Hi Ben, I'm in the Dallas area too! I've been fooling around with phones and service providers lately, so I'll share my experience. I have used the 8260 with Cingular service for about 6 weeks and have to say that I'm pretty pleased so far. I wanted the 8290 because it has uplink capability (for contact sync and stuff), but it is a digital-only phone and I wanted a tri-mode for those times when digital service isn't available. (Like when I go home to the country for a visit). It seems like this is the painful tradeoff when choosing between the 8260 and 8290 - which is more important to you, signal availability or features? The 8290 also has interchangable faceplates whereas the 8260 does not. Not sure if that matters to you.. They both have TONS of aftermarket accessories available, which is a Good Thing(tm). When I got my phone, I was switching from Sprint. I do not have enough bad things to say about the service, reliability, or availability I experienced while with them (though the people on the service line were admittedly very nice, they could never actually do anything to help me). I had to wait out my contract before I could switch, and am happy to say things have run much smoother with cingular. Don't buy your phone on-line through Cingular though. The model availability and pricing of the phones != what you get at the Cingular store. It's always good to build a repetoire with an actual person anyway, I think. Well, that's about all I have, I guess.. Good luck! Seth > -----Original Message----- > From: thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org > [mailto:thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Ben Dyer > Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 6:04 PM > To: thechat at lists.evolt.org > Subject: [thechat] Cell Phone Recommendations > > > OK, it's cell phone upgrade time for me.