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    Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:11am
Verizon is screwing me on the price of my data plan and I'm breaking up with them.  I'm in SF Bay Area, wondering how service, coverage, etc. is for them. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:14am
I have Sprint and live in AZ.  I haven't had any problems, just make sure to stay away from any of the new palm products as they suck complete ass.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:21am
dont go at&t
I would wait till the new iphone comes out in a couple of months and get the phone for free w changing to another carrier
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:21am
i would gladly spend tons of dollars for verizon's awesome service. i was with them for 2+ years and never dropped a call. and i mean absolutely never. havent heard great things about sprint from my friends in the bay, most of em switched out to att, but thats only bc of the iphone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:21am
my friend had the same problem with verizon so he went there and told them he was quitting so they offered him a bunch of discounts and pretty much payed his bill.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:28am
I've heard good things from Sprint, just that there is no chip that you can change phones with. My friend has sprint and has no problems with service, but then again he does get free service since his bro works for them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:33am
Originally posted by E13

I have Sprint and live in AZ.  I haven't had any problems, just make sure to stay away from any of the new palm products as they suck complete ass.

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I disagree.  The Pixi is bunk, but after a few months with the Pre, I would take WebOS on it over iPhoneOS/Android/Blackberry any day, although Android would be a close second, especially with the new HTC EVO 4g coming out. 

At launch, the Palm stuff was a big turd, but they've really stepped up development over the last few revisions.  They've now got Slacker, Pandora, Grooveshark on the music side, and full 3D gaming 2nd only to the iPhone, if you're into that.  Browser/Email/Chat all work amazingly well also, which is pretty much all I care about.

For a plan, look up EPRP plan- it's employee pricing that's available for everyone.  I'm on an old $30/month SERO plan, but from what I understand, EPRP is the next best thing.  The only thing to keep in mind is that Sprint is completely inept at setting up accounts (they change their systems seemingly on a weekly basis), but once you have your plan locked in and you don't have to talk to CSRs any more, you'll be in good shape.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:34am
Go into a store and start complaining. Or make friends with some one who works there. They can give you discounts

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:36am
Me, Donald and Jared all have sprint.  So far i haven't had any problems with lack of service, ect.   i have been on it for about 3 years now

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:40am
I've had AT&T back when they were Cingualr.  I'd use a can and string before going with them. 

The issue with Verizon is the data packages now that the misses wants a Blackberry.  They want to charge me Enterprise prices for both.  WTF!?

The unlimited mobile, data, text for two lines on sprint is $130.  Verizon is clocking in at $190. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:45am
Sprint is pretty good in the SF Bay Area. If you need unlimited calling to mobile phones, unlimited data, unlimited SMS texting, and NO roaming charges -- no other carrier comes close in pricing to Sprint.

Do note that in the Tahoe region their coverage is mixed, especially when it comes to data and/or EVDO/3G speeds. There is no Sprint voice service at Kirkwood where I ride mostly, but my phone happily roams on Verizon for free there with full signal strength. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:46am
any idea how it is at Northstar/Sierra/Boreal?  that's where I usually am all winter LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:49am
Originally posted by dwdesign

Sprint is pretty good in the SF Bay Area. If you need unlimited calling to mobile phones, unlimited data, unlimited SMS texting, and NO roaming charges -- no other carrier comes close in pricing to Sprint.

Do note that in the Tahoe region their coverage is mixed, especially when it comes to data and/or EVDO/3G speeds. There is no Sprint voice service at Kirkwood where I ride mostly, but my phone happily roams on Verizon for free there with full signal strength. 


that's the thing, It's bits and pieces.

I use about 1,000 minutes a month (most is for work) and the rest is mobile to mobile.  I don't send many texts, the wife sends 700-800.  Data is a big one, and the cheapest I can get Verizon for two phones is $74.95.  Even now they make her carry a $10 plan for her LG Env-3. 

Overall, I think that Sprint would be the best plan for us, especially with her wanting a BB. 

