What cell phone provider do you think is the best? Who has the best coverage and plans for the $?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 11:17 AM GMT
    I currently have spring and hate their customer service and their coverage!!! When I am at work if I go into the locker room I lose reception immediately but someone that has alltell will be standing right there talking on their phone!!! ugh!!

    Who do you think is best?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    Verizon works best in my neck of the woods.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    i like verizon
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    I have had at&t for years and have had no issues whatsoever with them. I get good reception everywhere here in socal..even in the lockerroom
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    I've had Verizon and I like them, but the best thing to do is going to be to talk to co-workers, gym members and people that do similar things as you and go similar places and find out who works best for them. Also take a look at if there is a specific phone you like that is only offered by certain providers.
  • kansascityman

    Posts: 31

    Mar 20, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    I have and iphone, so use ATT. Good coverage, and a pretty decent price. Do not have a landline, so the iphone is it. If you're even slightly interested in using the web, or other data services with your cell, take a look at ATT with the iphone.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    Ive been drooling over the iphone since they came out!!! I want one so bad but I just spent $350 on an 160 gb ipod so I really dont care about a phone that holds music to, but I love the touch features of the iphone so I could get anyway. Not sure what I am going to do yet.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Out here in the mountains, it really depends on exactly where you live and work. For example, AT&T works fine for me, but my friend gets absolutely no signal from them at his house. Verizon works better for him. I get no signal when I'm out in the orchard, but that's sometimes a relief.

    One almost needs to hold a party and see who's phone works best at a particular location.
  • NYCguy74

    Posts: 311

    Mar 20, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    I currently have the iPhone, and love it. I switched from T-mobile, and now have signal in several places that i didn't before. I live in New York, so i'm frequently in basement type areas. I've also made trips to Dallas and Orlando without problems.
    The $60 plan with 450 peak and 5000 night/weekend minutes with unlimited data is more than i ever need. plus they roll over the minutes that you don't use.

    You say phones in the locker rooms? Thankfully at my gym they are banned because of the cameras. I'm 99% sure i saw someone taking pictures one time. he had his phone out, and as he was placing it into his bag, he did this weird twist toward some guy who was changing. I'm pretty sure the next week i wound up by the same guy, and he had his phone out, so i asked him nicely to put it away since the week before i had seen someone taking pictures. I never saw him again.

    Also remember that most carriers have a few day grace period, that you can try a phone, and return it with little to no penalty if the service doesn't work for you.

    also I'm hearing rumors of refurb iPhones showing up, both through apple and at&t, so you might be able to get a good deal if you find one there.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    I use Verizon now, but used to use Cingular/ATampersignT, but found that I was happier with the range and strength of the signal I was receiving. It works in the b.f.e. around crowded tall trees, and underground in tunnels, after it initially drops and you call the person in the tunnel that is, but still I'm satisfied and I'm not easy to satisfy when it comes to technology.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Cell phone coverage varies by location. Chat with other people in your area to compare their coverage. I had Sprint for four years, and used it coast to coast, when service was available. An annoying thing with my Sprint phone, was that it would hold on to the low level Sprint signal for too long, instead of just switching over to a strong roaming carrier, such as Verizon or Alltel. Sprint used to be fairly decent, and offered me killer incentives to get me to stay, but it's a different company now that they are merged with Nextel. I called to cancel, one day into my billing cycle, and was told that they would not pro-rate the month, and that I would have to pay for the whole month. Several months ago Consumer Reports evaluated the cellphone carriers. Sprint came in last.

    Verizon and Alltel are good companies. In your location I would stay away from T-mobile. AT&T is another good choice. Their phones use GSM technology, which allows you to easily switch your account to different phones, by simply removing the SIM-card and putting it in another GSM phone, be it AT&T or a carrier-unlocked GSM phone.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    It REALLY varies city to city; in regards to coverage and keep in mind also that brands of phones vary with signal strength from carrier to carrier. For example, in San Diego my flat-mate & I both had Sprint, our phones would be laying on the coffee table next to one another and her Sanyo phone would ring and my Samsung phone would not! Now I have TMobile and so does a good friend. He has a Razor and his reception in my Apt SUCKS however my BlackBerry has no issues.

    So there are a lot of variables.
  • BlackJock79

    Posts: 437

    Mar 20, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    I've had Sprint for almost 6 years now and I've never had much of a problem with them. They've pissed me off and I call in to customer service and TWICE they have given me $150 off of my bill. I don't know if I'm going to stay with them when my contract is up in July 09 though. I was thinking of switching to Helio or Altell. We'll see what kind of incentives they offer me to stay though.
  • GeorgeNJ

    Posts: 216

    Mar 20, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    redbull saidIve been drooling over the iphone since they came out...


    A couple of friends of mine bought the iphone and after 6 months or so they both dumped them. Don't know what the real problem was, but they were not happy. They live in central NJ and work in NYC, so AT&T would not be a bad choice. They said they had a lot of problems with the phone.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    For the value of more minutes for your buck and less dollars , its T-mobile all the way. The reception is also very good. Also they are only one I know you can travel internationally with and have no problems. I use to have ATT wireless the reception was fuckin awful. I have heard about bad reception problems too on Sprint depending on what area of country you are in.
    I have travelled with my T-mobile and have no problems.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    We just got AT&T about a month ago. Very good coverage here in Central Florida. I have full bars almost everywhere. We have the Razr V3 phones too. Very nice fit in your pocket or in a little carry case on the belt.

    We went to an AT&T store and didn't pay a dime. Left with 2 Razr V3 phones and the 550 minute plan for two phones. We will never use that many minutes because all AT&T phone to phone are free and nights and weekends are free. Plus the extra minutes roll over to the next month. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 20, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    ggeo17 said[quote][cite]redbull said[/cite]Ive been drooling over the iphone since they came out...


    A couple of friends of mine bought the iphone and after 6 months or so they both dumped them. Don't know what the real problem was, but they were not happy. [/quote]

    A year ago I bought an expensive PDA from Cingular (now AT&T) and I found that I did not have the patience to deal with it. It felt strange dialing a call by tapping out the phone number on the screen, with my grubby fingers. I ended up taking out the SIM-card and putting it into a "normal" cellphone.

    I'm telling you this so that you know that should you choose to get an iphone from AT&T, and you decide it's not for you, you can still satisfy your contract term without penalty by putting the SIM-card in another phone.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 21, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    I had cingular in college and hated it. I have had sprint for over 5 years and I dont have too many problems with it. I find that most problems come with wear and tear on the phone. My brother (who also has sprint) could only get service in the corner of his room. When i was in his room, i was fine.
  • bobbyd918

    Posts: 14

    Mar 21, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    I've had US Cellular and known people with Sprint, Verizon, ATT, etc, and the best service I have ever used is Cricket Wireless (also Metro PCS is good) I get great coverage in my local area, unlimited minutes, unlimited US long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited wap (internet) for $45 per month + tax. My b/f has Verizon and he ends up using my phone because international calling is so cheap and his anytime minutes don't start till 9pm. The bad is that roaming is not the cheapest and phone customer service can be lacking.
  • iHavok

    Posts: 1477

    Mar 21, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    I really love Helio myself.
    My own wish was they had new devices more often...shrug. having three out at a time is annoying.