11-20-2013 08:04 PM
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  1. jridgers's Avatar
    Coverage aside - does any US carrier hold any advantages over the others for Windows Phone? Why?

    I'm currently on Verizon, but AT&T is also strong in my area. Wondering if either is the better network for Windows Phone or another carrier altogether.
    11-13-2013 11:19 PM
  2. iamtim's Avatar
    All carriers ultimately suck.

    That said, aside of their delays with GDR2 I am happy with AT&T. They're a little more expensive, but their customer support has always been top-notch for me. Plus, AT&T is the only network that has consistent quality service both at my home and at my office.

    I was on Verizon for a while in my pre-smartphone days. Their coverage was good but their customer support sucked all the things. Which is why I switched to AT&T... well, that and the iPhone, heh.

    Anyway, your mileage may vary and all that.
    11-14-2013 12:52 AM
  3. inteller's Avatar
    If you are still using one of the big four carriers you are behind the times.
    11-14-2013 10:10 AM
  4. berty6294's Avatar
    If you are still using one of the big four carriers you are behind the times.
    I dont understand...
    11-14-2013 11:23 AM
  5. rdubmu's Avatar
    If you are still using one of the big four carriers you are behind the times.
    I don't get it either.

    With T-Mobile I cut my bill by $80 per month.

    AT&T will have most of the flagship devices. T-Mobile has the best plans while sprint nearly has no support for Windows phone though lately they have pick up their game.

    As for the smaller carriers I am not sure how they support Windows phone

    Sent from my LG-D801 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    11-14-2013 11:54 AM
  6. berty6294's Avatar
    Like in my area the only carriers that exist are AT&T and Verizon. Verizon has undoubtably the better coverage, AT&T has decent coverage, Sprint is present but only if you are on food stamps will you have Sprint, T-Mobile doesn't exist at all, like coverage or stores.

    There are no other carriers except for the prepaid (Cricket, Boost, Virgin) but they are terrible.
    11-14-2013 12:05 PM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    If you are still using one of the big four carriers you are behind the times.
    Unless you live in an area where Verizon (or one of the other big four) is the only company that has acceptable coverage.
    11-14-2013 12:51 PM
  8. jridgers's Avatar
    If you are still using one of the big four carriers you are behind the times.
    Which carriers are you referring to? I live in a large metropolitan area (Philadelphia) and may be able to use one of the other guys.
    11-14-2013 12:57 PM
  9. inteller's Avatar
    *facepalm*

    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    11-15-2013 03:14 PM
  10. iamtim's Avatar
    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    Yes. You think they're the future? Huh. Ok.
    11-15-2013 04:38 PM
  11. palandri's Avatar
    *facepalm*

    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    LOL! A lot of people haven't. We have a list of them here: http://forums.windowscentral.com/car...operators.html
    11-15-2013 04:41 PM
  12. jridgers's Avatar
    *facepalm*

    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    Yeah, but which ones offer Windows Phone as an option?
    11-15-2013 05:46 PM
  13. berty6294's Avatar
    Yeah all the mvno's in my area piggyback Sprint. Not a good thing at all.
    11-17-2013 08:42 PM
  14. mase123987's Avatar
    *facepalm*

    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    MVNOs don't exist without the "big four."
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    11-17-2013 09:23 PM
  15. tgp's Avatar
    Yeah all the mvno's in my area piggyback Sprint. Not a good thing at all.
    Yeah same here. I always figured because Sprint's network is weak they can offer such good deals. I used Virgin Mobile for over a year. The service where I live was OK, but I didn't like not having a very good selection of devices. That's part of the reason why I now use a GSM MVNO, so I can have my choice of phone. The only requirement is that it's either unlocked or AT&T (in my case; it could be T-Mobile for someone else). $45 for unlimited/unlimited/2.5GB LTE service from AT&T is pretty good.
    11-17-2013 09:23 PM
  16. hopmedic's Avatar
    *facepalm*

    really people? have none of you heard of MVNOs?
    Yes. I'd love to use an MVNO. But there's not one that I can put a Windows Phone on, and still be on Verizon's network, which is the only network with acceptable coverage where I live. Don't be so quick to judge.
    jridgers likes this.
    11-18-2013 10:55 AM
  17. inteller's Avatar
    that is BS. You can go with Page Plus and live on Verizon's network. You can bring your own phone too they just don't advertise it.

    NET10 does as well, you have to run your phones ESN to verify but they do http://ntbyop.com/net10/
    Last edited by inteller; 11-20-2013 at 07:36 AM.
    11-20-2013 07:23 AM
  18. inteller's Avatar
    Yeah all the mvno's in my area piggyback Sprint. Not a good thing at all.
    so who is your carrier? Verizon is the only ones that provide coverage in your area?
    11-20-2013 07:26 AM
  19. inteller's Avatar
    Yeah, but which ones offer Windows Phone as an option?
    they all do. You go buy a phone for the network you want to be on (ATT, Verizon, T-Mo) and then you sign up with them and activate your SIM from them (or ESN in case of Verizon)
    11-20-2013 07:30 AM
  20. 11B1P's Avatar
    Nah, even Verizon you activate a SIM and it's the IMEI nowadays.
    11-20-2013 07:54 AM
  21. berty6294's Avatar
    so who is your carrier? Verizon is the only ones that provide coverage in your area?
    Verizon and AT&T are the only carriers worth paying any money for in my area, and Verizon is leaps and bounds better than AT&T still so yeah, Verizon is the only good carrier in my area. Not only is the coverage way better but my plan is super cheap ($40 for unlimited everything) due to an old family plan I haven't changed.
    11-20-2013 08:10 AM
  22. inteller's Avatar
    well then your statement is categorically wrong! There are SEVERAL MVNOs on ATT. Verizon as well, and yes they have cheaper plans than even your $40 plan...I pay $36 monthly and that includes all taxes and fees for unlimited.
    11-20-2013 08:16 AM
  23. inteller's Avatar
    Nah, even Verizon you activate a SIM and it's the IMEI nowadays.
    not if you want voice service on old CDMA tech. That side of the phone is still ESN based.
    11-20-2013 08:17 AM
  24. berty6294's Avatar
    Please tell me where I can find one of these MVNOs? I'm not too familiar with them as I've never felt the need to change my plan.
    11-20-2013 08:19 AM
  25. inteller's Avatar
    as has already been mentioned in this thread, the list is stickied at the top of this forum.
    11-20-2013 08:24 AM
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