Carrier What US cell provider do you use?

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What US cell provider do you use?

  1. AT&T

    26 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Verizon

    24 vote(s)
    30.8%
  3. T-Mobile

    14 vote(s)
    17.9%
  4. Sprint

    7 vote(s)
    9.0%
  5. US Cellular

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Cricket

    4 vote(s)
    5.1%
  7. Other

    3 vote(s)
    3.8%
  1. generalsmart macrumors regular

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    What cellular provider are you on? And are you happy with it?
     
  2. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I've been on Cricket for about a year now. Since they use the AT&T network, I haven't had any problems. I pay $35 a month, and that includes tax and no fees for unlimited talk and text, 2.5gb's of 4G LTE data. After you hit your limit, it slows to unlimited regular speed (whatever that is) I never use much data anyway. And yes, I do like it.
     
  3. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Verizon, and not necessarily happy but I've tried AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile and Verizon. To me they are all the same, it's best to choose based on what the coverage is like in your area and where you travel to. Verizon seems to work the best for me and my location.

    Also you probably want to change the thread subject to mention this is a U.S. based poll as this forum has several members located outside of the U.S.
     
  4. Newtons Apple, Aug 12, 2015
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    Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    ATT. I age been happy with them and the few times I needed help they responded quickly. Not the cheapest but my friends have to use MY phone on a road trip as their T-Mo cell has no bars.
     
  5. WeatherMate macrumors member

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    That's a pretty good package and considering you get 2.5 GBs of 4G LTE in it, that sounds quite good. How's their overall service?
     
  6. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    From my experience, their customer service is just ok, but I haven't had to call them more than twice over the past year because of a minor billing issue which was resolved. The cell coverage and call quality is excellent where I live (I live on Long Island). I really have no complaints.
     
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    T-Mobile, as of June 2014. I signed up really to take advantage of them: port out from AT&T while under contract, have them buy out my ETF, and then 3/4 months later I'd port back contract free. But 3/4 months passed, then 6, then a year... and I have no reason at all to switch back. Coverage has been good, even for the travelling I do, and the data speeds are a lot faster. And, it's nice to have unlimited data again, AND the ability to tether under an unlimited plan.

    Also, not gonna lie: getting a $30/month discount on my plan for referring other people (from a limited-run promotion they had last year) has helped keep me around. :)

    So yes, happy with T-Mobile, not planning on leaving anytime soon.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    T-Mobile Prepaid, $3/month when I just want an emergency line and then $40/month when I want data. I manage my account online and swap it on and off when needed. I can even buy passes for a day or a week for data. I like the cost and control I have over my services. I just wish the coverage was a little better at some site locations.
     
  9. stcasey macrumors newbie

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    ATT. Love it. Been with them for 10 years. Not the cheapest, but in the end, overall, it seems that you get what you pay for and I'm paying to be connected whenever and wherever I go. I can make calls and have data everywhere. I am satisfied. Not going anywhere.
     
  10. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    Verizon, unfortunately. The coverage and service around here is good but I just hate the company. I also hate all their antics, i.e. offering no good features (wifi calling, data rollover, etc) because "consumers wouldn't need it." I'm pretty sure they're just too greedy and/or lazy to implement these features, but I digress.

    We also pay $283 a month for 5 lines, 4 have only 2GB of data, and the fifth is a basic phone an extended family member uses (they pay us for the phone so we aren't affected). We don't even have tethering or unlimited minutes because we are on the old Nationwide Plan, we tried to switch to More Everything but something is wrong with one of our lines and it would NOT go through. Now they are switching to the new plan system and we can't change because some lines are still under contract. Lovely.

    My dream is to be with T-Mobile, but they don't cover where I live very well. It's like, LTE on my street, and LTE to the nearest city (about 20 miles) and everywhere else it is 2G pretty much. Really bad. I have been toying with the idea of getting a cheap prepaid SIM from T-Mobile just to try out their service and see how bad it really is, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

    Next viable option is AT&T but pretty much my whole family is under contract, and they keep wanting to start new ones!! So we probably will be stuck with Verizon forever.
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I use at&t and have had no problems with them.
     
  12. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    AT&T and not happy with it. The coverage sucks.
    I'd like to go back to Verizon soon.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Sprint. No. I am not happy with Sprint.
     
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    T-Mobile since the launch of the iPhone 5s and could only be more pleased with it if they upgrade to the low-band 12 LTE in my area in order to get better signal inside buildings. I'm loving the Jump on Demand promotion and look forward to upgrading to the iPhone 6s when it is released. I'm also very pleased with all of their uncarrier moves as I currently use many of them.

