http://www.androidauthority.com/verizon-throttle-4g-lte-users-starting-october-1-409934/tl;dr version: I'm definitely going to quit Verizon and go to T-Mobile or Sprint. This is the last straw
Since I started the #7NightStand
, more and more reasons have appeared as to why I should leave #Verizon
after 12 years. This appears to be the final nail in that coffin. I refuse to be throttled just because I regularly use 4+ GB of data every month and I haven't switched my contract to a tiered data plan.
But wait Michael, why don't you just switch to a tiered plan that has enough? Well quite frankly, Verizon is expensive. I currently pay $97 a month after taxes. To switch to a tiered data plan with Verizon that handles my data usage (6GB), it will cost me $110 a month plus taxes, and that doesn't include if I spread out the cost of a new phone over 2 years, which would bring it up to $140/mo.
By comparison, T-Mobile would be $80/mo for an unlimited data plan, and $108/mo when I factor in a phone. I could also save $10 a month by using their 5GB plan and risk the occasional throttle if it's a particularly heavy month.
As for #sprint
, $75/mo for unlimited data, $103 with a phone cost. My boyfriend uses Sprint and is happy with them so I could realize further savings if I was added on to his plan.
But Michael, doesn't Verizon have the best network and the other ones have crappy signal? Actually, my own experience with Verizon hasn't been great lately, especially in my house. According to their coverage map, I sit between two spots of 4G coverage so I get a weak to average 3G signal. If I go downstairs into the basement, I get no signal at all. I can't make calls nor can I receive data. That's definitely a problem especially if I ever want to telework at home as I need to be able to use my phone. Another issue is I can be standing in my backyard on the phone and my calls will still drop because the signal is so bad right there. I've called Verizon about this and their solution is to suggest I purchase a cell repeater that uses my broadband connection. Sorry, but why should I have to buy a repeater so that I can use my Verizon FiOS connection to make the phone calls that Verizon Wireless cannot make? If I have to use my FiOS then what's the point to me paying the money that I do for Verizon Wireless?
So ultimately what it's going to come down to is my testing of the other networks to see which one works best. So far T-Mobile has worked very well at home with a steady HSPA+ or LTE connection, and I was even able to not only place a call from my basement, but the other person could hear me without interference and the call never dropped. Work usually stays on LTE though I have seen it drop to Edge every so often. The next test will be borrowing a Sprint phone and trying it out at work before I ultimately make my decision.