What is the best cell phone company?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by johnbro23, Dec 3, 2005.


Who is the best?

  1. Cingular

    19 vote(s)
  2. Verizon

    20 vote(s)
  3. Sprint

    3 vote(s)
  4. T-Mobile

    4 vote(s)
  5. Nextel

    2 vote(s)
  6. Other

    5 vote(s)
  1. johnbro23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've seen a ton of discussion on what cell phone company is the best... I'm just wondering what everyone here thinks...

    EDIT: I'm sure this has come up before, but I searched and didn't find anything. Sorry if its a repeat thread.
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I used AT&T back in the day, and used Cingular before that... then switched to Verizon. Don't care much for their physical phones, but the reception is the best that I've found for my area.

    My parents use T-mobile and they don't get as good of reception as I do.

    But that's just my experience w/ those few carriers.
  3. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I use a smaller company named Alltel, and their service around my area has been great since I got the phone last year. They also have a large selection of phones, including the new Razr V3c! But overall they are a great company.
  4. latisha1903 macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2005
    I use T-Mobile. Its the best if you're going to be on an individual plan i get 600 minutes for $39 (w/o tax) every other company has only 400 minutes. But i hae to say that every other company might have better shared minutes. So if you are going to be on the plan alone T-Mobile is the way to go. If you are going to share minutes you should choose maybe verizon.
  5. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    I'd have to say Verizon, for a few reasons:

    1. Awesome coverage - perhaps the best.

    2. A lot of people use them, so a lot of my calls are in-network.

    3. I'v had maybe two dropped calles in three years.

    4. They have a new every two program with 100.00 towards a new phone.

    5. 2000 minutes with Internet is $99.00 for me. Not a bad deal.
  6. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I've used AT&T and Cingular in the past, but both had reception issues in the Greater Baltimore Metro region. While I don't particularly love their phone selection and their customer service is as bad as anyone else's, Verizon has the best coverage, so they get my vote.
    It doesn't matter how cool the phone is if you get drops and static on the network.

    And that new every two program is coming 'round for me this February. My Palm T3 is looking grim, so it might be time for a smartphone. C'mon Verizon, give me an HTC or some other cool toy!
  7. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    service wise, verizon, phone wise prob cingular
  8. g^3 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2005
    cingular here, it's nice to be able to use my GSM phone in other countries when i'm on travel....plus it's only 7cents a minute to Greece from the states....my .02
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I'm quite happy with SprintPCS, for the most part. I've been with them since 2000 and the service has improved greatly over that time period, as has coverage. Floriduh apparently has some of the poorest coverage for whatever reason, as I discovered driving to California on one trip and New Jersey on another trip.

    You can't get decent FM reception around Philly or those hilly areas of California but my phone's reception was always great.

    If I would complain about one thing, it's the fact that I didn't get the extended battery right away and now, there is no such thing available from the company.
  10. fitinferno macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    London, UK
    Stupidly I came here hoping there'd be a discussion of manufacturers...woops!

    I chose other...particularly because I'm an Orange/Virgin user living in the UK :p I just cannot understand why the US is so behind in the mobile thing...I'm visiting Chicago again in a lttl while and it was horrible to attempt to get a PAYG service before arrival. Paying to receive calls...credit running out after a few months...numbers expiring! :eek:

    I think US-wise, Virgin's the best there as well :) PAYG is good stuff...no overspending.
  11. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Yeah ... why do you have to pay to receive calls? I've never understood why you do that in the U.S.
  12. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    i voted cingular. they may not be the best, but my family has them and we've been very satisfied.
  13. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I really don't know which is "the best," but I've been using Sprint for the past several years. When I was down in a rural area of NC this past summer, though, I wished that I'd had Verizon, as my Sprint service was out of network and every call I made on the phone was "roaming." People in that area all used Verizon... I've heard, too, that Verizon is good around my area, but since I've been with Sprint this long I'll probably just stick with it.

  14. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yeah, if anyone tried to get away with that here they'd be chased away by an angry mob wielding pitchforks and fence palings with nails in them. I also can't stand that damned voice recognition system the Canadians use to recharge their prepaid phones. How on Earth is that easier to use than pressing the buttons on the keypad? Bloody "Melanie" never got any of my recharges right and I always had to wait half an hour for an operator to put the recharge through for me. My Aussie accent isn't that strong...

    As for the best company, none of those options actually exist here but I'll throw Vodafone Australia into the mix.
  15. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
  16. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I like Cingular. I'm happy with the coverage and they have good phones. Then again, that's the only one I've used, because my Dad has had Cingular/Pac Bell for a decade+.
  17. Hoef macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2004
    Houston, TX..... (keep walking)
    Cingular, you got to be kidding me .... Raising the bar my xxx :mad: Had bad reception in Washington DC, have bad reception in Houston TX
  18. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    I had AT&T Wireless TDMA, then switched to the GSM. It was pretty good, but I had spotty reception in certain areas of town. I then switched to Verizon after the contract expired, and it's been awesome in terms of coverage.

    If making and receiving calls is really important to you (as it is to me), I recommend verizon.
  19. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Seemed limited to US networks but I'll add one anyway.

    Other: Mobyson

    I don't know if they have any presence outside Norway, or any of the nordic countries, but they're good.

    Pre-paid only, but still very cheap, and very consistent pricing regardless of who you're calling (none of that "different cost for different network" nonsense), so it's ideal for me.

    E-mail support only, but it's great and they're very quick to answer, so I don't care.

    And I don't get the "pay to receive calls"-bit either. I remember seeing an explanation for it once, but I can't recall what it was.

    I'm sure we have a couple of things that appears odd to americans though.
  20. wattage macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
    Verizon's commericial about spreading Broadband ALL over sounds damn cool! I think my wife and I will change to them when they come to Arkansas. I have Cingular::::I hate their service but haven't had any problems.

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