Thursday, September 15, 2005

(Insert Wireless Carrier) Sucks!

Razr

Although the blogosphere is bursting with dissenting opinions about just about everything, there seems to be a particular hatred for mobile phone providers. Cingular, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint all have their advantages and quirks, but for the most part the decision comes down to who do you hate the least.

I have a particularly strong bond with my hard-earned dollars and don't separate myself from them easily. Combine this with an affinity for shiny new fancypants phones, dislike of talking on the phone, and disdain for long contracts and it's not too hard to figure out why I'm on T-Mobile.

The problem of course with T-Mobile is that I'd probably get better coverage with a couple tin cans and a really long string. Since I have no contract at this point, on and off for the past year I've been searching for a new provider that could allow me to make and receive calls. Painfully I decided that with a $150 rebate from Amazon, Cingular would be the way to go. I'd get a new Motorola Razr V3 to play with and I'd only be paying around $10 more each month for a network that actually works (or so I hear).

Unfortunately when my phone arrived and I read the documentation on number portability I found that porting a number to Cingular would make me ineligible for the mail-in rebate from Amazon, meaning I'd have to pay $150 and sign up for a 2-year contract at $10 more each month just to be able to have a wireless network that functions. It was tough to do, but after fruitlessly pleading with the Cingular sales folks to give me a deal in order to keep my business, I decided that the phone would go back.

Damnit T-Mobile - you suck major ass, but you suck ass less for me than others. Sure, you have no network time sync... and sure I get notified about voicemail about 4 days after I get one... but you save me money at least and I have no contract.