I just jumped to VZW from sprint. If you think a couple minutes here and there is infuriating, try having a 3g network that is slower than big red's 1x. Seriously. I had a 4g capable evo shift overclocked to 1.2 GHz, and it would take about 8 minutes to load a 5 minute YouTube video.
I understand that VZW requires that you pay a premium to play, but believe me, one of the alternatives is not even comparable.