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Old 08-05-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Can anyone suggest a good/reliable cellphone service provider? Are they all pretty much the same?

We just moved from Australia, so am not really familiar with the reputation of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. All I need is a prepaid SIM card, because I have an unlocked iPhone. I am happy to rely on free wifi hotspots for my mobile-connectivity, so advice on which cell phone carrier has the most reliable connection and wider coverage is all I'm looking for.

Your feedback would be very helpful. Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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In this area Verizon provides the best service by far. Not sure if it's compatible with the whole SIM card thing as their phones or on the older but more reliable CDMA network rather than the GSM standard that's in use all over the world. It's also more expensive.

I have ATT because I absolutely need an iphone and the service is spotty and drops a lot of calls. Others I know have had good success with T-Mobile.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the info, I didn't realize Verizon is using CDMA.

Follow up question: I bought a pay-as-you-go phone from verizon as a temporary phone. Sorry if this is a naive question, but if I buy an AT&T Sim card, will I be able to keep my old verizon number?
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I definitely second Verizon. My family has always had Verizon, and we've been very happy with it. No coverage problems at all, and good service.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Verizon phones don't use SIM cards, nor do Sprint phones. Your options are AT&T and T Mobile.

As for "porting" your number between carriers, it is now allowed, but there are many restrictions and it's a pain in the butt. Go to the AT&T website and put your number into the box that let's you check to see if you can port that number over to them. Trouble is you only want a SIM card, so I doubt that would work. I'd go into a store to ask someone.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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As for "porting" your number between carriers, it is now allowed, but there are many restrictions and it's a pain in the butt.
I switched from Verizon to T-mobile, and I didn't find the process of porting my number difficult at all to do. Verizon does have the best coverage in the county. From experience, T-mobile loses signal in parts of Scarsdale, and gets no reception in the northeastern part of the county, including Pound Ridge, Golden's Bridge, etc.

-Sara

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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In Chappaqua (where we are now homeowners), I had to switch blackberry service because Verizon worked, but T-Mobile did not (and even Verizon sometimes gets "sketchy" in parts of the house and yard). One of the prices we pay for living in "summer camp." In fact, there are sections of northern Westchester (including Chappaqua) - and even some parts of central Westchester (Scarsdale, Hartsdale, etc.), with no, or nearly no, cell service. Brokers thought I was crazy to be walking around houses with my cell phone like it was a divining rod looking for water, etc., but I knew I simply cannot be "radio silent" for work, etc.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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I have AT&T (roaming from my UK SIM) and T-Mobile (prepaid US SIM) - for the first month or so I was carrying both phones around and could tell without a shadow of a doubt that T-Mobile had a poorer signal. In some places (Westchester Mall for example) it would drop to zero whilst AT&T would be at 5 bars.

Once the credit is used up on the T-Mobile SIM I'll definitely be switching to AT&T.

One little tip - if you sign up to Optimum you'll get free access to all their Wifi hotspots - and their are LOADS - esp around shopping areas - I get emails on my iPhone in the strangest of places :-)
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Thanks for the info, I didn't realize Verizon is using CDMA.

Follow up question: I bought a pay-as-you-go phone from verizon as a temporary phone. Sorry if this is a naive question, but if I buy an AT&T Sim card, will I be able to keep my old verizon number?
Verizon has the best service in the NY area. I switched to AT&T to get an iphone and although I love the phone, the service is terrible. I don't know about SIm cards , but you can switch carriers and keep the same number.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I've had Nextel since 1998 which then turned to Sprint and I never switched. So I'm pretty biased for Sprint...I do have the blackberry service with them. Take AT&T & T-Mobile off the list in Westchester....too many dead spots. Sprint or Verizon is my choice
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