Mobile phone plans cook my noodle.  LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 8:56am
You may also want to check out:

http://www.signalmap.com/

and

http://www.deadcellzones.com/

to see how service is per-carrier near your actual neighborhood & work.  Here in Portland, things can vary greatly even from block-to-block.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 9:07am
Originally posted by zakk

any idea how it is at Northstar/Sierra/Boreal?  that's where I usually am all winter LOL


I cannot recall how service was at Sierra. Northstar and Boreal should be good (I am guessing because of their location -- I haven't ridden either in ages). I do know for a fact that Alpine Meadows and Squaw have good service/signal. Service at Sugar Bowl is OK too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 9:10am
I have had about every major provider out there. I started of with sprint and their service was terrible. I switched to T-Mobile and that wasnt much better. I later switched to verizon and their service was great but pretty expensive. I now have AT&T. The Iphone is cool but their service also sucks and isnt that much better than verizon. I am planning to switch back soon. I would rather pay a little more and actually receive all my calls and texts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/24/2010 at 9:33am
I've been with T-mo for years. Their US headquarters is up here so service in Western WA is exceptional. Pricing is the primary benefit - they have cheap plans and if you call them it's almost certain you qualify for a discount. Having worked at an independent retailer who dealt with all four providers, I have my opinions about their customer service very well established:

T-Mo: Great pricing, good CS, meh phones, meh service (outside of W-WA LOL)
Verizon: Horrid pricing, great CS, decent phones, exceptional service
Sprint: Great pricing, terrible CS, meh phones, meh service
ATT: Bad pricing, meh CS, great phones, bad service

Personally, I have four lines on my personal account - the whole family pays through me. Two blackberries, one GPS phone and a basic phone. The variable plan means we only have a 700/mo plan but we have set it so calls to our frequent people (I have my 3 really good buddies) don't bill - so we never come close. I've had a month where I logged 1600 minutes on the phone and got billed for 26. I used to keep that bill around to show people when I worked at the store ;). Because I'm a college student, we get a 15% discount, and I believe our monthly bill is around $190.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2010 at 3:27pm
i have had sprint since feb and so far i've had more dropped calls than 4 years with t mobile..but i pay less for a better plan so i guess thats a plus?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2010 at 5:50pm
Dont know about SF area but here its great cell reception. I have been with them for 12 years and c/s is great if you dont call them. I normally do email or chat and its all the it takes. I've probably called them 5 times in the 12 yrs and emailed them maybe 1 or 2 times a year about my plan or small billing questions. My last problem was my son text 4000 text in one month and they waive half the fees and also gave me unltd text at no charge. kudos for them and they are getting the new HTC evo!!!!! I have the palm pre and its the best phone so far and i go thru a phone 6-12 months depending on whats out there. Now looking at the HTC evo but the webos on palm pre is very sleek and refinced compared to mobile window and android.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2010 at 6:31pm
Big Sprint fan (especially since I'm on their SERO program). Anyway, I read a while back Sprint has an agreement with Verizon to share towers. So wherever you get Verizon service, you should be able to hop on their towers with a Sprint phone / account.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2010 at 10:41pm
If your 2-year contract is over, you can call customer service to complain, and politely yet assertively say that you want to switch cell phone providers. Most likely they will provide you with a cheaper deal. I've done this with my internet and cable bills.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2010 at 10:54pm
have sprint (with a palm pre) and worked out in san francisco for about 4 months recently. speed was fine and I had better service than some of my coworkers who had AT&T. I believe I speedtested at 1.15MB/.67MB (up/down)

no issues with dropped calls. Also i pa8y $45/mo for unlimited everything. sprint premiere also means you get a phone upgrade credit every year. looking to upgrade an evo this summer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/26/2010 at 7:44am
+1 for sprint.  I've had Sprint for 3 to 4 years total (with switches to Nextel and T-Mobile in between before I returned).  They've come a long way, especially with their data plans.  I have a Blackberry which is included under sprints coverage where other companies charge $30+ a month for running a blackberry.  Even if it wasn't for the Blackberry plan I still like their data coverage.  Not too many problems with dropped calls.
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