Switching Carriers.

Posted May 08, 2013 at 8:46 am in Threads > Opinions

Currently with Sprint. Living in Houston I thought for sure I wouldn’t have the issues others had reported with speeds once Network Vision was underway. I was wrong, while Network Vision brought LTE, a year after it was announced the buildout still isn’t complete and won’t be till possibly November(according to S4GRU). There are areas still with just 3G that I can barely get over 200kbps, and areas with LTE that don’t want to work either. I went to Dallas last weekend with a few friends and 50% of the way up there my phone was unusable. I had signal, but no data.

Needless to say I am ready to jump ship. What are everyone’s thoughts on Tmobile? Anyone in the Houston area that can chime in? I know Verizon and AT&T have better coverage, but not really sure if it’s worth twice as much a month.

  • MisterLee

    I’m in the North New Jersey area and I actually know some people who are in charge of the Sprint network upgrades in my area and in New York. They’ve been at it for about a year here and they still tell me it wont be ready till the end of the year MAYBE. The 3G service is horrible!! and the Wimax (If you still have an older phone) isnt much better.

    Still torn about jumping ship though because my monthly is pretty nice! Tmobile’s new plans look promising but its still scary lol

    I feel your pain bro

  • Kevin

    You should check out both cellreception.com and rootmetrics.com to see how well each carrier covers your location. Cellreception is great for feedback from other users, and rootmetrics has very detailed coverage maps so you can see firsthand.

    Personally, I would say which carrier/plan is best depends on 2 things. Your coverage and your usage. What kind of mins/texts/data do you use monthly?

    I personally use Solavei, my plan is $49 for unlimited calls and texts and 4GB of data at HSPA+42 speeds (my download speed tends to be between 12 and 14 MBps). This works great for me, but it might not be for everyone. There are over 50 different companies providing cellular service in the US. I know a lot about most of them. If you want any guidance, feel free to email me: [email protected]

    Good luck!

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Houston is one of the first markets for T-Mobile LTE, so I think it’s worth a look. You can easily sign up for just a single month to test it, but you would need a GSM compatible phone. I’m not sure of their latest policy, but most carriers let you try their service for 14 days and can cancel without a penalty.

    • tommydaniel

      That’s what I’m considering, just need to find a phone or a friend with a compatible phone I guess.