Chicago network condition?
So, my contract with Verizon is ending soon, and I have some decisions to make. If I want to upgrade, my bill will go from $80 a month to $120 a month on Verizon. That, obviously, is a pretty huge jump, and its not one that I think I can swallow. The only way to avoid it is to pay full price on Verizon, which again, is a big pill to swallow. I love Verizon's coverage and service overall, but not at $120 a month.
My other options are AT&T and Sprint, mainly because I can get a discount through my work on both. Sprint's comes out to $60 a month, while AT&T's is $110. Sprint's would obviously be preferable, but I am very wary of them because of their network troubles. I know they've gotten better, but I wanted some real life opinions from you guys. If I went to them, I would either choose the Evo LTE, or the Optimus G. (I like the Evo, but the raw power of the Optimus G is a big draw too)
So, what are your experiences with Sprint, especially in Chicago and the suburbs?
- 01-12-2013, 04:02 AM #2
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Re: Chicago network condition?
I'm in the northwest suburbs, and I can say that between Schaumburg and Addison, coverage is very good, and I have 4G everywhere I go.
I haven't been to the city in a few weeks, but the area by State and Cermak had great coverage with a strong LTE signal at the beginning of December. A few weeks before that, I was getting 4G near Wicker Park. It was a weak signal then, but I'd imagine it's gotten much better and filled out across Bucktown by now.
LTE has been rolled out to about half of the towers in the Chicago market so far, and S4GRU projects a completion date for the market in March. Except for a few spots around the city, especially near the Loop, I'd expect pretty good coverage (both LTE and otherwise) at this very moment, and it will only get better for the next 2 to 3 months.
- 01-13-2013, 11:48 AM #3
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