1. hockey1299's Avatar
    I'll be moving to USA for 4 years for school.. My friends have told me to go with AT&T or T-Mobile. They also told me regarding roaming outside USA when I visit my family in Canada again I won't be charged for incoming text messages and keep Data Off and I'll get 0 charges. They told me that Verizon on the other hand charges 0.05 for text messages which I don't like..
    Keeping my Rogers SIM card will be more expensive as they do have a monthly plan of $40 but that will be too much money on top of my plan I use in Canada every month. If I was staying for only 1-4 months then I would not change. please let me know your opinions thanks.

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    01-30-2014 01:21 PM
  2. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    If you are looking for something cheap, use T-Mobile.
    01-30-2014 01:23 PM
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    The best carrier is the one that has the best signal and coverage in the area you are going to be and want to use your phone the most.... that's not going to be the same for everyone in every area... for example - where I live - between Minneapolis, MN & Des Moines, IA - we have Verizon, US Cellular, and T-Mobile affiliate iWireless... the rest of the companies may appear to provide service around here - but in reality, their signal is marginal at best... it's all about location, location, location...
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    01-30-2014 01:26 PM
  4. hockey1299's Avatar
    Yes I'll probably go for T-Mobile I'll be staying within the city of Boston. I'm not to familiar with Verizon and CDMA. also I'm not happy on why they charge for incoming text messages while roaming. That I don't get. AT&T and tmobile don't. That's my other concern as I'll be going to Canada to visit my family sometimes..


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    01-30-2014 01:26 PM
  5. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I have family in Boston (just outside actually in New Hampshire), and we visit often...AT&T worked well there, even venturing outside into the major suburbs, and I was still able to get LTE coverage most places we visited (especially within the city obviously).

    In Atlanta (my home town), AT&T works flawlessly, so it is the carrier I stick with.
    01-30-2014 01:28 PM
  6. hockey1299's Avatar
    So AT&T would be best? I'll be within Downtown Boston area.


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    01-30-2014 01:30 PM
  7. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I can't name a "best", I can only reflect my own usage experience. AT&T has been best FOR ME in Atlanta, and worked well in the Boston area when we visited. You being a resident in Boston may regularly find yourself in areas where the service doesn't work well...where me, being a visitor at best, had a much less defined experience vs. a resident.
    01-30-2014 01:33 PM
  8. hockey1299's Avatar
    Ok.. I guess I'll choose between T-Mobile and AT&T and plans and pricing.
    These 2 carriers don't charge for incoming text messages while roaming right? Like how Verizon does..


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    01-30-2014 01:36 PM
  9. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Within the U.S. this is true...international roaming carries a set of charges, but I have no idea what they would be.
    01-30-2014 01:39 PM
  10. hockey1299's Avatar
    Ok I see here on both websites outside USA the text messages incoming are based on domestic plan it would take it from there. So it's free but sending is 0.50 it shows.. That's ok I guess when I visit my family in Canada..


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    01-30-2014 01:41 PM
  11. iRiidium's Avatar
    I've used all the major US carriers and in terms of network performance and customer service I'd have to say AT&T & Verizon...followed T-Mobile with Sprint bringing up the rear. As already stated it depends on the network performance where YOU live. I'm in Maryland near Washington DC. You may want to check http://opensignal.com/coverage-maps/US/


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    01-30-2014 01:48 PM
  12. acerace113's Avatar
    What phone do you have since all iPhones sold in Canada are GSM and my not work on all carriers in the US.


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    01-30-2014 01:51 PM
  13. hockey1299's Avatar
    I don't know.. I've never used a US Carrier. Only time is went to visit my school in Boston downtown. I had my Canadian SIM card with ROGERS. So I had AT&T and I had mostly steady 4-5 bars . So I'm guessing AT&T has good coverage there.


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    01-30-2014 01:52 PM
  14. hockey1299's Avatar
    What phone do you have since all iPhones sold in Canada are GSM and my not work on all carriers in the US.


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    GSM-Rogers iPhone 5S


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    01-30-2014 01:55 PM
  15. acerace113's Avatar
    GSM-Rogers


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    Edit: just saw your edited post, the 5S you should be able to use on any carrier in the US as long as it's unlocked


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    01-30-2014 01:59 PM
  16. hockey1299's Avatar
    Ya I'll be unlocking it. Since 4 years straight is to long to roam with a Rogers sim Lol.. Anyways I'll probably go with AT&T as when I went down there to check out my school on Boston I picked up AT&T signal when I landed and had steady 4-5 bars


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    01-30-2014 02:03 PM
  17. kch50428's Avatar
    A Rogers iPhone 5S or 5C will be compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile...
    01-30-2014 02:04 PM
  18. acerace113's Avatar
    A Rogers iPhone 5S or 5C will be compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile...
    My 5S on bell can fall back to CMDA and it's the same model # as the Rogers one...


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    01-30-2014 02:06 PM
  19. kch50428's Avatar
    My 5S on bell can fall back to CMDA and it's the same model # as the Rogers one...
    No need for that as Verizon & Sprint use CDMA in the US... AT&T & T-Mobile don't...
    01-30-2014 02:11 PM
  20. hockey1299's Avatar
    Ok.. I'll be going with AT&T when I arrive there.from my previous experience when I went to check out my school and picked up AT&T with my rogers sim and had steady 4-5 bars so it's good service there and like there plans.

    Thanks for your help guys.

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    01-30-2014 02:12 PM
  21. acerace113's Avatar
    No need for that as Verizon & Sprint use CDMA in the US... AT&T & T-Mobile don't...
    I stand corrected... There is two A1533 models in North America... One is GSM without CDMA EV-DO support (AT&T, t-mobile, all Canadian carriers) and the other is the GSM with CDMA EV-DO (Verizon & sprint) but both share the same model number and both support the same LTE bands... I wonder why...


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    01-30-2014 02:29 PM
  22. acerace113's Avatar
    Ok.. I'll be going with AT&T when I arrive there.from my previous experience when I went to check out my school and picked up AT&T with my rogers sim and had steady 4-5 bars so it's good service there and like there plans.

    Thanks for your help guys.

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    I would say to also see how your signal is where you are staying/living cause at the school you might get 4-5 bars but where you live you might get 1-2 bars. I would say try both AT&T and T-Mobile for a month and see which one works best for you.


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    01-30-2014 02:33 PM
  23. hockey1299's Avatar
    Ok.. I'll try that.. But I had strong signal with AT&T when I landed had 4-5 most of the time with my Rogers Sim. It did go to T-Mobile sometimes in some areas as well tho.


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    01-30-2014 02:35 PM
  24. avmsam's Avatar
    Best really depends on reception which varies by location.

    For value, nothing beats tmobile. When I head down to the states I always use my tmobile SIM card. They give them for free in usa, crazy I know ! That's unheard of in Canada. Well, it's free as long as you activate a plan. I usually use one of the prepaid plans which I can change at anytime on their site.


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    01-31-2014 06:11 AM
  25. breakingpoint0's Avatar
    As others have said: best is relative. Sounds like since you already have a phone T-Mobile or AT&T is the best option. I know T-Mobile recently changed their international policy so you will want to check that out and factor that into your decision. Here is a link to the info on T-Mobile's new international policy.

    As others have said: test drive both and see what works best. T-Mobile provides great bang for the buck, especially if it works well in your area(which it looks like it would work very well in Boston judging from coverage maps).
    01-31-2014 08:38 AM
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