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    HOW DO CE--oh God. I'm sorry. I didn't mean for it to come out like that.

    This is a thread about cell phones.

    Look, I'll be honest. I think cell phones are one of the worst blows to human interaction since the Instant Message. They're obnoxious, ubiquitous, and have delineated our most fundamental concepts of intimacy. Believe me when I say there are few things more wonderful than being in the middle of a conversation with someone, only to have them whip out the cell and start playing Pong IN AN ASTONISHING 16 COLORS.

    God I hate the fucking things. But I need one, primarily because, if you'll recall, I'm faking my death and if someone called my home phone, they'd be greeted by my totally not in mourning mom. That'd be a problem. Also, it'd probably be a good idea to have a phone in the event that something goes wrong in Europe or Asia or New York, which it invariably will.

    So here's the rub. I know nothing about cell phones. I do not know anything about payment plans or the differences in brands or the reliability or reputation of the above. I will probably keep the phone after the Eurotrip is over, so I'm not exactly looking for something too cheap here. The phone does not need an MP3 player or customizable ringtones or spinning hubcaps or any of that outrageously ethnic shit, but it doesn't hurt. I'll take it as a delightful bonus I'll never use. It's been suggested that I get a phone with a nice camera built in, since it will remove the need for carrying around my large, expensive Minolta. I like the idea, but I have my doubts about the image quality. The idea of walking into the Sistine Chapel and whipping out my cell at The Last Judgement seems almost unbearably bourgeois. But then, so does taking a picture of the Mona Lisa with an instamatic, but that won't stop a zillion uneducated Midwestern housewives from flocking around and lighting it up like a disco. Can anyone here with a photography background attest to the image quality/lattitude?

    I apologize again for using the HOW DO catchphrase.
    Captain's Log: Just a little update for all my TRUE and HONEST friends out there:

    1) I am STRAIGHT! I am STRAIGHT! Get it through your thick skulls, numbskulls!

    2) My name is not Ian Brandon Something.

    3) Kacey is coming with me now. I have stolen her from the other Christian Weston Chandler.

    REMINDER: I am still the one and only true creator of sonichu and rosechu electric hedgehog pokemon

    #2
    I'm not too sure about service in Europe. I live in New England, and Verizon is the best (IMO) up here. But I wouldn't trust camera phones for much. They're ok for little fun pics, but if you're going on vacation just lug the real deal around.
    :google:

    Number of bottles of beer downed by me and my girlfriend within a half hour while playing the Channel 7 "how many times will they say 'snow' game" during the "Blizzard of '06": 3.5 each.

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      #3
      All I can tell you is that Cingular is the ONLY way to go. If anyone tell you different they are full of shit. I shopped around I compared, and quite frankly I think the only way that the other cell phone companies exist is that people are too fucking stupid to shop around. The others don't even compare.

      Oh by the way I hate cell phones too (actually I hate ALL phones). I live 30 miles from where I work, and it comes in handy for the wife. Every time I hear a phone ring that I have to answer I cuss. :cussing: I don't like to talk to people on the phone.
      People often tell me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
      I see the gravity, and I say...

      Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

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        #4
        I would go with a service like Cingulet/AT&T or T Mobile. I believe they mostly use GSM in Europe(GSM is the technology that Cingular and T Mobile use) and that could give you better reception in those Euro countries. And While Verizon has better coverage in Long Island, NY, in the City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, etc. Cingular works great.

        As for Phones, I haven't had a problem with my RAZR even though Verizon thoroughly cripples it, the GSM version aren't.
        Last edited by ojgsxr6; 6/14/2006 2:37pm, .

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          #5
          Cingular sucks... my gf has it and it drops calls like a motherfucker.
          :google:

          Number of bottles of beer downed by me and my girlfriend within a half hour while playing the Channel 7 "how many times will they say 'snow' game" during the "Blizzard of '06": 3.5 each.

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            #6
            Since you're doing America, Europe AND Asia, make sure to get a triple-band cellphone so you can actually use it on all continents (the networks work on different frequencies, though I don't now the frequencies by heart.).
            Camera phones are good for spur-of-the-moment pics (read: you're painting the town red and your friend thinks it's a good idea to take a picture of you mock-fucking a statue.) but that's all. They don't even begin to compare to even the cheapest real camera.

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              #7
              My experience is this: be prepared to take it in the ass no matter what you do. This isn't like buying a video camera where you can pick one based on how well it can star-wipe. This shit is complicated and scary. I have some sort of family plan (with my family, duh) and I never use it. I hate the damn things, too. But in the event that I leave my keys in the car ignition and think to myself "what's that annoying beeping noise?" as I lock the door, I can call someone to cry about it.

