02-12-2014 10:21 PM
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  1. Matthew Moore4's Avatar
    So posted a similar item in the 1520 forum, but have a slightly different question:

    I am currently a Verizon customer who has already made the decision to switch when my upgrade comes up early 2014 to Windows. I've played with them in the store, read the reviews, and am ready to make the leap.

    My major decision now is whether to wait until the Lumia Icon comes out on Verizon or make the switch to ATT for the larger 1520. I won't repeat my question about the usability of screen size on the 1520, but I will ask...

    for those of you who have been on both carriers: A) Which one is faster? B) Which one is more dependable and C) Which one caters better to Windows Phones (I think I know the answer to C).
    01-12-2014 12:05 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    A and B are going to depend on location. Are you in a big city or a rural area? Do you travel a lot? You are probably better off asking your neighbours and co-workers where you live and travel what their experiences are like with both carriers.
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    01-12-2014 12:58 PM
  3. Matthew Moore4's Avatar
    Large market near Atlanta.
    01-12-2014 01:12 PM
  4. palandri's Avatar
    Large market near Atlanta.
    If you're in a large market, both carriers are normally going to have a good signal.
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    01-12-2014 01:17 PM
  5. maevinj's Avatar
    Just make sure you stay in Atlanta. AT&T coverage gets sketch when you get past the burbs
    01-12-2014 02:21 PM
  6. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    I live In a suburb of a large market. Verizon is still a decent amount better than AT&T around here.
    Last edited by Indistinguishable; 09-09-2014 at 09:11 PM.
    01-12-2014 02:40 PM
  7. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    In my opinion, AT&T has the best windows phone selection, despite them being ***holes with removing Qi and charging more for 32GB.
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    01-12-2014 04:23 PM
  8. Matthew Moore4's Avatar
    By decent, are you speaking to coverage area, or network speed? I thought the old adage was that Verizon was more reliable but that ATT (where available) was faster. Again, I have no idea... only ever been with Verizon, and wondering if the grass is greener.
    01-12-2014 06:02 PM
  9. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    By decent, are you speaking to coverage area, or network speed? I thought the old adage was that Verizon was more reliable but that ATT (where available) was faster. Again, I have no idea... only ever been with Verizon, and wondering if the grass is greener.
    Mostly coverage area. I can't speak to speed in terms of data. For most of my time as a smartphone user I've been prone to be in WiFi anyway.

    But when it comes to coverage, Verizon is noticeably more viable and reliable than AT&T in my area. And as someone who travel frequently for work, mainly to Cali and Texas, the same seems to be true there.
    01-12-2014 06:05 PM
  10. Matthew Moore4's Avatar
    Thanks. Probably worth it to stick it out and hope that the Icon is everything we hope it is going to be. Just wish it came in Yellow!!!
    01-12-2014 06:19 PM
  11. Locutus3d's Avatar
    I have Lumia 920 and have had no issues with reliability on AT&T here in Texas.
    01-12-2014 06:26 PM
  12. anon(5343177)'s Avatar
    I don't know about your area. I bought a go phone (Lumia 520) to try service. Unfortunately for my area, AT&T was simply too spotty compared to Verizon. So it cost me about 35 bucks to try (I returned the phone to Target). If you wish to try something like this it is easier than getting into and out of a contract. Also a local large retailer seems to be t greatest email easiest route too.

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    01-12-2014 06:46 PM
  13. mtalinm's Avatar
    My first cellphone was on ATT in 1999. When they rolled out their GSM (EDGE) network in 2000 things went haywire. Reception was so bad that my boss insisted I switch to Verizon (I was on call for tech support). Thus began my love affair with VZW. For years I laughed at my Apple-phone friends as they complained about ATT's crappy coverage.

    Then, sometime last year or maybe the year before, ATT seemed to catch up in terms of coverage and dropped calls - maybe even speed. For the first time, I thought about switching to ATT (for the 1020). Some days I wish I had, as I looooove the 1020 camera. But I had unlimited data on VZW and was not about to lose that (have used 8G this month so far).

    Verizon recently admitted that they allowed their LTE network to get overloaded, and they announced plans for a new network (AWS, I think it is called) in major metros. But you have to get a new-ish phone to get it. 929 will surely have AWS support, and 928 will though it requires an upgrade, and I'm sure they won't upgrade it until after 929 is out. Rumor has it that AWS will have 70-80Mbps, which is very tasty. But that will probably go down over time.

    Historically ATT has been the best for winphones, but I think the Icon 929 will change some perceptions as it promises to be the sweet spot between the 1020 and 1520. it's certainly the phone I'll be getting.
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    01-12-2014 09:03 PM
  14. falconrap's Avatar
    I live in the Tampa Bay are and where I work (across the bay) the building tends to knock AT&T users to less or no signal than VZW. There are parts of the building where I still get signal where AT&T users don't. Simply put, VZW users are generally going to have a better signal in most places in the country, especially outside of the cities. But, the best thing to do is to ask some friends/co-workers, who have AT&T how their signal strength is in the areas you travel and work in. I'm in a similar boat as you. I see the 1020 and just drool wanting that camera. But, I have a feeling the 929/Icon is going to be the perfect compromise device for me. A such I will wait (already several months out of contract).
    01-13-2014 05:03 AM
  15. radmanvr's Avatar
    Verizon all the way for me. I travel a lot and when I'm going through the swamps of Louisiana or the plains of Texas I like having signal. I also like to go to Destin, FL at least once a year and yes ATT did fail me because of repeated loss reception. In big areas like where I live in the heart of Houston. ATT is a bit faster than Verizon I admit but is a little speed at the loss of reliability worth it? Only you can answer that question. As for windows phone. I see many models on ATT and only a few on Verizon but I am not one to be picky with phones. I love my HTC 8X even if I dont get app folder support =(
    01-13-2014 08:58 AM
  16. Carib1964's Avatar
    I live in Staten Island NY and have been with Verizon for a few years and the signal quality has always been great. However the biggest advantage to Verizon is that all of their LTE phones are GSM unlock which allows me to travel anywhere with my phone. Don't need the bull with ATT to get my phone unlocked.
    Last edited by Carib1964; 01-13-2014 at 12:40 PM.
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    01-13-2014 09:07 AM
  17. hopmedic's Avatar
    Just make sure you stay in Atlanta. AT&T coverage gets sketch when you get past the burbs
    THIS.

