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Choosing A Cell Phone Provider

When it comes to picking a cell phone carrier, your neighbors are your best source of info.

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This story appears in the May 2001 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

The one question you have when it comes to cell phones is, Which carrier should I sign up with? As a wireless expert, I get asked that question all the time-and I'll tell you the answer, but before I do, understand that as I write this, on my desk are an AT&T cell phone, a Verizon wireless phone and a Sprint PCS wireless phone. They are there for one simple reason: I am conducting an experiment to find out who offers the best cell phone service.

Cell phones, as you know, remain maddening tools. Today I called my girlfriend in Santa Rosa, California, a few miles away, on my Verizon phone, and the signal broke off just as she answered. Yesterday I called a friend in Los Angeles on the AT&T phone, and within three minutes, the signal snapped. The day before, I'd called my sister in New Jersey on the Sprint phone, and the same thing happened.

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