General chatter - Cingular Vs Verizon?

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04-05-2007, 12:36 PM
Ok i've been with cingular FOREVER but im thinking of switching to verizon any comment to pro's or cons ?? thanks

04-05-2007, 12:55 PM
I too am interested in the pros and cons of both. I too, have had Cingular for a while now. I've not had any problems with them at all so not sure that I would change at this point but am just interested.

04-05-2007, 01:08 PM
I used to work for AT&T wireless (pre-Cingular) and my roommate currently works for Cingular. She uses T-Mobile and I've got Verizon. As far as cost is concerned, you'll be paying roughly the same amount for the same number of minutes. It really comes down to what you're looking for- I think Verizon has a much better set of family plans, and their warranty/exchange process is easy as pie (you just take the phone down to any Verizon store, if they can't fix it they replace it). With Cingular there's phones to be shipped and returned and it takes a while.

I'd say check out the rate plans and see what fits you best. As far as I'm concerned there's no "good" or "bad" in cell phone companies. They're just out to make as much money as possible from as many people as possible. So do your research and good luck!

04-05-2007, 04:00 PM
Since you live in the Bay Area, you probably get good coverage. boobalah has "suckular" as he calls it. He hates it. I have Verizon.

We go up into the Gold Country and near Yosemite quite a bit. Verizon is all over up there and I have no problems. He loses his coverage just outside Sonora and it is patchy at best in Amador County. My phone will work down in our camping place. Verizon is partnered with Gold Country wireless, so they piggyback the coverage without any roaming.

If you are going to be away from your base coverage area very often, think about getting a digital/analog model. That's why I have such good coverage.

Verizon also has a nice family plan. As soon as boobalah's service is up, we're going to add him to my plan and only increase my bill by about $10/mo.

04-05-2007, 04:10 PM
I have cingular and I like it a lot. I had a choice of verizon or cingular at work and I chose cingular. I tried verizon but I actually had sucky coverage so I went back to cingular.

04-05-2007, 04:11 PM
I started out with LA Cellular which got swallowed up by AT&T. We got horrible service with AT&T (since we were the new members, we think) so we switched to Nextel (you know--with the cool walkie talkies). That worked for a while and it was nice to be able to have radio service with our crew when they were out of state (cheaper than a phone call). Well, everybody and their brother in the construction business suddenly got Nextel and if you were on a job site, you'd hear the tell-tale beep-beep of the walkie-talking and EVERYBODY had to check their phone. You couldn't change the sound of the beep and they all sounded the same! Ridiculous! So we switched to Verizon. It has never given us any problems (have had it for over a year now).

04-05-2007, 04:57 PM
I have Verizon and love it. It really depends on the amount of towers in your area. Verizon boasts that they have more tower coverage than most. But check in your area and the areas that you travel the most.

04-05-2007, 05:02 PM
I have Verizon and I am quite happy with it. I wouldn't mind if it were a little cheaper though, but that's not their fault - my kids are addicted to texting. Gosh, texting, I don't know I managed to get through my teenage years without any texting at all, yet alone a cell phone. And of course a computer. Things really were simpler back then. Imagine what my mother and grandmother think.

04-05-2007, 05:03 PM
I started out with a prepaid Nokia Tracfone and later got a Verizon. I get better reception on the Tracfone...and I live in NYC. The Verizon connection blinks in and out on me during conversations. The Tracfone stays pretty stable.

04-05-2007, 05:32 PM
Thanks ladies i am a creature of habit (libra) so of course i hate change but im getting sooo tired of my service and not to mention they're customer service SUCKS, half the time i try to answer or call out and all i hear is me talking so that's why i wanna change also verizon also has a chaparone(sp?) service where i can know where my kids are at all times LOL
thanks again it sounds like no ones really had a bad experiance with them?

04-05-2007, 05:48 PM
We've been with Verizon for 4 years now and the customer service and reception on the phone have been the best. I previously had AT&T and didn't get as good of reception especially when going down to the beach, and T-Mobile, horrible customer service and reception.

04-05-2007, 05:51 PM
I really think it comes down to coverage in your area and truthfully, I think its like auto insurance, every few years you gotta switch or they start getting complacent on you.

Like verizon is doing everything in their power to make me upgrade my phone because I am locked into a rate they dont have anymore. So they keep having services "no longer available for that technology". Eventually they will succeed and I will upgrade my plan...with a different carrier. But I have no illusions that any other company wouldnt be just as bad.

04-06-2007, 01:35 AM
well I found one con after visiting the store tonight the phone's are just weak I totally loved the chocolate (online) but after trying it out it's way too sensative the buttons that is, I dont know maybe im just scared of switching but excited at the same time . am i making sense LOL j/k
thanks for all the comments

04-06-2007, 02:41 AM
Both of my DDs and SIL have the chocolate phones and they are pretty sensitive at first, but they're fine once you get used to them.

04-06-2007, 02:54 AM
are you sure cause i think i have adult ADD or something i was getting freaking frustrated in the store ? seriously can i get used to it i was thinking of the lg that is exactly the same only a flip?

04-06-2007, 06:24 PM
We have always had Cingular. We have had trouble with reception, my daughter at college and my son in his condo. I won't change though...without my son and daughter on our plan now my bill is slightly less than $50 a month! I can live with that!! My daughter is out of college (except for grad school) and I just call my son's land line or text him!

I have a funny :lol: story ~ Several years ago I was at my daughter's college for a tennis match she had. In between matches I wanted to call home and talk to Angie. Now I knew that service in that area was bad, when using her cell phone Amanda had to call us from the balcony of her dorm room, anyway as I was walking up a path, away from the tennis courts towards the quad area, looking for bars on my phone, I hear this "Do you have CINGULAR?" from a girl walking about 20 yards away, "YES, I do"...then she says "Go over by that big tree next to the maintenance shed, you will get 4 bars." She was right, I just though that was too funny! :)

04-06-2007, 06:36 PM
i finally gave up on cingulars crappy service. I switched to verizon about a year ago and have rarely had a "dropped" call. I get service where others rarely get..much much happier about verizon. That is pretty bad if you have to stand by a tree for service...does the tree act as a recpetor LOL

04-06-2007, 07:16 PM
I'm not sure about the tree GATORGAL, but I don know that I was getting pretty PO'd about service when my kiddo was in college. That is why I got a cell phone to begin with...of course now I can't live w/o it since I learned to TEXT message!! Imagine...53 and so HIGH TECH!! HA!!!, if I can talk my nephew into teaching me how to use the DVR.....

04-07-2007, 05:37 AM
Right now, I have sprint, but thats only because I work for the sorry SOB's :) lol I can say that now that I am quitting. But I had cingular before, and never had a problem with the customer service. Really with cell phone companys it really just depends on the area you are in. All of the plans are the same.. the new plans anyways .. for EVERY company. When searching for a cell phone company you really want to know what there policies are.. i.e. what happens if you move to an area where they dont have coverage, are you still charged an early term fee? How often do you get an upgrade and how much is it? Do you have to renew your agreement everytime you change your plan? What are the return policies on phones? If you purchase the insurance, is there a deductable? Stuff like that. Since I am "in the business" Im here to tell you that plan prices arent that important because there are ALWAYS going to be the same. Its all about coverage, customer service, and policies. Its just like Sprint, they say we have bad customer service, but its not that at all.. its that Sprint has bad policies. Word to the wise, if you have been with a company for a long time and you arent getting what you want. Just tell them that you wanna cancel, then you will get what you want. :) Oh yeah.. and dont forget to ask about employee discounts for the company you work for, because its not something that people are going to tell you about freely.