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Thinking of buying the Galaxy S3

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy S3' started by ctrlaltdefeat, Oct 15, 2012.

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    Adding a second line to my account and thinking about the S3. I've never used a droid before and I'm curious about a few things so I turn to you guys. One of the biggest things for me is watching movies and tv shows. I was wondering if the Vlc media player was an available app on this phone.

    And how about data packages? Who is the best carrier for data? AT&T? Sprint?
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    Anybody?
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    Yeah the VLC app is available. Not sure about specifics, but I know everybody eventually coverts to Verizon. Not necessarily for the data, but for the coverage and the customer service.
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    Sprint is prolly the cheapest... But you get what you pay for. Which is why everyone switches to vzw. coverage and speed over powers cost imo
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    Thanks for the response. I had Verizon in the past and won't touch them.
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    Thanks for the response. I had Verizon in the past and won't touch them.
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    Carriers

    I'm not concerned with cost. Sprint offers unlimited data so I was thinking about going with them.

    You mentioned speed as one of the reasons to go with Verizon. Does speed over the Internet change with carriers? That confuses me somewhat. If one phone has 4g and the other has 4g aren't the speeds the same?
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    Umm I dont think so? Dunno how accurate it really is.
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    I wouldn't say the speed "changes" so much as the reliability varies. 4G will be 4G. However Verizon has more/stronger towers, meaning more reliable 4G coverage, meaning a likely connection with top speeds more often than not. Sprint, though unlimited, has spotty coverage, so technically it's 4g, but you're not guaranteed to reach those max speeds and you'll be more limited to where you even get it (pretty much only in major cities). So if unlimited is your vice, then you're pretty much stuck with Sprint. But just to share, every person I know with Sprint hates it because of connection issues and is waiting for their contract to end, even with unlimited data. I hear AT&T sucks all around. As music life said, you get what you pay for.

    The thing with Verizon is the customer service reps are idiots. Their policies are solid, and when things are finally done they're reliable, but everyone who works for them is just clueless. Yeah it sucks not having unlimited data anymore, but that will become standard before it goes away. I use my phone pretty heavily, and I almost NEVER go above 1gb because of wifi.

    Out of curiosity, what happened with Verizon that pushed you away forever?
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    Well reliability of the signal is very important to me and at it's highest speeds of course so I'll take that into account when weighing my options.

    Verizon, a few years back, forced me to stay with them for a 3rd year under contract or they would charge me $250. I stayed and after that 3rd year they wouldn't allow me to transfer my phone number to a different carrier so I had to give up the number after having it for many years. A bad experience all around.
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    Sad to hear that!
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    Yeah sounds like it. That's too bad. Well I don't blame you for not wanting to go back, but it does limit you to Sprint or AT&T. Maybe someone else can chime in on AT&T, I just know everybody who had/has them, hates them and is willing to put up with VZ so they don't have to go back.
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    Stick with Verizon
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    I've been reading about customer service in the Verizon galaxy s3 forums of another site and it doesn't sound good. After doing some research of sprint I'll probably stay away from them for network and speed reasons. It cOmes down to AT&T and Verizon and I'm not sure I can deal with bad customer service and that will make the difference for me in the end.
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    Did you know that Sprint's unlimited data only applies to their network? Sprint customers are limited to 300MB of data use (or less) when roaming. Just something to take into consideration :) They also only have 24 LTE markets, so chances are, you're not going to have it.
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    Well like I said, it's not the CS it's the clueless reps. I would actually say VZ's customer service is some of the best I've had to deal with. They're pretty lenient when it comes to replacements, just gotta be nice enough, and it's free overnight shipping with free return box/label. They're usually very friendly too. The problem is they're clueless and it can take time to get anywhere. So unless you plan on calling in Verizon a few times a month, I wouldn't take this TOO strongly into consideration. Especially all things else considered...
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    I did not know that. Thanks for the heads up! Sprint is definitely out then.
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