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HELP! total n00b here.

yeah, this will be my first cell phone. i'm a luddite. i've done some research but i'm more undecided than before.

the specs:

plan should be <= 40$. 300-600 minutes airtime (guessing). unlimited nights and weekends.

phone doesn't need to have camera, internet, or bluetooth. voice dialing, speakerphone, and text messaging are necessary. mp3 ringtones would be nice.

i live in DC. 90% of my calls will be within the metro area. 10% will be to a handful of out-of-state locations. i take occasional trips and would like the phone to work in case of a highway emergency.

tmobile, sprint, cingular, verizon? i'm lost.

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In reply to: HELP! total n00b here.

Ive had three of those wireless phone providers, and one a friend of mine had. I would recommened Cingular or T-Mobile. Both of these services have free roaming and long distance. I personally like Cingular better because of the roll over minutes, and reception is great in Washington, South Carolina, and Hawaii. Those are the places Ive taken the phone.... ANy way I hope this helps.

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I am a Cingular customer and I have been one since September 1994 my wife has been with Cingular since October 1998. Let me tell you that Cingular has the worse customer service that I have ever seen. As soon as I sign the papers to refinance my home with extra cash I will be changing to VERIZON. DO NOT CHOOSE CINGULAR EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO USE TIN CANS AND A STRING.

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