Archive for the ‘Cell Phones’ Category

Poor Cell Phone Reception In Your House? Here’s The Solution To Your Problems!!!

August 1, 2007

I was going to post this a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to test it out before writing about it.

Amazon now carries “Wireless Extenders Cell Phone Signal Booster”
The way it works is that you set up the antenna wherever you have the best signal, most likely outside an upstairs window or in your attic.
There is a wire that connects the antenna to the base system.
The base system is placed where you have the weakest cell phone signal and it repeats the good cell phone signal for 2,500 sq. ft.

I set this up in my house, and where I used to have 1-2 bars downstairs I now get 4-5 bars. Additionally I used to not have a signal in my basement, but now I do!

Is it worth $230? Try it out for yourself, if it doesn’t work out for you, you won’t be out a single penny!

There are 3 versions of this product.
-An 800MHz booster for Cingular/ATT, Verizon, and Alltel. This one retails for $299, and is on sale from Amazon for just $230 shipped.
-A 1900MHz booster for Sprint and T-Mobile. This one also retails for $299, and is on sale from Amazon for just $230 shipped.
-A 800MHz/1900MHz booster that works for all companies. This one retails for $399, but is currently not available from Amazon.

800MHz booster for Cingular/ATT, Verizon, and Alltel.

1900MHz booster for Sprint and T-Mobile.

Please Note:
-It is critical to follow the directions carefully for you to get the optimal signal boost!
-If you don’t have a cell phone signal anywhere in or around your house then this will not solve your problem!

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Sprint Launches Unlimited Everything Plan In Select Markets For $119.99!

July 19, 2007

Offer Linky
The plan includes unlimited phone calls, sms, picture mail, walkie-talkie, and internet access.
It is currently being tested out for phones with area codes in the following markets: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Minneapolis, and the S. Fransisco/Bay Area.

Sprint Insider: We Only Cancelled Scammers.

July 12, 2007

Related Post:
A New Way How To Get Out Of Your Cell Phone Contract (Posted 06/06/07)

“These were the customers that had nothing to do but call us every single day demanding credit. And they were getting it because customer care was getting exhausted from arguing with them. So a nickel at a time these customers were collecting literally thousands of dollars in credit balances.”

HT: Consumerist

Meanwhile, here at ctown headquarters we are happy to report that our 20 lines of Sprint service are still going strong…

A New Way How To Get Out Of Your Cell Phone Contract-Excessive Calls To Customer Service!

July 6, 2007

“On June 29, 2007, Sprint sent letters notifying some customers that their service would be canceled by the end of July due to excessive calls to customer service.

“Our records indicate that over the past year, we have received frequent calls from you regarding your billing or other general account information,” the letter reads. “While we have worked to resolve your issues and questions to the best of our ability, the number of inquiries you have made to us during this time has led us to determine that we are unable to meet your current wireless needs.”

“Therefore after careful consideration, the decision has been made to terminate your wireless service agreement effective July 30, 2007.”

Subscribers who have gotten letters from Sprint terminating their service won’t have to pay the early termination fee…”

Article Linky

HT: Yossi Rafelson

Back Again! Boiling Hot!!! Free T-Mobile Nokia 6030 And $35 Worth Of Talk Time On A Prepaid Plan After $30 Rebate!

July 4, 2007

If you want to buy multiple phones, be sure to only order 1 phone at a time!!!

T-Mobile Offer Linky

-Click on the “Free $25 prepaid refill card” button on the left-hand side of the page and then choose the Nokia 6030.

The phone will come with $10 talk time on it and there will be a free $25 refill card with the phone.

-There are no activation fees, shipping is free, and you will not need to give out your social security numbers, etc.

Note the asterisk during checkout when it says you have a 2 year contract, a $35 activation fee, a Regulatory Programs Fee, and that new service is required. The asterisk says that none of these conditions apply to the prepaid T-Mobile to go customers, so don’t worry about that.

Rebate Linky

To be eligible for the rebate:
-You must activate service between July 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007.
-You must activate service no later than 14 days from the purchase date.
-Your account (on a T-Mobile To Go service plan) must be active at the time the rebate is processed.
-Your handset must be used at least once on your T-Mobile account prior to rebate validation, and your account must be active at the time of rebate processing.
-Rebate must be postmarked by 10/31.

Limit 5 rebates per household in a 12 month period for individual customers and 100 rebates in a 12 month period for business customers.

Reader Request: Brazilian Cell Phone Info!

June 26, 2007

Anon asked in a comment,
“Dan – quick question…
being that you are the Brazil maven…
I’m going to brazil this week for a wedding and I need a cell phone…
what’s my best bet?
Sterling electronics does not have rentals for brazil and I currently have a Sprint phone (no sim card)
any ideas?
thanks for your help!”

First of all, I’ll make the presumption that you are going to Brazil for the Slonim wedding-if so please send my regards to the family, especially Levi and Yehuda…


Photo: Yehuda Slonim(L) and I at the Lag Ba’omer Parade in S. Paulo, Brazil. Photo taken by Levi Slonim.

