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Time for a change in Service....Which One, though?

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by Leeloo, Oct 24, 2005.

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Which carrier do you like best/prefer?

  1. Sprint/Nextel

    10 vote(s)
    13.0%
  2. Cingular

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    19.5%
  3. T-Mobile

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    15.6%
  4. Verizon

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    42.9%
  5. Other (i.e. Alltel, Cellular One, Cricket, Qwest, etc.)

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    9.1%
  1. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    Actually from what I hear Verizon doesn't have that great of their own native coverage in parts of AZ. In Northern AZ, for example Sprint has much better coverage and also has a roaming agreement with Alltel there (Verizon does not).
     
  2. josephd

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    Thanks Larry, I will keep that in mind.:)
     
  3. CellGeek

    CellGeek Sprint is the BOMB!
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    No tv ad is better than VZW ad[/B].[/QUOTE]

    I agree with that. Sprint and Cingular ads are lame in comparision!
     
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    i voted cingular, buts because they are the best where im at. it might be differant where you are.
     
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    I agree with that. Sprint and Cingular ads are lame in comparision![/QUOTE]

    These carriers has to Challenge VZW Ads
    Head On 'cuz they are as Good
    and VZW is No Better than them.

    Unless they don't have the guts to it.
    What VZW has is TV viewer Perception.
     
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  6. josephd

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    I still have my Virgin Mobile phone activated, so when I get the opportunity which hopefully will be this year I am going to visit Arizona. That will be the true test for Sprint to see how much footprint they have since as you all know you cannot roam on Virgin.:)
     
  7. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    I don't think you'll be disappointed. AZ is a strong state for Sprint.
     
  8. CellGeek

    CellGeek Sprint is the BOMB!
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    Can a Virgin phone be used successfylly to test Sprint's network? Does a Virgin phone have the same PRL as a real Sprint phone?
     
  9. josephd

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    Hopefully not Larry, so far Sprint and VZW are neck and neck in the race to win me over.:)
     
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    I do not see why not Virgin Mobile is on Sprints network, like I said you cannot roam that's it. So if it works well in AZ. imagine what kind of service you would have if you had Sprint?
     
  11. Andy

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    Verizon's network in Arizona, overall, is excellent. They just extended their network with the acquisition of Valley Telecom in the Southern part of the State. Larry is correct in stating that in some areas of extreme northern Arizona, Sprint may work better than Verizon, but other than that, Verizon has a great network there.
     
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    Since a Virgin phone will not roam, I suspect it has a PRL that only has Sprint SID's in it.
     
  13. larry

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    Well like I said Sprint's great roaming agreement with Alltel in the Northern part of AZ gives them an advantage.
     
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    If I pull up a regional map of Arizona on VZW'S website their coverage looks good but it seems you would be better off with a tri-mode phone since there is still some areas with analog.
     
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    Depending on where you go in the state, yes a tri-mode phone may work well.
    A friend of mine successfully forced his AC2 phone to ALLTEL in Northern Arizona and made/received calls successfully, so if you know how, there's a way around it. ;)
     
  16. @TheRealDanny

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    Virgin Mobile phone in AZ. = lots of dead spots.

    Might as well get the real thing if roaming is critical to maintain voice service.
     
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    That answers my question since I have a Virgin Mobile phone that I planned taking with me while visiting AZ.:rolleyes:
     
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    That answers my question since I have a Virgin Mobile phone that I planned taking with me while visiting AZ.:rolleyes: I just hope my Cingular service does not let me down,despite having coverage in AZ. looking at the regional they still look pretty soft out west.
     
  19. larry

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    I don't think you'll many problems with Virgin Mobile in AZ. AZ is a great Sprint market and as long as you stay in the populated areas you should be fine.
     
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    Thanks Larry, the trip will be interesting, a mixture of relocation info, sight seeing, and of course cell tower searching.:D
     
  21. JR1

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    I like Cingular. It has worked for me pretty much everywhere I have gone. I live in rural Kentucky. There are a few dead spots here but for the most part the area is covered. Cingular is also the only choice for my home as no other carrier has service here.

