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    Default Sprint data coverage truly sucks

    For the last 4 years that I have had sprint with the 2 htc Evos I've had. ( the 4g wimax and the lte), I've always had to toggle airplane mode to get on 4g. I've had this Samsung Galaxy S5 over a month the last several days I've been having to toggle airplane mode again. So it's not htc or Samsungs issue it's the crappy sprint service. I shouldn't have to update my prl every day and the last few times I tried to update profile I got an error. Sigh*

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    Why not switch carriers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    Why not switch carriers?
    I switched to AT&T and even though I am paying a little more, I am quite happy with the new service.

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    I think Sprint knows there only trump card is the fact they are the only company that has truly unlimited internet. My bill is at $150 for 3 phones and other carriers cant even come close to that. I travel country wide and use an average of 30-40 gigs a month of data. If it wasn't for all of that I would be long gone from sprint. I agree it is very frustrating.
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    Well, I'm under contract with 5 lines. So switching won't be easy, especially with my wife she complains we pay too much for cell service already. I've looked into other carriers in the past and I think at&t and vzw are crazy with their prices I'm in Chicago and Sprint has improved with their updating of towers and what not over the last several months just pisses me off I thought those days where behind me with connection issue. I wish Sprint would get their **** together.

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    Yeah macmov, there are days when there are no issues on the spark network and being unlimited is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkjames71 View Post
    Well, I'm under contract with 5 lines. So switching won't be easy, especially with my wife she complains we pay too much for cell service already. I've looked into other carriers in the past and I think at&t and vzw are crazy with their prices I'm in Chicago and Sprint has improved with their updating of towers and what not over the last several months just pisses me off I thought those days where behind me with connection issue. I wish Sprint would get their **** together.

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    Tmobile is pretty good in Chicago as I understand it, and they have unlimited Data and will buy out your contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriBeard92 View Post
    Tmobile is pretty good in Chicago as I understand it, and they have unlimited Data and will buy out your contract.

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    I was just about to suggest T-Mobile too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmov View Post
    I think Sprint knows there only trump card is the fact they are the only company that has truly unlimited internet. My bill is at $150 for 3 phones and other carriers cant even come close to that. I travel country wide and use an average of 30-40 gigs a month of data. If it wasn't for all of that I would be long gone from sprint. I agree it is very frustrating.
    Ditto for me too :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkjames71 View Post
    Well, I'm under contract with 5 lines. So switching won't be easy, especially with my wife she complains we pay too much for cell service already. I've looked into other carriers in the past and I think at&t and vzw are crazy with their prices I'm in Chicago and Sprint has improved with their updating of towers and what not over the last several months just pisses me off I thought those days where behind me with connection issue. I wish Sprint would get their **** together.

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    Just out of curiosity, if you've had Sprint for this long and have been having issues, why renew your contract?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkjames71 View Post
    Well, I'm under contract with 5 lines. So switching won't be easy, especially with my wife she complains we pay too much for cell service already. I've looked into other carriers in the past and I think at&t and vzw are crazy with their prices I'm in Chicago and Sprint has improved with their updating of towers and what not over the last several months just pisses me off I thought those days where behind me with connection issue. I wish Sprint would get their **** together.

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    I have been on VZW for 15+ years, 20? dunno, long time.

    I have been "on contract" and "off contract" many times over. It just depends on my mood. Back in the day, I would just buy another flip phone off ebay in the cheap "refurbed" arena and go on w/o a contract.

    Fast forward to this year and the S5 is available and I want it.... sigh! do I stay off contract and pay full price, or do I say okay and take it for $139 and two years on contract?

    I took the contract because my SS check don't allow for a lot of frills in life.

    VZW coverage is the best there is, but with any carrier, if they don't have a cell site nearby it don't matter, you go roaming....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZgl1500 View Post
    I have been on VZW for 15+ years, 20? dunno, long time.

