re: Verizon or Sprint? Direct or reseller?
I would never recommend anyone going to Radio Shack to sign up for any wireless service. They messed up my first contract with Verizon Wireless, plus refused to have my phone insured, and refused to refer me to a souce to have it insured. At least the Radio Shack stores near me don't believe in insurance should something happen to your phone. I lost my original phone and wanted to charge me $225 to replace my old Motorola 120c. Another agent spent the time to talk with Verizon Wireless and helped me get another phone. That agent though is no longer in business. Since my bad experiences looking at resellers of Verizon Wireless service, I decided the savings wasn't worth it if all I was going to get poor service. Unless you're really looking to save money, I say go through the wireless service themselves. When I upgraded through Verizon Wireles, it was a lot less trouble because it was all done through their own computers, where many resellers must phone in the info and the process takes much longer. I know that experience from Radio Shack. Just my opinion, I would suggest paying a little extra just to get better service from the wireless service themselves and my recommendation would be Verizon Wireless. As for phone, unless you have something else in mind in features, a good basic flip phone to get is the Samsung a650. It has tri-mode so should you go somewhere that has analog only, at least you can make a call if necessary, retractable antenna (a rarity these days with stubby antennas as the norm), internet (if you plan to use it), and works in most areas on 1 or 2 bars, where my old Motorola 120c would only handle calls if it had at least 3 bars. A big improvement for me with the Samsung.
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