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Old 06-25-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Best cellphone service plan/company.

Who do you have, how much you pay, and are you satisfied?

I guess it down to the big three of Verizon, Att, and Sprint. They seem to be priced the same.
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Verizon seems to have the best signal, though not sure about the other features when compared.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:40 PM   #3
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Sprint.. but i got on when they had the SERO plans a few years ago.... 30 bucks for 500 minutes unliminted pictures, text and data. Staying with them as long as i can. No other carrier even comes close. Only had 1 dropped call in over 5 years, so cant complain either.
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Sprint.. but i got on when they had the SERO plans a few years ago.... 30 bucks for 500 minutes unliminted pictures, text and data. Staying with them as long as i can. No other carrier even comes close. Only had 1 dropped call in over 5 years, so cant complain either.
Holy crap that's a good deal. The same set up with Verizon is close to triple that now.
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I've had Sprint for two years, have rarely, if ever had a dropped call. I get 500 anytime minutes I believe, the best data plan (unlimited everything) and I only pay ~ 65 a month. They also throw free upgrades and other **** at you quite a bit. I just got my Palm Pre (not the coolest, but great for me) a while back and I'm already eligible for discounts if I want to upgrade again to one of the newer phones.

They've always been understanding with any issues I had. The only thing that pissed me off is I never received my 10$ account credit for turning in my old phone. Oh well. That's a Domino's pizza. Big whoop.

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I have AT&T and the service was great for quite some time. These days, I sometimes have 3-4 dropped calls a day. Was that way in KY and didn't change when I moved to Florida. I'd drop and change if every plan now didn't require like 1000 mins or something. I use like 200 a month, at most.
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It really depends were you are. In DC area it's Verizon, Sprint and ATT are horrible with coverage.
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I've had Verizon for five or six years now, and I've been really happy with call quality, reliability, and the network.

I had t mobile and sprint at various times before I moved to the v, and I would never go back. Not for any reason.

Kind of pricey, but not having to worry about the signal is worth it to me.
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If you have any business lines AT&T will package your cell phone lines in one total bill. I saved over half on my cell phones bill buy combining the two.
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I was smartphone shopping recently and easily - not even close - the best deal was the pre-paid Virgin Mobile. I didn't even look at them at first because I figured I had to go big 4 to get a solid phone, coverage, data. Nope. After taxes I'm paying $25 a month for service that costs around $70 on the next best network deal.

Coverage - Virgin is owned by Sprint so you are on Sprint's phone service and 3G. If Sprint is good in your area you're good to go.

Phones - Obviously if you want the newest releases, you have to go with the big carrier. But they have one very solid smartphone right now (Optimus V) and are adding a 4" Motorola in the next month that compares with the Evo. They tend to be about a year behind on phone tech. Small price to pay when you realize:

Price - This is where it gets amazing: paid $150 upfront for my phone, no contract, and then you can pay each month for a plan. $25 gets you unlimited texting, unlimited 3G data, 300 min talk. $40 gets you unlimited texting, unlimited data, 1200 min talk.

Again, TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS, and I have unlimited data. On the Sprint Network. Can leave at any time. Can adjust on a monthly basis if I need more calling.

Seriously, if Sprint is good in your area I encourage people to look into it. Here's an article hyping the deal well before they got some legitimately good Android phones:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/...on-the-planet/

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-...talk-plans.jsp

If there is a "catch" it would be that there is no roaming (i'm in a city, never go below 3 bars) and that the minutes on your plan are all you get - there are no nights or weekend minutes for free.

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Sprint and Verizon are the only two you should be talking about.

Ive had them all and have good and bad with them all but at the end of the day these two had the most pros and least cons.

Pros:
Sprint - Best metro area signal, major freeway signal is usually spot on. By far best pricing plans, Customer service top notch. Best Phone: HTC Evo (which, IMO, is the best phone on the planet right now)

Verizon - Best overall coverage in the country, fastest 4G network. Big variety of high end, high quality smartphones. Best Phone: iPhone/HTC Incredible (depending on taste, iOS is great, but I prefer droids since I am integrated with Google stuff anyway).

Cons:
Sprint: Country signal needs work, roaming needs to pick up towers better. Small amount high-end high-quality phones.

Verizon: Crappy service plans. Customer service leaves a lot to be desired.


In the end, go with what works for you. If you are mostly in metro areas, Id go with Sprint. If you tend to be in far flung areas or go out to far flung areas a lot, Verizon might be a better option for you. None of them are perfect so really just do research and find out which one is going to suit you and your needs best and then tolerate the imperfections of your choice.
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Anyone know anything about that Wal-Mart service? I think it's based on T-Mobile but I presume it would be pretty cheap. I actually think I heard some really good deals, actually.
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Sprint and Verizon are the only two you should be talking about.

Ive had them all and have good and bad with them all but at the end of the day these two had the most pros and least cons.

Pros:
Sprint - Best metro area signal, major freeway signal is usually spot on. By far best pricing plans, Customer service top notch. Best Phone: HTC Evo (which, IMO, is the best phone on the planet right now)

Verizon - Best overall coverage in the country, fastest 4G network. Big variety of high end, high quality smartphones. Best Phone: iPhone/HTC Incredible (depending on taste, iOS is great, but I prefer droids since I am integrated with Google stuff anyway).

Cons:
Sprint: Country signal needs work, roaming needs to pick up towers better. Small amount high-end high-quality phones.

Verizon: Crappy service plans. Customer service leaves a lot to be desired.


In the end, go with what works for you. If you are mostly in metro areas, Id go with Sprint. If you tend to be in far flung areas or go out to far flung areas a lot, Verizon might be a better option for you. None of them are perfect so really just do research and find out which one is going to suit you and your needs best and then tolerate the imperfections of your choice.

