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Old 11-18-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Elizabeth City, NC
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I realized that people have probably asked this question before, but the only thread I found was 5 years old and I'm sure things have changed since them. I am in Elizabeth City and currently with T-Mobile, whose coverage is terrible. I have no reception at all in most places east of US 17 and no 3G anywhere except the middle of Currituck Sound and points north or at the beach, which is great but I'm not there much.

My contract is up next month and I would like to switch. I think the choice is between Sprint and Verizon. I hate AT&T, having used them before. I don't want to go with Verizon because they are so much more expensive and Sprint still has unlimited data. I would like to go with Sprint, but I don't know how their coverage is here. I don't care much about 3G when I am out working in the hinterlands, but I do want it in most towns or at my office and I do want to make and receive phone calls anywhere if possible.

The people in my office who have Verizon seem to have good coverage everywhere. I haven't inquired about Sprint yet.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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Honestly US Cellular has the best coverage in Eastern NC. Verizon, which uses the same towers, is about as good, though their plans tend to be more expensive like you said. However they get newer phones than US Cellular.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Elizabeth City, NC
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I hadn't thought about US Cellular. I don't really care about the phone so much as I do about the coverage and cost.

Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Yeah go US Cellular or Verizon in your area.

- T-Mobile has no 3G in most of Eastern NC
- AT&T is fast and as expensive as Verizon but Verizon has better coverage
- Sprint has spotty coverage as well and they have 3G but it is terribly slow
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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It used to b solely Alltell and Us Cellular for rural coverage in eastern NC, the Verzion bought out Alltell. That's th eonly reason their coverage is good. Most Alltell customers, my parents being one of them weren't fond of he change. If you don't do much traveling.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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att service and coverage sucks in greenville, nc
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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att service and coverage sucks in greenville, nc
Works fine for me!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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AT&T is fine in the city but once you leave town it's not so good in the sticks.

If you travel at ALL get Verizon. Contrary to their name, US Cell does not have coverage in many areas. If you rarely leave eastern NC then they would be a good choice.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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My daughter and I both have Sprint. My phone only utilizes 2G while my daughter uses 3G. We both get good service unless we go out into the boondocks somewhere. We both travel I-95 a lot too.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Oriental, NC
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Personally, I LOVE Straight Talk from walmart. $48 a month for unlimited calls and text, they use Verizon towers and I've had great service all over the state. They also have the fancy high tech phones for a fraction of the price, and NO contract!
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