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Shadnic

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Hey everyone, I'm currently in a painful situation because...I have the opportunity to switch to verizon with 20% off (and I may be able to get a family plan and save even more), which is fairly significant. I love Sprint, I love the underdog, I love that they try to make their customers happy, and I love that they're working so hard to improve their network. Problem is...right now, it's just practically unusable.

I've been in 7 states in the last month (on complete opposite sides of the country), and my sprint service has ranged from occasionally acceptable to "I might as well not have a smartphone". I don't think I've ever seen more than 2 bars in the last few months, and my speeds are normally around 100-600 kbps. I've actually retrained myself to just not expect to use my phone for anything but calls and texts because most of the time...it just won't. Facebook? Ha! Better wait till I get home to read that notification. Hear and interesting fact? Oh I should look that up later when I get home. Need to check the news right now? Let's see if I can find a starbucks with some wifi. My signal often completely dies when I'm inside buildings. My friends next to me with verizon will be pulling up web pages and checking emails while my phone is overheating and burning through it's entire battery just to hold onto a single bar. I've grown used to the fact that if I leave the house, my phone will probably burn through half it's battery by the time I get back, and if I try to use it while out, I better have a charger handy.

I honestly can't even imagine what life would be like having a reliable network...which is percisely what I hear Verizon is. I would never want to pay their prices, but 20% off.....

As for unlimited...with the network the way it is, I physically can't use enough data to make use of unlimited. I have a 1/10th of a GB used this billing period (close to a month) because it's simply...too...slow....to....use....

Being GSM compatible is huge for me considering I've done an incredibly amount of traveling out of the country lately, and if I had had a world phone, I can't imagine how much easier my life would have been (though getting by without any phone was fun as well).

I'm going to be moving to Orlando in a few months, and then possibly D.C. about 6 months after that. Anyone have any first hand experience with sprint in those areas. Have any improvements hit the network there?
 

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Im kind of in the same boat, looking at AT&T or Verizon sadly I don't have a 20% discount (that I know of). Looking at my Sprint bill I only used a little over a gig of data last month but I have to wonder how much more data I might of used if my phone actually connected to the 3G network regularly.
 

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I used to have sprint, I switched to Verizon back in December for the gnex for two lines I pay around the same amount as I did with sprint, I was fortunate enough to get the 10gigs for 5 gig price special they were running. I am totally happy with the service and the lte is super fast and widely available. 3g is even way better than sprint's.

Like you said what good is unlimited data if the network is too slow to use it. With sprint I would get around 2gb a month but on Verizon I'm pushing 8-9 a month.

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If the service is not useful right now for you and you are able to get out then good luck to you. Making the switch would be best for you. I also get 20% at sprint and been with them since 96 (NYC) and beside minor inconveniences, I have never had problems with them. My brother has Verizon and yes it is faster but not worth the price when mine still works and good enough for me.

I am a Sprint fan so I'm not going anywhere but I am also a Sammy Fan so Verizon,ATT,Tmobile,US Celluar. Doesn't matter. The GSIII will rock on any carrier! lol
 
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I moved to ATT and the network is great. Sprint in my area was just god awfully slow! Ask around to see who offers the best coverage in your area.

Service > Device > Network Type > Customer Service
 

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Hey everyone, I'm currently in a painful situation because...I have the opportunity to switch to verizon with 20% off (and I may be able to get a family plan and save even more), which is fairly significant. I love Sprint, I love the underdog, I love that they try to make their customers happy, and I love that they're working so hard to improve their network. Problem is...right now, it's just practically unusable.

I've been in 7 states in the last month (on complete opposite sides of the country), and my sprint service has ranged from occasionally acceptable to "I might as well not have a smartphone". I don't think I've ever seen more than 2 bars in the last few months, and my speeds are normally around 100-600 kbps. I've actually retrained myself to just not expect to use my phone for anything but calls and texts because most of the time...it just won't. Facebook? Ha! Better wait till I get home to read that notification. Hear and interesting fact? Oh I should look that up later when I get home. Need to check the news right now? Let's see if I can find a starbucks with some wifi. My signal often completely dies when I'm inside buildings. My friends next to me with verizon will be pulling up web pages and checking emails while my phone is overheating and burning through it's entire battery just to hold onto a single bar. I've grown used to the fact that if I leave the house, my phone will probably burn through half it's battery by the time I get back, and if I try to use it while out, I better have a charger handy.

I honestly can't even imagine what life would be like having a reliable network...which is percisely what I hear Verizon is. I would never want to pay their prices, but 20% off.....

As for unlimited...with the network the way it is, I physically can't use enough data to make use of unlimited. I have a 1/10th of a GB used this billing period (close to a month) because it's simply...too...slow....to....use....

Being GSM compatible is huge for me considering I've done an incredibly amount of traveling out of the country lately, and if I had had a world phone, I can't imagine how much easier my life would have been (though getting by without any phone was fun as well).

I'm going to be moving to Orlando in a few months, and then possibly D.C. about 6 months after that. Anyone have any first hand experience with sprint in those areas. Have any improvements hit the network there?

Don't have any first hand experience with Sprint's network in Orlando but I am in the DC area and I can say that sprint's network here is pretty stable. They are in progress as we speak of deploying network vision/lte in the DC area and I have some updated speed tests to show the improvements on the new nv sites that were upgraded recently in the area. Towers that were averaging 300-400 kbps down are now pulling 1400-1600 kbps down steadily on 3g. If your moving to the DC area in the next 6-8 months, I would not rule sprint out. The entire DC/VA market should be completed by then with upgraded 3g speeds and lte deployed. I'll take that with unlimited data as long as they offer it before capped data any day.
 
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