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Ian F KF4AON
December 28th 03, 07:51 AM
Hello, I'm wondering if there is any authoritative place to obtain a
PRL for Alltel in text format? Obviously, it's in the phone somewhere,
but is there any way to view it?

My second question is, who are Alltel's roaming partners? I've gleaned
from reading this group that they mostly use Verizon, but I know they
have deals with other companies as well...is that information
available in any one place, or only as bits and pieces scattered here
and there?

My selfish reasoning for this whole project is that I'm using an
analog phone on Alltel's National Freedom plan...Although most argue
that digital is the way to go, I just haven't been able to sacrifice
the un-compressed analog audio quality, which makes my StarTac sound
every bit as good as a landline phone when I have a good signal if
you find me a CDMA phone that sounds as good, I promise I'll switch
over. When my friends have to ask me if I'm on a cellphone, I know
it's a good thing.

I live in Lakeland, FL, where Alltel has the "B" side of things
(according to the map at
http://people.ku.edu/~cinema/wireless/south.html), but when I travel
outside of Alltel's coverage, I want to be as careful as I can with
whom I'm roaming, since analog phones don't even know what a PRL is.
I'm trying to find known "nonfriendly" roaming SID's, so that I can
avoid them. I know paying $.59/min away from home might be my plight
for still using analog, but I don't want to if I don't have to.

Oldschool? yes. Selfish? sure. Doing a lot of unnecessary work?
probably. Willing to give up my analog phones? never........

thanks for any comments,
IAN

Rich
December 28th 03, 02:50 PM
Ian F KF4AON wrote:
> Hello, I'm wondering if there is any authoritative place to obtain a
> PRL for Alltel in text format? Obviously, it's in the phone somewhere,
> but is there any way to view it?
>
> My second question is, who are Alltel's roaming partners? I've gleaned
> from reading this group that they mostly use Verizon, but I know they
> have deals with other companies as well...is that information
> available in any one place, or only as bits and pieces scattered here
> and there?
>
> My selfish reasoning for this whole project is that I'm using an
> analog phone on Alltel's National Freedom plan...Although most argue
> that digital is the way to go, I just haven't been able to sacrifice
> the un-compressed analog audio quality, which makes my StarTac sound
> every bit as good as a landline phone when I have a good signal if
> you find me a CDMA phone that sounds as good, I promise I'll switch
> over. When my friends have to ask me if I'm on a cellphone, I know
> it's a good thing.
>
> I live in Lakeland, FL, where Alltel has the "B" side of things
> (according to the map at
> http://people.ku.edu/~cinema/wireless/south.html), but when I travel
> outside of Alltel's coverage, I want to be as careful as I can with
> whom I'm roaming, since analog phones don't even know what a PRL is.
> I'm trying to find known "nonfriendly" roaming SID's, so that I can
> avoid them. I know paying $.59/min away from home might be my plight
> for still using analog, but I don't want to if I don't have to.
>
> Oldschool? yes. Selfish? sure. Doing a lot of unnecessary work?
> probably. Willing to give up my analog phones? never........
>
> thanks for any comments,
> IAN

There is a copy in text format of a slightly out of date one at
www.justalurker.com

Rich

AZGuy
January 3rd 04, 03:15 AM
I agree that the analog had/has better sound quality generally, but
unfortunately there are so many places where they have cut the number
of analog channels down to practically nothing that it's an almost
useless service at times. I found I had to make at least ten call
attempts to get thru on the analog system due to congestion on the
analog channels and very few people who called me were ever able to
get thru since they usually didn't try ten times in a row to get the
call thru. I finally gave up and went "tri-mode". At least the
digital sound isn't as awful as it originally was but there are still
many times where there is the "delay" that makes having a conversation
across town seem like you are communicating with someone on the moon.

On 27 Dec 2003 23:51:21 -0800, (Ian F KF4AON) wrote:

>Hello, I'm wondering if there is any authoritative place to obtain a
>PRL for Alltel in text format? Obviously, it's in the phone somewhere,
>but is there any way to view it?
>
>My second question is, who are Alltel's roaming partners? I've gleaned
>from reading this group that they mostly use Verizon, but I know they
>have deals with other companies as well...is that information
>available in any one place, or only as bits and pieces scattered here
>and there?
>
>My selfish reasoning for this whole project is that I'm using an
>analog phone on Alltel's National Freedom plan...Although most argue
>that digital is the way to go, I just haven't been able to sacrifice
>the un-compressed analog audio quality, which makes my StarTac sound
>every bit as good as a landline phone when I have a good signal if
>you find me a CDMA phone that sounds as good, I promise I'll switch
>over. When my friends have to ask me if I'm on a cellphone, I know
>it's a good thing.
>
>I live in Lakeland, FL, where Alltel has the "B" side of things
>(according to the map at
>http://people.ku.edu/~cinema/wireless/south.html), but when I travel
>outside of Alltel's coverage, I want to be as careful as I can with
>whom I'm roaming, since analog phones don't even know what a PRL is.
>I'm trying to find known "nonfriendly" roaming SID's, so that I can
>avoid them. I know paying $.59/min away from home might be my plight
>for still using analog, but I don't want to if I don't have to.
>
>Oldschool? yes. Selfish? sure. Doing a lot of unnecessary work?
>probably. Willing to give up my analog phones? never........
>
>thanks for any comments,
>IAN

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