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I use Consumer Cellular. So far so good. Pretty decent customer service and reasonable rates.
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They charge 25 bucks to activate a new phone. Rip off!
They use AT&T Towers. Coverage is good in town but spotty elsewhere. I use a booster if need be.


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But, like you, if I want reliable service, I have to pucker up and pay Verizon. I looked pretty hard at one of the alternative carriers (can't remember the name, but they have counters at WalMart), but I would have had to buy five new phones.
Check out Total Wireless. They are a reseller, they use the Verizon network at way lower prices to the consumer than Verizon offers, with much better customer service.

You can find them at Walmart Super Centers or online. You probably would NOT have to buy new phones, if they work on Verizon they should work on Total Wireless, but you can find out for sure by entering the IMEI number on the Total Wireless website. "If you like your phone, you can keep your phone."



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We're on an old plan - yes they keep trying to get me to change, F off - and we pay $101 a month all in including taxes, fees, etc. We get 10GB data, unlimited talk/text for 2 smart phones. My S5 has a cracked screen among other issues, so I'm probably going to buy a factory unlocked S7 once the new S8's come out next month and continue on.
 
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What I'd like to see is the FCC require any carrier to use any tower.

In my neck of the woods that would increase coverage by about 100%. I get 2-3 bars of Verizon at my house and 0 ATT. Drive over the hill a few miles and there's 4-5 bars of ATT but 0 Verizon.

It's frustrating as all get out to need(want) to make a call while standing next to a tower and having no service.


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What I'd like to see is the FCC require any carrier to use any tower.



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Also that wouldn't work as verizon and sprint are on their own tech standard (CDMA) where as every other carrier on the planet is GSM, they are completely incompatible.




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What I'd like to see is the FCC require any carrier to use any tower.
that wouldn't work as verizon and sprint are on their own tech standard (CDMA) where as every other carrier on the planet is GSM, they are completely incompatible.
Many recent phones have both CDMA and GSM radios. Some services already use hand-offs between transmission protocols.



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Posts: 15339 | Location: Central Florida (near Orlando) | Registered: January 03, 2010Report This Post
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Where I used to live in CT, Verizon was the only provider that had service.

Nowadays, I've been shopping around a bit. I did tend to use *alot* of data, but as my circumstances have changed I think I can get by with much less (I use WiFi whenever possible).

I'm paying around $120-$145/ month now...it's a bit insane.
 
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I recently switched from ATT to Verizon and am happy as a pig in poo.

6 smartphone lines and a tablet, traded my iPhone 6's for 7's straight across, two free Droids, and a couple $125 Samsung base phones for the in-laws.

Unlimited talk/text, 8gb data pool, but get another 12gb bonus (2gb for each phone line) for a total of 20gb and one months left over rolls over to the following month. Effectively unlimited data as far as I am concerned, never go more than 8-10gb/mo so always start the month with 30+gb given the roll-over. Total of $215/mo including tax and the monthly phone payment for the two cheapos with my government discount.

Less than $35/mo per phone line and $10 for the tablet. Better coverage and speed than I was getting with ATT as well.





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What I'd like to see is the FCC require any carrier to use any tower.



No.


Also that wouldn't work as verizon and sprint are on their own tech standard (CDMA) where as every other carrier on the planet is GSM, they are completely incompatible.
No, he's right, in a sense. A tower is just a structure that a broadcast antenna attaches to. Some are solely-owned, but most are probably owned by companies like American Tower or Crown Castle and they lease space to operators. Otherwise, I agree companies shouldn't be compelled to share facilities.
 
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