              If I were you, I'd stick to payphones and emails... :(

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                #8
                I hate mobiles with a fucking passion and only have one so my bird can harass me 24/7...

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                  #9
                  Geijhan is right you need a phone with multiband coverage, most have that now. Frankly you're screwed. You're going to have to go off of what a salesperson tells you.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Boyd
                    Believe me when I say there are few things more wonderful than being in the middle of a conversation with someone, only to have them whip out the cell and start playing Pong IN AN ASTONISHING 16 COLORS.
                    this is probably more to do with what an astoundingly boring conversationalist you are.

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                      #11
                      Also if you're truly interested with what phones work in different countres, try checking out www.howardforums.com, but only if you want to completely geek out on Cell phones.

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                        #12
                        bah, your moto razor is no match for any of the 5-10 year old phones in Japan. Cingular can eat my ass...
                        http://woodwardswhiskey.wordpress.com/

                        He was punching him like the collective karmic debt he'd accrued was coming to collections, mostly on his face.

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                          #13
                          As has already been mentioned, Europe uses GSM, so you need to buy a compatible tri-band handset.

                          You will most likely want to buy cheap prepaid sim cards when you are in Europe rather than using a US sim card and paying for roaming charges. It will work out much cheaper. It will be worthwhile checking rates with Vodafone since they own networks all over Europe and offer a single roaming rate. It may be the most cost effective carrier to go with if you are travelling all over.

                          If you will be changing sim cards you will need to make sure that the handset you buy is not sim locked (prevented from using any sim cards other than those from the carrier from whom you bought it). I suspect that most US carriers will sim lock their handsets, and probably charge a large unlock fee to remove it.

                          You could, of course, buy a phone when you get to europe. Cheap prepaid bundles are sold in supermarkets in the UK, for instance. These phones may also be sim locked, though.

                          If you do buy a phone with the intention of using the camera functionality, make sure they are stored in external memory (SD card or memory stick). This will allow you to use a card reader to extract the pictures, rather than having to send them via the carrier or mess around with bluetooth or infrared.

                          I think a proper camera is still the way to go though. You probably won't get to travel like this many times in your life, so don't rely on a shitty phone camera to record it.

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                            #14
                            I work with wireless carriers on a daily basis. Basically my job is to deal with attachments to the power company's poles and facilities. This includes a ton of antennas. Las Vegas is the fastest growing market for the wireless market.

                            That being said none of them are stable or worth a shit. There is no best company. Depending on where you are at any given moment you may have problems. Everyone drops calls. Everyone of them is looking to find the cheapest way to make as much money off the consumers as they can.

                            I will tell you that in LV the two carriers with the largest amount of antennas and attachments with us are Cingular and Sprint (now some new Expransomethingorother). A close second comes AT&T. But here is the thing. Cingular used to be Tmobile which used to be Pacbell which used to be whothefuckknows. These people are constantly buying and selling each other and each others equipment and facilities. It is a constant headache.

                            I know a little about the technology and where the industry is moving. If I had to say which company is better than the others or on the cutting edge I wouldn't know. Cingular has a ton of shit. But Verizon is sittin in LV with minimal facilities doing some market studies. They went bankrupt, managed to keep thier RF and some facilities, and are now sitting on a stack of cash getting ready to drop the fucking bomb with services.

                            Im on Sprint. For a few reasons. First of all my whole family is on Sprint and with free sprint-to-sprint we dont have minutes to worry about. Second, there is a Sprint antenna on the roof of my building so I have crystal clear service all day long. When I go home there are 3 antennas within miles of each other. Even in my basement I get coverage. I have a camera phone so I can take pictures of training accidents that leave blood on the mats, and when people spray shit all across the toilet seats here at work. Other than those photos I occassionally get pics of my dogs.

                            People with that radio function that goes BEEEP BEEEP and then they yell to each other in radio 2 way mode...oh those motherfuckers need to die. I blacked out one day at the bank standing in line as I had some sort of psuedo-alternate reality experience where I reverse elbowed the guy behind me in the side of the head and then stomped on his phone. When I came back to reality there was a split second where I actually thought people might not notice if I threw that elbow fast enough and pretended it wasn't me.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ikken Hisatsu
                              this is probably more to do with what an astoundingly boring conversationalist you are.
                              Captain's Log: Just a little update for all my TRUE and HONEST friends out there:

                              1) I am STRAIGHT! I am STRAIGHT! Get it through your thick skulls, numbskulls!

                              2) My name is not Ian Brandon Something.

                              3) Kacey is coming with me now. I have stolen her from the other Christian Weston Chandler.

                              REMINDER: I am still the one and only true creator of sonichu and rosechu electric hedgehog pokemon

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