I don't know about this ''equivalence for the end-user'' mumbo-jumbo. All I know is that since I have been using cell phones in the US, based in New York City, one of the, if not the, most major metropolitan centers of the world, since the early '90s, and from talking with friends and acquaintances, and from my experience with various providers here--MCIWorldCom (back in the day), Verizon, T-Mobile--there is no doubt in my mind that Verizon provides the best voice coverage locally and nationally. So I suppose that says something for Verizon, specifically, and CDMA voice coverage in general, in the US. Granted, my T-Mobile coverage has been weak in part because it is being used with an archaic Pocket PC phone (one of the prototypes, in fact), but, to my dismay and financial misfortune, my phone unknowingly picked up a call with 5 bars of signal while I was hiking in the Negev desert, not to mention decent coverage in the middle of the Amazon jungle! Mind you, however, this particular GSM phone, has the weakest ring-tones option I have seen in 20 years! I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents since I was reading everyone else's reviews while researching the topic to make an informed buying decision to replace my dinosaur that finally (thank g-d!) cracked. I am a big advocate of the car-tire paradigm or, as I call it, the old ''two-hit hypothesis of mobile technology''--it takes two to tango... and I assume that the perfect phone-service match is out there... somewhere. That being said, as a working and native New Yorker, albeit an avid and frequent traveller, I'm going with CDMA/Verizon.
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