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Goodbye Verizon
Paulah01
Member

Hi,

I had been a Verizon customer for 8 years.  I have decided to switch to Sprint since Verizon requires users to switch to a usage based data plan if you want a discount on the iPhone 5.  I thought about buying an iPhone 5 at full price, but it is too much.  I have to say that I am very disappointed that only Verizon did not allow customers to retain an unlimited data plan while still getting a discount on an iPhone 5 like other carriers.  Since I am not being forced to stay with Verizon, I can go somewhere else.  I like Verizon very much.  I have to give up my North America's Choice plan and unlimited data.  My monthly bill was $107.  Too bad Verizon will no longer get my money.

Erika

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Re: Goodbye Verizon
zixl
Member

One year ago, I was in the same boat. I wanted the iPhone 4S. I jumped ship to Sprint for the cheaper phone price and the unlimited everything plan.

It didn't take long for me to realize what a mistake that was. I'm sure for some people, Sprint gives them a nice, fast signal.

Not in my city.(MSP) The data was so slow, it was almost unusable. No wonder it's unlimited.

I read the Sprint forums and they said they were working to improve the speed. It never happened.

After 2 months, I paid big money and left.

With the iPhone 5, one of the best benefits of it is the 4G LTE. Verizon covers around 400 cities. Sprint is like 15-20.

Unless you live in one of those 20 cities, buying an iPhone 5 on Sprint, will be just like owning a slow iPhone 4. Eventually, Sprint might catch up but it will take years.

At the very least, borrow a Sprint phone from someone and see how well it works in your area. Run some speed tests.

Please don't let the allure of a cheaper phone and unlimited data (which is only while on THEIR network)

be the only reason for leaving.

An iPhone 5 with 4GB of data on Verizon runs $110.00 a month with Share Everything, I believe.

If you "like Verizon very much", look before you leap. Wish I had.

Re: Goodbye Verizon
gina7239
Sr. Member

There not making you upgrade the only unlimited is sprint what are the others we you talking about. Atat is saying if you have unlimited or non share plan you can't do FaceTime over cellular. That is the same minding thing like Verizon. There saying if you don't give up something you can't have something no matter what it is.

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two1361
Member

I know i might be the anomaly but i switched from unlimited data on my Android to 2GB on my iPhone5. and i have no problem. in the spring i was on vacation and used a lot of data but no where close. granted this is the first iPhone i've owned so i dont know what kind of data usage i'll have. and in the philly area the LTE speed is decent.

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alex_davis
Member

Paulah,

From where I sit and the research I've done b/t carriers... I understand where you are coming from.  I am not a "power user' but used 5 Gb last month just by listening to/streaming music (2-5 hrs/day), navigation, a couple youtube clips as well as syncing with work email, personal email, and other apps like jefit and NBC news.

I am currently on Nationwide Share plan with unlimited data including 2 phones and 1000 txt messages at ~$150/month. However, I need to adjust my plan to remove my wife's phone due to the fact that she does not use her phone at all.  From what I understand so far is that by doing so, I will be forced to choose an Everything Shared plan.  So by taking the worst case scenario, if I choose the 6 Gb Share Everything plan, I will be paying more for a single phone with a cap (and the stress of monitoring the usage) then where I am now at ~$150. 

I have a smartphone and will use it as a smartphone.

Sprint is looking very good to me due to these facts.  I'm ok with  3G since that is what I am on now.  But, I'm not ok with paying more for less.  Furthermore, the Sprint leadership are not ignorant to the fact they are currently be behind in coverage regarding 4G; I'm sure they see the need to expand and will do so... especially when competitors begin to cap and throttle usage.  Unlimited = freedom and Sprint seems to know and respect this.

Sprint:

$140ish with unlimited data plus 6Gb hotspot add on.

$90ish with unlimited data

If Verizon offered unlimited/unthrottled data with voice/text options, they would probably trump the competition.

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Re: Goodbye Verizon
mrpearsoy
Novice

alex.davis wrote:

Paulah,

From where I sit and the research I've done b/t carriers... I understand where you are coming from.  I am not a "power user' but used 5 Gb so far this month just by listening to/streaming music (2-5 hrs/day), navigation, a couple youtube clips as well as syncing with work email, personal email, and other apps like jefit and NBC news.

I am currently on Nationwide Share plan with unlimited data including 2 phones and 1000 txt messages at ~$150/month. However, I need to adjust my plan to remove my wife's phone due to the fact that she does not use her phone at all.  From what I understand so far is that by doing so, I will be forced to choose an Everything Shared plan.  So by taking the worst case scenario, if I choose the 6 Gb Share Everything plan, I will be paying more for a single phone with a cap (and the stress of monitoring the usage) then where I am now at ~$150. 

I have a smartphone and will use it as a smartphone.

Sprint is looking very good to me due to these facts.  I'm ok with  3G since that is what I am on now.  But, I'm not ok with paying more for less.  Furthermore, the Sprint leadership are not ignorant to the fact they are currently be behind in coverage regarding 4G; I'm sure they see the need to expand and will do so... especially when competitors begin to cap and throttle usage.  Unlimited = freedom and Sprint seems to know and respect this.