    I have been "on contract" and "off contract" many times over. It just depends on my mood. Back in the day, I would just buy another flip phone off ebay in the cheap "refurbed" arena and go on w/o a contract.

    Fast forward to this year and the S5 is available and I want it.... sigh! do I stay off contract and pay full price, or do I say okay and take it for $139 and two years on contract?

    I took the contract because my SS check don't allow for a lot of frills in life.

    VZW coverage is the best there is, but with any carrier, if they don't have a cell site nearby it don't matter, you go roaming....
    I don't think he has an issue with being in a contract.. I think he is basically saying he would have to pay ETF for 5 lines so switching would be super expensive.. That's more his issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    I don't think he has an issue with being in a contract.. I think he is basically saying he would have to pay ETF for 5 lines so switching would be super expensive.. That's more his issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriBeard92 View Post
    Tmobile is pretty good in Chicago as I understand it, and they have unlimited Data and will buy out your contract.

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    It really depends on your specific location. Even within the same building it can make a huge difference exactly where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    It really depends on your specific location. Even within the same building it can make a huge difference exactly where you are.

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    Agreed. OP you should try T-Mobile's test drive... Free... And you can see how the network is in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkjames71 View Post
    For the last 4 years that I have had sprint with the 2 htc Evos I've had. ( the 4g wimax and the lte), I've always had to toggle airplane mode to get on 4g. I've had this Samsung Galaxy S5 over a month the last several days I've been having to toggle airplane mode again. So it's not htc or Samsungs issue it's the crappy sprint service. I shouldn't have to update my prl every day and the last few times I tried to update profile I got an error. Sigh*

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    You do know what the issue is right? It's the spark implementation and how it (doesn't properly) hand off from CDMA back to LTE after a call or text comes in.

    This isn't the phone, as you'd mentioned, its not even spark...its the towers you're hitting not having the right piece of handoff software installed as part of Network vision. This is going to happen on any device with Spark enabled (read: all Sprint devices going forward) until the towers are upgraded in round 2 of the NV.

    Okay...that's the bad news....good news is that once the towers are updated...everything works fine. I live in Atlanta....between the city and Athens...so we were one of the first places to roll out LTE...and then the first with tower upgrades in NV2. Had my GS5 for about a week before the swap...and it was painful. Tower upgrade and everything is peachy...until I drive to the airport where (on the drive) there are four towers left to upgrade and I'm back to pre nv2. I was up in Illinois (deerfield) not too long ago...and that was hit or miss...so I'm assuming there's some work being done in IL.

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    Maybe it's where you are at.

    I always have 4g. Only place I loose it is a certain places at my work it drops to 3g I don't complain cause I am surpassed I get any signal at that spot.

    If your area is currently getting its network vision upgrades, your service will get a little worse, not a lot but every now and then you will lose data completely. But once it is done is worth the wait.

    Sure download speeds might not be as fast as the other 2. I get an average of 10mbps down currently, will be better once we get band 41 here. Sprint is cheaper and atleast where I am at the coverage is pretty much the same as att and Verizon. Plus unlimited data is nice. My friends that have att and Verizon always worrying about not going over their data limit. I just laugh.

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    I was thinking about switching to T-Mobile with the "try it free for 30 days" until I realized that EVERYONE has that. You can sign up and then you get either 14 days or 30 days to cancel the contract and return the phone. PLUS, on top of that, TMobile will put a $650 hold on your credit card for the value of the iPhone 5S that they give you. After I read that, I just stayed with AT&T. Sure, TMobile has all of these revolutionary things that they're doing (and thank God for that since it got AT&T to lower their prices quite a bit and give us installment plans), but when I went out to Cape Charles in VA and went on the Chesapeake Bay bridge, AT&T and Verizon were the only carriers there that actually had coverage in both places. And this was even 10 miles off land and on the bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ab304945 View Post
    Maybe it's where you are at.

    I always have 4g. Only place I loose it is a certain places at my work it drops to 3g I don't complain cause I am surpassed I get any signal at that spot.

