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bobjohnson
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Re: [Need Info] iDEN Ending June 30, Must Buy New Phone

Boost will convert your account to CDMA if you buy a new phone. They will also let you use the pay as you go plan that's $0.20 a minute. They don't advertise it online for smartphones but my sister got her i850 converted to the Samsung Galaxy Prevail and when she called in had to get the account switched over and asked to keep her pay-go plan. But if you look at boost coverage map and it shows you aren't covered then there isn't anything you can do.
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Thanks for all the helpful posts.
I didn't know that Boost will convert my account to CDMA, but it's worth trying before I tell my wife to return the Venice phone.
As for signals, my sister in law has a Sprint phone, but it only works if she goes outside on the porch (gets 1 bar).



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They're telling me that they only offer the monthly and daily plans for the Venice phone. What should I tell them to get them to offer alternative minutes plans? What is the secret phrase that will get them to step outside the policy?



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I was out and about shopping and running errands and had the Venice phone with me. Even though it is not activated, the signal indicator provides a running tracking of the coverage. Downtown is pretty good. Even inside Costco, where traditionally it's hard to get service with AT&T.
I confirmed that the tower next to my house is providing signal, as I have 6 bars as I pass the tower, which is 900' from the house. When I turn onto my road, down to 4 bars. In my driveway, down to 1 bar, and I'm staring right at the tower in front of me! I must be in a deep null between cell antennas.
A good friend of mine uses the Wilson signal booster, which she paid $350 for and said it works extremely well for her rural CO location. I may have to go that route one day if things get better economically.
In the meantime, I have communicated with Boost on through e-mails, but they have told me there is no minutes plan for the smart phones. I'll call them on Monday and see if I can push the matter, pointing out that I'm a long time customer for the past 8 years and that I will drop them if they insist on that bloated expensive plan. I could always use the phone as a PDA. It's far more capable than my CLIE was, and about half the weight.
BTW, is there a way to place a call when there is a wi-fi signal but no cell signal? If it's a 'smart phone', it should be able to work that bit of magic.



bobjohnson
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Your phone will work (and not work) in the same areas as the Sprint phone. Sprint includes roaming though, boost doesn't.



bobjohnson
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Yes, they only offer the daily/monthly plans for anything other than feature phones. My sister called and escalated it to management before they would even consider keeping the minute plan.



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I spent half an hour on the phone with Boost today, but got nowhere. They won't budge.

Oddly enough, my AT&T GoPhone is a LG Android phone and I've got a 10c/min plan there which costs me $25 every 3 months to keep up. That Boost won't do that seems foolish--they are turning away probably many customers with that policy.

At any rate, my GoPhone went swimming with me last August, I did manage to dry it out, but the battery life is measured in minutes now, and I have to keep it on the charger all the time, limiting the usefulness of that phone. Also, it does not have service at the house.

I've been seeing a lot of talk about 'rooting' and 'jailbreaking' phones. I wonder if the LG Venice can be modified with software to make it work on the AT&T system? I like the phone and it's features, but unless I were a young man with a promising career and a steady paycheck, I cannot afford the $55 monthly cost. I just need a phone to make a 20 second call every day, that's about it. The rest of the features are nice, but not worth $55 a month.



bobjohnson
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said by disconnected :

I spent half an hour on the phone with Boost today, but got nowhere. They won't budge.

Oddly enough, my AT&T GoPhone is a LG Android phone and I've got a 10c/min plan there which costs me $25 every 3 months to keep up. That Boost won't do that seems foolish--they are turning away probably many customers with that policy.

Yes, Sprint and their other companies do not mind sending customers to other companies. Also all the other companies will allow you on per minute plans with android phones with no problems.
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At any rate, my GoPhone went swimming with me last August, I did manage to dry it out, but the battery life is measured in minutes now, and I have to keep it on the charger all the time, limiting the usefulness of that phone. Also, it does not have service at the house.

I've been seeing a lot of talk about 'rooting' and 'jailbreaking' phones. I wonder if the LG Venice can be modified with software to make it work on the AT&T system? I like the phone and it's features, but unless I were a young man with a promising career and a steady paycheck, I cannot afford the $55 monthly cost. I just need a phone to make a 20 second call every day, that's about it. The rest of the features are nice, but not worth $55 a month.

The LG phone is CDMA and there is no way to make it work with your gophone sim.
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That pretty much settles it then. The phone goes back.

Any recommendations for a good AT&T compatible Android phone? The first one my wife bought in December would not work or could not read my AT&T SIM card. My LG 390 is on borrowed time with short battery life, but does pretty much everything. Could use a sharper screen like the Venice, maybe voice recognition too--found that a very useful feature on the Venice.


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Any unlocked SIM chip / GSM phone with the proper freq. support should work. Find out from ATT which freq. they use in your region, then get a phone that matches.