions two areas with broadband, but
    | that is *NOT* available on the phone he uses! Think it's possible that he
    | misunderstands things and doesn't know that he can use the 8600 on 1x
    almost
    | everywhere in the country, instead of just the two places he thinks?

    I understand perfectly but plead guilty to being the victim of a "brain
    fart".....:) Don't know what I was thinking when I typed that out!

    I hope you never have one....:)

    In any event, let's not confuse my error with the good qualities of the
    phone.....:)

    PC
     
  11. "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com> wrote in message
    news:-Iadnaibeco3sizdRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    > Hello everyone,


    > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right

    know
    > I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-a530s, Motorola V60s and the LG VX4600, but
    > know nothing about them. One other thing that is important is the size;

    I'm
    > looking for something small.


    The problem you'll have is that the smallest phones don't have AMPS. For
    good reception, go with the Motorola V60s or the Nokia 3589i. Avoid the
    4600.
     
  12. MVL

    MVL Guest

    > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right know


    If you have no landline, then I'm assuming that your biggest concern
    in reception in your house. If you live in an good verzon-coverage
    area (try a friend's phone, see if you have 3+ bars in all sorts of
    weird corners of your house ie:basement), then don't worry about phone
    RF quality. Verizon's service is likely to be good enough that you'll
    get a signal most of the time with any phone if you're driving around.

    If you need good reception, I have found the Startac 7868 to be the
    best (although it is quite old). Others have differing opinion, you
    can see lists of posts on this forum.

    -MVL
     
  13. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    MVL <mvl_groups_user@yahoo.com> wrote:
    : > I'm finally leaving Sprint PCS and to Verizon. My question is about the
    : > phones, I have no landline so I need a phone with good reception. Right know

    : If you have no landline, then I'm assuming that your biggest concern
    : in reception in your house. If you live in an good verzon-coverage
    : area (try a friend's phone, see if you have 3+ bars in all sorts of
    : weird corners of your house ie:basement), then don't worry about phone
    : RF quality.

    The number of bars means little when you are talking about different
    phones. One bar on one type of phone could equal two bars on
    another type. My Nokia 3589i sort of "underestimates" signal strength
    compared to other phones, for example - even with one bar (out of
    about six) it will work very well. I recommend the 3589i as a cheap
    but good phone with great reception also.

    You don't even need to borrow a friend's phone to try Verizon. You
    can sign up with Verizon for a 15-day free trial, without even porting
    your number. Sign up, take take the phone home, try it out. You'll
    have a new number, but if you decide to keep the phone, have them port
    your old number from Sprint when you are ready. That's what I did and
    haven't looked back.

    Andrew
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  14. Bob Scheurle

    Bob Scheurle Guest

    On Sat, 12 Jun 2004 19:54:23 -0500, "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com>
    wrote:
    >The only thing I'm worried about is that it
    >is all-digital. I almost never use analog on my current phone with sprint,
    >but I travel from Princeton, NJ into New York everyday and think I may need
    >it in the subway; current phone gets no reception in the subway.


    I think you'll find that Verizon's coverage is better than Sprint's. And
    although I don't make that commute, I'm confident that you'll have a
    Verizon digital signal for the whole trip.

    But no phone, digital or analog, will work reliably in the NYC subway.
     
  15. Bob Scheurle

    Bob Scheurle Guest

    On Sat, 12 Jun 2004 19:54:23 -0500, "AJB" <dacalypsomon@yahoo.com.com>
    wrote:
    >The only thing I'm worried about is that it
    >is all-digital. I almost never use analog on my current phone with sprint,
    >but I travel from Princeton, NJ into New York everyday and think I may need
    >it in the subway; current phone gets no reception in the subway.


    I think you'll find that Verizon's coverage is better than Sprint's. And
    although I don't make that commute, I'm confident that you'll have a
    Verizon digital signal for the whole trip.

    But no phone, digital or analog, will work reliably in the NYC subway.
     
  16. AJB

    AJB Guest

    Thanks for all the input. I've done a little research on Phone Scoop and
    right know I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-A530 and the Audiovox CDM-8600.



    It seems that many of you are happy with the 8600. However I think I'm
    leaning more towards the A5300. The only thing I'm worried about is that it
    is all-digital. I almost never use analog on my current phone with sprint,
    but I travel from Princeton, NJ into New York everyday and think I may need
    it in the subway; current phone gets no reception in the subway.



    Anyone have any Pro and Cons for the A5300?



    Thanks again

    AJB
     
  17. AJB

    AJB Guest

    Thanks for all the input. I've done a little research on Phone Scoop and
    right know I'm looking at the Samsung SCH-A530 and the Audiovox CDM-8600.



    It seems that many of you are happy with the 8600. However I think I'm
    leaning more towards the A5300. The only thing I'm worried about is that it
    is all-digital. I almost never use analog on my current phone with sprint,
    but I travel from Princeton, NJ into New York everyday and think I may need
    it in the subway; current phone gets no reception in the subway.



    Anyone have any Pro and Cons for the A5300?



    Thanks again

    AJB
     

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