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Old 01-14-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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I've been without a real cell phone for a while now but I'm looking to change that. I use data more than anything and Sprint has "Unlimited" data, so I was going to go with them.

I've NEVER had a smart phone so I'm good with just an HTC EVO 4G even though 4g isn't available in the area, I've messed with it before. I won't bother with the 3D as it gives me headaches.

But yea, how is the service in the are? I figure it doesn't matter how much data I can get if I can't get a signal.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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I've had Sprint since 2000 with a brief break in 2010-2011 when I went to a job that used AT&T. I went back to Sprint as soon as I left that job. Service is pretty much perfect in NOVA and everywhere else I've lived and traveled. I think the only place there isn't a consistent signal is underground Metro stations. However, I've only used the Metro maybe 3-4 times since I stopped working in DC in 2008, so I can't say for sure what the underground service is like. On those few rides it seemed spotty at best. Everywhere else it's great. I spend a lot of time inside the Verizon Center and it's the only carrier that seems to have reliable service in there (ironically).

I've had the EVO 4G since April and like it just fine. You'll have to get used to the size, but I have no real complaints. You do have to pay the $10/month premium for 4G despite not actually being able to use it, but the price is still pretty much comparable to other plans, I think. My monthly bill runs around $82.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Sprint is great! I've had it since 2007 in the area, and have always been pleased. I'm not sure if this is still true, but when I signed up the roaming network for sprint was verizon--so basically anywhere the sprint signal went out (like the underground metro stations), you'd pick up verizon. I haven't ridden the metro in years, so I don't know if it's picked up more since then. I was always able to use data online in the metro--I never tried making phone calls (that seemed rude to me).

DH has a verizon iphone through work, and a sprint phone for personal use. He hasn't noticed much, if any, difference between the quality of signal.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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I've had Sprint since 2000 with a brief break in 2010-2011 when I went to a job that used AT&T. I went back to Sprint as soon as I left that job. Service is pretty much perfect in NOVA and everywhere else I've lived and traveled. I think the only place there isn't a consistent signal is underground Metro stations. However, I've only used the Metro maybe 3-4 times since I stopped working in DC in 2008, so I can't say for sure what the underground service is like. On those few rides it seemed spotty at best. Everywhere else it's great. I spend a lot of time inside the Verizon Center and it's the only carrier that seems to have reliable service in there (ironically).

I've had the EVO 4G since April and like it just fine. You'll have to get used to the size, but I have no real complaints. You do have to pay the $10/month premium for 4G despite not actually being able to use it, but the price is still pretty much comparable to other plans, I think. My monthly bill runs around $82.
I've used the EVO, and like its hugeness. And yea, I do think it kinda sucks you can't get rid of the 4G charge event though it's not available here but whatever.

I've been looking at other phones and I might get the Samsung Galaxy S2. Android has too many phones too, most of them are crap.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:59 AM
 
Location: NoVA
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I've had Sprint for about 5 years now in the DC area, and I've only noticed spotty service recently, in our area of Southern FFX county. Routinely drops calls on FFX co parkway north of Rolling Rd and inside my house

No problems in any parts of DC or Bethesda.

I agree with getting a good android phone. I have the Galaxy and DH has the EVO 4G. They are both great!
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: MID ATLANTIC
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My ex worked for Sprint and my own phone wouldn't work in our home. When I split with him, I split with Sprint and went back to Verizon to a Blackberry, and now have the Bionic. I'm on the road a good bit and have found the areas I travel are best supported by Verizon. (Prince William Co, Western and Southern PW Co. and the I66 route).

BTW, I absolutely hated the switch from BB to the Droid, but I am slowly growing to like the new phone. It was one tough transition, but one I am glad I made. There's no comparison for the internet applications.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Leesburg
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I have had Sprint since around 2000 and haven't had any major issues. I recently switched from the Blackberry to the iPhone 4S and my husband has the HTC EVO 3D. Both of us have not had any issues and are fine with our service.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Loudoun Cty, Virginia
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I've had Sprint my entire life since my father worked there.

If you do switch to one of their plans, google Sprint EPRP - you can get unlimited data and reasonable minutes for like $60/month. It's a great plan without any true limitations to it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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I had Sprint several years ago, and it seemed perfectly fine to me, as long as I was in the metro area. Outside the metro area, I would hit spots with no service at all. That may be fixed nowadays, as it was more acceptable back then to have spots that were completely dead. I switched to Verizon and the service was vastly better outside the metro area, but not really any different within the metro area, where both carriers worked fine.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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We recently moved to Round Hill, we have service until we turn into our subdivision. Other than that, Sprint covers us well.

They did send us an Airwave free of charge, which works off of our Wireless, so we can use the phones in the house.

I did notice I lost signal underground on the Metro.
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