Nailed it.
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Anyone know anything about that Wal-Mart service? I think it's based on T-Mobile but I presume it would be pretty cheap. I actually think I heard some really good deals, actually.


The company is called straighttalk, and it's actually Verizon based. THIS is ultimately the best deal out there, as you're using the biggest network for the cheapest price. $45 gets you unlimited EVERYTHING. Minutes, texts, data...all included. $30 can take care of everything you'd need as well, it's just not unlimited. http://www.straighttalk.com/ . It's prepaid, easy to use, and an incredible deal.

The only real cons, are a SEVERELY limited selection of phones (they might be getting better, but I haven't looked in a while), and the fact that if you're a day late buying the next month's plan, you lose your number, which could be a pain in the ass. The customer service is non-existant btw.

I used their service whilst taking a break from Sprint (there was a loophole to where I could back out of a contract with no fee, and come back to get the Evo on a new contract), and really had no problems. Plus, they'll port your number over to any major carrier you decide to go with at that time.

Overall: really cheap, really easy, best network.

If I ever leave sprint, I'll be going back with them.
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We don't use much cell phone so T-mobile prepay serves our needs. After purchase of 1000 min for $100 all refills include another year of service with rollover of old minutes. Still got 500 min on my last year so $10 gets me 30 minutes and another year of service; can always buy another 1000 min for $100 if needed. Does not include text or pictures. Our yearly cost is about $70.
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The company is called straighttalk, and it's actually Verizon based. THIS is ultimately the best deal out there, as you're using the biggest network for the cheapest price. $45 gets you unlimited EVERYTHING. Minutes, texts, data...all included. $30 can take care of everything you'd need as well, it's just not unlimited. http://www.straighttalk.com/ . It's prepaid, easy to use, and an incredible deal.

The only real cons, are a SEVERELY limited selection of phones (they might be getting better, but I haven't looked in a while), and the fact that if you're a day late buying the next month's plan, you lose your number, which could be a pain in the ass. The customer service is non-existant btw.

I used their service whilst taking a break from Sprint (there was a loophole to where I could back out of a contract with no fee, and come back to get the Evo on a new contract), and really had no problems. Plus, they'll port your number over to any major carrier you decide to go with at that time.

Overall: really cheap, really easy, best network.

If I ever leave sprint, I'll be going back with them.
Wow, even better. Any idea if you can use a random unlocked phone or just stuck to their phones? Just gave it a glance and that seems to be the only thing stopping me... and I have a generally crappy phone, as is.
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Wow, even better. Any idea if you can use a random unlocked phone or just stuck to their phones? Just gave it a glance and that seems to be the only thing stopping me... and I have a generally crappy phone, as is.
Pre-paids tend to make you stick to with the phones they offer and not bring over unlocked. If you want a better prepaid phone seriously look at Virgin or Boost. Both are on the Sprint network, both have some decent to good Android phones. Way better than what Cricket or Straight Talk have right now.

If you talk a lot Boost has an unlimited everything for $50 (and that price goes down 5 bucks for every 6 months you are with them) and Virgin has unlimited text, data, and 1200 minutes for $40. Or $25 if you rarely use the minutes and just need 300.
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I have Verizon. Got the 4G Thunderbolt by HTC a couple of months ago. Awesome phone, better than an iPhone in many ways. My wife and oldest daughter are also on my plan though they do not have data on their phones. My unlimited data plan is $30 which seems high. Then you have unlimited texting on my wife and daughters phone. 1400 minutes, which we rarely use bc every call seems to be to a caller on Verizon or one of my top 10 which is free as well. All in all, a little over $160 a month! Seems high to me, I should call and drop down to 700 minutes... But then you don't get your top 10 anymore.... So I would probably go over 700.
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I have a HTC Incredible on Verizon and I like the phone and network alot. The cost is really high, however. Now that Verizon has ended one year contracts, I'll be looking elsewhere.

My wife does the virgin prepaid thing with their Android phone. She's very pleased with it.
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Pre-paids tend to make you stick to with the phones they offer and not bring over unlocked. If you want a better prepaid phone seriously look at Virgin or Boost. Both are on the Sprint network, both have some decent to good Android phones. Way better than what Cricket or Straight Talk have right now.

If you talk a lot Boost has an unlimited everything for $50 (and that price goes down 5 bucks for every 6 months you are with them) and Virgin has unlimited text, data, and 1200 minutes for $40. Or $25 if you rarely use the minutes and just need 300.
I have Virgin, they have some descent phones, $25 for 300 minutes and unlimited text, data and email. Never had a dropped call, about as good a deal as you can get. And they use the Sprint network.
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My dad works for AT&T, So I like my Blackberry and unlimited everything for $15 a month.
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My dad works for AT&T, So I like my Blackberry and unlimited everything for $15 a month.
Well if you're willing to share your deal, I agree that this thread is moot.
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I have Virgin, they have some descent phones, $25 for 300 minutes and unlimited text, data and email. Never had a dropped call, about as good a deal as you can get. And they use the Sprint network.
This is what I've been preaching since I joined. Unless you're some power user or uber-nerd who absolutely needs the latest and greatest (which will be outdated in, oh, 3 months anyway), I just can't find a way to justify paying almost $50 more a month. Calling, texting, email, maps, YouTube, Google, browsing - all just as good as any other phone, except I guess 4G. But, again, I can't begin to find a reason to pay over triple a month (plus a two year contract) to have my ESPN scores/Facebook updates go a few seconds faster?

Hell, my Optimus is supposed to be entry-level Android, but testing an unauthorized version of Netflix I can stream video smoothly (though I can't understand how anyone could enjoy watching very much video on their phone for any extended period of time).
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