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Postby slomo007 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:50 am

My options are:

Cox package (approximately $110/month) for phone/cable tv (with HD)/cable internet

or

Sprint (my cell phone carrier) has a new technology called EVDO that enables them to give broadband quality speed (up to 2 mbps) through a wireless card that you can transport anywhere in the nation (that has coverage). The unlimited package for this costs about $50 with my business discount. Then I could sign up for DirectTV for HD TV and screw Cox out of the picture totally. I would also not have a landline phone, not that I really care.

But, the Cox internet would definitely be faster, and being that I need a fast internet connection because I work from home on occasion, I'm leaning that way right now. I really hate Cox though, I am considering going with Sprint in spite of them. :-?
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Postby Pablo975 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:26 pm

Also, people's personal situations play into it. My wife and I each have cells, cable modem, and a landline thru Bellsouth. Our reasons:

We need cells for work.

Her cell doesn't work at our house, which is not even in a rural area. Sprint, you suck. She'll be leaving ASAP for a new carrier.

She's 8 months pregnant....can't have her unable to reach someone if home alone.

We live in a hurricane prone area, having been beaten up by Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, etc, etc, the last few years and during all of those storms, the cell towers and/or networks were down.....but the old school crappy $10 landline phone worked. Thank God I kept one of those 1500 FREE HOURS OF AOHELL cds....I was able to use the landline for internet as my cable modem was out. Fine for two days AFTER Katrina, but went down for TWO WEEKS after that. Thanks Comcast.....you and Sprint should marry.

So, it has it's advantages to have a landline, but everyone's situation is different. If I was still single, there's no way I'd fool with a landline.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:23 am

Pablo975 wrote:Also, people's personal situations play into it. My wife and I each have cells, cable modem, and a landline thru Bellsouth. Our reasons:

We need cells for work.

Her cell doesn't work at our house, which is not even in a rural area. Sprint, you suck. She'll be leaving ASAP for a new carrier.

She's 8 months pregnant....can't have her unable to reach someone if home alone.

We live in a hurricane prone area, having been beaten up by Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, etc, etc, the last few years and during all of those storms, the cell towers and/or networks were down.....but the old school crappy $10 landline phone worked. Thank God I kept one of those 1500 FREE HOURS OF AOHELL cds....I was able to use the landline for internet as my cable modem was out. Fine for two days AFTER Katrina, but went down for TWO WEEKS after that. Thanks Comcast.....you and Sprint should marry.

So, it has it's advantages to have a landline, but everyone's situation is different. If I was still single, there's no way I'd fool with a landline.


sigh...sprint does kind of suck...but i kept needing a new phone and renewing for 2 years so i could basically get a free phone. i'm done with them whenever this runs out...probably go for Cingular
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:31 am

Dan Lambskin wrote:
Pablo975 wrote:Also, people's personal situations play into it. My wife and I each have cells, cable modem, and a landline thru Bellsouth. Our reasons:

We need cells for work.

Her cell doesn't work at our house, which is not even in a rural area. Sprint, you suck. She'll be leaving ASAP for a new carrier.

She's 8 months pregnant....can't have her unable to reach someone if home alone.

We live in a hurricane prone area, having been beaten up by Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, etc, etc, the last few years and during all of those storms, the cell towers and/or networks were down.....but the old school crappy $10 landline phone worked. Thank God I kept one of those 1500 FREE HOURS OF AOHELL cds....I was able to use the landline for internet as my cable modem was out. Fine for two days AFTER Katrina, but went down for TWO WEEKS after that. Thanks Comcast.....you and Sprint should marry.

So, it has it's advantages to have a landline, but everyone's situation is different. If I was still single, there's no way I'd fool with a landline.


sigh...sprint does kind of suck...but i kept needing a new phone and renewing for 2 years so i could basically get a free phone. i'm done with them whenever this runs out...probably go for Cingular


Isn't Sprint called Embarq now? What's with the Q, did they want it to sound less American and more like "Iraq?" Stupid marketing people.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:47 am

I had sprint for two years and liked them but their phones sucked so I got Tmobile now which has funny reception
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:11 pm

acsguitar wrote:I had sprint for two years and liked them but their phones sucked so I got Tmobile now which has funny reception


Doesn't sound so bad; my reception from Verizon is depressingly serious. I'd like it to lighten up a little.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:33 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:
Pablo975 wrote:Also, people's personal situations play into it. My wife and I each have cells, cable modem, and a landline thru Bellsouth. Our reasons:

We need cells for work.

Her cell doesn't work at our house, which is not even in a rural area. Sprint, you suck. She'll be leaving ASAP for a new carrier.

She's 8 months pregnant....can't have her unable to reach someone if home alone.

We live in a hurricane prone area, having been beaten up by Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, etc, etc, the last few years and during all of those storms, the cell towers and/or networks were down.....but the old school crappy $10 landline phone worked. Thank God I kept one of those 1500 FREE HOURS OF AOHELL cds....I was able to use the landline for internet as my cable modem was out. Fine for two days AFTER Katrina, but went down for TWO WEEKS after that. Thanks Comcast.....you and Sprint should marry.

So, it has it's advantages to have a landline, but everyone's situation is different. If I was still single, there's no way I'd fool with a landline.


sigh...sprint does kind of suck...but i kept needing a new phone and renewing for 2 years so i could basically get a free phone. i'm done with them whenever this runs out...probably go for Cingular


Isn't Sprint called Embarq now? What's with the Q, did they want it to sound less American and more like "Iraq?" Stupid marketing people.


:-? not that i'm aware of.

i guess my main beef with sprint is that it doesnt work when i go up north or to Canada by my Cingualr work phone does
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:17 pm

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Sprint today announced its local service will be EMBARQ
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:33 pm

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Sprint today announced its local service will be EMBARQ


oh...didnt realize it just happened today...i only get my world news updates from the Cafe.

i should be able to drop them as a provider due to that lame name
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:47 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Image

Sprint today announced its local service will be EMBARQ


oh...didnt realize it just happened today...i only get my world news updates from the Cafe.

i should be able to drop them as a provider due to that lame name


No, that was an old cut-and-past story... sorry. I think it was announced in Feb and implemented at the beginning of the summer. I'm already seeing Embarq vans driving around.
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