I have had service with many different wireless providers over the years. My first cell phone was an early Nokia model offered by what was then Southwestern Bell Wireless, which then became SBC Wireless, which became Cingular, which then became AT&T Wireless. I used them for a couple of contract cycles and upgraded to a Nokia 6150 during that time period. I really liked the service and the coverage, but as a working college student, I was always looking for a better deal.
My next cell phone service provider was VoiceStream Wireless, which later became T-Mobile, because they offered very affordable service plans. By this time I had gotten married and paying for two cell phones was a challenge on a couple of teachers’ salaries. What we found with T-Mobile, however, was that the service wasn’t available anywhere except for large metropolitan areas and along Interstate highways. Because my wife is from rural East Texas, it was hard to have a cell phone that wouldn’t work when we would visit my in-laws.
That is what led us to Verizon. Our main requirement when searching for our next service provider was coverage availability and call consistency. We considered Cingular at the time, but the more I researched, the more issues I found with spotty coverage, even in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as a reputation for dropped calls. We looked at Sprint, but their plans were extremely expensive, so we decided to try Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless definitely the least expensive option available, but it seemed to us that it was the most reasonable for the services, coverage and call consistency available. Now, everything hasn’t always been rosey and hunky dory with Verizon Wireless in the time we’ve had it, but even when we’ve had issues with phones and service plans, we’ve very rarely considered switching. And when we have considered switching, we’ve found that there’s really not a better provider out there.
Now, I don’t have an affiliate relationship with Verizon, yet… (I’ve applied to the program, but haven’t been accepted yet), but I just wanted to explain that when I write articles and reviews on mobile technology, it will usually be from the perspective of an Android phoneuser on the Verizon Wireless network. I also have an iPad 2 available through my job, so when an app isn’t available for Android, I will use the iPad to test and review iPhone apps and services.
What about you? What is your preferred wireless provider and why? What phone and OS do you prefer and why?
- Verizon: Free Wireless for Tornado Victims (dailywireless.org)
- Non-Buyer’s Remorse – The Verizon Wireless Leap Day Sale (jonathanjeter.com)
- Verizon Readying Incredible 4G, Lucid 4G and Blue DROID RAZR (news.softpedia.com)