Ok, I've been a Verizon customer for a little while, maybe since 2002. First cellphone ever was SunCom back in 2000, then Cingular until the VZW switch made cause my wife said Cingular/AT&T was either dropping her calls or failing to dial them.
My contract runs out on August 21. Just for fun, I ran that billshrink.com thing that T-Mobile's been adverting lately. For those not in the know, it's supposed to be a 3rd party website that analyzes your cellphone usage along with how much you pay while comparing to other plans that are out there.
I've been thinking about stepping up to a BlackBerry as my brother got one last year and has found it to be quite useful. According to billshrink, the best deal for me would be to switch to AT&T to save $346 over two years. That includes a $120 early termination fee that VZW would assess if we made a switch before 8/21/09. I would need to double check what's included in their plan, but a savings number like that is hard to ignore. I've had some second thoughts about getting the BlackBerry cause I'm afraid it will jack our monthly rate up. My brother pays as much for his single line as we do for a family share with two lines.
Things get interesting when I tell it that I'm interested in any phone. Then, T-Mobile pops to the top of the list with $459 savings over two years including the early term fee. That requires taking one of the basic phones that comes free with a two-year contract. Well, that number is even harder to pass up and gives me additional second thoughts about the whole BlackBerry thing.
Well, since I'm manacled to a member of the opposite sex, I can't just go and do what I want to. She's really antsy about making any changes cause most of the people we know are VZW users. Also, this afternoon she'd printed out coverage maps of VZW, AT&T, and T-Mobile to show just how little coverage T-Mobile has compared to VZW. My suggestion to her to really save money and not get any cell phone plan at all was not well met.
So, does anyone out there in the SE USA use T-Mobile or AT&T? We live in the Chattanooga, TN area, if that makes a difference. When we travel, it's usually to places like ATL or Birmingham, with a trip to Florida beaches every couple of years. We might change to SC beaches at some point.
I know all carriers can have dead spots even in places that they say are saturated with coverage. But for those non-VZW users, how do you think your service stacks up?