I definitely concur, and so do hundreds of othersSo I just got my 4S yesterday... just got to say, Sprint 3G is garbage
Can anyone concur.. or disagree
Same xperience here with Sprint.It really does depend on where you are; unfortunately everywhere it really sucks is usually where you want to use it the most. For example, I had great 3G speeds about a mile from my house in the middle of nowhere, but when I got into San Antonio proper my 3G speeds tended to drop pretty substantially; we're talking in the 150-200Kbps range (on a good, normal day). At one of the newest and most popular malls in north San Antonio, you could forget having any bars at all; same goes for being inside any buildings too.
I had Sprint for a year; all Android phones, but I can't imagine that you're going to see much different with an iPhone either. It's a shame, because they still (for now) have the best plans and pricing. In the end I had to go back to AT&T though just because the network is superior (and Verizon can't provide coverage at my house).
I'll contest A from the point of some fanboyism;A) Why do you have Sprint?
B) If you were going to have Sprint, why would you get a non WiMAX phone?
C) Get AT&T. Until the LTE iPhone comes out, the iPhone belongs on AT&T.
Ok, customer service is good, maybe, but that doesn't make up for having the worst network of any major carrier in the US. T-Mobile has a terrible network too, but at least they have some spotty HSPA+.I'll contest A from the point of some fanboyism;
Sprint was very good to me. I threatened to cancel over activation fees and delayed upgrades, and they went out of their way to keep my business. Sprint's voice is fine for me, I've maybe dropped 1 call every six months. Maybe even less frequently. Sprint's data is fine for me too. I've never found an issue where I was like, "Ugh, this is so slow!" Everything works. Siri works. Youtube streams almost instantly.
Moreso the point is the plans. I get far more for my dollar with Sprint than I do with any of the other big two carriers. AT&T's family plan for a comparable plan to Sprint would knock me down nearly half of my minutes, nights and weekends start later, and of course, I have a data cap to worry about. Verizon doesn't offer an unlimited mobile to any carrier mobile feature, so I'd need a bigger calling plan that would push me close to $50 more per month, and again, no unlimited data package.
I'm not saying Sprint is perfect, I'm just saying just because it has bad service in a few locations doesn't mean that it's bad everywhere. That goes with ANY of the carriers.
I'd contest B and C outright:
While Sprint does offer non-WiMax phones, they are not going to support them anymore in a few years when they actually turn off the signal. They're doing this because of their changes for their network in supporting 4G LTE. So, that non-WiMax phone will be shot soon after the LTE rollout's done, which is in 2013. Even though 3G is considerably slower than any variation of 3.5G or 4G, at least it's more future proof in this sense that I'm not scrambling to get a brand new phone.
Here's hoping there's enough retail value left in my iPhone 4S that I could potentially consider selling it or trading it in towards a new one.
In regards to your "C" point, perhaps this particular user's browsing habits would not be that good for a bandwidth-capped plan. Unlimited is a wonderful thing. There's no disputing that the AT&T iPhone is king of the hill, but Sprint and Verizon are just below at the next base station. It's not like they haven't even started the climb yet.