While there is CDMA service in Brazil with Vivo, they won’t activate your Sprint phone.

You have a couple options.

Option 1:
If you just want to be able to speak with one person back home then just sign up 2 phones for Nextel’s unlimited international direct connect plan.
They have a free 30-day trial, and you can talk to each other for as long as you’d like with the push of a button.

I thank G-d that I brought one with me during my past trip-and I wouldn’t go back to Brazil without one.

Option 2:
If you need to speak to multiple people in the US who don’t have Nextel you will need to buy (or borrow from someone) an unlocked world phone.
The reason that you need a world phone is because the GSM bands that we use here are different than in the rest of the world.
A regular unlocked phone in the US will only work on 850/1900 bands.
In Brazil they use the 1800 band of GSM service.
You can check which bands a phone has by searching the model number on a website like phonescoop.com
You can check if a phone is unlocked by sticking in 2 different companies’ SIM cards and seeing if the phone works.

The cheapest company to sign up with is TIM.
They have stores in every shopping mall in Brazil.
The sim card is 19 Reais(about US$10) and includes R$5 of talk time.

To make international calls you will need a “cartão internacional,” an international calling card.

You can pick a card up at most of the newspaper/magazine stands that line the streets.

The calling card will cost between R$25-R$50.
The card will have 2 access numbers on it.
One is an 0-800 number, which is toll free.
When you use this number it will not cost any cell minutes, but it will cost a lot more card minutes.
To call to the US with the 0-800 number will probably be about R$1.50/minute.

Here is a link, in Portuguese, for a good international calling card:
www.speakmax.com.br

The local access number will allow to talk to the US for very cheap-about R$0.09/minute, but you will need to buy an additional TIM recharge card for more cell minutes.

You can pick up TIM recharge cards at most of the newspaper/magazine stands, cards come in denominations from R$10-R$100, and local minutes are about R$1.30

Also incoming calls-even from the US are always free with TIM!

Hope this helps…

If you need more info, feel free to email me, and I can hook you up with some of my amigos brasileiros, who would be more than happy to take to you around town and help you out!
Also don’t miss out on some of the amazing restaurant deals you can get down there! (But don’t try smuggling back kosher mcdonalds stuff either)

Have a safe trip-Boa Viagem!

BOILING HOT!!! Free T-Mobile Nokia 6030 And $35 Worth Of Talk Time On A Prepaid Plan After $30 Rebate!

June 20, 2007

IMPORTANT REMINDER: You must activate the prepaid service within 14 days of purchasing the phone to qualify for the rebate!!!
If you purchased this phone when this deal was originally posted then be sure to activate service asap!

Note: This deal is still alive and well!

(Deal originally posted on 06/12 at 12:30am)
T-Mobile Offer Linky
-Click on the “Free $25 prepaid refill card” button on the left-hand side of the page and then choose the Nokia 6030.

The phone will come with $10 talk time on it and there will be a free $25 refill card with the phone.

-There are no activation fees, shipping is free, and you will not need to give out your social security numbers, etc.

Note the asterisk during checkout when it says you have a 2 year contract, a $35 activation fee, a Regulatory Programs Fee, and that new service is required. The asterisk says that none of these conditions apply to the prepaid T-Mobile to go customers, so don’t worry about that.

Rebate Linky

To be eligible for the rebate:
-You must activate service between April 1, 2007 and June 30, 2007.
-You must activate service no later than 14 days from the purchase date.
-Your account (on a T-Mobile To Go service plan) must be active at the time the rebate is processed.
-Your handset must be used at least once on your T-Mobile account prior to rebate validation, and your account must be active at the time of rebate processing.
-Rebate must be postmarked by 07/31.

Limit 5 rebates per household in a 12 month period for individual customers and 100 rebates in a 12 month period for business customers.

Have A SERO Plan? Get Unlimited Text Messaging!

May 28, 2007

Just call 866-250-2221 or 866-881-9571 and ask for the free text messaging promo to be added to your SERO plan.
If you have any problems just tell them that it mentions the promo on the main site at sprint.com/sero
HT: R.R.

Treo 755P Now Available At Sprint Stores!

May 14, 2007

As I let you guys know over 2 months ago, there is a new treo for sprint that finally has an internal antenna!
755p Cnet Review Linky
This treo adds built-in push-email and IM support, a more stable version of bluetooth, a 320×320 high-res screen, and 128MB RAM.
Unfortunately it only accepts mini-sd cards.
According to cnet the cost is $429.99 outright or $279.99 with a 2 year contract.
Apparently, at least according to the sprint website the 755p is $579.99 outright, or $279.99 with a 2 year contract.

Palm Treo Owners-Record Your Phone Conversations For Free!

March 29, 2007

First you must register and login at mytreo.net (Or just use bugmenot)
Then you can download Call Rec by clicking here.
The program records calls onto your sd card-and it works quite well…