There was a time, when people bought their own phones and then bought service....I did that twice. First was a 'fancy' candy-bar phone....it was nice, but it was hard to use for data. Second was a Motorola flip...where modems and such for it could be easily had...so with great complexity I found ways to be online while mobile.
Then they came out with digital...and I got one of the first digital only phones, it was sprint and coverage was poor. Though they only needed 1 year contracts back then. Later I got wise, and got phones that were both digital and analog. Along the way, 2 year contracts came into play. Now analog is pretty much gone. I've spent time on various major carriers and then some over the years.
More recent history...I had an iPhone 3G. I waited and waited to see if something newer than that was coming, and they didn't. I was on a blackberry before that, and now working a job where those aren't popular....iPhones were....and it was with Sprint...where reception at home is poor and none at work. Though with AT&T, reception at home was poor and work wasn't much better. There was reception by in the bathroom by my office. Fortunately, for visitors the conference room is next to the bathrooms.
Eventually, Apple came out with the iPhone 3GS, and a new iOS that turned my old iPhone 3G into a bear. But, it hadn't even been a year with it yet. So, along comes Credo Mobile, offering to buy out AT&T contracts....they credit the ETF to my account. Well, that was good...though its back to Sprint.
Then a couple months ago, my phone fell off my desk at work...and turned into one more piece than expected. Though it mostly worked after I snapped it back together. I used to get phone insurance back in the beginning...but since it became new every year, and then new every 2 years....I hadn't. Don't know if I should reconsider.
The phone continued along....though it developed a problem where it would just turn off expectedly, or spontaneously restart. The self-restart was a big problem, with my recent traveling...there have been 3 separate occasions where the phone had turned it self back on while all such devices are supposed to be turned off. Only once, did it do so soon after I had turned it off...that I heard it turn itself back on before I had stowed it for the trip.
And, then there have been days were I've been walking around not knowing that my phone was dead.
I wanted to go back to T-Mobile. I knew they had pretty good signal at home, though they didn't have much service at work. There was service...but it was a CellOne (GSM) tower....which later got moved. For good service, it was US Cellular. And, it was good when work was reselling their service. But, just before I was considering jumping to them on my own...they changed all their plans around, and I didn't like it. All this emphasis on voice minutes...in proportion to data usage. IE: I don't want to pay for unlimited voice minutes to get unlimited data.
There was a time originally, where I had a Blackberry...where I paid for unlimited blackberry data service....and had 0 minutes and 0 texts on my plan... minutes were only like 10 cents each.
Cell phone is still largely for safety & security.... And, when I switched to Credo Mobile...I opted to go with a 'feature' phone. At first I didn't want anything, though being able to tweet on the road might be useful. Though initially I signed up as if it was going to replace my work phone. Since they weren't reselling US Cellular anymore, those phones were going away. I ended up getting a Droid 2 with VerizonWireless service as work phone.
The Droid 2 was nice in the beginning, but its been getting pretty frustrating to use lately....and I was torn about wanting to go back to T-Mobile for personal service. While they'd would be good most areas of town, except right around work. I figured on benefiting fromt here WiFi calling feature. But, these days that's pretty much an Android phone....though there was this whole AT&T wanted to wipe them out...and not sure why I would want to be with T-Mobile without that one key feature.
So, I limped along on work phone that was getting less and less stable, and slower and slower....but Android. And, feature phone for personal...that was becoming unreliable. While watching the T-Mobile site for free phone offers.
A few times I saw their Sidekick 4G come up as free. And, it was a good candidate in most areas, except one. It has a physical keyboard (a 5 row to boot), and 4G. But, its only a single core phone and only 2.2. I wanted at least 2.3, and it seemed dual core was likely to be a requirement for longevitiy.
And, then finally...the AT&T takeover was gone....and discovering that the cell phone that I had been traveling with for safety, was useless. It was time to take the plunge. Though I waited until the last day of the sale period.
I went with ordering a MyTouch 4G Slide - Khaki - for $99.99 from T-Mobile on December 29th, 2011. It arrived on January 3rd, 2012. A few days before I took the plunge the old Samsung Seek had once again died on me, but I didn't notice that it had until after...and it didn't last to see the arrival of my new phone.
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