I used to be on my dad's ATT plan, but he suspended the account and nixed my unlimited data and I moved to Sprint. Now I kind of have buyers remorse because they embed their SIM cards, get terrible signal inside buildings (being a non VZ CDMA carrier) unless you're right next to a window, and have a slow 3G network, and are taking forever to get LTE up. VZ is not an option, its too expensive, altho its by far the best network. I'm thinking of going to T-Mobile, because their 3G is HSPA+, which is kind of 4G, and LTE gets bad battery life anyway. They also have unlimited data, and I feel like even if I got to the point of throttling, it might STILL be faster than Sprint. I also like the idea of GSM too. But T-Mobile is going under and I wanna know more about their service.
I'm in Eastern LI right now, and probably will be in NYC later this year. I do still own a Photon, which I could use for overseas if Sprint doesn't update their GS3 like Verizon will, but I don't wanna bother owning 2 phones. Helpppp!
Verizon and Sprint have 2 completely different networks and hardware offered to operate on them. I'd be looking at a GSM carrier such as T-Mobile or AT&T if global roaming is a feature you specifically require. The other option would be WiFi based data and voice overseas or out of the country.
Well for one, it does bother me that a top-line phone, like the GS3, can't be taken abroad on Sprint. But besides that, its problematic when my signal is only good outside, and I get 2 bars, 3 at most MAYBE, inside my own house.
Have you looked into whether you would get any educational or work discounts through Verizon? Because of my .edu email address, I managed to get 25% off my plan with Verizon, which makes their pricing a lot more palatable.