    I live in Flowery Branch, and work in Norcross. At work, I could use any of the big four (or MVNOs). At home, Verizon is the only one I can use. ATT/TMO/Sprint all drop sitting in the living room (the step-daughter has this problem when she visits, and she's been on Sprint as well as MVNOs on TMO and ATT). At my dining table, someone using a laptop with ATT SIM kept losing her connection. But I get four bars of LTE on Verizon. Three in the basement.
    01-13-2014 11:41 AM
  18. Matthew Moore4's Avatar
    Definitely seems, given the quality of the coverage, that sticking with Verizon is probably best bet. Think I speak for all when I say I'm ready for this stinkin' phone to come out. Me wants.
    01-13-2014 11:57 AM
  19. cckgz4's Avatar
    I'm all about sim cards so .....
    01-13-2014 12:33 PM
  20. Citizen X's Avatar
    Simply put, VZW users are generally going to have a better signal in most places in the country, especially outside of the cities.
    Unfortunately you didn't post anything that supports this statement. I've traveled a fair bit around lower New England and there is at&t LTE service all over the place. I've never had any problems with call quality. I can't say which is better across the entire United States... and neither can most people. I think the idea of getting a 520 and trying it out in a bunch of places you actually go is the best idea. I wouldn't give up unlimited data based on a few stories on the internet.
    01-13-2014 12:47 PM
  21. admorris#AC's Avatar
    Unfortunately you didn't post anything that supports this statement. I've traveled a fair bit around lower New England and there is at&t LTE service all over the place. I've never had any problems with call quality. I can't say which is better across the entire United States... and neither can most people. I think the idea of getting a 520 and trying it out in a bunch of places you actually go is the best idea. I wouldn't give up unlimited data based on a few stories on the internet.
    I'll support his statement. I'm a truck driver and stay basically on the east coast. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that coverage comparison is not even close. There are many places where I get verizon LTE and could barely get any service at all with ATT. If you get a strong LTE signal with both, chances are it'll be faster on ATT.

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    01-13-2014 02:27 PM
  22. David Fleetwood's Avatar
    I'll support his statement. I'm a truck driver and stay basically on the east coast. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that coverage comparison is not even close. There are many places where I get verizon LTE and could barely get any service at all with ATT. If you get a strong LTE signal with both, chances are it'll be faster on ATT.

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    I don't make the drive routinely, but I have gone across the country west to east and back four times in the past four years in my Jeep. A couple times I had someone with AT&T with me. It was no contest, for huge portions of the trip AT&T had no signal at all, while on VZ I have only two locations on I90 where I could not get service. I also did the trip on Hwy 2 once, there are a few holes in coverage in the Rockies, otherwise its a strong signal all the way across.

    That said if you are not a road tripper, this really does not matter much.
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    01-13-2014 03:38 PM
  23. falconrap's Avatar
    Unfortunately you didn't post anything that supports this statement. I've traveled a fair bit around lower New England and there is at&t LTE service all over the place. I've never had any problems with call quality. I can't say which is better across the entire United States... and neither can most people. I think the idea of getting a 520 and trying it out in a bunch of places you actually go is the best idea. I wouldn't give up unlimited data based on a few stories on the internet.
    Numerous friends, family members, and well known forum posters have all said the same thing. Also, knowing where AT&T and VZW have built their networks, as well as their backgrounds (such as knowing VZW picked up Alltel - whom I had when the merger hit - and knowing why). The evidence is ample and plenty...and well known. T-Mobile is also strong in most cities, but tends to be weak outside of them (they vary quite widely from my experience). Posters who followed your post also see the same. Is AT&T catching up? In many areas it appears they are getting a good bit better, but VZW had a huge lead being able to cover the boonies. It's just simple fact.
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    01-13-2014 08:35 PM
  24. horseybob's Avatar
    Was on AT&T for many moons and many phones. Traveling all over US and Canada mostly, out of Georgia. Every month was a billing issue. Spotty coverage, which is likely less bad now. What sealed the deal for me was when I was elk hunting in Idaho with a buddy and we're on a mountain. He calls his wife (Verizon). So I try on my uberspendy corporate phone and plan (AT&T) to call my lovely bride. Who's sitting next to his wife at camp. I had to borrow his phone to talk to her. Switched the next week. Since 2000, zero billing fubars. Our son and his wife just switched from T-Mobile to Verizon when I had LTE and they had 2G. I get 50-plus mb download on LTE, but typically use WiFi anyhow. I for one am a fan of VZW over AT&T. better support, fewer (no) billing issues, and MUCH better coverage without having to get unlocked. My 928 was flawless in China, Thailand, Japan, Ireland and US.
    01-15-2014 10:57 PM
  25. bradm77's Avatar
    A & B depends solely on geography.

    C is AT&T all the way, hands down! I had a 928 and, up until November 2013, had been a VZW customer for over ten years. ****-poo customer service and billing screw-ups were just part of life with Big Red. So far, so good with AT&T plus I get a carrier that actually SUPPORTS WINDOWS PHONE.
    01-16-2014 06:40 PM
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