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Old 09-21-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Fort Myers, FL
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I here ya! I like Metro PCS. We will be in Jefferson County so I dont think Cricket works there. I pulled them up yesterday and I have no idea where those towns they service are. Never heard of them nor are they near Dandridge, White Pine, Etc..
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have Verizon and had my contract expire since I have been here in Tennessee. When I was renewing it and looking at new phones, I asked about signals in the mountains and was advised to get a cell phone with an antenna (over one that was actually a nicer more expensive phone that I was looking at). So far, I haven't had any problems with service. The only problem I have with the flip phone is my recorded music is accidently triggered sometimes while it is inside my pocketbook...which is the reason why I wanted another flip phone to begin with. So, that and any other button pushing turn on thing wouldn't happen inside my pocketbook/pants pocket. Why they put the music playing buttons on the outside of a flip phone, is a mystery to me.

Um, I don't know anything about why the nub of an antenna makes a difference in the mountains so maybe someone else could explain.
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Question Antenna vs. no exterior antenna?

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I have Verizon and had my contract expire since I have been here in Tennessee. When I was renewing it and looking at new phones, I asked about signals in the mountains and was advised to get a cell phone with an antenna (over one that was actually a nicer more expensive phone that I was looking at). So far, I haven't had any problems with service. The only problem I have with the flip phone is my recorded music is accidently triggered sometimes while it is inside my pocketbook...which is the reason why I wanted another flip phone to begin with. So, that and any other button pushing turn on thing wouldn't happen inside my pocketbook/pants pocket. Why they put the music playing buttons on the outside of a flip phone, is a mystery to me.

Um, I don't know anything about why the nub of an antenna makes a difference in the mountains so maybe someone else could explain.
I have heard the same advice about using a phone with an antenna for better reception. However, I was "told" by Sprint or maybe "sold" is a better word, that the new phones out now with internal antennas have superior receiving capability to phones just a yr. or 2 old with external antennas.

So far, my antennaless phone has been great except on the twisty mt. roads on the Tail of the Dragon route. I would think you would need a satellite linkup to manage a call there no matter what kind of phone you have.

Maybe hiknapster with her cable (and doubtless tower reception) knowledge would know.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I know a lot about the internet and I am fairly knowledgeable about cable television and land lines, but I know zero about cellphones.

That info about the antenna on the phone is fascinating. LauraC, I am looking for a decent phone that will play music, too. I heard the Verizon one plays one song and goes dead. Does that happen with your phone?

Also, what music service do you use that is compatible with it? I've been using Urge for the past year, and they were bought out by Rhapsody. I'm not real fond of them. I've heard that Zune is pretty good.

Ultimately, I would like a music service that is compativle with Windows Media Player.

Yes, I used napster for many years, but that is not why I have this handle. It has more to do with my name.

Oh, wow. I think I'm digressing.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:43 AM
 
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I think with T-Mobile's recent agreement to buy out SunCom, T-Mobile will have coverage in the Knoxville area. They are to buy out SunCom in the second quarter of 2008 (I believe).
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Good to know!! I live in Maryland and have Verizon. I've been with them for years and I wasn't sure if I was gonna have to switch to something other than, when I moved down there.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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Default Verizon/Sprint

I have Verizon Cell phone service and Sprint Mobile Broadband and LOVE both.. I've never had any problems with signals.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Default Broadband, hmmmm?

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I have Verizon Cell phone service and Sprint Mobile Broadband and LOVE both.. I've never had any problems with signals.
Seanknox, I have 3 lines with Sprint PCS. Is there a difference with Sprint Mobile Broadband? I am not real familiar with the technology end.

I wouldn't be concerned about switching to another provider except for the fact that I just renewed my 2 yr. contract and purchased 3 new Sprint phones. Brilliant, right?
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Default Best Cell Phone Coverage

Hello

I currently live in NJ and have verizon for my cell phone. My plan is up and I am thinking of changing to another carrier but whan to make sure I get a carrier that has good coverage in the Loudon, Lenoir City area.

We plan in the next year to move into Tellico Village.

Can anyone recommend a cell phone carrier that they really like and don't have dropped calls with?

Thanks
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Hello

I currently live in NJ and have verizon for my cell phone. My plan is up and I am thinking of changing to another carrier but whan to make sure I get a carrier that has good coverage in the Loudon, Lenoir City area.

We plan in the next year to move into Tellico Village.

Can anyone recommend a cell phone carrier that they really like and don't have dropped calls with?

Thanks
I have Alltel from when I lived in FL but they are merged with Verizon now. We driven all around the area and haven't have any coverage issues. I think there is only one Alltel store in Knoxville, but there is plenty of Verizon.

LCG
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