Carrier Leaving T-Mobile today...AT&T or Verizon?

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  1. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

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    Switched to T-Mobile a few months back and service is absolutely terrible (in my area at least).

    I live on Long Island, and I'm thinking of going back to AT&T, but Verizon has a pretty good offer of $199 for a 32GB 5s with 2-year contract. I need to have a 32GB phone...however, Verizon's bill is $10 more a month than AT&T.

    Should I save $100 up front today and go with Verizon, but pay $10 more a month for their service? Or pay the extra $100 and go with AT&T, but save $10 a month on my bill?

    Just trying to see if anyone in the Long Island/NYC area has any experience with Verizon's service in the area...
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    How is VZW's NY coverage?

    I've seen some folks complain about it here.
     
  3. keitarou macrumors 6502

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    Assuming that you already have a T-Mobile iPhone 5S, why not just unlock your current iPhone and take it to AT&T? Then no need to get a new phone from Verizon and be locked in for 2 years.
     
  4. Anthony T thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How would I go about doing that? I'd have to pay off my EIP with T-Mobile, right?
     
  5. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    $60 for ATT prepaid, 2.5GB data and Unlimited Talk and Text, LTE Data
     
  6. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    If the coverage is the same I would save the $10 per month.

    Verizon = $100 in savings
    ATT = $240 in savings (assuming you are going in to a 24 month contract).
     
  7. patt2k macrumors regular

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    Yes, either way if you went to AT&T/Verizon you would have to pay it off no matter what.

    So do yourself a favor and go to AT&T.
     
  8. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    You need to keep paying off your phone, either do it in full or keep paying the monthly fee for your phone. Phone + service are separate payments now.
     
  9. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    this might help save you some money on verizon.

    you have to pay off your eip regardless of what you do.
     
  10. I7guy macrumors G5

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    As a general statement Verizon's lawn guyland coverage is fine. Depending on county and town obviously coverage will vary.
     
  11. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    I recomend VZW in the NYC area. There are spots on the Van Wick and parts of Brooklyn that despite ATT having signal you cannot make a call without it dropping and data unusable. I'm sure the argument can be made for VZW also but in my experience VZW has been more consistent.
     
  12. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd go with AT&T if their coverage is good in the places you want it. Ultimately, I'm interested in saving money while still keeping good coverage. AT&T works for me where I live and it's less than Verizon.
     
  13. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    Im a Long Islander, and have had the big 3 carriers and would advise you to get AT&T. Im in the Centerport/Huntington area but even going into the city never had problems. I also enjoy AT&T corporate more than Verizon so I look at that as a plus
     
  14. ashleymc2008 macrumors newbie

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    Verizon has a $60 loyalty and a $75 promotion plan. Both with unlimited talk and text and 2gb if you are interested.
     
  15. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    AT&T has the $60 Unlimited GoPhone plan with 2.5GB of data and personal hotspot
     
  16. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I agree. Go with AT&T since you can use the same phone. You'll save in monthly charges by not having to buy another one and not worry about being locked into another 2 year contract. Tmobile should unlock it after you pay your EIP.
     
  17. Anthony T thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just got off the phone with T-Mobile and paid off my EIP and remaining account balance. The rep I spoke to said he put in an unlock request for me, and I should receive an e-mail with an "unlock code" within 24 hours.

    So basically, after it's unlocked I can just take my phone to an AT&T store and sign up for their $60 a month plan with my current phone, correct?
     
  18. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. It's that easy. It's the exact same phone before the carriers lock it.
     
  19. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    ATT has less voice compression than Verizon so voice quality is a little better if you're one of those rare individuals that still makes phone calls.
     
  20. fcomstoc macrumors member

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    I like ATT for 2 reasons; first I can call and use data at the same time, not possible on Verizon, Second, you can use your phone on other carriers - including international carriers if you get your phone unlocked. I currently have ATT and have for about 10 years, their service and coverage is great, and I have no complaints.
     
  21. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Go AT&T. Coverage and speed is pretty good in my area.
     
  22. Imaginator, May 12, 2014
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    Emphasis on my.
     
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    I agree with you on that, my T-Mobile phone works great in Phoenix - where I live; but sucks in the Northeast - where my family lives, it very much depends on where you live and if you travel
     
  24. gotluck macrumors 603

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    If your area has att coverage, definitely att.

    Only choose verizon as a last resort :p
     

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