AT&T iPhone: DTMFA?
August 17, 2011 9:22 PM Subscribe
AT&T iPhone: DTMFA?
posted by ottereroticist to technology (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an AT&T iPhone 3G. I thought it would be wonderful.
Unfortunately, I am coming to hate it. And I need some help deciding what to do about it.
The main reason is dropped calls. I get several dropped calls each and every day. I work on the phone, and I am so, so sick of having to apologize for dropping out on conference calls. This has GOT to stop.
The other reason is typing. I have never gotten used to typing on the screen. After two and a half years, I'm still laboriously hunt-and-pecking. I see people cranking away with their thumbs and turn pea green with envy.
I'm also frustrated with typing lag and general crashiness in various apps, most notably Google Maps (though I recently upgraded the firmware, which seems to have helped).
My contract with AT&T is up, so why do I not just get a different carrier and a phone I like better? Because my partner, with whom I share an AT&T family plan, loves the iPhone so, so much. Somehow these things that bother me do not bother her. Her phone is full of apps that give her great nerdly joy, and I would hate to force her onto a new platform.
So here are the options as I see them -- each with its own set of questions.
* Holler and scream and threaten to jump ship unless AT&T cuts me a deal on a MicroCell or an iPhone 4G. But would they actually do this? And would either solution really fix the dropped calls problem? Or is it caused by systemic overloading rather than poor coverage?
* If we do stay with AT&T, could I use an external keyboard for typing-intensive moments? I'm concerned it would be just be another annoying device to carry around and have to charge? Have you done this, and if so how does it work for you?
* Could I get a different AT&T smartphone, while still sharing a family plan with my partner? (Which phone is probably a question for a different week.)
* If we do end up bailing on AT&T, which of the other iPhone carriers (Verizon or T-Mobile) should we go to? Coverage and rates are what we care about most, although customer service and lack of skeezeballness are important too. Same question applies as above -- can we have an iPhone and some other smartphone on the same family plan?
* My partner says I should buy a month's worth of T-Mobile coverage, and put their SIM in my iPhone to see if the coverage is better. Would this work?
Your answers, links, relevant anecdotes, and sage counsel are welcome. Thanks for your help!