Verizon vs Sprint Switcher-roo?

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    Hey All
    I am thinking of replacing my 5 year old Razor with a new smartphone. I am caught between the new Evo 4g and the possible upcoming Droid Extreme...
    I currently have Verizon, but I wanted to know if Sprint Network is just as reliable...

    Any thoughts is appreciated.

    AW
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    I don't know much about Sprint's coverage but I do know they have a cheaper cell plan. I've also read that they use verizon's network when roaming. That Evo on Sprint is hot, but Verizon has some very nice bad boys coming down the pipe! Personally, I would stick it out with verizon.
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    unless you live in the small number of cities that do have 4g coverage then i would stick with verizon. Never had sprint before but im pretty sure its not much better than AT&T's.
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    Not sure when the droid xtreme is coming out, but it seems for the moment that the original motodroid is the best, as we have the best support and the best linpack scores, overclocks and all these rom cookers supporting us. The N1 froyo update came out, not even a week later we had froyo.
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    Sprint works well in areas that are heavily supported (like big cities and major highways).

    If you live in rural/deep suburbia, you may be stuck roaming quite a bit. But at least you are roaming on Verizon, so you WILL get a signal (even if it is 1x)

    Check out the providers coverage maps around where you live and make sure you look at the data map, not just the voice map. I roamed too much on Sprint, so I bailed, your experience maybe different.

    -Mike
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    My wife has been thinking about switching to Sprint also..I have a droid and don't want to give it up, but the wife and the daughter have "plain Jane" phones and wanted to upgrade to smart phones. She talked to Verizon and when she found out what the bill would be for 3 smartphones on one plan she about crapped her pants. We can get 3 smart phones on Sprint with unlimited everything for what we are paying for one smart phone and two cheapies now. I don't know anyone on Sprint, so I'm also curious of their coverage. I'm happy with VZW, but I don't pay the bills....I guess we will see what happens.
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    I had Sprint for 10 years. I had to switch cause i wasnt getting coverage. But i would have stayed on Sprint if they did.
    Their cell and data plans are much cheaper.
    I had a great exp until i had to move when the coverage was spotty.
    But i did get the Droid when i came to Verizon.
    SO..if i had the chance to stay with Sprint and to get an EVO.
    I would.
    Thas just me.
    :D
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    Thx...

    Thanks for all the feedback...

    According to the Sprint Map, 4G is "available" in our area...

    Which is kinda weird considering I live in Valley Forge Woods, PA...

    I might give sprint a whirl and see... They claim, one can cancel if you are not happy with the service, but then again, I am sure there is small print that says, you owe an arm-n-leg to cancel.
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    I heard that you have to pay for roaming on Sprint.. Anyone know if that's true?
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    I believe that Sprint has an optional "buy back" feature for those coming from other networks that allows the new user to have the phone for a month or so to test its use and return it at no cost. It's all a bit vague in my mind but worth checking out.
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    Yeah, the first 30 days are completely free of ETFs as long as the devices are in resalable condition.

    -Mike
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    check the signal from where you will use the phone. my brother just got he evo and he hits over 2.5 mbps through the day. on my droid with verizon i get around .4-.6 mbps. im about ready to pay the etf and get an evo.
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    You might have to get one from a guy on the corner who's selling them out of the trunk of his car. You know, the ones that fell off the truck...
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    I'm thinking about switching to sprint too. I like VZW for the most part but, like someone else mentioned, I can get my whole family on smart phones with unlimited everything for less than what I'm paying now for one.
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    Always consider coverage where you need it. Don't count on coverage maps. I've lived in areas marked as "good" with unusable to no coverage. Any generalized discussion on coverage is pretty pointless. You might want to inquire with anyone on Sprint in your specific area. Definitely use their 30 days (or whatever they offer) to fully test things out and make a final decision.
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    Thats where my mistake was..I used the coverage maps and moved to the location i am at. And as soon as i got here, my signal was all spotty.
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    +1, use the 30 day trial to your advantage.

    It is the only way to be sure.

    Coverage maps are "optimistic" at best, at worst they are a downright lie.

    -Mike
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    Sprint's coverage was, at one point, notoriously over-saturated. The problem was actually worse in big cities.

    Maybe it's not that way any more, but 4G is also not very built out and 1st gen is going to be buggy.

    IMO, if you travel a fair amount and need your phone to work all over the US then VZW is the only reasonable option.
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    I just got done checking cellreception.com looking at Sprint comments for my area (as I've been interested in the EVO too). Not very favorable. I've been around the block with just about every carrier (except Sprint) and come to appreciate Verizon. So EVO is out for me. On the other hand I know a number of iPhone users and they don't have issues with AT&T service. Still I'm not crazy about the iPhone maze of icons layout. I own both an iPad and iTouch and while I like them, I think the Android OS is better.....I just want it to be faster which I'm hoping is just around the corner with froyo.
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    I seen where sprint got the worst score from jd. powers. They were dead last
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