No more AT&T service for me, E71x going up for sale
You may have seen my recent ZDNet post where I decided to switch my family plan back to T-Mobile after trying to move everyone to AT&T. I had a T-Mobile family plan and then a single AT&T line for the iPhone and Nokia NAM devices, but during these tough economic times I had to look at the value of services and try to cut back. By dropping the single line I could save $85 a month, which is a fairly significant value. I thought AT&T would be the way to go, but the dropped calls killed that idea so I went back to T-Mobile. That said, I now will be using my Nokia devices and connecting with an EDGE connection instead of HSDPA. It sure would be nice to see Nokia come out with a true North American phone that worked with 3G on AT&T and T-Mobile both. Actually, I have not seen anyone do this yet and am not sure it is possible.
Some people get great coverage from AT&T, but it did not work for me and voice calls on any phone I tried. It worked well for data for over 2 years, but I only made about 15 minutes of calls before my family plan moved so I never noticed any dropped calls. Each carrier has strong and weak areas so YMMV.
As a result of this transition I will no longer be able to use my AT&T locked E71x so it will be going up on Howard Forums shortly. I will be able to still use my E71 and N97 though and future Nokia devices. While I do lose out on the 3G functionality with T-Mobile, I can now pick up European Nokia devices and not have to wait for NAM models
BTW, let me know if you are interested in my E71x for a deal of a price (with no service obligation or monthly data plan requirement). It is in MINT condition too.