View Poll Results: Which Carrier is Overall Best?

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  • T-Mobile

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  • AT&T

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  • Sprint

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  • Verizon

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  1. ilongbored's Avatar
    The contracts on my Sprint family plan accounts are expiring soon and I wanted to hear from others what U.S. cell phone carrier people think is overall the best.

    • 4G Speed/Reliabilty
    • 3G Speed/Reliability
    • Data Allowances/Price
    • General Pricing
    • Coverage
    • Evilness/Less Evilness

    Let's hear it!
    02-17-2012 12:53 AM
  2. myalover's Avatar
    There isn't a right or wrong answer here.

    Anyone that specifically says one is better than another is basing it on their area and their values.
    02-17-2012 08:12 AM
  3. axne1's Avatar
    In my area Verizon is the best I'm in Wisconsin

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    02-17-2012 08:24 AM
  4. RigelX's Avatar
    In South Alabama, Verizon drops a block from my house, and and T-Mobile is still on Edge... So AT&T is pretty much It for me.

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    02-17-2012 08:28 AM
  5. uh60james's Avatar
    Totally depends on where you live. For me the following.

    4G Speed/Reliabilty VZW
    3G Speed/Reliability VZW and Sprint
    Data Allowances/Price Sprint
    General Pricing Sprint and TMO
    Coverage VZW and Sprint (Exactly the same although Sprint may be roaming)
    Evilness/Less Evilness Sprint and TMO
    02-18-2012 12:42 PM
  6. ilongbored's Avatar
    I, myself am a bit torn between all four and below are my thoughts about each of the carriers:

    I still have unlimited data with Sprint, but I'm moving to the Dallas area and Sprint is a little spotty in coverage there. Sprint 3G speeds are consistent, but I'd like a 4G option that works. For a family plan with 5 smart phones, I haven't found a better deal than Sprint's.

    AT&T is at the top of my list right now because of their dual "4G" technologies. When you're not in LTE coverage (Dallas is AT&T HQ, so that may not be an issue), there's a good chance you'll be covered by a nice HSPA+ network. AT&T family plan can be cheap if you match your plan to your needs. If I put my mom on a dumb phone, it could actually be cheaper than Sprint, but with a lesser plan. I've heard people have problems with AT&T with dropped calls and the like. Probably my first choice considering the Dallas area (Plano specifically). Being able to switch phones by switching the SIM card in/out is nice, especially because you can use a smartphone without a data plan. AT&T hasn't really had any Nexus devices (unless you count Nexus S at BB or importing Unlocked Galaxy Nexus from Europe), but GSM Nexus devices seem to get updated faster than CDMA ones. I'm still waiting for ICS on my NS4G (although I have been running CM9 for awhile).

    Definitely the best coverage overall for voice, 3G and 4G. I don't like EVDO 3G speeds or the price of Verizon's plans. I also don't like the battery drain of LTE. When Verizon is VoLTE, I think LTE phones will be a lot better on battery life. Or perhaps they'll figure out how to make the LTE radios more battery friendly.

    I used to have T-Mobile and I was always happy with them. Their HSPA+ network is nice, but with no news of LTE, I'm not sure I'm ready to sign up for 2 years. Their prices are great in general. One hangup is that my wife would prefer to have an iPhone on our next carrier; although she is willing to go back to Android given the right size, quality, and speed. Also, having a SIM card is convenient, especially if you want a smart phone without a data plan. T-Mobile Nexus devices always seem to get updated first, which is definitely a pro for me since I'd like to go Nexus whenever possible.

    I definitely see the pros and cons of all four carriers, which is why I wanted to hear everyone else's opinions.

    Also, I posted this same thread and reply in all four carriers. Hope I'm not considered a spammer.
    02-19-2012 12:57 PM
  7. ab304945's Avatar
    Verizon for speed. sprint for pricing ad unlimited data
    02-19-2012 06:32 PM
  8. prolongExistence's Avatar
    Hmmm, Verizon for speed??

    I sit in an office with 2 ppl. I have Sprint, 1 has ATT & 1 has Verizon. We all tether our laptops and I am usually about the same or a little better than ATT data speeds (1.5-2Mbps). We both kill Verizon's speed.
    02-20-2012 01:27 AM