EDIT on 3/12/2003: Just discovered that the Treo 180 has been discontinued, so the links below do not work.
Though I had sadly a bunch of valuable stuff stolen in Estonia, two of the replaceable things that I have been, well, eager to replace are my cell phone and PDA (Palm Pilot).
My new cell phone and plan: Handspring Treo 180 and T-Mobile /
After stumbling upon the amazon.com wireless section and noting an amazing after-rebate price of $149 for the Handspring Treo 180 (phone + PDA), I had to grab it 🙂 I even shelled out an extra $11 or so to get expedited 2 day shipping… so I should get the phone on Wednesday.
My experiences so far with T-Mobile / Voicestream
This, of course, hasn’t stopped the relevant wireless carrier — T-Mobile / Voicestream — from overeagerly activating my account and starting the clock on my monthly bill even before Amazon shipped the darn thing! Sheesh. And adding insult to injury, when I received a “we’ve shipped your phone” e-mail from Amazon today, I noticed that my new phone number listed was in the 514 area code. San Francisco, where I live, has a *415* area code. What the heck? Do they have folks manually entering in area codes or something? Sheesh!
- I placed a call to the number listed on the e-mail. That, however, was the ACTIVATION number; I had to call the customer service number. Okay.
- I called the cs number, waited for thankfully not-too-long, and spoke with a polite but unsurprisingly not-all-that-informed rep. She changed my calling plan with no probs, and also assigned me a new number without much hassle. But when it came time to adjust my billing period… whoops!
- Apparently, their computers can’t assign a billing period that goes from the first of a month to the end of the month. So I had to accept a billing period from the 2ND of the month to the 1st of the next month. Oh well, I guess that’s not too painful.
- And to their credit, I was issued an one-time extra 100 anytime minutes to make up for the early billing (before my phone arrives).
What I get from T-Mobile / Voicestream (my calling plan)
So now I’m on their T-Zone Talk and Text $29.95 plan, which includes 300 anytime minutes, unlimited weekend minutes, 1 meg of T-zone (limited “internet”) access, 300 text messages (additional at 5 cents per), and no extra charge for long distance or nationwide roaming. So on the weekends, I can yack it up with
friends across the country for free. Of course, with BigZoo offering 2.9 cent-per-minute long distance on my landline and with my Treo having only an expected battery life of 2.5 hours talking-at-a-time, that’s not SO exciting, but oh well 🙂
To be continued…
I’ll keep you posted on how stuff goes when I get my Treo and try out the wireless service; hopefully the reception is decent in SF, and hopefully my friends get far-fewer “all circuits busy” messages when they try to reach me.