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Sprint customer paying too much - Verizon or AT&T?

jonsmith74 1,867 85 October 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM
Legacy Sprint customer here with unlimited everything on 3 lines + 2 tabs for $190/month.

ETF is $640.

Live in Portland, OR and travel up to Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, and out to the coast. Sprint coverage is serviceable in Portland and up and down the I-5 corridor, but absolutely sucks when you get too far away - switches to roaming fairly quickly.

I won't cheat and reset to a Verizon PRL to force Sprint to cut me off.

I'm fairly sure I want AT&T but co-workers complain about poor coverage in buildings, but excellent coverage all over the state and high speed, too. AT&T will just about cover my ETFs via their $100 per line switch over + $200 for each of our G#s we will trade-in.

Verizon seems to have superior coverage and high speed, but they're only offering $100 per line to switch and $100 per G3 leaving us nearly $240 short.

We use less than 5GB per month and even that can easily come down to 3GB without much effort.

Any insight into best deals? Looking to get me into a S6 Edge and wifey into a S5 or S6.

Thanks in advance.

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check Cellbreaker if you are eligible to switch without ETF;
VZW $200 off promotion expires on 09/30/2015, you may check if you are eligible for the discount from your work email address;
Ringplus,a Sprint MNVO offers free Future plan if you still want to stay with Sprint network;
Hope those help.
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I can't imagine any carrier touching that price. You have to keep in mind if you jump ship you will be forced to pay either full price for a phone up front ($692 I believe for the s6 edge) or installments (the full price devided by 24 months).

My guess is you are on the 1500 plan, this means you would get a $15 a month credit toward a lease. The edge is normally $23, so you would only pay $8 each month for it. The s6 is $18, so only $3 a month for that phone. If your okay with your service don't switch, no one in the world will touch the price you're currently paying unless you go prepaid.
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I agree with Dog... sprint generally has lowest cost service. I've been with sprint for 10 yrs and looking to switch to ATT, and even with my corp. discount, i'll still be paying about $12/mth more than what i do with sprint (3 lines). Then you do have to factor in the cost of new phones, since most sprint phones wont work on ATT. The best promo for ATT is $300, but you have to trade in a phone, port a line and buy a phone from ATT on the NEXT program. ATT phone pricing is generally MSRP, meaning you can often buy ATT phones for less $ at third party retailers.




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I can't imagine any carrier touching that price. You have to keep in mind if you jump ship you will be forced to pay either full price for a phone up front ($692 I believe for the s6 edge) or installments (the full price devided by 24 months).

My guess is you are on the 1500 plan, this means you would get a $15 a month credit toward a lease. The edge is normally $23, so you would only pay $8 each month for it. The s6 is $18, so only $3 a month for that phone. If your okay with your service don't switch, no one in the world will touch the price you're currently paying unless you go prepaid.
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Switch to Ringplus.
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Thabks for the replies guys. Right now I am looking at Verizons guaranteed $300 trade-in value plus $100 coupon for the G4 and LGs $200 rebate for the G4. G4 is regularly $552 - yeah potential moneymaker for those who buy, pay one month, and then cancel.

New info:
Sprint offered to reduce my plan price to $150 for three phones and two tabs and unlimited everything. That comes down to $110 when my brother drops his line this month.

So, $110 feels better despite the so-so sprint quality of service. Over the next year, I save $548 (my bro pays $30/mo for his line).

Damn it, still can't decide whether to switch from sprint to verizon.

Coverage: Sprint is excellent coverage at work here in downtown Portland, OR. 35mbps down and 15mbps up. At home, in Beaverton, calls are good so long as they stay connected and we get a few drops every month. Data, well, we're on wifi, but get 2mbps down and <1mbps up on LTE.

We travel a ton outside of Portland out to the coast and into the mountains around here and experience frequent roaming with poor data connections and sometimes lose phone altogether.

Also, Im a bike commuter and use Pandora while on bike or on train commute. Just crossing town I hit dead spots or hear silence for minutes as the phone switches between sprint 4g and 3g or goes into roaming. Frustrating and inconvenient, but tolerable so far.

Current etfs with Sprint = $620.

Looking at rootmetrics,vzw clearly wins here and throughout the state. Other opinion websites have mix of good and poor reviews for vzw. Looking at tower maps, there seems to be a hole around the Beaverton area (big space between three towers) or 97008 zip.

With vzw, we'd go with the 12gb plan and 2 G4s only. Best price, incl corp discount = $133/mo.

I keep sprint and bro leaves plan I save $54 per month relative to current plan or $1096 over two years.

I switch to vzw with capped data, presumably better service, and new G4s and I save $713 over two years.

The $300 trade-ins nearly cover the etfs, though not directly. At $133/mo, I'd get nearly 5 months with nothing owed at Verizon as the trade-in credit is ehittled down. On the other hand, I have to pay the etf and sprint mightl let me gonwith installments.

In sum, I save at least $1000 just with sprint lowering my bill to $110 to keep me as a customer and I live with coverage that Ive lived with here for 5 years now.

Or, I get presumably better service, two new G4s,and save slightly less with verizon.
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