I really aint got much advice on cell phones, except I had enough of mine. Here is my expericance with CP. Both my Sons have tried just about every CO around. They have had and still are having same O problems everybody else has. I think they are with sprint now. I would like to have a CP for emergencies but I got really sick of mine a few years back and got rid of it. Hadn't had one since and I don't regret it. All I wanted was a plain cell phone, no extra's.
I think much of the problem with CP is they added text messaging, internet, pic's, about a thousand different sounds, games etc. . that takes up signal resources while using one. look at all the people who use that stuff. No wonder one can't make a clear call. Thats not a phone, its more like a leather man all in one tool, a Swiss army knife that can sometimes make a call, if your lucky. LOL.
I first started with Altel. Never had a problem for 4-5 years, same plan, same phone.. I think that's how long I had it. Always clear, picked up when others didn't. Anywhere I was at, I could make clear calls. It didn't do anything but make and receive calls with bout 5 different sounds to choose from. Never a billing problem.
Anyway, we decided to up grade ( big mistake ) which they required new phones that had everything except pic's. . The salesman even said he didn't see how we was still using the one we had. LOL. He was about 23 years old and I guess needed all the bells and whistles. LOL. I told him all I use it for is very few calls. He looked like I was way out of date and didn't understand what all one can do on a CP. LOL.
For a year after that, our bill was never right. Most likely due to employees. When it came to fixing a bill problem, could never get it right. Every month we would show em our contract and plan, they had to make adjustments to our bill cause of mistakes on their part.
Just too much trouble for me. Plus, once we did the upgrade and was given new phones, over half the calls, we couldn't get through are they was not clear. I had enough of it. My phone is at the bottom of the lake. Be amazed how for one can chuck one of those things when a little upset. LOL. Best move I ever made. LOL.
I wanted my wife to have one cause of all the crime in our area. About a year ago She got on my Sons plan for an extra $10.00. Her phone is a piece of junk. I talk on it sometimes and can't hear, it cuts out etc. Last time I used it, I wanted to chuck the thing.
Now she turns it off when around me and if one of my Sons calls on it for me, she has to do the talking cause I don't want to fight the, can ya hear me now. LOL. I don't even care much for land line phones. I use to think technology was great but now I think its used in many wrong ways and
quality has gone down to where its more trouble than its worth. I guess if one paid a very high price, they might be better service.
One day I may wish I still had one. When that heart attack comes while I'm on the bank, fishing. Actually, if I couldn't get through to 911 cause of, "can you hear me now", my BP would go up and finish me off. LOL.
Good luck to you guys with finding quality service. I couldn't so I got tired of paying. One day I may change my mind and get me another one. For now, I don't think they are worth the trouble.