[ba] Re: OT: cellphones in the US
iin10ded at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 30 12:06:41 EDT 2004
I would be down for a local get together.. ive spoken to Tom several times
in my list tenure.. [hi tom! =]
>From: "Buchholz, Steven" <Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com>
>To: "'ba-audifans'" <ba-group at audifans.com>,"'tnas at euronet.nl'"
><tnas at euronet.nl>
>Subject: RE: [ba] Re: OT: cellphones in the US
>Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 13:59:58 -0700
>Tom Nas is going to be here in a little more than a week to pick up his new
>"classic" car ... I don't know what his schedule is going to be, but it
>would be good to see if we can have a lunch or after work get together ...
>I don't know how many folks know Tom, I've known him for many years ... we
>first met face to face on the slopes of Pikes Peak at AF97 ... while it
>be sad parting with the only new car I've ever purchased, it is great to
>know that he'll be giving it better treatment than it has gotten in quite
>some time ...
>Funny though ... I thought that we were now using GSM phones here in the US
>... perhaps at a different frequency though ... Bernard's idea of
>effectively getting a disposable phone while you're here might be cheaper
>the long run ...
>San jose, Kaleefohnia (USA)
> > Your continental phone will likely not work here in the
> > states. Europe
> > tends to be GSM, while the US is not. I am sure your roaming
> > rates will
> > be way higher than a pre-paid local rate. The issue will be
> > the cost of
> > the phone. It will also be advantageous to have a US number
> > for your phone.
> > I have first hand experience with Verizon and AT&T. Other
> > options are
> > Xingular and Sprint.
> > Both Verizon and AT&T offer pre-paid plans. These should
> > work just fine
> > for you for a short term use.
> > See:
> > http://www.freeup.com/ for verizon wireless
> > http://www.attwireless.com/personal/gophone/index.jhtml for AT&T
> > I recently switched from AT&T to Verizon for my cell service, so even
> > though the AT&T site looks a lot better to me, I would steer you to
> > Verizon. These pre-paid plans tend to be marketed toward kids :-)
> > Either carrier should do fine here on the US West Coast.
> > My wife was already on Verizon, but we upgraded her phone, so
> > we had her
> > 2 yr old phone as a spare. I hooked it up to Verizon Free-up
> > and got a
> > number and the phone working in 10 minutes at a Verizon
> > store. If you
> > can wait to get a number until you get here, just walk into a
> > Verizon or
> > AT&T store and walk out with a month-to-month or pre-paid
> > phone. If you
> > can scam a recent old phone from someone, you can use that,
> > but you need
> > a verizon phone for verizon and an AT&T phone for AT&T.
> > Our Free-up phone is charged with a $30 card which has a 60 day life,
> > but the unused $ roll over beyond the 60 days if you recharge with
> > another card. I would assume one could recharge the phone $ with a
> > credit card.
> > I have my recently decommissioned AT&T cell phone here on my
> > desk with a
> > wall charger and a car charger. If you were coming to
> > Seattle I would
> > just loan it to you for your trip and we could set it up with
> > AT&T gophone.
> > Why don't you, if you have not already done so, subscribe to the San
> > Francisco Bay Area (ba) Audi list, as I think I recall you are flying
> > into ba and driving south. Ask if anyone there has a recently
> > decommissioned phone they can loan you.
> > See:
> > http://www.audifans.com/mailman/listinfo/ba-group
> > I've cc'ed the ba group in this reply.
> > Best,
> > Bernard Littau
> > Woodinville, WA
> > '88 5ktq
> > tnas at euronet.nl wrote:
> > >Hi all,
> > >
> > >Please reply privately, as this has nothing to do with Audis
> > in a direct way,,,
> > >
> > >Here in Holland, you can buy a cellphone with pre-paid call
> > tariff. You buy a phone for peanuts and
> > >you get a certain amount's worth of calls with it. When
> > you've used that up, you can upgrade the
> > >account by buying a new card and entering a code into the
> > phone. The provider relies on you
> > >upgrading your account regularly for the profit in this deal.
> > >
> > >Does this system also exist in the US, and what do phones
> > generally cost? For a CA trip, which
> > >phone networks are best? Or would it be a better idea to buy
> > a tri-band phone here and rely on my
> > >network's roaming service?
> > >
> > >TIA for your replies!
> > >
> > >Regards, Tom
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