Sprint:

$140ish with unlimited data plus 6Gb hotspot add on.

$90ish with unlimited data

If Verizon offered unlimited/unthrottled data with voice/text options, they would probably trump the competition.

sprint does not know and respect that. you get to be the number 3 carrier in the US (and bleed customers) for a reason. have you considered the fie print in Sprints ad? "Unlimited while on our network". so what happens when you roam? and yes they have 3G but its not reliable. A lot of Sprint customers can attest to that. You do get what you pay for. Its just like a current Honda owner being upset that the new Accord costs more than the current model, even though there is advancements to the vehicle, and saying they can get the same thing getting a Kia. Yes, they both go from A to B, but which one does it better, has a prven track record, and supports their product? If kia was as good, or if Sprint was as good, they would be neck and neck with their competition.

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alex_davis
Member

You bring up a good point and understand what you are saying. As for me, I do not travel much and looking at their coverage map, I am well covered. 

Also, "bleeding" is common among every carrier considering the discussions on all the forums.

Each carrier is "on our network" and limited when roaming.

I understand that Verizon is the Cadillac of carriers. I just need a vehicle that is suitable for my needs.  I'm all about competition, but I am more about make the right choices for my budget while balancing desires.

"Better" is relative, and Sprint is better for my needs and the needs of others. 

As I have stated before, I understand Paulah's point of view.

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kaebfly
Leader

Honestly, that is the best way to look at any decision when it comes to your wireless service (and many other things). Look at your needs and choose what better fits your needs. For many obviously, Sprint fits their needs...be it actual coverage being good in the areas they need it, cheaper prices, whatever. As long as anyone considering them makes sure they make an informed decision rather than making one out of anger then they should be fine.

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iPhoneNerd
Novice

i just switched from Sprint To Verizon, trust me you do not want those 3G data speeds no matter where you are.

Yes is unlimited but we are talking about 0.1.0.5 Mbps.

i believe at&t requires full price of iPhone to keep unlimited as well.

if you had to choose a carrier with unlimited.

definitely  Tmobile, although they don't support LTE

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alex.davis wrote:

Paulah,

From where I sit and the research I've done b/t carriers... I understand where you are coming from.  I am not a "power user' but used 5 Gb last month just by listening to/streaming music (2-5 hrs/day), navigation, a couple youtube clips as well as syncing with work email, personal email, and other apps like jefit and NBC news.

I am currently on Nationwide Share plan with unlimited data including 2 phones and 1000 txt messages at ~$150/month. However, I need to adjust my plan to remove my wife's phone due to the fact that she does not use her phone at all.  From what I understand so far is that by doing so, I will be forced to choose an Everything Shared plan.  So by taking the worst case scenario, if I choose the 6 Gb Share Everything plan, I will be paying more for a single phone with a cap (and the stress of monitoring the usage) then where I am now at ~$150. 

I have a smartphone and will use it as a smartphone.

Sprint is looking very good to me due to these facts.  I'm ok with  3G since that is what I am on now.  But, I'm not ok with paying more for less.  Furthermore, the Sprint leadership are not ignorant to the fact they are currently be behind in coverage regarding 4G; I'm sure they see the need to expand and will do so... especially when competitors begin to cap and throttle usage.  Unlimited = freedom and Sprint seems to know and respect this.

Sprint:

$140ish with unlimited data plus 6Gb hotspot add on.

$90ish with unlimited data

If Verizon offered unlimited/unthrottled data with voice/text options, they would probably trump the competition.

Firstly a single line Share Everything plan with 6 GB of data is $120 a month not $150. Not sure where you got your math.

Also since Verizon has the most customers they already do trump the competition. Unlimited data is not sustainable so quit asking for it. People that think that it is are being obtuse. Heck my cable ISP doesn't give me unlimited data and I pay $50 for that. How people think a cell phone company is supposed to give unlimited data for $30 a month is beyond me. And before people say that they used to as proof well that was when they ran a 3G network not a 4G one and maybe 1/3 of the phones or fewer were smartphones. And those smartphones had less capabilities than the ones now. If Verizon offered an unlimited plan but charged $200 a month for it people would still complain even though Verizon would be giving unlimited back as an option.

Lastly it's called WI-FI and if you use that whenever you can you'll cut down on your data usage greatly.

Go ahead and go to Sprint. Enjoy the 3G speeds. IF you can even get those speeds. As time goes on Sprint's network will get worse an worse as people start talking advantage of that unlimited data. Sprint will eventually dump unlimited too. Their CEO even said so.

We currently have no plans to change. We’re not saying we won’t but right now we don’t have any plans to change our rate plan structure or our price levels.

Read between the lines. He's clearly leaving the door wide open for dumping unlimited. If anyone gets mad at him when Sprint does dump unlimited he's got proof where he said unlimited wasn't going to be forever.

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