Should I switch to Verizon or stay with Sprint?
I've been with SprintPCS for about 3 years. I've been reasonably satisfied with them, except for the 3-4 "dead spots" that drop my calls (I live in Houston, TX). I've never had any serious billing issues and call quality is fine.
However, my cell phone (Samsung A460) is falling apart, I don't have equipment replacement and I'd have to wait till March to get the free phone upgrade.
Three days ago, I initiated a new plan with Verizon because:
1. Almost everyone I know has Verizon, so I can take advantage of the free in-network calls.
2. People tell me that Verizon call quality is good in my area.
3. Verizon has better phones than Sprint, and I can get one for cheap if I'm a new custome...
PRL is what tells your phone where the towers are. Software very rarely has anything to do with the reception. People who have reception issues almost always have outdated PRLs.
That is completely wrong. there is not list of towers inside your phone. your phone picks up the tower just because it is there. PRL is Preferred Roaming List. what it is is a list of NETWORKS. roaming networks to be more exact. what it does is when you are on roaming it tells your phone which network to try to use first. how does it choose which one to use first. how does sprint determine the order of the list? the network sprint pays the cheapest roaming rate to first. prl has absolutely nothing to do with recept...
It seems to me that you are confusing software with firmware. You have to becareful what you ask for when in a sprint store. You can have to identical phones running the same "software" but different PRLs and get different reception in the same location. PRL tells your phone not only where roaming towers are located but also which bands to use on its own towers. Thats why the first step in sprints troubleshooting is to check the PRL then the software. Its also why the prerecorded message you hear before you do an OTA PRL update is that this may improve reception.
Any reception problem that i have had in the past 6years has almost always been fix by a PRL update
in roaming you may see a difference because maybe sprint has a new roaming partner in an aria so your phone will start to use that network. but on the sprint network it does 0.
most sprint reps will tell a customer that they need a prl because there is nothing wrong with there phone so if they tell them the update fixed there problem, then in there head that will have fixed there problem.
you said originally prl was so your phone would know where the new towers are at. that is a complete pile of crap and quit telling pcs customers that. in fact that myth has gotten so large sprint has been taking steps to debunk it in fact most of the time it is people who have been with the company for a while that is telling the lie. sprint has put out numerous communications to stop the lie. it is great you used to work for sprint woooopdeee do. i am guessing you ...
My old sanyo 4900 came with PRL 10017 and stayed like that until I stopped using it in October, just before PRL 10025 was released. My phone had amazing reception, because the phone itself was good, and because I always left it on Sprint only mode. People with reception issues need to do the following:
1. Use a phone with known quality reception.
2. Choose a provider with adequate c...
I would stay with Verizon, Verizon has much better customer service and will have a even larger coverage area than sprint when they reroll out there Push to talk which is like Sprints ready link service. Things are usally slower getting out with verizon since they want the best for there customers. Verizon also was rated this year again as #1 Sprint wasn't close
Hope this helps