My saying goes like this, what good is a phone without a solid network, yes you might save a few dollars, but when you can't get service on a consistent basis what's the point. The reason I own a phone is to be able to use it, I know Verizon has never let me down.
True, but no carrier has 100% blanket coverage of the US. There are areas that VZW has crappy to no coverage and AT&T has solid coverage. Thing is the coverage I need is covered by the top four as well as MetroPCS. I rarely venture outside of that area. If I do, I can go prepaid on a provider that has the necessary coverage and I'd still save myself a bundle of money.