Sprint over Verizon?

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    1st off, don't go crazy, I'm a hard man to change. I have been a Verizon customer since I was 16 (17 years) and I have no issues. I do want a new phone though cause the D1 is rocking it old school. My work uses Sprint and I went in to get a new phone.. decided on the Moto M1, I1, sometheing like that... Uses version 1.5 of Googles OS's.. old school. Don't care though cause it's for work.

    However, I had to wait about 20 minutes for the guy I needed to talk to. So, boredom kicked in and I started looking at their phones.... Correct me if I am wrong but Verizon has the Dinc, X, D2, and Thunderbolt. Over at Sprint, they had about 8 different models plus the Nexus phone thats coming soon. They also give me 4g at home which Verizon doesnt have yet.
    It gave me pause about rocking Sprint to get the latest tech. Does anyone know how far off Verizon is in regards to new phones? I am a die hard VZW fan but Sprint made me wonder. I know the Tbolt just came out and the Bionic is coming soon but what else is out there that would spark my interest since neither of those phones appeal to me?
    After going to Sprint, I was feeling blue about my D1 and it's screen size and speed.
    Just thought I would vent/wonder about VZW and other options.

    Please sound off.
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    sprint does have a pretty nice lineup of phones and are very fair with their prices, we all know the Big Red can be a bit pricey. What your concern should be is coverage, how well is sprint covered in your area?

    In terms of phone lineup, i know verizon is pretty picky about what they have on their shelves, they have alot of standards to meet from what I hear. Verizon has some great phones and there's definitely more to come, but in terms of release date, no idea.

    The whole 4g plan is a bit of a toss up too as well. Who knows when they'll have it available for home, if at all.
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    Once my contract is up, I'm thinking seriously about switching to sprint. The number 1 thing for me is price and verizon is killing me. I also would like a Nexus S.
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    I have also thought about moving to Sprint, since they should have 4g coverage in my area pretty soon, while I think Verizon would take at least 12 more months (we are not on the list of planned cities for this year). I also use thier mobile internet (I got grandfathered with unlimited) and I have been extremely satisfied with the quality.

    But Sprint's coverage seems way to skimpy for me. Looking at thier map it seems that once you get off the beaten path - you end up roaming, i.e. anything not near a big city or a major interstate. And I live in Michigan, so pretty much everything is off the beaten path here :)

    If you don't travel outside of their coverage much, I would definitelly look into it (they have a greace period so you can check it out first). I can tell you that my Sprint mobile internet (with a 3-year-old usb modem) gets 80ms ping on average, while I get 250ms on average with Verizon (both 3g).

    You should also check for discounts, which the staff don't often advertise, check for or know about. For example, I can get 10% off my monthly Sprint bill for being a BoatUS member, something the staff had no idea about :)
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    See the key though is what type of network are you really getting. Verizon's 4G LTE is true 4G. I know T-Mobile's isn't. Sprint I'm not sure about.
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    Verizon's netowork is by no means true 4g, only more advanced/fasted than T-Mobile's. But let's not start an argument over this, from the OP's post I gather that he could care less if he's on 4g or 3g anyways. Chances are, however, that if you don't live in a big metro, you would see Sprint 4g in your area months/years before you see Verizon 4g.

    But again, it would boil down to your coverage needs, because Sprint's network coverage is light years behind Verizon's.
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    If Sprint works fine for the places you go you should definitely switch. They've got lower prices and better phones and WiMax is pretty fast.

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    Anyone disapointed with vzw?

    I for one am kind of disapointed in vzw an their upcoming phones!!! Anyone else feel the same or does anyone know of any rumors on new phones?

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    ^ This. Should always be the top concern unless you're into collecting expensive paperweights or you're fine relying heavily on WiFi.
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    Kinda, after seeing all the specs on phones coming out like the evo 3D and tmobile g2x I felt kinda envious lol. Still enjoying my phone though.

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    Yeah I will need to test out the coverage on this new phone for work. I do know though that Verizon has almost never let me down when it comes to coverage. I would however enjoy not paying $160 a month for my family share plan of just two phones with 1400 minutes and both have unlimited data. And that's with a 23% discount.

    Just seeing all the phone options made me kind of envious.
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    Oh im happy with my dx but still, tbolt is a updated version of the evo plus nothing buy moto phones that will be locked down not to mention the new incredible!! Never thought id be jealous of sprint or tmo phones : l
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    I'm sort of with you on this. I live near NYC in fairly populated areas of New Jersey so I'm not too concerned about coverage. Their new line-up of phones is really drawing me in as well, especially the Nexus S.
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    Personally I could care less about 4g, I compared phones runnin 4g with my dx an it loaded up web pages just as fast if not faster with 3g I know hardware has alot to do with it but still im happy with 3g an would rather be with a carrier whos not locking down their phones or teired data so them sprint phones are lookin mighty tempting so I guess I might have to deal with talkin to some dude named peggy from india
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    We were so fed up with VZW's crap that we paid an ETF and bailed to Evo 4G's on Sprint. Couldn't be happier.
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    Don't know where you guys are from but I'm in jersey. My work issues us sprint i1's with unlimited data and they suck. Slow as hell, constant reboot issues, without wifi its pointless to have. Downloading apps, surfing the web, listening to pandora all usless without wifi. I have a d1 from verizon for my personal phone and although they are starting up a bunch of bull. This phone and there 3g coverage is great.

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    ... VZW's lineup of phones is behind the times... I mean they just released a revamped EVO (the TB) recently... when it's been out since last Summer on Sprint. Don't get me wrong, the TB is a sweet device, but it's no secret VZW tends to have 'older' phones.
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    What more could one want from the thunderbolt? Like it has the best specs available...except 3D but...

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    This was the last straw for us. We waited around for the 'next best thing' to replace our D1's with and when it was the TB which had the SAME stats save for internal storage as last year's flagship phone on Sprint (the Evo) we opted to go that route for $119 per phone price matched at Sprint Store to Amazon.com. We haven't been with Sprint long but I have had the ability to travel a fair amount already and so far I don't notice a difference in coverage save for a slight spotty difference on back highways in Wyoming & Nebraska. The funny part is that I only noticed those dead spots because I was on the phone (hands free car kit) while I traveled since I have so many more minutes (unlimited mobile to mobile) for less money so those might have been dead spots w/VZW too but I was never on the phone because our minutes were so restrictive. In larger cities it's been the same and my wife and I immediately noticed better call quality w/Evo 4G's on Sprint than D1's on VZW and it that's not even factoring in the hotly debated 4G topic. We haven't had to call Sprint (yet) but our friends who made the move in January had to call and they said that Sprint treated them like gold. They commented that the customer service was leagues beyond what they had received from T-Mobile. It's not first hand but our only first hand experience with Sprint was at their store when we were buying phones and signing up for service so while it was amazing I'm not really counting that since it was sales and they were trying to get our business. I will say that when we did sign up for VZW service from T-Mobile we had to take a number and waited an hour just to talk to a rep to give them our business so that alone was a night & day difference. It's almost felt like VZW could care less about us because they're so big which is not the feeling you want to get from a company you do business with when there are other options.
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    dual core. ddr2 maybe...

    If I'm gonna have my device for two years I want emerging tech... that's just me. :)

    ... or at least a price drop on the TB... it's a revamped EVO and should be priced as such :)
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