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I love my A500 (size, sound quality, case is resistant to scratching, NO
camera), but I've just recently moved to a fringe area of coverage in Las
Vegas, and I'm dropping calls all the time. Since I use this phone for
business, dropping calls is not an option.

I've been looking at the current offerings from SPCS, but I don't need a
camera, PDA, etc...just a phone. I've read here that the Sanyo's get better
reception; any truth to that?

If anyone can suggest a good replacement it'd be much appreciated!

TIA!
 

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Blargh wrote:

> I love my A500 (size, sound quality, case is resistant to scratching, NO
> camera), but I've just recently moved to a fringe area of coverage in Las
> Vegas, and I'm dropping calls all the time. Since I use this phone for
> business, dropping calls is not an option.
>
> I've been looking at the current offerings from SPCS, but I don't need a
> camera, PDA, etc...just a phone. I've read here that the Sanyo's get better
> reception; any truth to that?
>
> If anyone can suggest a good replacement it'd be much appreciated!
>
> TIA!

Well, start by making sure you've had the latest firmware update applied
to the handset. See if you can get the Free and Clear America option.
It's at its best if you get it for $5. At $10, it's a weaker plan.

For size, you want the VI660. It's pretty much the exact same size, and
most of your accessories will fit it, including many phone cases and
holsters.

If you can handle a phone that is a little larger, I'd reccommend a
RL7300. It has MO-SMS for easier text messaging and a nice speaker phone
feature. If resistance to scratching is a big deal, that's your phone.
If you need a little smaller, the RL2500 can be had, but being an older
phone, you'll miss the better text messaging system.

Many people, myself included, feel the Sanyo earpiece sound is not on
par with Samsung, but I've acclimated pretty quickly.
 
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"Mike" <spamtrap@zbuffer.com> wrote in message
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> Blargh wrote:
>
> > I love my A500 (size, sound quality, case is resistant to scratching, NO
> > camera), but I've just recently moved to a fringe area of coverage in
Las
> > Vegas, and I'm dropping calls all the time. Since I use this phone for
> > business, dropping calls is not an option.
> >
> > I've been looking at the current offerings from SPCS, but I don't need a
> > camera, PDA, etc...just a phone. I've read here that the Sanyo's get
better
> > reception; any truth to that?
> >
> > If anyone can suggest a good replacement it'd be much appreciated!
> >
> > TIA!
>
> Well, start by making sure you've had the latest firmware update applied
> to the handset. See if you can get the Free and Clear America option.
> It's at its best if you get it for $5. At $10, it's a weaker plan.
>
> For size, you want the VI660. It's pretty much the exact same size, and
> most of your accessories will fit it, including many phone cases and
> holsters.
>
> If you can handle a phone that is a little larger, I'd reccommend a
> RL7300. It has MO-SMS for easier text messaging and a nice speaker phone
> feature. If resistance to scratching is a big deal, that's your phone.
> If you need a little smaller, the RL2500 can be had, but being an older
> phone, you'll miss the better text messaging system.
>
> Many people, myself included, feel the Sanyo earpiece sound is not on
> par with Samsung, but I've acclimated pretty quickly.
>

Thanks Mike. According to phonescoop.com, the Sanyo's don't have a "data"
mode, allowing the phone to be used as a modem. This doesn't seem right.
Can you confirm? Also, are Sanyo's generally considered better in fringe
areas? Thanks again for your help.
 
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In article <_cuhc.3372$eZ5.569@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net>,
Mike <spamtrap@zbuffer.com> wrote:

> Blargh wrote:
>
> > I love my A500 (size, sound quality, case is resistant to scratching, NO
> > camera), but I've just recently moved to a fringe area of coverage in Las
> > Vegas, and I'm dropping calls all the time. Since I use this phone for
> > business, dropping calls is not an option.
> >
> > I've been looking at the current offerings from SPCS, but I don't need a
> > camera, PDA, etc...just a phone. I've read here that the Sanyo's get better
> > reception; any truth to that?
> >
> > If anyone can suggest a good replacement it'd be much appreciated!
> >
> > TIA!
>
> Well, start by making sure you've had the latest firmware update applied
> to the handset. See if you can get the Free and Clear America option.
> It's at its best if you get it for $5. At $10, it's a weaker plan.
>
> For size, you want the VI660. It's pretty much the exact same size, and
> most of your accessories will fit it, including many phone cases and
> holsters.
>
> If you can handle a phone that is a little larger, I'd reccommend a
> RL7300. It has MO-SMS for easier text messaging and a nice speaker phone
> feature. If resistance to scratching is a big deal, that's your phone.
> If you need a little smaller, the RL2500 can be had, but being an older
> phone, you'll miss the better text messaging system.
>
> Many people, myself included, feel the Sanyo earpiece sound is not on
> par with Samsung, but I've acclimated pretty quickly.

The A500 is known problem phone. Many times a good customer will be
given a gratis replacement by a SprintPCS store **IF THEY ASK** and are
complaining about one of the many known defects of a A500.
I have a friend who was just given a VGA1000 to replace his A500.
 
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What are the known defects?

