ATT, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile - Which one did you choose, and why?


macrumors 601
Jun 21, 2010

Why? I actually like my phone working at all times. No reason to spend so much on an iPhone and neuter it on Sprint/TMo's crappy excuse for networks.


macrumors newbie
Jun 23, 2012
Markham Il
Good question I have had all of them except Verizon. I hear they are pricey and I do phone activations at Wal-mart and their retail support suck balls. Thats why I did not go with then when I left T-Mobile. T-mobile Service is ok but i had issues with customer service so I left them. Sprint sucked all around so I am with AT&T been with them 2 years and have had no issues they always wave any fees and and overages and the service has been great for me. Truth be told I wanted a Iphone so that factored in also lol but it has been great. So I would say AT&T but thats just my two cents:)


macrumors 6502a
Feb 3, 2010
Philadelphia, PA, USA
I had AT&T and the service was generally pretty terrible, now I am on Sprint and the service is generally very good. Not to mention the money I am saving on Sprint, I am saving around $20 a month compared to AT&T.


macrumors 68040
Sep 16, 2008
Del Mar, CA
AT&T. It was the only carrier carrying the iPhone at the time.

Never had an issue so no reason to switch.


macrumors 601
Dec 18, 2012
Charlotte, NC
T-Mobile. Unlimited data, GSM, Good service, fast data speeds. Good prices is an added bonus.

Just recently left Verizon when T-Mobile got the iPhone. They had LTE everywhere but it's useless when you have to keep upping your data plan every month. What good is having LTE everywhere if you can barely use it without having to increase your bill every month.

I had AT&T when I got my first iPhone (iPhone 3G) back in 2008, but then I moved back to NC and they didn't have 3G here so I canceled my contract and went to T-Mobile. Didn't see a point in paying 3 times the price when both carriers had EDGE.

Went back to AT&T again in 2011 for the 4S but again got tired of the pricing and lack of unlimited data plans so I returned to T-Mobile mid-2012.

Only time I had Sprint was 2005-2008 when I had a dumbphone. Had no issues with service at the time since I didn't need data.

Now that the iPhone is on T-Mobile I can finally stay on one carrier and I'm pretty satisfied all around for the most part.


macrumors 6502
May 16, 2013
If tmobile works in your area, it's awesome. Luckily it works great where I'm at, the fake non-lte 4g they have gets me 15 down and 3 up, can't complain.


macrumors 65816
Nov 27, 2011
Bay Area, Ca
Had Sprint 15 years....service went from good to terrible. Went to Verizon...because I work for Comcast, they have a partnership with Comcast and heard that Verizon had awesome service from everyone that had them. My son worked for ATT and his service was good but in crowded areas like Candlestick Park during a niner game it was terrible.....

Glad I went with Verizon...their service although expensive has been excellent.


macrumors 68040
Nov 9, 2008
Fort Collins Colorado
T-Mobile. When I was away at CSU, I always seemed to have trouble getting 3G and dropped calls on AT&T. Verizon was the same. Now I have T-mobile and had no idea I could get the speeds I get now. I never got them with the other two carriers.


macrumors 68030
Mar 25, 2011
This is why I'm with T-Mobile. I can actually use my iPhone as intended. Unlimited high speed data $70 and up to 12gb hotspot for extra. And the coverage is excellent.


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macrumors 6502
May 28, 2013
Verizon because they have LTE everywhere and at least 3G in some of the more remote areas. I almost never have to worry about not having service or reliable data on my phone. Building penetration is solid as well. Better than the other 3.


macrumors member
Jun 17, 2013
I chose Verizon.
1) I was already with them. But went from Sprint to Verizon years ago because their coverage is superb.
2) See above.
3) I have a single line with share everything plan, unlimited minutes, SMS and MMS. 4GB data. I think I pay 130/month. I use the 5 as a wifi hotspot for my iPad 3, never go over.

Verizon has crappy service but I love the network.


macrumors member
Jun 10, 2009
Went with Sprint 18 months ago and deeply regret it. Paying an ETF and going with Verizon. The data coverage and speeds are just terrible.


macrumors 68030
Mar 25, 2011
T-Mobile - Coverage - LTE-A in 2013 - HD voice - unlimited Data - no contract. I rest my case.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 27, 2009
I had been with AT&T from 2009 up until this past saturday. Had the unlimited plan, of course it's throttled at 5GB so bleh.

We already had one line on Verizon and my friend was getting ready to switch away from Verizon, so I took over his line with unlimited data on it and added it to my Verizon account. Ported out the last line from AT&T and then ported my own number over to replace my friend's number on the unlimited line and that was that.

I'm going to enjoy my true verizon unlimited lte and tethering as long as possible. :)


macrumors 6502
Oct 15, 2012
Went from Verizon to AT&T
Verizon LTE in NYC has been nonexistent or doesn't work when you go indoors
And I don't care much about voice as I don't talk on the phone as much anymore


macrumors 6502a
Jan 10, 2013
Tmobile, unlimited data, great coverage on Seattle wa. Also I got 5 lines on my plan. 3 smart phones with unlimited data, 2 dumb phones and everyone has 1000 calling minutes and unlimited texting, I pay 140 a month after tax and school discound(8%). If I was on Verizon or atnt I would be paying over 200 for same plan.

Remember tmobile doesn't work for everyone, check coverage in your area first if you want to go with tmobile