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Little Ed    Posted 09-25-2019 at 05:37:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Verizon has said it will discontinue CDMA technology at the end of this year. What will happen to all the cdma phones in use, and on such carriers as Straighttalk? I see Wally World is still selling cdma phones. Are they selling something that will be obsolete in a couple of months? Att coverage in our area is not good, but I don't care to sign up for a long term plan with Verizon. thanks

    RobyGa    Posted 09-28-2019 at 21:46:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've been with Tracfone for years and got under a program triple minutes for life and use it all the time. I buy minutes and data as I need it....I don't talk on the cell very much....mostly just messages from my friends. They use Verison towers so you get good reception all the time...I couldn't be more happy. My wife's phone is with Tracfone also.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 09-25-2019 at 16:25:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • As carriers do away with older technology, fringe coverage areas and people with older phones will get screwed. CDMA and GSM are both going away in the next few years. Every upgrade in cellular technology has resulted in reduced signal strength at our home. I believe newer technology uses antennas that are more directional and better focused. When these antennas are aimed to provide coverage on the interstate there is less coverage for fringe areas near the interstate. The newer technology also results in more dropped calls when driving on the interstate. Carriers just cannot get signal into some places where older technology worked OK.

    We had the Verizon Home Fusion cantenna for WiFi and internet for several years but the signal strength eventually got so bad the system would no longer connect to internet at all. Verizon sold us a system, then proceeded to make infrastructure changes that rendered the system unusable. Their technicians eventually "discovered" we were in a low or no signal area. Duh, they absolutely do not listen when we say coverage used to be fine. Verizon would do nothing to make the system they sold us work again. Verizon completely ignored the fact that we used to have decent signal strength. They broke it and refused to make any effort to fix it.

    I currently have to walk outside and down the driveway to make a cell phone call. I believe the signal I can get by doing that is old CDMA technology. Sadly, other cellular carriers have even worse coverage than Verizon. We were forced to go with a Hughesnet satellite system for internet because it was the only internet access product available for our area. Best decision we ever made. Even if we exceed our data limit, and the Hughesnet slows down, our slow speed is better than anything we ever got from Verizon.

    Smart phones can use WiFi to make phone calls if we allow them to connect. We don't want the smart phones chewing up internet bandwidth so we keep WiFi turned off on the phones most of the time.

    poderac    Posted 09-25-2019 at 06:08:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I bought my Samsung 7 on ebay for less than a hundred dollars and signed with Verizon with their prepay plan. 50.00 per month with no added charges and no contract. It even has a hotspot so I can use my laptop on the internet through it. I pay 2 to 4 months at a time, so don't get a bill in the mail Itis even cheaper if you pay with auto-pay.

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