I want a cell phone that:
- Has service where I live, travel and work (North Berkeley hills, The BART train system, The Bay Area)
- Run from 16 hours (7am to 11pm) on a single charge (like me)
- Does smartphoney things including: email, calendar, web, view local documents (like PDF train schedules because sometimes the web sucks)
- Doesn’t cost $1,500 per year
It appears that my only option is getting an unlocked Droid Maxx on Aio Wireless. Droid Maxx claims to run 48 hours on a charge. Aio Wireless uses AT&T Mobility (AKA the old Cingular network) for good coverage for $40/month ($500/year)
It is silly that I seem to have so few options for a phone. What am I missing?
On the matter of battery life, every cell phone rep I’ve asked (at least 7 now) has told me that their personal cell phones run until about 7pm if they use them during the day, and they all seem to be OK with that. After my phone died unexpectedly one evening, leaving me stranded, I knew that a dead phone completely sucks. I’m not telling the truth: one AT&T rep told me that all of her phones run well into the night, every night, apparently due to her own special pixie dust.
Virgin Mobile is inexpensive but has crap coverage everywhere in the east bay (their coverage map lies like a rug)