Switching from Verizon to AT&T????

ralphomatic146

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So I have verizon, and am happy. However, AT&T has an iPad for $99, 25 bucks off my directv, and I will be able to upgrade my 6s to 7 plus. Am I crazy? Should I just stick with Verizon? Thanks..
 

Freakonomics101

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What plan are you on with Verizon and what's the total monthly cost? Which unlimited plan are you interested in with AT&T? The iPad part sounds like a good deal.
 

ralphomatic146

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I have the unlimited plan with verizon, paying about 115 a month. Would be getting the unlimited plus from at&T...
 

C DM

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So I have verizon, and am happy. However, AT&T has an iPad for $99, 25 bucks off my directv, and I will be able to upgrade my 6s to 7 plus. Am I crazy? Should I just stick with Verizon? Thanks..
If it makes sense to you and AT&T's coverage and speeds are good where you are and where you use your devices then it seems like a fairly rational thing to consider and perhaps go for.
 
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Brandonjr36

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I've had both I like Verizon better. Never really buffers like when I had At&t. But At&t is still a great company service wise. I will tell you this tho. Bill is always different with At&t every month. I would have to call and argue with them to get it back down to where it was suppose to be.
 

Freakonomics101

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OP, it all depends on location so in regards to coverage and speeds. You are the one that has to make the decision. Just because AT&T might work for someone else doesn't mean it'll work for you. It's all about location.

But keep in mind..... if you go to AT&T and get the iPhone 7 Plus from them, you will not be able to go back to Verizon unless you sell that iPhone and buy a Verizon model.
 

AlliFlowers

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My bill is identical every month from AT&T. I've been very happy with service, support, and [mostly] coverage in the decade I've been with them. More happy lately with the unlimited plan that gives me free HBO with my DirecTV, and no cost streaming for DirecTV and DirecTV Now.
 

theshoehorn

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I have both, AT&T for personal, Verizon for work. Where I'm located, AT&T is much better than Verizon (in my opinion). I've never had issues with billing, or "buffering". I'm on unlimited plus with DTV and have no issues whatsoever. If AT&T is good in your neck I'd go for it.
 
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Mlrollin91

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Besides being lied to by AT&T reps, I have had zero problems with AT&T. Have been with them since they were AT&T, then Cingular, then back to AT&T. Over 15+ years. Service is fast and reliable. Anytime I have an outage I contact AT&T and its back up and running within 72 hours. My bill never varies. Its spot on to the penny every single month.
 

willmtaylor

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For me, the risk in coverage change and hassle of switching would most definitely NOT be worth it.

That being said, I don't have Direct, I have great VZW service, and I already have an iPhone 7.

  1. Be 100% certain of the ATT coverage in your area.
  2. Be 100% certain of ALL of the fine print.
 
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Sketchr

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IMO, none of those incentives matter if the quality of data and phone service are not on par with verizon. If both carriers are equal or att is better in your area and where you use them then it's a good deal. For me, quality is most important.
 
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borgranta

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So I have verizon, and am happy. However, AT&T has an iPad for $99, 25 bucks off my directv, and I will be able to upgrade my 6s to 7 plus. Am I crazy? Should I just stick with Verizon? Thanks..
Buying a cheap 4G LTE AT&T wireless prepaid phone is a great way to give their 4G LTE network a test drive. I did it once then subsequently changed the plan to a pay as you go paying the minimum of $10 per month. The unused prepaid balance accrues making it handy if for people that need intermittent data usage such as occasional cable outages.
 

borgranta

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I bought a Verizon MIFI last year and it offers me a post paid plan of $15 per month for 1GB of data with $10 per 1GB overage but due to the $30 activation fee I instead opted for a prepaid plan for a test drive. It received 4G LTE connection despite other friends and family members receiving 3G on their phones. The reception obviously can vary by device.
 

Nhwhazup

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I’ve been with ATT for 10 years. Have really, really been happy with them. I have one of the original unlimited $29 per month plans for my iPad and pay $66 per month for unlimited everything on my iPhone. They also gave us a free microcell tower. Now that was also at the time back when iPhones were becoming available on Verizon so I’m sure the free Microcell was an attempt to keep us and it worked.

