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Old May 14th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help or advice on what do about switching carrier's or staying with VZW for the s4 or move to Sprint.

I've heard Sprint is having issues with customer service right now and is also adding on extra charges to people's plan and just being poor in the hospitality department etc.

Also with there coverage map for 4g and 3g is not as great with VZW either. Only reason I'm looking at sprint is because of there unlimlited data plan. I tend to use a lot of data out on the road.I do need be more better about just connecting to wifi when offered in place.

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Old May 14th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well i would not switch to sprint personally, they always say they are upgrading their network but their data speeds are dismal in a lot of areas. You may want to consider T-mobile though. They have an unlimited data option, and their base option is 500mb of high speed but after that it slows down to 2g speed, but it is still unlimited, and there is no contract
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I need some help or advice on what do about switching carrier's or staying with VZW for the s4 or move to Sprint.

I've heard Sprint is having issues with customer service right now and is also adding on extra charges to people's plan and just being poor in the hospitality department etc.

Also with there coverage map for 4g and 3g is not as great with VZW either. Only reason I'm looking at sprint is because of there unlimlited data plan. I tend to use a lot of data out on the road.I do need be more better about just connecting to wifi when offered in place.

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If you use more data out on the road you might want to check Sprint's coverage map and see if you will even be getting data. lol

There internet is by far the slowest, especially if you aren't in the select few LTE Cities.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ditto what others are saying. Sprints 4g lte is slow. My neighbor has them. I get faster speeds on tmobiles non lte network. Whats funny is he gets 4g at his work but said 4g stops at my house and he only gets 3g at his house. lol I would look into tmobile as well but make sure to check out different sites for coverage and tower locations. They can be good or bad in areas. Cant beat them where I live.
I would stick with verizon before I would ever switch to sprint.
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Well the unlimited data plan isn't a big issue will maybe. If I was to slow back down to a limited data plan. It would be 2GB plan. I would just have to make sure to stay in wifi 90% of the time. Just a tough choice. Kill my plan and keep the great coverage or bag the carrier and get an unlimited plan. What would you guys do? I can use any where from 4 GB to around 10 GB on the road if I use just checking email, web surfing , downloading etc. perhaps I just need to use wifi more.
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The only downside to sprint as mentioned is the abysmal data speeds. And not to mention over the last 4 months, I've got 2 "upgrades" in my area, whom customer service said would be lte upgrades, but no dice.

If you want unlimited, I would check coverage to see if your area has lte, if not, then I'd advise you to look into t mobile as well.
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Im in an lte area, and sprint isnt too bad. Its not going to top any speed records (its not all the way rolled out yet), but its unlimited.

I dont want to watch my data use, i dont need blazing fast speed, and sprints customer service has always been pretty good to me

Sprint has been killing it with android update rollouts recenrly as well. All around its on the up and up
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See that is the thing on me too. I don't want to watch my data usage as well. But I want the best coverage as can be . If I had the money I would just buy the s4 outright.ugh. It's hard to say where I will be next year. As I am planning on enlisting (soon / this summer) So its just a touch choice. No problems with VZW at all just the data plan I am worried about.
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Sprint will roam for free on Verizon's 3g data network so you should always have coverage. The problem with Sprint is that if you're not in their 4g lte coverage area, their 3g coverage is similar to dial up speeds in most areas I encountered. Meaning it wouldn't matter if you had unlimited data because it's too slow to use any significant amount. If you're bouncing around from place to place, chances are you'll be stuck with painfully slow data speeds at some point.
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I just don't know what do . I check on plans today. I'm not losing any money or saving money if I switch to a 2GB plan I pay about the same amount to my unlimited plan. I just wish I had the cash to buy the phone out right but damn such a big price tag on these phones. I could go buy a cheap car ha.
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So my option are to either pay extra 10 bucks or so and get a 3GB plan to my phone . or save up and buy the phone out right to keep my unlimited . damn i can't decided .
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Well it going back in and talking a VZW rep . I'm going to buy the phone out right and keep my unlimited data. Will the best option for me since I use so much data. Plus what is the point of not fully using all that 4g data will a limited data . so pointless IMO.
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