Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard
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Cellphone blues

My year-old Kyocera SE44 Slider has croaked. Specifically, there's no audio going out to the other end of the call.

I'm thinking of getting a Treo 650. I want something I can use to ssh into my system at home (even if that takes installing another program), do some rudimentary web browsing when I can't set up my laptop, and keep my information in the same place as I am. The only other contender I know of is the Blackberry, and I don't think it can do ssh - and its email function is useless to me, since I keep all of my mail on my server, and will not change that. (That's what I use ssh for: I ssh into the server and use mutt to read it there.) I neither need nor want a camera.

I need nationwide coverage, roaming included. I need to be able to make a call, no matter where in the US I am (specifically including Middle-of-Nowhere, Iowa/Minnesota/South Dakota/Wisconsin), and not worry about exorbitant roaming charges. I need at least 600 minutes a month. I need a second line to share the same minutes (for vakkotaur), although that can just be a basic phone. I don't care about mobile-to-mobile or free night and weekend minutes unless they're usable no matter where I am. I need to be able to transfer our existing numbers to the new service. I need home service to a billing address in Fairmont.

I need all of this within two weeks.

Who do I need to call? I know very little about T-Mobile. Sprint has the reputation of having good coverage in major cities and along the Interstate system, but not elsewhere (see comment about Middle-of-Nowhere above). Nextel is, supposedly, more expensive, and the push-to-talk feature is nearly useless to me. Cingular pissed me off once upon a time, but the merger with AT&T might have fixed the coverage problem I was having,

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