Anyway, the current front runners are:
- Sprint PCS
- PCS Free & Clear runs $40/mo for 300 day / unlimited evening minutes and free long distance. I could keep my current phone (a dubious benefit) and would likely not need to sign up for a 1 year agreement (4 years with Sprint PCS already should be enough). Plus, I get a benefit on my residential long distance with Sprint (50 minutes per month free + service fee waived).
- Get More 1000 is $40/mo and includes 1000 day / 0 evening minutes. $0.40/min extra. Free long distance. If I can keep it under 1000 minutes per month, this would be a good plan. That'd be about 35 minutes per day, on average. I could probably swing that. The other neat thing: I could get a Seattle-area number, even though I'm in California.
- $40/mo buys 600 day / 3000 evening minutes, plus Cingular's rollover minutes (unused minutes from the previous months rollover to the next month). Long distance included. The drawback is there's no service outside of California and Washington + little bits of NV, AZ, and ID.
So, I'm leaning toward T-Moblie, because I could get a Seattle number, it's a good plan (lots of useful minutes), and the phone company I've never dealt with before is always better than the one I have. I'm a little worried, though, because apparently there are some coverage problems with T-mobile around the Bay Area, or so one of my coworkers warns. I need to investigate this more.
In any event, that's the state of the world. With luck, I'll make a decision in another week or so and get a new phone. And cut my current phone bill way down.