"Robert M." <rmarkoff@msn.com> wrote in message
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> In article <_cuhc.3372$eZ5.569@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net>,
> Mike <spamtrap@zbuffer.com> wrote:
>
> > Blargh wrote:
> >
> > > I love my A500 (size, sound quality, case is resistant to scratching,
NO
> > > camera), but I've just recently moved to a fringe area of coverage in
Las
> > > Vegas, and I'm dropping calls all the time. Since I use this phone
for
> > > business, dropping calls is not an option.
> > >
> > > I've been looking at the current offerings from SPCS, but I don't need
a
> > > camera, PDA, etc...just a phone. I've read here that the Sanyo's get
better
> > > reception; any truth to that?
> > >
> > > If anyone can suggest a good replacement it'd be much appreciated!
> > >
> > > TIA!
> >
> > Well, start by making sure you've had the latest firmware update applied
> > to the handset. See if you can get the Free and Clear America option.
> > It's at its best if you get it for $5. At $10, it's a weaker plan.
> >
> > For size, you want the VI660. It's pretty much the exact same size, and
> > most of your accessories will fit it, including many phone cases and
> > holsters.
> >
> > If you can handle a phone that is a little larger, I'd reccommend a
> > RL7300. It has MO-SMS for easier text messaging and a nice speaker phone
> > feature. If resistance to scratching is a big deal, that's your phone.
> > If you need a little smaller, the RL2500 can be had, but being an older
> > phone, you'll miss the better text messaging system.
> >
> > Many people, myself included, feel the Sanyo earpiece sound is not on
> > par with Samsung, but I've acclimated pretty quickly.
>
> The A500 is known problem phone. Many times a good customer will be
> given a gratis replacement by a SprintPCS store **IF THEY ASK** and are
> complaining about one of the many known defects of a A500.
> I have a friend who was just given a VGA1000 to replace his A500.
 
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In article <Ktvhc.85$D15.31@newssvr16.news.prodigy.com>,
"Max Fischer" <max@rushmore.com> wrote:

> What are the known defects?

A google search of this newsgroup will reveal all.
 
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Max Fischer wrote:
>
> What are the known defects?

I'd like to know, also, as I've had no problems, with the exception of
an occasional poor signal experienced by all phones.

Larry
 
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In article <408699DD.497DA864@spamcop.net>,
Lawrence Glasser <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote:

> Max Fischer wrote:
> >
> > What are the known defects?
>
> I'd like to know, also, as I've had no problems, with the exception of
> an occasional poor signal experienced by all phones.
>
> Larry

Strange you say that you've posted many of them yourself:

From: Lawrence Glasser (lglasser@spamcop.net)
Subject: Re: Digit Dialing with Samsung A500 (Displaying Wrong Name when
Dialing)
Newsgroups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs
Date: 2003-08-27 08:23:12 PST

Ben wrote:
>
> > I'm definitely interested in a response from Samsung.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Larry
>
> I just spoke with Jason at Level 2 support for Samsung. He duplicated the
> issue while I was on the phone and indicated he was not aware of it before.
> He took the information and informed me that it would be past on to Level 3
> support. He mentioned that a phone's life cycle is about a year and since
> the A500 has been out for a while, he was not sure how they would handle
> it...maybe another firmware update...not sure.
>
> I asked if they could get back with me when a decision was made and he said
> that is usually not policy, but he verified my contact information and was
> suppose to make that request.

Now *that* was a fast respone... Both Jason's *and* yours!

Because it is considered an old model, I'm not gonna hold
my breath, waiting for an update.

Fortunately, it's more of a "behind the scenes" bug, rather
than an "in your face" one.

Again, thanks for all the info!

Larry
 
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In article <40869DF8.9EB493DF@spamcop.net>,
Lawrence Glasser <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote:

> "Robert M." wrote:
> >
> > In article <408699DD.497DA864@spamcop.net>,
> > Lawrence Glasser <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote:
> >
> > > Max Fischer wrote:
> > > >
> > > > What are the known defects?
> > >
> > > I'd like to know, also, as I've had no problems, with the exception of
> > > an occasional poor signal experienced by all phones.
> > >
> > > Larry
> >
> > Strange you say that you've posted many of them yourself:
>
> Your mother's right, Robert. You really are an { insult deleted}
>
> You pull up one post from me, when I made reference to a *very* minor
> problem, and refer to that one post as "many."

Thats a complete lie, but its typical of a SprintPCS apologist
to resort to insults when they're caught in a lie. That is hardly the
only post from you referencing A500 defects, and you know that.
 

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Blargh wrote:

> Thanks Mike. According to phonescoop.com, the Sanyo's don't have a "data"
> mode, allowing the phone to be used as a modem. This doesn't seem right.
> Can you confirm? Also, are Sanyo's generally considered better in fringe
> areas? Thanks again for your help.

I agree that it doesn't seem right. I can tell you that I've used Sanyo
3G phones in the past in this manner. I have an 8200, but I don't have
the cable yet. Bought one a while back, gave it to a friend that owns a
Sanyo a week before I found about this phone. Isn't that always the way? :)

-mike
 
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"Mike" <spamtrap@zbuffer.com> wrote in message
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> Blargh wrote:
>
> > Thanks Mike. According to phonescoop.com, the Sanyo's don't have a
"data"
> > mode, allowing the phone to be used as a modem. This doesn't seem
right.
> > Can you confirm? Also, are Sanyo's generally considered better in
fringe
> > areas? Thanks again for your help.
>
> I agree that it doesn't seem right. I can tell you that I've used Sanyo
> 3G phones in the past in this manner. I have an 8200, but I don't have
> the cable yet. Bought one a while back, gave it to a friend that owns a
> Sanyo a week before I found about this phone. Isn't that always the way?
:)
>
> -mike
>

LOL! Yup! Same exact thing happened to me. Upon further research, I'm
considering the Samsung VGA1000....seems to have better reception over other
Samsungs, and the form factor is in keeping with the A500. Thanks again for
all your input!
 

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