Contract Up, WANT S3 desperately. Which carrier should I choose?

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    Yep. The International Telecommunication Union - the organization responsible for the definitions and designations for a lot of cellular technology - adjusted their original definition and the requirements for 4G to include both HSPA+ and LTE. Originally, not only was HSPA+ not considered to be 4G, but LTE wasn't even technically considered to be 4G either. The changes came about from significant pressure from carriers, particularly carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Here's a good article that gives a brief overview on it all, along with a follow-up about "true 4G" (which is the technology that 4G was originally supposed to be).
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    None the s3 is garbage ill be selling mine in about 2 weeks and use a DROID x till a phone worth my money comes out
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    hilarious

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    And I willingly gave up my Droid X for this S3 and love it!!
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    I'm not a Sprint fan but just a heads up that Amazon has it for 80 bucks

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    I took an extra two days to consider it and I missed out on this deal, as they just increased the price to $120 (still a good deal!).

    VZW offered me the S3 for $170 (after a $30 credit) and that price matched what I had been seeing on Cellular Choices/Wirefly, so I took it. I know I could have saved some money by taking the Amazon Sprint deal but all the talk of the inferior Sprint network compared to Verizon led me to stay with Big Red. I'm just going to not think about the price tags and just focus on my new baby, hopefully arriving by Thursday.

    Thanks for the help, guys! :yr1:
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    nice!... Congrats... awesome phone awesome network... imma get one soon :)

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    Does anyone have any personal stories about the Sprint network being so terrible? Or have we all just heard it so much it makes sense? I mean, if you live in a strong 4g area (Atlanta), are usually on wifi anyways blah blah....I mean, is it really THAT bad??
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    wifi has nothing to do with phone calls.. u know phones still do that lol... I had sprint for a few years and it was a miserable experience and I'm in NYC.. not sure how much more city u wanna get than that lol

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    Well actually I was referring to data cutting out, since it's their "4g" network we're talking about. What made it so miserable? Lots of dropped calls?
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    I was with Sprint for 2yrs,had the BBTour,SLOW!!!!!!.In homes,buildens,anything structure,SLOW!!!!!.Went to Sprint to checkout the new they phone just got,played with it for 2mins,no service,took forever to load pages.SLOW!!!!
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    sweeeeeet,rite?
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    He used garbage in the same sentence with the S3,WOW!!!!!.In a couple of wks,he'll be talkin how good the Iphone 5S(I added the S) is.lol!!!
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    tons of dropped calls/no service

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    I was a long time Sprint customer, 8 plus years... I just dropped them for Verizon due to horrible internet speeds. I had the Evo w/ 4g and believe me they have the worst 4g coverage of any provider. Perhaps that is why their 4g, ie: wimax, is being replace by 4g lte but don't hold your breathe as it might take a year or longer for it to roll out into the larger cities first.

    Lately I had the iPhone 4s and while it was stuck on 3g my speeds were at best 700-800mb but mostly ran under 250kb/sec. Yes, that is not a typo! Some days I was lucky to get 56k... remember those days! Sprint always said their system was working fine and their had to be an issue with my phone. Truth is it was that slow for two of my iPhones and everyone else on the block that used Sprint. The nearest Sprint tower can be seen from my back window less than a mile away.

    It is so bad that many times I could not process a credit card through Sprint data because it simply was too slow or didn't work at all. I run a mobile business in the Orlando area.

    Sprint unlimited data is a great selling point.... IF you never use data!!!

    With Verizon I am getting 15-17mb down and just the same up.
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    I think I made the right decision staying with VZW in terms of the coverage. Now my only trepidation is reading those big threads where people complained of the S3 screen cracking on its own - with no drops or misuse. I know with all the millions sold this is a statistical possibility, I just hope I'm not a victim. Did I mention I am reaaaally looking forward to getting this phone?
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    Verizon definitely, best service and speed.
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    I love Verizon. Have been with them for over 8 years. AT&T is the only other provider I would even consider based solely on network coverage. The other outfits are cheaper for a reason. Just my 2 cents.
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    I have always recommended Verizon. If you don't have unlimited data but use Gigabytes of data, you may want to consider choosing a plan from Sprint or T-Mobile. If you are okay with data peaks, definitely Verizon. Or just go with whatever data plan you would use.

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