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#1 Apr 08 2013 at 8:00 PM Rating: Good
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My contract is coming to an end with AT&T end of this month and I'm getting off a family plan and hoping to start a family plan of my own. I'm seriously looking at Sprint. They seem to have good coverage in my area, unlimited data, no deposit upon start up, reasonable monthly rates, and the phone I want is free with 2yr activation. I've heard the "unlimited data" really isn't unlimited and they either cap you or seriously slow your data down towards the end of the month depending on your usage. I would be getting on Facebook and Youtube. Maybe the occasional Google search but my boyfriend and his little brother, who I will be putting on my family plan, will be the main data users. Does any one else here have Sprint? Or have something good to say about their current carriers? I've also heard Verizon is pretty good but they're wanting a $400 deposit...
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#2 Apr 08 2013 at 10:55 PM Rating: Good
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I have Sprint, I dont like their customer service, but had no issues phone service wise. Honestly If you can buy the phone by itself for a decent price go with a prepaid carrier, its way cheaper. Me, my wife, and her mother have a family plan. 1500 Mins(Shared), Unlimited Texts, Unlimited Data (I havent seen any slowdown at all. Her mom uses an ungodly amount 6+gigs a month, on what I have no clue) We Pay a bit above 200/month for all 3 smart phones. Which is annoying when prepaids offer Unlimited everything for 45 a month. Would be a saving of 70+ a month.

Ive seen a few people say Ting (google it) is pretty good and you can use almost any phone with it. I shy away from TMobile and AT&T I had terrible coverage with both. I like US Cellular too, if they are in your area. Having quicker upgrades and some other neat benefits is nice.


Edit: I would have saved 1800 in the last 2 years if I went Prepaid(75x24). Pretty much that "free" phone you get isnt free. I could have bough each phone for cheaper (HTC Evo 4Gs)



Edited, Apr 8th 2013 11:59pm by BeanX
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#3 Apr 09 2013 at 4:03 PM Rating: Good
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I have a family plan on AT&T, and since we've been with AT&T since 2004 or so, Ray and I have unlimited data. So we're pretty much locked with them because we refuse to give that up. But we haven't had an issue with coverage unless I'm 3 levels down in a parking garage in downtown or Ray's in a remote part of the military bases where there seems to be signal scramblers to begin with. Kids are on our plan as well so our wireless plan is actually our biggest household cost (except for the mortgage of course). Man I so can't wait for them to be all grown up and paying their own bills.
#4 Apr 09 2013 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Sadly, where I live it's Verizon or dropped calls. I would not recommend Verizon if you can avoid them. They don't charge more than other big companies, but their costumer service is crap, and they love to clog up your phone with bloatware.

Edited, Apr 9th 2013 6:41pm by Turin
#5 Apr 10 2013 at 6:30 AM Rating: Good
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Up in my little corner of the country US Cellular is really the only provider with sufficient coverage to make it worth having a cell phone.
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#6 Apr 10 2013 at 7:20 AM Rating: Good
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I've been leaning towards T-Mobile, since they split the plan into a device plan and service plan, allowing you to pay the phone off and lower your overall monthly expense, while still not requiring you to purchase the phone outright. I currently have Verizon, and while their service is good, the amount I'm paying monthly is too damn high.
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#7 Apr 10 2013 at 9:29 AM Rating: Good
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I've never really had problems with Sprint, but I don't exactly live in an area where cell phone coverage is a problem no matter who you go with. No issues with data or slow down, and I download a lot of free games and apps.
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#8 Apr 12 2013 at 3:32 PM Rating: Good
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I've been thinking about going the prepaid route too. A woman I work with has Virgin mobile and only pays $50 a month for unlimited everything. Virgin uses Sprint towers too so I wouldn't have to worry about coverage no matter where I go. I just got a new job working for the State so my bill would be $180/mo with the 1500min family plan. If I went the prepaid route, it would be $150/mo plus I would have to purchase 3 new phones unless the prepaid does discounted phones with activation like most cell carriers do. I'll do some more research and take a look around Monday. I did have unlimited data with AT&T but my old phone took a bath and I was up for an upgrade so I got a new phone. Turns out, the phone I got was a "smartphone" and my old phone wasn't so my data plan changed, which they did not tell me. I don't understand why my new phone is a smartphone when it does nothing my old phone didn't and it wasn't considered a smartphone. Now, I'm paying an extra $30/mo for a 2GB data plan that I didn't know about. Well, I say now but this has been about 2yrs ago. Anyway, thanks for the info!
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