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Old 12-30-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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If I recall correctly, AT&T distinguishes between "4G" (good) and "LTE" (better).

My experience with a work-issued iPhone 5 on AT&T has been that LTE coverage is pretty consistent throughout the Triangle, though I don't venture into Cary much. I can't think of any areas in which I've consistently noticed signal or speed issues. That's an improvement from what it was just 2-3 years ago, where I regularly encountered dead spots on AT&T around some local areas.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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This isn't a billing or customer service question. FWIW, all the cell providers can be accused of messing up customer relations....
Yes, but AT&T has been "leading the pack" for worst customer service for several years now.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes, but AT&T has been "leading the pack" for worst customer service for several years now.
Not a factor in my concerns. Sprint was the "worst" when I went with them, and I survived. They have actually tumbled to the bottom again, below ATT in Consumer Reports latest survey.

If the phone works, and data streams, I can work with the CSR's.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Mike, I know I've already given my 2 cents on my preference on networks but wanted to chime in on AT&T.

You may have read this but:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport July 2013 | RootMetrics

I can tell you that since I have contract companies providing development for my company I get to hear all the moaning about AT&T's terrible signal in rural areas, which must be in the heart of RTP.

EDIT: It appears that there is a November 2013 Test showing AT&T dominating the Raleigh, NC area:

RootScore Report for Raleigh, NC November 2013 | RootMetrics
I am not surprised at how poorly Sprint is rated in that 2nd report. I may have to look at other carriers when my current contract is up in Nov'14. It'll be really hard for me to give up my $55/month unlimited text/data/mobile-to mobile plan with Sprint though. Maybe the other carriers will have cheaper plans by then!
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I am not surprised at how poorly Sprint is rated in that 2nd report. I may have to look at other carriers when my current contract is up in Nov'14. It'll be really hard for me to give up my $55/month unlimited text/data/mobile-to mobile plan with Sprint though. Maybe the other carriers will have cheaper plans by then!

Yeah, I feel trapped with the "unlimited" label, too. But, I spend more time on WiFi than on S Data.
Check you actual usage against "unlimited."
ATT is offering tiered plans that aren't $55/month, but how much more depends on your data plan:
Mobile Share Plans from AT&T
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: N. Raleigh
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Yeah, I feel trapped with the "unlimited" label, too. But, I spend more time on WiFi than on S Data.
Check you actual usage against "unlimited."
ATT is offering tiered plans that aren't $55/month, but how much more depends on your data plan:
Mobile Share Plans from AT&T
Do you know how much you actually use? The most I used on Verizon (corporate unlimited 4G) with my Galaxy S4 is ~4gb and that is because the 4G LTE is so damn fast I refuse to WIFI connect anywhere, I also iHeartRadio all day and let my little nephews watch Netflix on it when I visit.

Sprint had me on the Unlimited too until I took a look at my last 2 years history. I think I had 4G maxed at 1.1gb and 3G at maybe 1gb maximum. It was so damn slow and choppy it pained me to use anything data related off a WIFI network.

To be safe, I got an 8gb plan with Verizon for my MIFI and my Wife's iPhone. I may back it down if we don't touch it, but I have no more teenagers on our cell plan, so no worries for me.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Do you know how much you actually use? The most I used on Verizon (corporate unlimited 4G) with my Galaxy S4 is ~4gb and that is because the 4G LTE is so damn fast I refuse to WIFI connect anywhere, I also iHeartRadio all day and let my little nephews watch Netflix on it when I visit.

Sprint had me on the Unlimited too until I took a look at my last 2 years history. I think I had 4G maxed at 1.1gb and 3G at maybe 1gb maximum. It was so damn slow and choppy it pained me to use anything data related off a WIFI network.

To be safe, I got an 8gb plan with Verizon for my MIFI and my Wife's iPhone. I may back it down if we don't touch it, but I have no more teenagers on our cell plan, so no worries for me.
This is exactly my thought process.
Wondering if I need 6GB or if 4GB would be adequate, and IF I will use more bandwidth when it is more productive?

And, if my wife will use more and run it up some. She would be on WiFi mostly, though.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: N. Raleigh
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This is exactly my thought process.
Wondering if I need 6GB or if 4GB would be adequate, and IF I will use more bandwidth when it is more productive?

And, if my wife will use more and run it up some. She would be on WiFi mostly, though.
It really boils down to $10 per month. If you do not touch it the first month, drop it to 4gb.

My doctor hated philosophy is that it is better to have too much than too little.

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Old 12-30-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Well for me it's the $55 price tag more than the unlimited data. Although I do send a TON of text messages. I have a 1GB data plan on a tablet I only use during office hours. I have to be careful about going over - YouTube and Facebook can eat a 1GB in no time. Heck, Yahoo Mail went crazy downloading the same mail attachments over and over again, and I went through 500MB in two days.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:28 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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I am not in those areas but in N. Raleigh by Leesville and 540. I often see 50 megs down and 12 up at my house.

The past month or so it has been around the mid teens though on both upload and download.
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