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    Question About "Fair" Coverage

    I have all but decided on getting the Optimus V, but I still have one concern: coverage. According to Virgin Mobile's coverage maps my house sit just inside "fair" coverage--but just barely. So that leaves me with two questions. One, How accurate are their coverage maps? And two, is "fair" coverage acceptable? I realize the only way to know for sure it to go buy the phone and try it, but if anyone has any general answers to these questions I would be grateful.

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    What I did:

    I bought the cheapest phone (at the time, it was Arc) - at that time, it came with $20 in free air time. I used it for a month as a "second" phone, with whatever number VM gave me. I decided that the service was good enough, and THEN I bought a good phone and had my "real" number ported over.

    For around $30, it seemed like a valid investment to see if VM had good enough service for me.

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    I'm in "fair" with "good" about 500' on both sides of me. I get NO coverage in the house, maybe 1 bar (not reliable) outside. I just use airplane mode and WiFi at the house. If you NEED your phone on, it will lose battery juice fast if you have 1 bar (or less).

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    It's pretty accurate, but the 1900mhz band Sprint/VM uses sucks at building penetration. You might have 3-4 bars outside, then 1 or no service after you enter the building.

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    I live at the very edge of "Fair" (literally a couple hundred feet away from the edge) according to VM's coverage map. From the street, I might be able to make a phone call if I'm lucky; I've never had more than one bar. Inside, I just leave it in airplane mode with wi-fi.

    I'd say your prospects aren't too good. There's always wi-fi + Google Voice + Sipdroid; it's what I use.

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    Thanks everyone, you all seem to confirm what I was starting to guess from searching the forum. Even though I would be using Google Voice mostly, it sounds like I best look elsewhere. It is a real shame coverage is not better here, VM sounds perfect for since I mostly text and surf. Just out of curiosity, are there any other prepaid alternatives to VM for that usage type?

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    Your not going to find anything like Virgin Mobiles plans, especially the 25.00 one.

    Straight Talk @ 45.00 a month may be your closest option depending on AT&T coverage where you live.

    Don't take users words for it, try it yourself. You have nothing to loose as you can return the phone.

    Buying a cheap phone may not always be indicative of the coverage on the device you really want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCAT View Post
    I'm in "fair" with "good" about 500' on both sides of me. I get NO coverage in the house, maybe 1 bar (not reliable) outside. I just use airplane mode and WiFi at the house. If you NEED your phone on, it will lose battery juice fast if you have 1 bar (or less).
    When you put Your phone on airplane mode and wifi on can You make and receive calls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Schisne View Post
    . There's always wi-fi + Google Voice + Sipdroid; it's what I use.
    Can You explain what this is all about. Is this some work around if You can't get cell phone coverage. I have a Google Voice number myself so I would be interested how this works. Thank You.

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    buy grooveIp from the market

    just input your google account user/pw then your all set

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