1. RavenSword's Avatar
    So, I'm looking to break off from my parents family plan and going on my own. However, I'm wondering which carrier is going to be best? I was thinking of Verizon, but wasn't sure how good they were with updates if I have a android phone with them. Also, I do know there among the pricer carriers with plans along with att, but I know they have better coverage than ATT or the other carriers.

    The family plan is with ATT, whose plans are the same price as Verizon's as far as I can tell. So I think I'd rather have the better coverage of Verizon if its the same amount as ATT.

    Is sprint good? What about T-Mobile? I know these two carriers are less expensive, espeacily T-Mobile. But I'd almost rather pay more for Verizon or att if the service is going to suck on sprint and T-Mobile.

    I don't travel so I don't really need to worry about which works better overseas or whatever.
    08-05-2014 10:28 AM
  2. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    So, I'm looking to break off from my parents family plan and going on my own. However, I'm wondering which carrier is going to be best? I was thinking of Verizon, but wasn't sure how good they were with updates if I have a android phone with them. Also, I do know there among the pricer carriers with plans along with att, but I know they have better coverage than ATT or the other carriers.

    The family plan is with ATT, whose plans are the same price as Verizon's as far as I can tell. So I think I'd rather have the better coverage of Verizon if its the same amount as ATT.

    Is sprint good? What about T-Mobile? I know these two carriers are less expensive, espeacily T-Mobile. But I'd almost rather pay more for Verizon or att if the service is going to suck on sprint and T-Mobile.

    I don't travel so I don't really need to worry about which works better overseas or whatever.
    It mostly depends on which carrier has the best coverage in your area. T-Mobile wins hands down for the best price, att and Verizon win for best coverage. Tmobile has a test drive program that allows you to use an iPhone 5S for a week on their service-for free!
    08-05-2014 10:34 AM
  3. RavenSword's Avatar
    I think I'm deciding between Verizon and tmobile right now. Verizon I know probably has the better coverage, but tmobile is more affordable. I've heard a lot of bad about sprint. And I've been on AT&T all my life, so I wanted to try a different thing. I also would think verizon had better coverage than AT&T.
    08-05-2014 10:46 AM
  4. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I think I'm deciding between Verizon and tmobile right now. Verizon I know probably has the better coverage, but tmobile is more affordable. I've heard a lot of bad about sprint. And I've been on AT&T all my life, so I wanted to try a different thing. I also would think verizon had better coverage than AT&T.
    In rural areas, yes Verizon's coverage is better than atts. But Verizon(and att) doesn't offer unlimited data, and charges $15 per gigabit over! Tmobile not only offer unlimited, but they don't charge overage fees. Where I live Verizon and alltel had the monopoly for years, now that att bought alltel out, we have att to chose from, but their prices aren't much different from Verizon's as you stated. Unfortunately tmobile doesn't have coverage where I live
    08-05-2014 10:55 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Also starting with iOS 8, tmobile will offer wifi calling which will help out if their coverage isn't great where you live and you need to be able to make/receive phone calls. No other US carrier has committed to offering it afaik.
    08-05-2014 11:00 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Call the carriers and ask questions according to your needs.
    08-05-2014 11:41 AM
  7. Flow39's Avatar
    I am jumping to my own carrier as well when the iPhone 6 is released, and I am planning on T-Mobile because of how affordable they are. For both prepaid and "contract" options, they are both really affordable.

    I am planning on going T-Mobile's prepaid route, which offers a $30 Monthly plan that includes Unlimited Data (5GB of 4G LTE, after that it is slowed), Unlimited Text, and 100 minutes of talk. Plus with T-Mobile adding Wi-Di calling, it is going to be a great deal.

    $30 monthly plan:
    Looking to leave my parents plan, which carrier is best?-image.jpg
    08-05-2014 12:15 PM
  8. RavenSword's Avatar
    Would I be able to unlock my AT&T iPhone 5S and bring it to tmobile?
    08-05-2014 06:48 PM
  9. RavenSword's Avatar
    Is tmobile really that cheaper though. Let's say I get the 5 gbs plan on tmobile. So that's 70 bucks a month. Plus the 27 dollars am month for a new phone until that 600 dollar phone is paid of. So, maybe 24 months of payments if I only do 27 dollars a month. That's 97 dollars a month on tmobile for a two year span

    on verizon, I can do the 32gb iphone 6 for a onetime payment of 300 dollars (assuming pricing stays the same as past iPhones) then it's 110 dollars a month for 4gbs of data. So yeah, I get a extra gig with tmobile and it's 13 bucks cheaper, but isn't Verizon's better network worth that 13 dollars? And I don't mind staying on a 2 year upgrade cycle.
    08-05-2014 07:29 PM
  10. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Would I be able to unlock my AT&T iPhone 5S and bring it to tmobile?
    If you can get it unlocked, yes.
    08-05-2014 07:50 PM
  11. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Would I be able to unlock my AT&T iPhone 5S and bring it to tmobile?
    Are you under contract with AT&T? If so, you would still have that ETF to pay if you switch to T-Mobile. I think.
    08-05-2014 09:21 PM
  12. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    Is tmobile really that cheaper though. Let's say I get the 5 gbs plan on tmobile. So that's 70 bucks a month. Plus the 27 dollars am month for a new phone until that 600 dollar phone is paid of. So, maybe 24 months of payments if I only do 27 dollars a month. That's 97 dollars a month on tmobile for a two year span

