Like a big dork, I'm one of the few people who spells everything out in text messages. (Okay, I may use the occasional abbreviation.) But dammit, I'm afraid if I give up on complete words, I'm gonna sound like this kid. It's a slippery slope. . .
I love these clever Cingular ads touting their "fewer dropped calls" service. In this one, a guy starts getting nervous when his girlfriend fails to say some crucial words...
In a recent geeksugar poll 28 percent of readers said the iPhone's steep price tag was holding them back from buying the device. At $499 for a 4 GB model and and $599 for an 8GB model, coupled with the fact that many people will have to break their contract with their current phone service in order to sign up with Cingular, there's no denying that it's an expensive cell phone replacement. The high initial fee had many hopeful owners worried about monthly costs.
Well, AT&T and Apple finally released the official monthly service plan rates.
They are based on a new two-year service agreement with AT&T and are priced at $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes.
All plans include unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile and a one-time activation fee of $36. Apparently, family plans are also available and iPhone customers can choose from any of AT&T’s standard service plans.
The rates are comparable to the standard rates for other smartphones, which utilize both phone services and web browsing.
In an ideal world cell phones would come unlocked and SIM cards would be easily inter-changeable between phones and networks. In the meantime, don't let cell phone companies fool you. Little did we know that the Library of Congress issued a 'new rule in 2006 making it legal to unlock cell phones for the purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.'
Before this rule, unlocking your SIM card was considered modifying your phone's internal software- making the phone illegal to use or sell according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Now when you break your SIM lock it will not be considered a DMCA violation. Do you think this will solve the whole Cingular/iPhone issue?
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This is some of the best insider info I have came across in awhile. Consumerist.com has posted these exposing confessions from two former employees at Cingular and Verizon. Now you can be a conscious consumer by learning some of the corrupt sales tactics and marketing schemes behind every cell phone company. This is genius!
For more tips like this from the Cingular employee, click 7 Confessions of a Cingular Sales Rep "Make the store compete with the website. Remember that the retail stores can match prices for the cingular website, so check those prices before you go into a store."
For more tips like this from the Verizon employee click 8 Confessions Of a Former Verizon Sales Rep "Never get a 2-year contract. The only benefit to a 2 yr contract is a $50 savings on your phone. Its not worth it. Take the $50 and get a 1 year then you can upgrade to a new phone every 10 months."
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Cingular Wireless commissioned a survey of adult cell phone users to determine how cell phones have affected their romantic lives and the results are pretty much as expected. Thirty-three percent of people surveyed say they communicate with their date or mate via text messaging in 2007, an increase of six percentage points from last year. Twenty-eight percent of users also report using text messaging to flirt...does that mean people are sending dirty text messages?
Survey Findings Include:
- Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that a date answered his or her wireless phone in the midst of a great dinner conversation while 31 percent said they had done the same
- Twenty-eight percent have used text messaging to avoid long conversations
- Seventeen percent reported that a wireless phone has saved them from an
For the rest of the survey results, just read more
If you think you are stuck between a rock and a hard place with Cingular being the only carrier for the iPhone, guess again. The Consumerist gives some excellent tips on how to make the switch from other networks if you want to purchase the iPhone by June. They are definitely not pushing Cingular since they say this (too funny!).
"Bear in mind we are not advocating that you switch to Cingular, a service which has tendency to suck and hate its customers"...
Go to iPhone is Cingular: How Do I Switch? for step by step instructions on how to make the big switch.
Want to know how others feel about this issue? When visiting Macworld we asked a few people how they felt about making the switch to Cingular.