Carrier Thoughts

Posted Aug 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm in Threads > Opinions

So the reason for this thread is simple. I see a lot of hate towards certain carriers. Sprint for one has a lot of negativity around it. That is my current carrier. I see a lot of comments about speeds and connectivity. I live in the Chicagoland area. I have a HTC Evo LTE. I rarely if ever have issues with signal or LTE connection.

I will personally be changing to T Mobile when the next Nexus pops up. The main reason for that is the pricing of the plans. I don’t like paying a subsidized fee if the phone is paid off. I also like the no contract approach.

So my question is what’s your carrier of choice, why, and how’s your signal?

  • Hector

    I’m in central PA, a Verizon user for over 10 years. My signal at home is TERRIBLE! Until I got the network extender, I had to go outside, walk about 75 yards into the field next to my barn, hold the phone up over my head, and hope to get one or ( infrequently ) two bars. OR I could drive about 1/2 mile down the road and the signal was fine. imagine if my house were on fire and I was trying to get signal to call for help. Verizon was gracious enough to actually refund my entire cost for the extender after I politely wrote an actual hard-copy letter about the problem! Very nice — but the problem still exists even though they erected an antenna on the hill above my house.
    I’ve been exploring Sprint simply because Verizon won’t budge on the price for the HTC One — $199.99 seems a bit high when Sprint has the same phone, in a selection of colors, at BOGO. We will see if Big Red drops the price. If not, I may be a former customer.

    • uknowme

      Ouch sorry. Don’t know your feelings about Best Buy but that’s where I got my last 3 phones. They don’t get commission so they apply all the rebates on the spot. When I got this phone last year I only had to pay $50 out of pocket.

  • thymeless

    I’ve had good coverage in even out of the way places on Verizon. Pretty good on AT&T in those same areas. But they’re both way overpriced for what is provided. j

    I’m on T-Mobile with a $30 pre-paid plan now. While I get coverage in those same remote spots, it’s now roamed on AT&T and that limits what I can do when in those more remote spots. Sufficient for an emergency if needed but a bit of a hassle.

    Coverage at my home is equally bad from all 3 of these providers. For around the town, I’d rate them about the same as well, Still, considering the price and how they work in my more daily routine, I’m very happy with T-Mobile.

    I won’t get tied to the contract system. Buying the phone outright and then jumping SIMS and service as needed is the best for me. And T-mobile makes that easy, affordable and it works.

    • uknowme

      Nice to hear that. I’ve been wondering service is with T-mobile. I’m guessing by limiting you mean data.

  • thymeless

    Yeah, when I’m getting AT&T signal in out of the way places, I can only call, no data. I can usually find a wifi hotspot from a hotel or restaurant if I need data though. This is Utah, and cell coverage once you get off the major freeways can be pretty spotty. You’ll generally get coverage when you get into one of the towns, but it might be voice only on T-mobile. T-mobile 4g is only in the high population spots along the Wasatch Front, but that’s where I do most of my use really. There’s good phone service in Moab too as it’s a tourist attraction.

    • uknowme

      Wow I haven’t been out to Utah since I was a little kid. Happy to hear you have decent coverage out there.