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Old 02-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Merjolie8 View Post
Virgin data is really sloooow as other posters have mentioned. T-mobile 4G as ragnarkar said is the best one for lots of data, little voice use. You can only sign up for that plan online.
Also, if you're just looking to not be locked into a contract, and don't mind spending a little more, T-Mo's unlimited everything no contract is $70/month. Including unlimited, unthrottled 4G if available in your area. One of the best deals if you want true unlimited everything, and T-Mo is reliable in your area.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:43 PM
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The important thing is to first determine which major carriers have the best/strongest coverage in your geo area and also areas where you travel. Your user experience will depend on the quality of the signal you get. All the mobile vendors use one or more of the underlying big cell companies and they resell the service.

So for instance:

Virgin Mobile uses Sprint (Sprint is quite weak in my area)

Boost Mobile uses Sprint and Clearwire (for WiMax)

Straight talk (a division of Tracfone) uses different companies depending on location. In my area they use AT&T and T-Mobile. T-mobile is weak in my geo area and AT&T is stronger.

Here's a list of the pre-paid MVNOs

List of United States mobile virtual network operators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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