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Default Cell phone company recommendations please!

Starting to hate Verizon wireless! Who do you have and like?
Good coverage etc? Thanks in advance!
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Had Alltel, was happy. Coverage in this area is still good since Verizon took over, it's the only tower in the immediate area. Looking at the Verizon plans, it appears the monthly bill will go up significantly when the existing contract is up. Neighbor next door is always dropping calls, he works for and has Sprint.
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I've been with T-mobile for 6 years now. Never a hassle, good service. Price is what it is - the wife gripes about the cost (because she pays that bill), but I'm always quick to point out that if she made the son (19) and daughter (26) foot their own cell phone bills, it would be a heck of a lot cheaper!!

I'm old school. Have an older Motorola V330 clamshell phone. It rings, I answer. That's about it. The rest of the family has text, web, and all that other crap on their phones. I looked at the bill one month online just to see who was using what. Wife - 838 texts, Son - 632 texts, Daughter - 1186 texts. I was like 1186 texts??? That's nearly 40 a day!! Good grief!! Do you not do anything else all day long?? ;?

However, I've done the math and it's pretty much same-same price with any of the major cell phone vendors.

If I had only one personal gripe, it's having to pay $1.50 a minute when I'm over the border in Mexico. They don't have an unlimited international plan. Phone works great there, but I avoid using it there other than "Hey, I'm alive." and "Hey, I'm on the way home" calls.
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I have a cell phone for work that uses sprint. Can't say I'de recomend it because of dropped calls and no rings on incoming calls half the time. The wife has verizon and never has problems.
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I have Verizon, I like the phone service. I dislike the customer service, store service, and the expensive bill. I am thinking of going to the walmart phone. You get Verizon coverage for half the price. No contract either.
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PagePlus Cellular. They are a reseller for Verizon. I have 1200 Minutes and 1200 Texts per month for $29.95 total (no tax, or other crap).

It is a rock-solid network (Verizon) -- but at a fraction of the cost. The only gripe I have is that they can't seem to grasp repeat billing.

But all in all, wonderful.
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ask local friends. A lot depends on your location. I'm good in some areas (sprint) and wife is good in others (verizon) and we both travel - she nationally me mostly SE/MW
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I have ATT. Just made a land trip from Fl to western NY and back thru Blue Ridge Pkwy, Helen Ga, and back to Fl via I75. Never lost signal and made and rceived a few calls along the way. And, this is with a cheap, bottom of the line LG flip phone.
May not be teh cheapest one around, but it works well. I have been with ATT since 1994.
Never had a problem with billing, either.
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If I'm not using Verizon then there are going to be a lot of cell phones with bullet holes in them.

I refuse to do business with Verizon directly. I use a little local reseller and get outstanding service. They might not get the latest and greatest but the personal service level more than makes up for it.
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Go cheap as possible - and if you can't afford it, dump it.

Remember: simplify
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Look at Walmarts Straight Talk service. It is on the Verizon network and the price is $45 for unlimited phone, text, and internet with no other charges!
My contract with Verizon is up in january and thats where I am going. They just started adding some smart phones to their lineup and will probably be adding more. It is a prepaid but you can set it up for auto renewal every month so I dont see a difference other than if it sucks you can walk away.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-T...-Card/11604093
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As others said it depends on where you live. In my area ATT coverage is horrible as soon as you leave town so I stuck with Verizon.

If you are looking to save money I would go the prepaid route. The prepaids can be a lot cheaper, but I wanted one of the new droid phones. Another thing to look into is see if your employer has a deal with any of the major carriers. My company has a deal with ATT and Verizon to get over 20% off all of their plans.
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What OldPete said +2. My only addition would be for those who tend to shy away from "prepaid" plans. This carrier allows monthly billing to your credit card and the $ 29.95 monthly cost for 1200 minutes,etc. is the total cost with NO taxes of any type added. This is a significant savings while continuing to have the Verizon network.
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Originally Posted by LuckyLadyBH View Post
What OldPete said +2. My only addition would be for those who tend to shy away from "prepaid" plans. This carrier allows monthly billing to your credit card and the $ 29.95 monthly cost for 1200 minutes,etc. is the total cost with NO taxes of any type added. This is a significant savings while continuing to have the Verizon network.
Yeah -- any hints on how to get them to renew it properly. This is the THIRD time it "lapsed" because they didn't renew it right.

For $29.95 and stable service, I'm not complaining, but thought I'd ask if you have any hints.
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Had Verizon, no real complaints but recently got my 14 year old son a phone so we switched to T-Mobile to get a family plan with texting. We are actually getting more services/features for less money and, they offered some nice free phones. I went to Verizon as an existing customer and was offered a piece of crap flip phone. I have had it a little over a month and so far am enjoying it. My T-mobile phone works everywhere my Verizon phone worked.
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I have had sprint for about 14 years. I think it just depends on the area and how old you phone is. I had a blackberry that was 2 years old that was not the best anymore. I just got a new one that makes a world of difference.
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They all suck
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mronzo, I work with a national cellular company called Consumer Cellular, which is the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members. The company is no contract and has plans starting as low as $10/month. AARP members receive 5% for cellular usage and 30% off select accessories. If you don't like the service, you can also cancel within the first 30 days or 30 minutes of use risk free, whichever comes first, and Consumer Cellular will even pay for shipping. If you are concerned about service, make sure to check the coverage map on the website consumercellular.com. If you have any additional questions, give us a call at 1-888-245-5509. Hope that helps!
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Nope!!
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I work for one of the major providers.

As a number of people have mentioned above no single carrier has the best coverage everywhere. I was with one carrier and had mediocre coverage in my home, switched to another provider and coverage was great. Pretty typical scenario.

The best route to take is to sign up with a carrier that will offer you a 30 day money back guarantee. This gives you the opportunity to try the service and phone in your usual day to day routine to ensure both perform to your expectations. If they don't then you can cancel the contract and return the phone. I believe you are out only the various taxes.

A word about X year contracts; All the majors offer phones at a substantially reduced price, some even free. The carrier is basically subsidizing the price of the phone and their way of re-couping their cost of the phone is to tie you into a two year contract.

Pre-paid is not a bad way to go but the phones offered, especially any free phones, are often not very good.

A poor performing phone will be perceived as poor service (few people blame the handset and blame the network instead). While it is valid to assume the carrier has tested each phone on their network - they do, there are still varying levels of handset quality. Go for a cheap phone and take your chances.

If you are given to changing phones often be certain to investigate the carrier's "up-grade" policy. If you are given to breaking your phone often check on their handset insurance. Say you opt for their free, or nearly so, phone and, while it works ok, you decide you'd prefer a better phone. Or, if you drop your freebie in the urinal and need a new one. If you are not eligible for an upgrade or don't have it insured, you'll end up paying full retail to replace it. You're likely to be surpirsed how expensive a "free" phone is.

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