GoSmart, PlatinumTel, or Solavei - which one and why? Please help me decide!
I am currently with Virgin Mobile (have been for only about 3 months) and I am looking to switch carriers to a provider with a comparable rate plan and better Data speeds. From the somewhat-limited research I have done, it seems as though these 3 providers (GoSmart, P-Tel, Solavei) are fairly similar to each other and will all have signifigantly better Data speeds than Virgin Mobile.
For the record, I am currently on the $55 Beyond Talk Unlimited Talk/Text/Data with Virgin Mobile and I currently have 3 lines of service with them. I plan on switching all 3 of my current lines over to a new carrier, and I will likely be adding a 4th line of service within the next 2-3 months; so if there is any sort of discount possibility for having 3-4 lines of service with one provider, it's definitely something I am interested in and will have to consider when choosing a new carrier.
I will also say that I am not a data hog, but I probably use around 2-3 GB of data per month (the amount of that via WiFi, I'm not sure, though). I do know that I have gotten frustrated many times when using the Internet on my Samsung Galaxy Reverb with Virgin Mobile while waiting for a webpage to open, because the data speeds are typically so slow. I am not going to be watching videos on YouTube every day (if at all), but I do like to listen to iHeart Radio (which, I believe, actually does not use a lot of bandwidth) without frequent delays from not having a strong signal, and I also like to browse Craigslist using their app, and I would like to be able to view webpages without it taking so long that it irritates me.
I have been pondering this for several days now and I am seriously torn when it comes to making a choice of a new carrier to switch to. If it might matters, I am not concerned with having the newest and baddest phone at all times. When I switch to a GSM carrier, I am hoping to be able to get myself a used HTC One S for around $200; which, for me, will be a high-range phone.
So, is there something/some things that anyone thinks will make one of these 3 carriers (or even another carrier) markedly better than the others? I plan on having to spend $40-$50 per line of service, and being that I am going to have 3, possibly 4 lines of service, any potential discounts of $5-$10 or more will definitely be of interest to me. I am sure that Solavei and their suggested potential of getting discounts/cash deposits will be mentioned, and I have certainly taken note of that *possibility*, but even without considering that part of it, their Unlimited Talk/Text/Data with 4GB of 4G Data monthly service for $49/month seems to be a great deal.
I don't mean to get carried away, but I do want to be thorough with my questions; I hope I'm not too annoying with my lengthy posts. Also, I believe that all 3 of the carriers I mentioned are T-Mobile MNVOs (I hope those are the right abbreviations, and that they do use T-Mobile's towers), and from looking at the coverage map, it appears that I will/should have great service coverage where I live. Which is Mesa, Az 85207, in case anyone would like to make sure I am right about this.
Thanks in advance for anyone who replies!
- AzAssassin, a.k.a. BillyJackAz