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Sprint ad tells smartphone users to just say no to hiring a data coach

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Nov 2012, 02:57

Sprint's latest ad touting its unlimited data plan revolves around a family that is so perplexed on how to divy up its monthly supply of data, that the family hires a data coach to make sure that they don't go over their data cap and pay overages...

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posted on 04 Nov 2012, 02:22 3

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Finding good carrier is tough yeah... But seriously, i'm moving back to the United States in July/August 2013, and would like to know which is the best cellphone carrier for a single person? I'm looking for full service/unlimited... I've heard it's cheaper in family plans, any advise? Thanks to all in advance. Single, no family.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:36 4

4. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

They all suck. Just go with what you think would be best for you ATM.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 07:20 4

5. MartyK (Posts: 947; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

It depends on the city you are moving to.
Each carriers (no matter what their fans would says) have their strong area and weak area.
Also keep, in mind all 4 Carrier have a Roaming Agreement no one likes to talks about; but, start with the city, then area, you will find the right carrier for yourself.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 07:25 2

7. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Be more specific, what part of country you are moving to, is simultaneous voice and data important to you? Do you like swapping phones? Do you travel internationally, etc? Not all carriers are the same, but they do share one thing in common- they all want to rip you off.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 08:55

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I would just get an unlocked LG Nexus 4 for $350 USD and either use with AT&T or T-Mobile. That's your best bet.

Take pricing into consideration. AT&T is more expensive than T-Mobile, but you get speed and coverage mostly everywhere you go. If you live in an urban area, then try T-Mobile, where you get pretty fast speeds at a reasonable price.

Do your research first especially if you're going to sign a contract.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 11:38 2

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Just go to each of the carriers websites and click on coverage map, put in the address or even just the city you will be moving to and it will show you how the coverage is.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 16:04 1

13. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

If you're going to stay in the states, go with Verizon. If you want your handset to be useful if you leave or travel, go with AT&T. Neither has unlimited data but honestly, 99% of people that have unlimited data plans don't have usage that warrant the necessity for one. Sprint's unlimited data claim is within network and their 4G WiMAX is slower than most 3G networks in congested areas. T-Mobile throttles after 2GBs and Dan Hesse has made it very clear that they still reserve the right to throttle or limit data hogs. So even Sprint isn't unlimited. I'd suggest monitoring your monthly data usage before moving here to see what you really use on average so you have a better idea of what you really need.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 02:33

18. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)

Sorry @johnbftl, but if your on this site your likely not one of those people that use less than 2gb like the quoted average user does. because the average user only uses a smartphone for about 1/4 of designed uses and features. most of the people that are on this site are avid tech users (I know I am at least, I used 48gb of data on my verizon phone last month, mostly while i'm at work because we are not allowed to use our personal devices on the company network.)

As for the companies charging per data fees that is pure greed. there isn't some great cost for you to use more data, at most a dollar or two worth extra power usage by the towers.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 22:34

21. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

I'm at work 11 hours a day and I have Wi-Fi at home so yes, most months I stay under 2GB. I do have an unlimited plan and will keep it for as long as I can because I do have excessive months. I work for a major carrier and deal with accounts all day. I can tell you from hands on experience that most people use less data than they think they do. Most people that have unlimited don't really need it. You obviously are the exception. Ask anyone that works in wireless and they will tell you that most customers can stay within a data package provided for them them if the rep listens to what they say they actually do with their phone. I'm not just feeding some bs that I was taught to say by my company, after working in wireless for 11 years and having sold all 4 major carrier at some point, that is the truth.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 04:49

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

T-Mobile has a truly unlimited plan available now, not the 2 GB then throttle unlimited. And just because Sprint has the right to throttle data hogs doesn't mean it's still not unlimited, those "data hogs" are the 1% minority and use 75-100+ GB of data unreasonably. Don't use your phone for a modem and you'll be alright. And didn't Verizon admit to throttling the top 5% of data users?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:38

20. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)

Maybe in bigger citys like NY but i know they aren't in my area. as i was at 45gb used and downloaded a 2gb torrent file to my phone at 2-3 mbps download rate

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 04:18 6

2. toiletcleaner (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

Verizon has the best service. but they are the one whit share data plans. att is the #2. but no unlimited data, only ones u have to go is Sprint ( #3 ) and T mobile ( #4 ) those are the only ones whit unlimited data. pre-paid is depend where are u going to move. New York has a few whit good services, Boost mobile, Metro piece of Sh... , for just $55 a month. whit unlimited everything. like i said. all depends where are going to move.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:22 4

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

They should do a commercial showing how there unlimited data is so useless in areas with more then 1000 subscribers connected at any given time

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 09:22

10. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

Sprint sucks, especially in West Phoenix which is where a major part of the Phoenix population lives.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 07:23 1

6. MartyK (Posts: 947; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Oh and one more thing, welcome back to the slow a** upgrade the carriers loves to do!!..better go with the Nexus Brand Phones & Tablets

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 08:57

9. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

That commercial was terrible. Not funny at all. It could have been so much better. I couldn't even tell what was happening.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 10:48 1

11. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

They should have made the coach louder and scarier. It wasn't that funny, and why was he yelling at the dad for making a phone call and the daughter for texting? That doesn't use data...

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 19:16

14. infinitemethod (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

That's cute and all but when I had sprint I couldn't even stream Pandora anymore. My smartphone became wifi only. Not to mention they're one of the worst to deal with customer service wise.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 19:31

15. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

I have good faith in Sprint.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 21:48 1

16. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Sprint is definitely working on it, they have been doing a ton of network improvements in FL and 3G has improved 10 fold, speeds are now 2mbps+ on 3G consistently, which is more than enough to stream anything on a smartphone. Sprint LTE is already live in some areas and it's rolling out nationwide very fast, they will be almost neck and neck with AT&T by the end of the year. BTW, someone mentioned WiMAX is slower than 3G, not sure where you are but WiMAX in MOST areas runs between 6-10mbps which is plenty fast.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 22:55

17. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

WiMAX does run 6-10 mbps in uncongested markets. Go somewhere like Los Angeles or Metropolitan New York and you're looking at real world speeds of closer to 1-1.5 mbps if you're lucky.

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