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"What is the difference between a realist and a dreamer? The realist thinks that someday a UFO will come down and hover over the UN building, and that the aliens will come out of the UFO and offer to share their technology and solve all our world's problems.

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07 January 2006

My not-so-excellent cell phone adventure

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Blogger John A said...

If all you want is a phone, next time out try -

The current stripped base rate is $10/month. Problem: the per-minute rate is an astounding 25cents/minute! But there are a couple of ways aound that, if you go looking, like an 800 number that then allows you to "dial" the number you actually want for about 2cents/minute.

1/10/2006 11:35 PM  
Blogger quixote said...

I checked the link, and that sounds like an interesting outfit. Pretty good national coverage, too. They point out that they buy in bulk from the companies that own the towers, and then resell to consumers. It's interesting that they seem to be able to provide a much better deal than the owners. Gives an idea how far away from customer service the big boys have gotten.

1/12/2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Yvonne Mikita said...

I've been a consumer cellular customer for a year now and I'm totally pleased with their customer service. They extend themselves in ways no other company has previously. They have even "offered" refunds without being asked. Can you imagine Cingular, Verizon or AT&T doing that? If you have not checked this company out your missing a good bet. I won't say they don't have their problems. But they actually care when their service is less then expected, and they DO something to correct it.

2/17/2006 8:36 PM  
Blogger quixote said...

they actually care when their service is less then expected, and they DO something to correct it

It's almost hard to imagine, that's become so unusual. I'm definitely checking them out when I get out from under the right-wing contributors who own my sorry ears right now.

2/23/2006 7:00 PM  

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