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Dec 02, 2008

Travel Lessons and Verizon -- Any Opinions?


One of the top three things I learned while driving around the US for four months: AT&T mobile sucks everywhere.  Downtown Denver, downtown San Francisco, urban Portland, urban Claremont, suburban Hillsborough -- all bleah.

Several folks told me that Verizon -- while a bit more expensive -- has much better signal so I'm planning to switch.  Any opinions?  CNET tells me that I want either the Blackberry 8830 or the LG enV for a good combination of signal quality and functionality.  Sadly, nobody praises the phones with the 3.0MP cameras, so it appears I will have to settle for a good phone with only 2.0MP.

Any opinions?

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Of the three carriers I've used since 2000 (Sprint, ATT/Cingualar/ATTagain, and Verizon, in that order) Verizon has been the hands-down best. And I covered a good chunk of the country in that time.

Of course, this is certainly at least partially a function of ALL networks improving over the same period.

Posted by: Brian | Dec 3, 2008 9:09:16 AM

Interesting info here. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Jessica | Dec 3, 2008 9:41:48 AM

A few weeks ago, I bought my first Blackberry, a Curve (3380), at the Verizon store in Northgate Mall. Verizon was already my carrier and I've been pleased with their coverage. Now that the Blackberry "Storm" has been released, the regular-styled Blackberries like the Curve are very reasonably priced. I quickly came to see why everyone (even Pres. Elect Obama) is so crazy about the Blackberry. Setting up your email addresses is a snap--up to 10 email addys can be directed to your Blackberry) and there are lots of free apps made esp. for Blackberry that are easily downloadable. My best download has been the Opera Mini browser--a great app for BB. I even learned to sync my Google Calendar with my Blackberry's calendar, to stream music and news from the 'net onto my BB, and a bunch of other stuff too boring to mention probably. Now I can even search for, renew, or place a hold on books at the library on my BB. It's far exceeded my expectations. The camera that comes with it is the only thing that *didn't* exceed my expectations. So that's my review. :)

Posted by: Durham Bull Pen | Dec 3, 2008 10:02:54 AM

I've had Verizon for a while now and I've been extremely happy with the coverage, including all parts of Hillsborough.

Posted by: Lenore | Dec 3, 2008 5:56:06 PM

I had heard, from Democratic Candidate for Governor Richard Moore even, that Alltel was the best for the hinterlands of NC. I switched to Alltel, and it seems pretty good in the hinterlands.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Dec 3, 2008 8:52:00 PM

I'd used Sprint for many years and had few coverage problems, but the rare times I needed customer support for something were such dreadful experiences that I had to drop them finally in December 2007.

I had Verizon for a day, having heard they had the best coverage and customer support, but I dropped it because of their lack of support for Java-based apps like Gmail. Their non-smart phones only ran "BREW" applications. But I guess Blackberry phones probably run all the nifty apps you'd want, so this would not be an issue.

I've been on AT&T for the past year and can't speak to their coverage across the country. It's generally been great in around the Triangle. Places that had been spotty for Sprint, like the Orange/Durham border in Duke Forest, are fine with AT&T.

Posted by: Toastie | Dec 4, 2008 9:53:32 AM

I've also had problems with my old phone regarding the signal and some programs. So I decided to replace it with a better one. Blackberry's good enough for me now. I just bought it a year ago, and for me it's the BEST! For people like me who runs a small business, a versatile phone will certainly make things easier.

Posted by: Salvatiry Carlino | Jul 8, 2011 1:06:38 PM