    Have you considered doing the free T-Mobile test drive? I know that by the end of 2015, T-Mobile promised all their 2G coverage would be upgraded directly to LTE.
     
  15. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I wasn't happy with Sprint either. The coverage was pretty bad here on Long Island.
     
  16. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    My wife and I were on Verizon for years and got tired of paying for so much that we weren't using. We switched to Page Plus for a year and a half and then switched a couple of months ago to Selectel Wireless, an American MVNO using Verizon towers, because Selectel also includes voice roaming at no additional charge.

    Heavy users would find our two $30 plans too limiting: 1300 minutes, 3000 texts, 500 MB data. Still, it more than covers our needs and we're happy with the service and coverage.
     
  17. LOLobo macrumors member

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    T-Mobile since iP6 launch.
    Came from Sprint, was so tired of their crap coverage.

    In the Los Angeles area, so coverage is just fine (outdoors).
    They used to have awesome LTE (sit next to a window at work), then that stopped :mad:
    They have been more than over-communicative via their Twitter help.

    Regardless, I'm curious to try Cricket as soon as the phone is paid off.
     
  18. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    I would try test drive but the nearest T-Mobile store is over an hour and a half a way and that would be sort of annoying to drive that far away just to return a phone and go home lol. And holy crap really??? When did T-Mobile say all 2G is going to LTE??? I have noticed that about 2-3 times in the last 3 months, LTE has been growing slowly in my area.
     
  19. Andres Cantu, Aug 12, 2015
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    Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I found an article online about it: http://www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-to-upgrade-2g-network-to-4g-lte-takes-on-verizon/#!

    They also promised 300 million people covered by LTE in the end of 2015.

    I know you said you don't want to drive almost two hours to a T-mobile store, but the 4 lines for $120 with 10GB each plus one more line for $30 sounds like it would be your ideal plan and would save you almost half of what you currently pay, plus you would get much more data, unlimited calling and texting, tethering, and all the wonderful uncarrier perks (unfortunately the offer ends in about a month).
     
  20. stubbornapple macrumors member

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    Verizon. When I started college I was with cricket but there was no reception on campus and my parents weren't having any of that. Switched to Verizon since they had an actual tower inside our campus. I wish they had rollover data, but since I'm just by myself my bill isn't that big.
     
  21. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    Sprint, they are good in my area, but horrible on back roads and and small towns.

    But unlimited data and my cheap bill makes it worth it for me
     
  22. imlynxy macrumors 65816

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    More or less like Att, but international roaming so expensive, that's why I also have t-mo. T-mo not bad in my area, but Att is better. In some spots t-mo is better that Att. For domestic usage the score 80Att - 20tmo. IMHO t-mo has better voice quality on 4G. VoLTE is the sameO. utside of the country t-mo saves me more than a thousand per year, consider I have 3 lines for 140 dollars. Att loosing this money. Att Passport sucks. I wait for iPhone 6s and if t-mo keeps it pace I maybe port my main numbers to them. I don't know why, but I hate VZW and Sprint, don't even want to touch them. VZW often has voice quality like somebody calls you from the "bottom of a toilet bowl" even they call me on my FIOS land line. Sprint has very slow internet and voice quality also leaves much to be desired.
     
  23. SC54HI macrumors member

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    Was on Verizon for close to 15 years. Stayed with them for a long time because they had the best Canada calling plans, which are important to us.

    Just switched to T-Mobile a few weeks ago after the addition of Mobile Borders which totally works for us. We ported over our owned iphones 5s & added a mobile hotspot. So far, great service where we live (HI) and looking forward to testing T-Mobile out on the mainland and in Canada.

    VZW Plan: 2 smartphones, unlimited t/t, shared 4 GB of data, shared 1000 Canada/Mexico minutes per month = $160
    T-Mobile Plan: 2 smartphones each with 10 GB of data, 1 hotspot with 5 GB of data, unlimited domestic & NA t/t = $125

    So far, there's nothing not to like.
     
  24. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    The coverage isn't viable in our area. What I thought was 2G is actually partner. There's still quite a lot of 2G which supposedly will be LTE by the end of the year, but I don't think T-Mobile can work until at least 2016-17. Even so, I still wanna try it :p

    I wish I knew how the whole partner thing works. Doesn't T-Mobile have free roaming in North America? So there wouldn't be any penalty for using the "partnered" service? Which partner is it? Is it only 2G/EDGE? I have good Verizon and AT&T service around.
     
  25. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I searched for T-Mobile domestic roaming and found that they don't offer much data for roaming partners. Maybe they will get coverage soon?
     

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