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Shopping for cell carrier

Anyone use a company OTHER than Verizon for their cell phone? I am less than thrilled with their service recently. Not terrible, but not good enough to keep me loyal either. I am a light but everyday user, mostly voice (usually 10-20 mins/day, except when I'm phone-tutoring) with a little bit of text-messaging.

Who do you use? Do you like them? What kind of plan do you have?

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lil_cherub August 20th, 2009
We have AT&T. We get service almost everywhere and the rates aren't too bad.

daedaleandeus August 20th, 2009
I use T-mobile for the MyFaves program, because I only have 5 people I really talk to regularly. I have unlimited anytime calling to them, 300 anytime minutes, free nights and weekends, and something like 400 text messages a month. I have never come even remotely close to going over my plan. I want to say that the plan costs me about $55 a month (for the first day in weeks I don't have my budgeting notebook in the office) and it came with a free Razr, which was the phone I wanted.

Regarding coverage, I've noticed a dead spot here and there, but overall they tend to be less than a mile or two wide and never anywhere I'd be staying (usually on the road and whatnot). I think my phone has dropped 1 call in the time I've owned it.

anitra August 20th, 2009
Yeah, I just looked up their plans. The basic plan (probably w/o the text-messaging, since I send maybe 10/month) is $40, which is about what we're paying now. And the myFaves is pretty good for me, as there are only 2-3 people who I spend much time with on the phone during the day.

jzer August 21st, 2009
warning, canceling a tmobile plan before it ends cost $200 for each line. they wanted to charge me $600 to terminate my 3 lines when i left. true story.

bonisagus August 20th, 2009
Yeah, I'm thinking about switching as well. Coverage in Grafton has gotten worse and worse. I used to be able to use my phone at my house and now I'm lucking if they signal only cuts out once during a conversation.

aleksandyr August 20th, 2009
AT&T service and reliability has been generally crap in high density areas: I lose calls constantly in Boston, Seattle, Vegas, and San Francisco. Outliers are decent.

Speaking as a long-term Verizon customer, I would regret switching were it not for the iPhone. =/

21stcherryboy August 20th, 2009
I use Sprint, and the reception has been (surprisingly) really good for the last couple years, but they have probably the worst customer service I've ever encountered anywhere. In their stores, on the site, over the phone... I have the cheapest plan with $5 more for 100 text messages a month, nights start at 7 PM.

jzer August 21st, 2009
I am not impressed so far with AT&T's 3g coverage. sometimes it's ok, mostly it's blah.

I had t-mobile for 5 years, and sure, the coverage was crap, but their customer service was top notch. Since I like being able to get away sometimes, i loved it. but no iphone, hence at&t.

i'll never use verizon. not just because they're bad at math but because they're bad at math and won't fix their mistake. also, everybody hates them.

good luck!

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