    GSM is great. It let you be compatible with networks all over the world. I have used my phone in Europe a great deal without any problems.

    I think it depends on where you live and what service the people you call most have. Most plans are near in price from all the companies.

    I had no problem getting Cingular to unlock my phone. I just told them that I travel to Europe a lot and they got me the code. But I have been a Cingular subscriber since they came to my area.
     
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    So far during my Visit to Arizona I have not had any real issues with my Cingular service. I traveled up North to Flagstaff and onto the Grand Canyon along I-17 and 40 my service held naturally I lost service when I got into the Grand Canyon according to staff only Alltel works up there, there were times along 89A in Sedona I had lost service but deep in the canyon I expected that.I did notice though when I was on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon I had to dial 1 before the area code to connect to any calls.
    For the most part Cingular has much of Phoenix and surrounding cities covered in AZ. I ask the locals whomever I see with a cell phone and some have T-Mobile, others had Sprint or VZW. The majority I talked with leaned toward Sprint for service in Arizona, VZW is the coverage king but everyone complained about VZW's cost.I found Sprint to be acceptable in AZ. my Virgin Mobile worked fine for the most part except up North I had glitches in service along the way,and that to came to be expected we do not have roaming on Virgin Mobile.

    My theory is again no carrier is superior to the other, it is a matter of what works for each individual, they all have there problem areas.
     
  23. larry

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    One advantage that Sprint has in Northern AZ (including Grand Canyon) is their roaming agreement with Alltel.
     
  24. TProphet

    TProphet I *am* a mobile phone
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    Virgin Mobile uses Sprint PRLs. However, the firmware on their handsets is locked to "Sprint PCS Only" mode, meaning that only Sprint SIDs are scanned.

     
  25. TProphet

    TProphet I *am* a mobile phone
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    Note that this is only available to Sprint subscribers. If you use Sprint through Virgin Mobile, STi Mobile, or another MVNO, you can generally use only Sprint's native network.

     
  26. hinano_paradise

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    It is interesting to note that the VZW store in Laguna Niguel is also full of frustrated Verizon customers. I went in there to get a software update to fix bugs on my phone. They made me wait in line for 35 minutes and then told me that I would have to come back the next day because they were closing in 30 minutes and software upgrades take 45 minutes to do. I explained that I have a job and couldn't come in the next morning. "Sorry." End of story. I wish that when I walked up to the kiosk and put in my name and why I was there, that they would've explained to me that there wouldn't be enough time. It also peeved me that their techs rang up new sales and did support calls when there was no one who needed to buy anything...bad etiquette.

    You think that Verizon has good coverage in South County? Try driving along Jeronimo. It's a nightmare. I also get bad coverage in Rancho Santa Margarita (where I used to go to school). San Juan Capistrano off Ortega is a nightmare, and forget coverage in Coto de Caza. Of course, no one gets coverage there, so that isn't a Verizon specific thing.
     
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    What's this??? You mean even "can you hear me now" is not perfect in South County?? :D
     
  28. hinano_paradise

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    Don't get me wrong, I am not claiming that other carriers are perfect. In fact, I am not even going to claim that Verizon is worse than other carriers because I don't have a lot of experience dealing with other carriers (I've been with Verizon since I first got a cell phone in 2001). What I am saying is that I hate when people "oversell" Verizon is my opinion. Don't claim that people won't have hiccups with Verizon service. I've had my share of horror stories with that company. Please be balanced in the way that you present it. Just because you have a CDMA phone doesn't always mean that you will necessarily get coverage in areas that GSM networks don't. I've been traveling through eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, northern/central Idaho, and western Montana. Honestly, my coverage with Verizon hasn't been that great. There are only a few places that I've gotten coverage with Verizon that I haven't gotten coverage with my T-Mobile prepaid phone and in eastern Washington there were even some places that I got full reception with my prepaid T-Mobile phone that I got little to no coverage with my Verizon phone.

    I just have to reiterate the statements made by other people in this thread. Who has the best coverage? It all depends on where you live, work, and play.
     

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