These days, all of the wireless carriers offer acceptable coverage. Obviously some (Sprint) have limitations like not being able to use data or text while on a phone call. This is because their CDMA network (older technology) does not support this as all the other carriers that are now 100% LTE (Long Term Evolution) would.
That being said, I am often asked which network I am personally with and who I would recommend. Domestically, Verizon and T-Mobile would both be great choices. Verizon because of their bullet proof reliability and coverage in the sticks. T-Mobile's perks are fastest data speeds, no fees or taxes, and in many cases, FREE Netflix.
For those who travel overseas regularly, T-Mobile is the only intelligent choice. With all other carriers, you must notify your carrier and usually select a "bolt-on" roaming plan that "reduces" the roaming costs from obscene to expensive. In some cases, if you don't add one of these packages, your phone may not work at all. This is where T-Mobile is the best. All of their Unlimited plans included FREE Global Texting and Data in over 140 countries. Voice calls are usually $0.20 per minute in these countries.
I just had a client with both a Verizon and T-Mobile line ask me which he should use on a trip to South Korea next month. Again, No Brainer as you can see below. With Verizon, he would pay $1.79 per minute and $0.50 per text. With T-Mobile, voice calls are $0.20 and all texting and data is totally FREE. Duh!
From 1990 until recently, the majority of my business was activating cellular phones. In the beginning, it was a great gig. We installed car phones and sold transportable devices as big as Samsonite suit cases. Back then, the phones only made calls. The toughest thing was finding the transceiver, then "burning" a Numerical Assignment Module (NAM) which had to be carefully inserted into the transceiver.
I had developed the first "corporate" cellular program for businesses in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Company recognized this and brought me in to manage many of their corporate heavyweight accounts including Capital Records, Virgin Records, Gannett Enterprises, Chemical Waste Management, Paramount Studios, Fox Studios, Hard Copy, CBS News, Price Waterhouse, Latham and Watkins, Caltech, UCLA among others.
Strangely, nearly 30 years later, wireless services have become a commodity like gasoline. The irony is now, the carriers pay their sales people next to nothing for new activations and upgrades, despite the fact that today's devices are more powerful and sophisticated than the top of the line desk top computers from just ten years ago. In the old days when the activation dollars where flowing, nobody minded spending an extra hour or two instructing clients how to use their new smartphone. Now you know why the kids in the carrier stores refuse to spend time "teaching" customers how to use their devices.
I took much c**p from all of the carriers for many years because I was reliant on getting paid by them each month. Last year, I decided that it was no longer economically viable to continue activating phones. I discovered that as a wireless consultant, I could now utilize my knowledge of each carrier to work them over for my clients. After working with their retention departments, I'm aware of discretionary credits and secret non commissionable plans the public will never hear about. I find it very satisfying to make them sweat for a change...
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.