Don't worry Mullet, I'm a dumbass when it comes to these phones too (but I'm a freakin' genius on everything else
We jumped on TMobile for my wife's smartphone because on Father's Day all their phones were free plus their plans are the cheapest I've found. She wanted the Garminfone she saw on tv and getting that $199 phone for free, I couldn't resist making her happy.
The thing is our house is in a dead zone but if we go a block down the street we get full 3g signal. Right now the phone is sitting beside me and surprisingly it is getting 2 bars signal with Edge.