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Postby mikegyver » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:19 am

Curious what experiences everyone has with cell providers. Mainly used in the us with an occasional trip to Europe.


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Postby onion » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:54 pm

What state are you in? Here's a brief rundown of each carrier... I used to work at Best Buy, so I dealt with this stuff a lot.

AT&T
Pros: Not as expensive as Verizon, good internet speeds, bundle deals with UVERSE home internet/TV.
Cons: Minutes.

Verizon
Pros: Best coverage.
Cons: Throttles Netflix speeds, terrible customer service, very expensive plans, modifies certain phones and ruins them (like the LG G2).

Sprint
Pros: None, seriously. My fiancee has sprint. Its a nightmare.
Cons: Everything.

T-Mobile
Pros: Very cheap, especially their classic plan (full price phone, but very cheap plan). Making lots of changes to be the cheapest provider and steal customers from the other providers.
Cons: Customer service can be a bit difficult to deal with, but supervisors are always helpful.

I had AT&T, and made the switch to T-Mobile. Value for money is amazing, speeds are great, and customer service supervisors are the most helpful out of the 4 providers. I pay $45 a month for unlimited (real unlimited) LTE, unlimited minutes, and unlimited text, as well as some international minutes (which only added $5 to my plan).

Be sure to check coverage for each of these companies in your area. Sprint, for example, is terrible in Dallas but is pretty good in Jacksonville. AT&T is terrible in Miami, but is better in other cities.
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Postby rockyrock » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:52 pm

I agree with onion on about everything.

Let me just add:

T-Mobile online coverage maps are highly inaccurate. If you are considering them as a carrier, go to a T-Mobile company store and have them pull up their coverage map. They are able to tell what generation of towers are in your area. Be sure to check not only where you live but the places you spend time at like: where you work, the homes of your friends and family, and if you commute, the route you take.

T-Mobile is trying real hard to get bought. Two attempts have failed and a third is in progress as I type. After the AT&T deal fell through they got a windfall of cash and have been using it to market themselves and promote their inexpensive plans. They have been steadily gaining new subscribers since which makes them more appealing to potential suitors. No one seems to be paying attention to the fact that they haven't pumped much of that cash into network infrastructure--another sign they don't plan to be independent much longer.

My wife had Verizon before I brought her into my plan with T-Mo, her plan was outrageously expensive but her coverage was excellent. T-Mo is great in Hawaii but not so great where we live now in SoCal. We have a signal booster in our home but are still lucky if we get 3/5 bars. My mom had no service at all with T-Mo when she moved to NJ earlier this year so she had to switch to AT&T.

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Postby onion » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:33 pm

Those signal boosters are such crap, unfortunately. My parents place in Miami has absolutely no signal in the house. We've had so many techs come and check the place out, and that entire street is basically a gap between two towers. Completely ridiculous. We've tried the booster in all areas of the house and there's still no signal. Luckily, T-Mobile has a pretty great wifi calling feature on their phones which is very useful when wifi is available but network signal is not.
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Postby marlonbishop » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:15 am

mikegyver wrote:Curious what experiences everyone has with cell providers. Mainly used in the us with an occasional trip to Europe.

i have tmobile and has not let me down once
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Postby supercoolman » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:07 am

onion wrote:What state are you in? Here's a brief rundown of each carrier... I used to work at Best Buy, so I dealt with this stuff a lot.

AT&T
Pros: Not as expensive as Verizon, good internet speeds, bundle deals with UVERSE home internet/TV.
Cons: Minutes.

Verizon
Pros: Best coverage.
Cons: Throttles Netflix speeds, terrible customer service, very expensive plans, modifies certain phones and ruins them (like the LG G2).

Sprint
Pros: None, seriously. My fiancee has sprint. Its a nightmare.
Cons: Everything.

T-Mobile
Pros: Very cheap, especially their classic plan (full price phone, but very cheap plan). Making lots of changes to be the cheapest provider and steal customers from the other providers.
Cons: Customer service can be a bit difficult to deal with, but supervisors are always helpful.

I had AT&T, and made the switch to T-Mobile. Value for money is amazing, speeds are great, and customer service supervisors are the most helpful out of the 4 providers. I pay $45 a month for unlimited (real unlimited) LTE, unlimited minutes, and unlimited text, as well as some international minutes (which only added $5 to my plan).

Be sure to check coverage for each of these companies in your area. Sprint, for example, is terrible in Dallas but is pretty good in Jacksonville. AT&T is terrible in Miami, but is better in other cities.


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Postby MemberSince99 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:50 am

Good info, no great info.


I have Verizon now, 2 months left on contract (and after that I will NEVER again have a cellphone contract. A contract is a BIG mistake you want to be free to switch at any time and any loyalty whatsoever to any of these companies is idiocy too they have none to you only to the Almighty dollar). I've been with Verizon since 2002 and I pay 135 a month for one IPhone with unlimited talk/minutes but 4 GB of data - yes for that bend me over price, they STILL charge for data!


And the service frankly is not all that great I get dropped calls and bad connections reasonably frequently for what little I talk on the phone. So much for that network of theirs I think it's just hype.


I've had it with paying through the nose for mediocrity. I plan to give T-Mobile a shot when this contract is up. I have noticed that they are probably trying to be bought out, we can only hope it's not by one of the big players or there will go the competition and it will turn into a monopoly and they will bend us all the way Verizon does now. I guess that's my fear too, that it will become like cable where it's a monopoly, but with no regulation, so you pay through the nose just because they can do that.


Personally I can't recommend Verizon as I said the service is mediocre and I pay through the nose for it. I'd give the competition a shot. That's what I'll soon be doing.

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Postby mikegyver » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:30 pm

Yeah ill prob give tmobile a shot. Right now sprint is weak overall and the prices aren't great unless you get on that framily(horrible name) plan. I'm in va and generally vz,att,and tmobile do well for the most part. With sprint I'll get 20 text in a row that were sent 8 hours before even while having a full signal the entire time.

I like what tmobile is doing by shaking up the market helping to lower prices.

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Postby onion » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:53 pm

mikegyver wrote:With sprint I'll get 20 text in a row that were sent 8 hours before even while having a full signal the entire time. .


That is so annoying. Happens all the time when my fiancee texts me. No texts for a while, and then suddenly a barrage of texts. Sometimes, the same text will send more than once, which is also very annoying. A while ago, something with her signal messed up and it kept trying to send the same message over and over and her phone kept thinking the message didn't send, and I'd get every single one. Got like 40 texts in a short period of time.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:31 pm

thread revival...

I`m thinking about going with Verizon soon, I have Tmobile (contract just ended) and their service is just bad in my area. Whenever i try and send a picture through text it will take 10+ minutes or even until the next day to send from my house but when i`m in a good service area it`ll send without a problem. a few weeks ago I drove to LA for a wedding and my service on Highway 101 was bad meanwhile my uncle had service(VZ) while mine died out at random.

I`m thinking about getting two phones with them- my brother will pay half of the bill. for data i think ill only get 3 gigs making it 5 gigs since they currently have promotion ( +1 gig per line)
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