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Old 08-02-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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I like the $30 T-Mobile plan much more than either of those but I use text and data a lot more than talk.
Based on what I've read he so far, T-Mobile is good inside Charlotte, but traveling outside is sketchy and Verizon is better. I just ended a contract with Verizon and went to a prepaid plan that costs $1.99 per day when I use it. I don't use my cell by often and have it just for emergencies. I don't need a smart phone where I live because I know where everything is.

When we move to Charlotte, I can see needing a smart phone for the GPS and to find out where everything is in a new city. I don't mind paying $60 per month to Verizon prepaid for the better reception. $100 per month on their contract is too much.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Based on what I've read he so far, T-Mobile is good inside Charlotte, but traveling outside is sketchy and Verizon is better. I just ended a contract with Verizon and went to a prepaid plan that costs $1.99 per day when I use it. I don't use my cell by often and have it just for emergencies. I don't need a smart phone where I live because I know where everything is.

When we move to Charlotte, I can see needing a smart phone for the GPS and to find out where everything is in a new city. I don't mind paying $60 per month to Verizon prepaid for the better reception. $100 per month on their contract is too much.
If you rarely use it, why would you spend $60 per month for verizon versus $30 for T-Mobile? Just curious.

TMo is good around Charlotte of course, and it's solid for texting and talking in most all other places when you get into more rural areas. I just came back from driving to Atlanta this week and never had any issues on the highway with reception, same with all my other trips so far. The only place I've had reception issues is in the mountains of NC.

If you really wanted to go cheap, if you truly just wanted a phone for emergencies, you could just keep your phone in the car with no service at all as they can all still dial 911 in case of an emergency whether you're paying for service or not! haha
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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If you rarely use it, why would you spend $60 per month for verizon versus $30 for T-Mobile? Just curious.

TMo is good around Charlotte of course, and it's solid for texting and talking in most all other places when you get into more rural areas. I just came back from driving to Atlanta this week and never had any issues on the highway with reception, same with all my other trips so far. The only place I've had reception issues is in the mountains of NC.

If you really wanted to go cheap, if you truly just wanted a phone for emergencies, you could just keep your phone in the car with no service at all as they can all still dial 911 in case of an emergency whether you're paying for service or not! haha
We aren't in Charlotte yet, but will be moving in a few months. Once we get to Charlotte I can see the use for a smartphone to find my way around, find restaurants, grocery stores, etc while we are out and about. We will be driving from the west coast and I want a smartphone for the drive.

I don't use it much here because I know where everything is and know my way around.

Most here said TMo was spotty outside Charlotte. Good to know you had a different experience. Since its month to month, I can try it.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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I love our AT&T coverage in Charlotte and area, much better than friends Sprint. With LTE we get around 20Mbps and even 30Mbps in certain areas.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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We aren't in Charlotte yet, but will be moving in a few months. Once we get to Charlotte I can see the use for a smartphone to find my way around, find restaurants, grocery stores, etc while we are out and about. We will be driving from the west coast and I want a smartphone for the drive.

I don't use it much here because I know where everything is and know my way around.

Most here said TMo was spotty outside Charlotte. Good to know you had a different experience. Since its month to month, I can try it.
I've had Virgin Mobile, Verizon and T-Mobile in this area and while Verizon will undoubtedly give you the best coverage of any carrier, and Virgin the worst, TMo was perfectly fine for our needs for a fraction of the cost. Obviously cost for us was the most important factor as we were happy with Verizon otherwise in terms of service and phone choices.
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