I don’t like phones that much. I never have. I much prefer to speak in person, or to use text to communicate. And so I am not in the habit of replacing phones often. This is how it comes to be that it took until 2011 for a techie geek like me to get a new “smart phone.”
I finally got tired of that tired old Motorola RAZR and its battery that died at weird unpredictable intervals, only to regain full life after being turned off and then on again. I finally got fed up with typing text messages on that crappy little phone keypad.
I broke down and got myself a Samsung Transform running Android 2.1 on the Credo Mobile service. I am in love with both my new service and my new “smartphone,” which I think is truly deserving of the name Tricorder rather than phone.
First, a bit more about Credo Mobile. They are a unique company in the telecommunications business in the USA. They offer a phone service where a percentage of profits are invested into advancing a number of progressive causes. Most big telcos spend millions funding the campaigns of the major parties, or funding any number of conservatives. With Credo, I am assured as a customer that money received from my business won’t be used to advance the goals of political agendas I do not share.
Credo uses the Sprint network, so if you can receive Sprint in your area, you’ll also be eligible for Credo. They don’t have quite the selection of phones that you find at Sprint, but as you can see, I got a state of the art phone at the same price I could anywhere.
I ordered my phone over the web, and it arrived within a couple of days. I unpacked it and followed the activation instructions, which were easy and helpful. The customer service representative was very helpful and kind on the phone, despite the fact that I was activating it the day after Christmas and the lines seemed busy.
Since receiving the phone, I have been very pleased with the Credo service – not a single complaint.
Regarding the Samsung Transform, I don’t think I could have picked a better phone. While I do like the bigger screens of some units like the HTC EVO 4G, nothing beats having a QWERTY keyboard! Seriously. Texting with a phone keypad is lame, and the slide out keyboard on the Samsung has converted me. I’ll never deal with another one of those phone keypads again – I’m spoiled now.
Android functions great on this phone, though I do notice a brief delay or hang in the OS every once in a while when trying to launch an app.
If you buy, please credit me….
If you choose to switch to Credo as a result of reading this review of my new Samsung Transform and the Credo Mobile ethical phone service, I request that you mention my name as your referral when joining Credo. They will give me $100 to say thanks for referring you as a new client. Let them know that Evan Sarver referred you to Credo. Thanks!