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May 25, 2013, 12:20 PM
Hey everyone. Just a quick question. I have had Verizon for over 10 years now, and my wife is considering switching to Sprint. She switched jobs and her company phone/personal phone will be disconnected at the end of May. We are thinking of getting a shared unlimited plan with Sprint. I have a Verizon plan that has unlimited data on it, but as most VZW customers know they no longer offer unlimited data plans. If I upgrade any part of my plan I lose unlimited data. That is a huge deal to me since I average 4.0 GB per month data. To purchase that data plan per month from VZW is highway robbery!!!! So I ask is it worth switching? I am happy with Verizon, but if I ever do want to upgrade my VZW phone I have to purchase it full retail or eBay it ...

May 25, 2013, 1:06 PM
Sounds like you need to decide what is more important to you- "unlimited data" or better service/network.

There is a reason Verizon has way more customers than Sprint. Your data may be unlimited with sprint but if it sucks, is that really better?

Also, may want to ask the Sprint Forum if you want to be sold on Sprint.

May 27, 2013, 2:41 PM
Go back over your last 3-4 bills and see how many GB's you've been averaging per month. If you're averaging 5-6 GB or more than you're getting the most out of your unlimited data plan. If you're using less then a move to Verizon's current plans won't hurt you. Myself, I average 6-8 GB per month, going heavy on multimedia apps so in the long run its cheaper for me to hang onto my unlimited data. However, there are lots of low-end users who are afraid of running up a big data bill because they don't understand how data is used and its easier to have unlimited and not worry about it.

May 27, 2013, 11:24 PM
I would stick with Verizon initially. Let your wife sign up with Sprint and trial their coverage before canceling with Evil Red. I am not a big fan of Verizon, but once you leave there really is no coming back. Your unlimited data will be long gone. Look before you leap.

May 28, 2013, 6:42 PM »

Ting is a mobile reseller that runs off the Sprint network. When I considered dumping VZW last December, so I bought a $50 refurb handset from Ting to test drive the Sprint network in my area and see if it would provide acceptable service for me.

In my community, Sprint works fine (better actually, in some large buildings at the University where I spent way too many hours) and would have been much, much cheaper than VZW. The only reason I haven't made the jump to Sprint is that I just accepted a career-level job from AT&T, so I'll be going that route instead, most likely.

May 30, 2013, 2:31 PM

I am not sure if this helps but I too am thinking of jumping to Sprint for their unlimited data and I currently have unlimited data with VZW but my phone is acting up so I may need a new one. I live in Los Angeles and some of my friends are having no problems with Sprint. What has come to my attention with VZW is that they plan on moving their voice systems over to data. Meaning the call feature will run on the data line and no longer on a voice line. To me this means that anyone without unlimited data is going to have to up their GB and spend more money in order to incorporate the call side of the phone. I am completely speculating on how this will work but it seems in my tiny mind to make sense, if the calls are on the data ...

May 30, 2013, 7:26 PM
I suppose that a voice only plan would be like their PTT service, which is also data based. Lots of things on a non -smartphone plan, such as picture mail, use data without costing extra.

Jun 17, 2013, 5:54 PM
for two phones I might be wrong but I don't see it being that much cheaper?

Sprint Truly unlimited everything (well unlimited data and messaging if on their smaller Native Network as it doesn't include their roaming partners) is $209

If you can live with 1500 minutes you are looking at $150

You use 4GB...
Verizon would be unlimited talk and text and 6GB (including their roaming partners... so entire network) You would be looking $160

8GB $170

Maybe I am missing something, but doesn't seem that much cheaper. Also if the wife is switching jobs.... make sure you check and see if there are any discounts available through the carriers.

Jun 19, 2013, 12:28 PM
there is no such thing as a native network, roaming partners are consider part of sprints coverage, that being said sprint covers effectively 250 million people. V's network is defitely bigger but not leaps and bounds.

Sprints Plan 2 smartphones is $150.00 with the only limited item is landline calling min at 1500

Now 8GB for two phones should be plenty, my son on a moto xpert goes through 2GB alone. thats by no means a real high powered smart phone.

Jun 20, 2013, 2:39 PM
I am awaiting a response on this 'no such thing as a native network' assertion. Frankly, at first glance it sounds ridiculous. Is Sprint truly going to allow me Unlimited Data even while I am roaming on Verizon's Network? When I lived in Huntsville my lady was a Sprint customer and they restricted her to Sprint's network for her Any Mobile calling. It would be very expensive to Sprint if they operated as you suggest.

Sep 6, 2013, 7:52 PM
The only thing that you can do to lose unlimited is upgrade that line. I have added lines upgraded others and changed my plan (more minutes) and I still have unlimited on the two phones I always have. Adding a phone will not change your data plan on the one line.

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