iPhone 5: Verizon vs. AT&T

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jamie Z, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Sorry jaime to muck up your thread. PM sent to McNeal.
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  2. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Just to clarify, I do think the 5 is a better phone than the 3GS in virtually every way. Physically the phone is smaller and lighter, but it has a bigger screen. The resolution is better. The camera is much better, and it has a front-facing camera where the 3GS does not. More memory and faster processor. The LTE service available on the 5 is really fast, faster than my cable internet at home.

    And I do like Siri more than I expected. Though that said, the most recent Google app has a voice search that worked a lot like Siri.

    But, it's really not a game changer. It's just the next iteration in a line of excellent phones.

    Jamie
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  3. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Well said.
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  4. runpasthefence

    runpasthefence Been here awhile

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    Replace the headphone jack yourself. Sure, it basically requires tearing the whole phone apart, but if you take your time and pay attention to what you're doing it's not so bad.

    If you fuck it up, you just get to go buy a 5, S3, 4s or whatever.
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  5. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Been with Verizon on my iPhone 5 for almost two years, and I'm quite happy.

    Most recently, I moved into an apartment without internet, so I've gotten along with tethering. I had to upgrade my monthly data place of course, but the service is pretty fast for out in the boonies and I don't pay extra for tethering, like I would have to with AT&T.

    I have to say that I'm looking forward to the introduction of the next iPhone. If it has a bigger screen, I'll be very much interested.

    And to date, I've not had to have any interaction at all with Verizon customer service, so I can't say anything good or bad. And that's good.

    Jamie
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  7. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    The single best feature of owning an iPhone is you don't have to put up with ANY cell providers lousy customer service. Even if you aren't close to an Apple store, a call to AppleCare is only ten digits away.
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  8. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    After far too many years with AT&T, I switched to T-Mobile recently. Less money for a better plan overall, I now have tethering, and the LTE speeds seems a lot faster, no contract. So far the service with the iPhone 5s is a winner.
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  9. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    +1 verizon customer service is the worlds worse.

    Come December all my phones and iPads are being switched to AT&T.
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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Link?

    My research showed several big names, such as JD Power and Consumer Reports gave Verizon the top score in consumer satisfaction.

    That's not exactly the same as customer service, and I realize that being the best in mobile providers isn't saying much, and of course those organizations only compared carriers in the US. I'd like to see your data.

    Jamie
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  11. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Quoting myself here, because I just realized I lied.

    The way Verizon's plans work is that you pay a $40 flat fee for a smart phone. Then you purchase a data plan to go with it. If you have two phones, it's $80 plus a single data plan, etc.

    I have two phones. One is under contract, the other I paid outright.

    Verizon called me about a month ago to offer an upgrade. I declined and then the guy told me that since my second phone isn't under contract, it's $10 cheaper per month, and he applied the lower cost to my account. Hey, it's ten bucks.

    Jamie
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  12. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    My wife has T-Maybe, when we're traveling together she does not have close to the coverage as i do with AT&T.
    She has spent hours on my AT&T phone with the T-M tech's with no improvement. We both have the iPhone 5.
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