- 10-20-2011, 05:38 PM #1
I hate Sprint because their networks don't work inside building like Walmart, Meijer, Walgreens, etc (and the free roaming is worthless because the speeds still sucks and kill my battery). The extra 10 bucks a month to use AT&T makes more sense to me since I'll be able to actually USE my phone (plus 3G and talk is sweet) and ill have to learn to monitor my usage.
I want to move to AT&T, but hate their pricing and don't want to sign a new two-year agreement. I was going to give my wife my Sprint Arrive phone (even though my ETF isn't that high...around 130 or so...) and get a Focus from Craigslist.
However, where would I go from there? Just call and get it activated without signing a two year contract? Do you have to sign a contract to use their network with a used phone bought outside of contract?
- 10-20-2011, 06:30 PM #4
- 10-20-2011, 06:48 PM #5
I didn't have the problems you report with Sprint, but I was wed to a very low-cost plan. I was persuaded to switch when some friends invited me to join their group or family plan. I still had to sign on for 2 years to get the free Focus phone I wanted, but my rate was comparable to what I had with Sprint. This may be an option for you. Good luck!
- 10-20-2011, 06:48 PM #6
As they say...you get what you pay for, and although Sprint is cheaper (and its only because they've basically put bandages all over my account with discounts for staying with them..) AT&T will give me more use of my phone to truly feel the power of Windows Phone wherever I am, and not only in city areas outside (doesn't even work in my apartment)
My current Sprint bill is at $75 bucks, and I have an 8% discount with my company and AT&T. Like I said, having the power to scan products and stuff in stores is useless because I can't actually actually use them in the stores when I want a review or something.
Also, can this be applied to T-Mobile (as in, can I get a used phone from Craigslist and then use it on T-Mobile without signing a contract?)
- 10-20-2011, 06:52 PM #7
10-20-2011, 07:05 PM #8
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That being said eventually we will all be on 4G and that has been atrocious indoors on Sprint. Does anyone know if it is any better on the other carrier's 4G networks as far as 4G indoor reception?
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- 10-20-2011, 07:08 PM #9
- 10-20-2011, 07:42 PM #10
I never had reception problems with Sprint except for Winstar Casino in Oklahoma and a particular bar I used to go to regularly. I don't go to that bar anymore, and I only go to Winstar for concerts, so I find Sprint to be adequate. I have seen AT&T folks complain about reception and dropping calls when my signal is fine.
I think it is more about coverage map. For example, I have heard horror stories about AT&T in big cities like New York and Chicago because of the tall buildings blocking reception, whereas it's fine in Dallas because the city is more spread out. I recommend uisng the carrier that's best for you in your area.
- 10-20-2011, 08:20 PM #11
1. Never come
2. Come up so slow that its pointless
When browsing the web with my work phone (iPhone 4) at the exact same time of using my Arrive, the internet is fast and on demand for when I need it...
- 10-20-2011, 08:59 PM #13
- 10-20-2011, 09:37 PM #14
100 minutes would definitely be too little for me.
So I'm lost.....say I'm using AT&T with the used phone I purchase, and find that maybe the signal isn't as great as I thought. What then? Do I just go in and say "Meh...your network sucks so I'm done" and that's all there is to it.....no ETF? If so, that's awesome! I would have done this a LONG time ago if I had known about it....
- 10-20-2011, 10:53 PM #16
Man i'm going to find a focus tomorrow and get this started asap....
Had I known about this I would have never extended my contract on Sprint until 2012...man..
And the fact that I can use phones between AT&T and T-Mobile is boss....definitely going to go for this..
- 10-21-2011, 08:27 AM #18
can the focus (or other AT&T GSM phones) be used on T-Mobile (in case AT&T isn't as great as I'm expecting it to be)? I found a guy who will sell his Focus for $150, so I plan on buying it today. It's going to be hard though, because I planned on trading in my Wii to try and get a 360 today too....expensive day indeed =(
- 10-21-2011, 09:28 AM #20
- 10-21-2011, 09:54 AM #21
- 10-21-2011, 10:10 AM #22
so how will I be able to do this? this guy is ready to meet me to sell the phone in like 2 hours..?
I'm kind of excited, as I will get to use AT&T for ACTUAL 3G and not have to sign a contract and can opt out of it when I want to =D
Also, is the Focus oleophobic? I was under the impression it had the same Gorilla Glass as my Nexus S 4G (which handles fingerprints great)....?
- 10-21-2011, 02:05 PM #23
so i just got the Focus and mine this thing is sweet. The screen is even better than my Nexus S (imo), but I'm still scared to start the AT&T thing. I was going to, but when they talked about Pro-rating and stuff...idk...I couldn't do it at the time.