    on verizon, I can do the 32gb iphone 6 for a onetime payment of 300 dollars (assuming pricing stays the same as past iPhones) then it's 110 dollars a month for 4gbs of data. So yeah, I get a extra gig with tmobile and it's 13 bucks cheaper, but isn't Verizon's better network worth that 13 dollars? And I don't mind staying on a 2 year upgrade cycle.
    The $70 plan with tmobile is completely unlimited afaik
    08-05-2014 09:44 PM
  13. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    The $70 plan with tmobile is completely unlimited afaik
    Oops my bad; the $70 plan has 5GB of high speed data, the $80 is completely unlimited.
    08-05-2014 09:47 PM
  14. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I would say go with T-Mobile before AT&T. You get more for your money and it's truly unlimited with fast speeds. My lte speeds are over 50mbps. Check the coverage maps though.
    08-05-2014 09:55 PM
  15. RavenSword's Avatar
    So, I' think I'm going with tmobile. Although Verizon's coverage is more than likely better, it's just a matter of cost. With tmobile I'm pretty much paying half of what Verizon would cost. I haven't decided if I'm going with the 3GB or 5GB plan though. I might just go 5GB just to be safe. The reason I'm not going with that 30 dollar online plan with 100 talk minutes and unlimited text and data is that they don't let you do upgrades with that plan.
    08-05-2014 10:11 PM
  16. Flow39's Avatar
    So, I' think I'm going with tmobile. Although Verizon's coverage is more than likely better, it's just a matter of cost. With tmobile I'm pretty much paying half of what Verizon would cost. I haven't decided if I'm going with the 3GB or 5GB plan though. I might just go 5GB just to be safe. The reason I'm not going with that 30 dollar online plan with 100 talk minutes and unlimited text and data is that they don't let you do upgrades with that plan.
    Yeah, it's the only downside of that plan, seeing as it's prepaid. But I do plan to upgrade every year and buy my phone outright, so prepaid works best for me. Hopefully you'll enjoy the 5GB T-Mobile plan
    08-05-2014 10:31 PM
  17. RavenSword's Avatar
    Yeah, it's the only downside of that plan, seeing as it's prepaid. But I do plan to upgrade every year and buy my phone outright, so prepaid works best for me. Hopefully you'll enjoy the 5GB T-Mobile plan
    Well, actually I talked about it with my parents and they brought up some good points why I shouldn't go on my own plan yet. I'm not getting alot of hours at work, so commiting to a monthly plan may not seem smart right now. I still think I'll go to tmobile, just not right now. Thanks for the help anyway everyone.
    Last edited by RavenSword; 08-06-2014 at 10:32 AM.
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    08-06-2014 12:06 AM
  18. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    Well, actually I talked about it with my parents and they brought up some good points why I shouldn't go on my own plan yet. I'm bit getting slot of hours at work, so commuting to a monthly plan may not seem smart right now. I still think I'll go to tmobile, just not right now. Thanks for the help anyway everyone.
    Sounds like a good idea. You're very welcome!
    lui22 likes this.
    08-06-2014 07:46 AM
  19. lui22's Avatar
    Would I be able to unlock my AT&T iPhone 5S and bring it to tmobile?
    Yes you could if youve paid off the device or off of contract
    08-06-2014 11:57 PM
  20. Flow39's Avatar
    Yes you could if youve paid off the device or off of contract
    To add to lui22's post, another way your device can be unlocked is if you buy it at full $650 price at the time of purchase.
    08-07-2014 12:36 AM
  21. acerace113's Avatar
    For the best carrier I would go with the one that has the best overall coverage for places that you visit most often.
    08-07-2014 07:33 AM
  22. bunjy's Avatar
    For the best carrier I would go with the one that has the best overall coverage for places that you visit most often.
    This. Doesn't matter how much money you save if the coverage in your area sucks.


    Sent from my Awesome iPhone 5!
    08-07-2014 11:51 PM
  23. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    This. Doesn't matter how much money you save if the coverage in your area sucks.


    Sent from my Awesome iPhone 5!
    Which is why I dumped Sprint. Their prices are still cheap but you get what you pay for with service.

    I had a paperweight pretty much everywhere but work which didn't do me any good. People eventually just quit trying to call me and would either email me or text me telling me to call them since my phone never rang.
    08-08-2014 10:55 AM
  24. sting7k's Avatar
    For the best carrier I would go with the one that has the best overall coverage for places that you visit most often.
    This is the right answer. Followed closely by what you can afford to pay. Don't go into debt over these things people; be reasonable.
    emanwis likes this.
    08-08-2014 11:29 AM

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