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Topic Started: Mar 13 2018, 04:53 AM (104 Views)
George K
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I've been an AT&T customer since the days when you could pick your own cellphone number. From what I can gather, it's pretty much a tossup as far as AT&T and Verizon go.

What about other carriers? Sprint? T-Mobile? I've heard that Sprint is "meh" on coverage.

What about cheapo carriers like Tracfone and its ilk?

Any experience?
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Jolly
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1. Cricket. Cricket is the cheap side of AT&T. Same towers.

2. Straight Talk. It's offered through Walmart. Serviced by Trac-phone. Could be AT&T or Verizon towers, depending on location.

Neither are going to have an abundance of customer service. I carry the Straight Talk. With tax and fees, a bump over $50/month, unlimited.

Don't know how much coverage you need, but Sprint has been running four lines for $100.
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Larry
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I've had Straight Talk for years. Whether you'll be on ATT towers or Verizon towers depends on which phone you select. If you have an unlocked phone and just need a SIM card, you can buy a SIM card for either one.

I have to have Verizon, because ATT coverage here sucks. Even with Verizon service gets sketchy in places, and if I'm at home I lose service about halfway up the driveway.

Both of us have the unlimited plan, which I pay for a year at a time to get a discount. As for customer service, I've had two phones that broke, both times I simply called them, they sent a return authorization and a box, I sent the broken phone back, they sent a new phone, no charge, no questions, the only inconvenience was the time it took for them to get the old phone and the new one to arrive, about 7 days or so.
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George K
Mar 13 2018, 04:53 AM
I've been an AT&T customer since the days when you could pick your own cellphone number. From what I can gather, it's pretty much a tossup as far as AT&T and Verizon go.

What about other carriers? Sprint? T-Mobile? I've heard that Sprint is "meh" on coverage.

What about cheapo carriers like Tracfone and its ilk?

Any experience?
Sprint is very "meh" on coverage.

T-Mobile sucks outside of cities in my experience. They have good plans, but the coverage is total crap in my opinion.
I cite irreconcilable differences.
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George K
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Sprint and T-Mobile don't rely on anyone else's towers, right?

I thought of going with X-finity mobile, but they are all Verizon phones, and you can't bring your own ATT phone.
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George K
Mar 13 2018, 09:01 AM
Sprint and T-Mobile don't rely on anyone else's towers, right?

I thought of going with X-finity mobile, but they are all Verizon phones, and you can't bring your own ATT phone.
In my opinion, what you're paying for with Verizon is the network; slightly more expensive, but if you live out in the sticks and still want your smartphone working, it's the best way to go.

Sprint and T-Mobile are cheaper, but crappier network. (Yes, I believe they don't do much tower sharing.) So, if you live in the coverage area, you can save some money. Just don't make any trips out to Sedona.

I have AT&T and they seem to be kind of in the middle, but with Verizon's prices. In other words, I'm looking to switch as well.
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I did the AT&T flavor of straighttalk for a while. It cut my phone bill in half at the time. I think their international roaming sucked but that was when I was really sick so I didnít care. The only feature that didnít work was visual voicemail.

In my defense, I was left unsupervised.
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George K
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Is there a shared data plan with Straighttalk or the others? I can't seem to find it on their websites.

Nope.
Edited by George K, Mar 13 2018, 09:21 AM.
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George K
Mar 13 2018, 09:17 AM
Is there a shared data plan with Straighttalk or the others? I can't seem to find it on their websites.

Nope.
Not for Straight Talk.
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Larry
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What does it matter if a phone provider is sharing towers?

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I've had a TracFone cell phone for almost ten years. I've been happy with it, although I live in the mountains, and therefore I can't get reception where I live.

But it's nice to have in case something goes wrong, such as my car breaking down, in which I can call a tow truck to get me, as long as I'm in range when the car breaks down.

I only pay $19.99 once every three months. So it's worth it for me.
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