"Where to start??? Verizon all around is horrible when compared!"0.5 starson
Pros: The phone itself is ok. Nice look and shape with a keyobard.
Cons: VCast cost too much for limited channels. VCast can not be used off of Verizon's EV-DO network. VX9800 has no web true web browser, just WAP. No Java, just Verizon BREW content.
Summary: First off I know every Verizon lover is going to go off on me for placing this review, but I have the right to place a valid review.
I left Sprint so I could try out this phone and service. I was told by two Verizon reps at a Verizon store that I could use VCast even when off of the EV-DO network, just like Sprint has it set up. But after I signed up with Verizon, that story changed. You can not use VCast off of the EV-DO network. So for most of the USA, you can not use VCast features at all! Just the basic, boring WAP 2.0. Verizon is slick because they make you think you can access the whole web from VCast, which is false. You have to buy a Smart-Device like a Treo or Samsung PDA and pay $44.99 for unlimited data. Or you can buy the combo Voice/Data package and get the unlimited data for ONLY $40 A MONTH! That is four times as high as Sprint's $10 Visions access, and more then twice the price of Sprint's $15 EV-DO Power Visions access "Which can be used ON AND OFF of Sprint's EV-DO network, with any phone Sprint sells"!
With Sprint you can use any Java based browser to access ANY web site on the WWW. With most of Verizon's phones they have just a basic WAP 2.0 browser, and others that have something better, are still limited to basically nothing. Java is used on almost every single cell phone on the planet! BREW is only used by a small handful of carriers because they can force their customers to buy their content.
On to the voice. I signed up for the America's choice, which is basically the same thing has Sprint's Fair & Flex, Free &Clear, and Free incoming plan when it comes to their coverage. I was given 450 minutes for $39.99, while Sprint has the 400 for $34.99. both are pretty good until I talked with Sprint and they gave me 1000 anytime minutes, free PCS-to-PCS, Free PCS-to-Nextel, free roaming, nights starting at 7:00PM for free, for $40 a month!! Verizon does not even have plans like that for their retention customers! I asked!
Both services sound exactly the same, and work in the same places of the US. But Verizon did drop three calls on me when I was calling their tech support. But I don't fault them for that.
While Verizon has some nice phones that I want, they are turned into overpriced voice only phones. The browsers are limited, the data is limited, the content is limited. I left on my tenth day of the trial. I could not stand it anymore! Paying more for some of the same things. And paying for content like VCast that only works in EV-DO areas, which is what, like a small percentage of the US? After trying to find that one sweet spot, which came down to the voice, Sprint still won be back. The free roaming uses Verizon's network and I get to keep my Sprint data access prices!!! So I get the best of all worlds!
Verizon just makes no logical sense to me. Not one bit.
So go ahead and make fun of me. Say that Verizon charges more for service because of their network. Hey, what ever helps you sleep at night! Paying more for Verizon when I get the same, and more from Sprint for less. after this whole thing, I am now with Sprint for the rest of my life!!!
The only good thing that came out of this, was Sprint giving me a better plan. Other then that, Verizon failed to show me anything special.Updated
When I say Verizon charges $44.99 for "PDA and Smart-Device" data, I am talking about just that. I own a Sprint A900 and PPC 6700. I pay $10 for for my A900's Visions data access, and $15 for the PPC 6700's EV-DO PDA data access. Verizon charges $44.99 for this very same access. It is really that simple.