I’ve never experienced any type of slowing on either device.
[doublepost=1526820649][/doublepost]My bills have been a bit different from time to time but just a couple of cents. Overall my iPhone bill has actually gone down due to enrolling in autopay. The iPad is a grandfathered plan that pricing has stayed the exact same since day one when the first iPad was released.
 
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dcpmark

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Besides being lied to by AT&T reps, I have had zero problems with AT&T. Have been with them since they were AT&T, then Cingular, then back to AT&T. Over 15+ years. Service is fast and reliable. Anytime I have an outage I contact AT&T and its back up and running within 72 hours. My bill never varies. Its spot on to the penny every single month.
WTF....you have had outages that have lasted up to 72 hours?? More than once???

I think you and I have different definitions of “fast and reliable.”
 

Nhwhazup

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Besides being lied to by AT&T reps, I have had zero problems with AT&T. Have been with them since they were AT&T, then Cingular, then back to AT&T. Over 15+ years. Service is fast and reliable. Anytime I have an outage I contact AT&T and its back up and running within 72 hours. My bill never varies. Its spot on to the penny every single month.
What kind of outages are you talking about? And 72 hours? Yikes.

I am not aware of having any outages with ATT in the 10 years we’ve had them.
 

Mlrollin91

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WTF....you have had outages that have lasted up to 72 hours?? More than once???

I think you and I have different definitions of “fast and reliable.”
What kind of outages are you talking about? And 72 hours? Yikes.

I am not aware of having any outages with ATT in the 10 years we’ve had them.
Not outage as in everything has gone down, so poor choice of wording on my part; but a slow down. If it appears that a nearby tower is experiencing an issue that is causing a network slow down or overload in my area, its usually fixed within 72 hours of be calling and reporting the issue. I can still use the network, its just a little slower than normal. In over 16 years now, I have only experienced one major problem with AT&T's network. Verizon on the other hand is a disaster in my area.
 

Superrjamz54

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OP, it all depends on location so in regards to coverage and speeds. You are the one that has to make the decision. Just because AT&T might work for someone else doesn't mean it'll work for you. It's all about location.

But keep in mind..... if you go to AT&T and get the iPhone 7 Plus from them, you will not be able to go back to Verizon unless you sell that iPhone and buy a Verizon model.
Not necessarily true. I just switched back to Verizon from AT&T and my Intel IPhone X works just fine on Verizon with the added 4 bars of signal.
 

Mlrollin91

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Not necessarily true. I just switched back to Verizon from AT&T and my Intel IPhone X works just fine on Verizon with the added 4 bars of signal.
First off, he said 7 Plus, not X. The bands are slightly different and the 7 Plus has 2 different models for GSM. Second, LTE works fine on a AT&T phone on Verizon network, your issue will be on the CDMA part of the network. If you don't have LTE in an area, you are going to have problems. i.e. No network.

https://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones/Guides/Will-my-iPhone-X-work-on-another-carrier
 

Guda.FL

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After jumping through hoops....Only do it if you plan on using TV services etc, plenty of good perks. IE: iPhone 8 50% off on next if you have uverse or directv. And many other perks such as unlimited data and roaming in North Am if you bundle, does come out to be a good deal.

I find myself wanting to switch to Verizon for this very reason - my community has Comcast as HOA provider and end up miss out on quite a few good promos not have ATT TV services. Xfinity Mobile is an option too.

Seems as if this is moving in that direction, I can see it being more beneficial in having same wireless/tv/internet providers down the road. But like others say, also depends on coverage - IE: Verizon in my end of the woods is on Tmobile's scale...whilst ATT is superior to others. But that is not the case elsewhere.
 

cmaier

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I’ve had sprint, at&t and verizon for my phones, and t-mobile for ipad. I now have everything on verizon. Not the cheapest but by far the most reliable and lease hassle. And it’s very very rare that i am in a place that doesn’t have verizon coverage but does have at&t. I’d stick with verizon.
 
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