    If your area is currently getting its network vision upgrades, your service will get a little worse, not a lot but every now and then you will lose data completely. But once it is done is worth the wait.

    Sure download speeds might not be as fast as the other 2. I get an average of 10mbps down currently, will be better once we get band 41 here. Sprint is cheaper and atleast where I am at the coverage is pretty much the same as att and Verizon. Plus unlimited data is nice. My friends that have att and Verizon always worrying about not going over their data limit. I just laugh.

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    I never worry about going over my data limit with AT&T. I get 10GB a month for 5 lines and even with streaming music with Google Play, we never really go over 4GB a month. For $199, I get 5 lines, unlimited text, voice, and more data than we actually use. Plus, if anyone goes well overboard with data, I can turn off their data...... I used to have Sprint and coverage was quite bad when I traveled. 4G didn't work well when I was driving at all (Wimax was even worse then).... Coverage was quite bad in fringe locations too with Sprint.

    Plus when I lived in Los Angeles, Sprint coverage was horrible (absolutely horrible) until they decided to allow roaming on Verizon's towers for free with a PRL update and a new phone.... but even then, it wasn't that great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alissa914 View Post
    I was thinking about switching to T-Mobile with the "try it free for 30 days" until I realized that EVERYONE has that. You can sign up and then you get either 14 days or 30 days to cancel the contract and return the phone. PLUS, on top of that, TMobile will put a $650 hold on your credit card for the value of the iPhone 5S that they give you. After I read that, I just stayed with AT&T. Sure, TMobile has all of these revolutionary things that they're doing (and thank God for that since it got AT&T to lower their prices quite a bit and give us installment plans), but when I went out to Cape Charles in VA and went on the Chesapeake Bay bridge, AT&T and Verizon were the only carriers there that actually had coverage in both places. And this was even 10 miles off land and on the bridge.
    Yeah true most have the 14 day return or whatever but you still have to pay them.. Regardless. I tested Verizon and it cost me about $140 to do so. Sure I returned the phones and canceled contract but I still had to pay for the days we used the network... Activation fees... And restocking fees..... So the T-Mobile deal being 100% FREE.... Is a big thing. Sure they put a hold since they're handing you a device but once you return it the hold is released... I'd rather of had a hold that gets released then pay the 140 I did to Verizon to try it out.

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    Sprint knows that if they ever dropped there unlimited data they would be out of business. Like I said it is the ONLY trump card they hold. I travel so much I don't think there is a single carrier out there that will be trouble free in all area's. SO for that fact I will stay with Sprint. However I am about to call up retentions, since my 3 lines are out of contract ,and threaten to move just to see if they will throw me a bone like they use to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmov View Post
    Sprint knows that if they ever dropped there unlimited data they would be out of business. Like I said it is the ONLY trump card they hold. I travel so much I don't think there is a single carrier out there that will be trouble free in all area's. SO for that fact I will stay with Sprint. However I am about to call up retentions, since my 3 lines are out of contract ,and threaten to move just to see if they will throw me a bone like they use to.
    Traveling a lot usually works best with Verizon. As you said there is no perfect carrier but Verizon does have good coverage.

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    Sprint's just crappy all the way around. If Softbank doesnt buy them I can see T-Mobile taking the 3rd spot away from them soon enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmov View Post
    I think Sprint knows there only trump card is the fact they are the only company that has truly unlimited internet. My bill is at $150 for 3 phones and other carriers cant even come close to that. I travel country wide and use an average of 30-40 gigs a month of data. If it wasn't for all of that I would be long gone from sprint. I agree it is very frustrating.
    T-Mobile has truly unlimited as well. I average around 30 to 40 gigs a month. Plus have 5GB of mobile hotspot included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherH1 View Post
    Sprint's just crappy all the way around. If Softbank doesnt buy them I can see T-Mobile taking the 3rd spot away from them soon enough.
    Uh... Softbank already bought Sprint.. Like awhile ago .

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