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Verizon or Sprint.....Droid 2 or Evo

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by kp5lrhs, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. kp5lrhs

    kp5lrhs Lurker
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    This summer i would like to purchase my first smartphone. I'm out of contract with Verizon so switching carriers is a possibility (not att) I did all the research I could handle and I came to two conclusions or possibilities.

    Jump ships to sprint for the HTC Evo (I like the mobile hotspot feature, the hdmi feature, and eventually the possibility to stream netflix)


    -or-

    Wait for Verizon to release the Droid 2 or Shadow that would have similar specs, (I'd like to have a physical keyboard though with droid 2)

    Is sprint's cheap plans and bang for your buck really as enticing as it sounds or will i regret leaving verizon's coverage?? I live in rural Kansas btw, everybody here has Verizon. I don't know anybody with Sprint.

    Anybody Verizon wanting EVO but just can't make the jump because of the new Motorola Droid's coming out???
     

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  2. i VTAK

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    I'd find out how Sprints coverage is in your area. If it sucks, there would be no reason to switch. It sounds like you want a keyboard too, so I say wait for the new Droid.
     
  3. SubSolar

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    I'm in a similar debate but will probably go with Sprint for the Evo. I'm attracted to the larger screen, don't see Verizon coming out with a comparable big screen any time soon.
     
  4. Haelous

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    Sprint coverage definitely exists in Kansas according to their map. If you were north, or north-west of Kansas I would say it's a crapshoot at best, as Verizon is basically the choice for those areas.

    Sprint does have that 30 day guarantee - why not take advantage of it and see how it is?

    What do you want a physical keyboard for, and have you used Swype long enough to learn it?
     
  5. Isthmus

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    For me stock android is important so I would go with the droid 2
     
  6. takeshi

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    +1 Always consider coverage where you need it.
     
  7. Vihzel

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    I'm definitely going to take a good look at Motorola Shadow and Droid 2. I'd never leave Verizon for Sprint. I travel a lot and Verizon's coverage dominates Sprint's coverage. I need my 3G service. :)
     
  8. kp5lrhs

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    yeah the Shadow will be ruined by Blur imo. Hope they have an option to turn it off for people who would choose that phone.
     
  9. sontaikle

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    +2 Coverage trumps the phone in my book.

    Someone said it further up, take advantage of Sprint's 30 day guarantee and see how the coverage is. The Evo is an awesome phone, but how awesome will it be if you can't use it? Make sure that you get good service before getting locked into another contract.
     
  10. BoomerFZ1

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    Y'all might wanna check into this...I'm pretty sure Sprint leeches off of Verizon towers when it looses it's own signals at no cost to the customers. So it's almost like gettin' Sprint service with V as a backup.
     
  11. SysAdmNj

    SysAdmNj Android Enthusiast
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    I agree and is why I'm not joining sprint as the coverage stinks where I live and if theres anything I've learned
    coverage > phone
    Or something

    What does this mean exactly? sorry, still new to the android platform.
     
  12. DROIDdidME

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    What does this mean exactly? sorry, still new to the android platform.[/QUOTE]


    The HTC Evo has "HTC Sense" so it's not 100% stock "vanilla" Android.
     
  13. ewingr

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    I'm in non-rural Kansas, and was on Sprint for a few years. There are a few places on I-70 that it drops (shouldn't drop on a major freeway in my opinion); can't get it consistently in my house. While I'd love to have the Evo, no Sprint for me. Their customer service used to be bad too, altough I hear it is better now.

    Based on the very poor battery life I'm hearing about, that too gives me pause for the Evo. I'm hearing good things about the Samsung Galaxy, so I'm hoping for that to come to At&T. Of course there's lots of concern about support and possibility of rooting the Samsung.

    The Moto is sounding pretty good too.

    Seems there is no 'perfect' phone. One has best screen, another best battery, another best UI etc. Just need to decide which functinoality of feature is most imporant to you....AFTER being sure you get on the right carrier.
     
  14. SysAdmNj

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    The HTC Evo has "HTC Sense" so it's not 100% stock "vanilla" Android.[/QUOTE]

    Dont mean to hijack this thread but, cant you remove HTC Sense and install stock android any version?
     
  15. sontaikle

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    If you root the phone you can.
     

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