View Poll Results: What Cellphone Carrier to have and like the best?
AT&T 19 19.39%
Sprint 3 3.06%
T-Mobile 3 3.06%
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Other 35 35.71%
Verizon 38 38.78%
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:56 PM   #51
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As far as i remember Verizon is CDMA, Sprint TDMA. AT&T, T-Mobile, most of the boutique plans and all of the rest of the world use GSM. I buy my iPhones direct from Apple and they are usable on any GSM network. The only thing network specific is the sim card. I used to go to France and England a lot so I had a Vodaphone sim card I put in the phone to use over there.

Compared to most of the rest of the world (mainly Europe) the cellphone system and charges in the USA are still in the dark ages.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #52
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DW & I have Moto X phones on Republic Wireless @ $25/mo. each for unlimited everything @ 3G speeds. They use WiFi to make calls from home/work/etc. by default but seamlessly transfer calls/data to towers when we hit the road...

I routinely drop my plan (on-the-fly) to the $10/mo. service resulting in no data from towers, only through WiFi, which is fine because I don't need data when I am traveling between work & home. However, when we are camping we can immediately increase one phone to 4G data for $40/mo. and use it for tethering/hotspot. A plus is that the bill is prorated for only the days @ 4G, not the entire month...

Our 3 kids have Moto E phones on Ring Plus w/FREE 1200 minutes, 1200 texts, and 1.2 GB of data /month. The service is free because RingPlus plays radio ads in the background while you are waiting for the other person to pick-up. The FREE 1200 or 1500 plans are typically only available during Black Friday & holiday specials & we got the Moto E phones for $40 each at BB this Christmas.

Both Republic Wireless & RingPlus piggyback off of the Sprint network which is good-enough in our area to justify the HUGE savings. $50/month total for (5) Smartphones works for me! Yes, Verizon is better here, but I'm not paying $100/mo. per phone like some of my silly friends do. Yikes! Money saved = more days camping!

We also cut Cable & only have TWC's $15/mo. Internet combined with OTA Antenna, TIVO, and Netflix... So in the end we spend less than $100/month for (5) cell phones, home Internet, Netflix, and OTA (new) shows recorded via TIVO.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:04 PM   #53
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:06 PM   #54
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Each manufacturer makes carrier specific phones including Samsung. If you want to switch carriers, the phone would need to be 'unlocked' from that carrier's software. You would still need to verify with Verizon that a particular unlocked phone could be transferred in.
If you want to keep the same phone # you had at sprint and wanted to use it on Verizon, they will switch it with sprint. It will usually take two days to activate. The Galaxy phones are all the same no matter where you buy it. Verizon will try and give you a new number, just say NO I want to keep my old #. I have just done this. I have a jetpack and now my Samsung on a combined 6 gig unlimited telephone and text, I pay for the 6 gigs of data that is shared. If I want the large data package which is 12 gigs shared it is 20.00 more a month. Verizon also has given me a military discount of 15%, because of my disability monthly. Verizon also has 4 different systems 4G LTE, CDMA, and 1xRTT. I leave mine on 4G LTE. That would give you service in Verizon 3g areas also. If your in a 4g LTE it will also connect to that. If you use the CDMA it will connect automatically to mostly a 3G network which is 15% slower. At least this has been my learning curve...
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:12 PM   #55
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I just checked Verizon online and entered my MEID # and it said
" The phone associated with the Device ID you entered is not compatible with the Verizon Wireless network."


So I guess my SPRINT Samsung Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720T) is Not compatible with Verizon
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:17 PM   #56
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I just checked Verizon online and entered my MEID # and it said
" The phone associated with the Device ID you entered is not compatible with the Verizon Wireless network."


So I guess my SPRINT Samsung Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720T) is Not compatible with Verizon
All they have to do is change the MEID card, it's just a chip. Go to a verizon store to have it done, has to be a corporate store.
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If you want to keep the same phone # you had at sprint and wanted to use it on Verizon, they will switch it with sprint. It will usually take two days to activate. The Galaxy phones are all the same no matter where you buy it. Verizon will try and give you a new number, just say NO I want to keep my old #. I have just done this. I have a jetpack and now my Samsung on a combined 6 gig unlimited telephone and text, I pay for the 6 gigs of data that is shared. If I want the large data package which is 12 gigs shared it is 20.00 more a month. Verizon also has given me a military discount of 15%, because of my disability monthly. Verizon also has 4 different systems 4G LTE, CDMA, and 1xRTT. I leave mine on 4G LTE. That would give you service in Verizon 3g areas also. If your in a 4g LTE it will also connect to that. If you use the CDMA it will connect automatically to mostly a 3G network which is 15% slower. At least this has been my learning curve...
I think as far as the OP is concerned we are in the same place. Go to Verizon and ask what they can do for you. It may be cheaper to keep your existing phone, if that is possible. It may be more beneficial to trade it in and get a subsidized current phone. That is up to the OP to decide.

On the other note when I left Korea, there were 12 different hardware versions of a Galaxy S3. That doesn't take into account firmware and OS versions. I think there are over 20 hardware versions of the S4. One of these things is not like the other . . .
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This can be very true, I bought my Galaxy 5 note at best buys, they activated it through Verizon. But they did ask what carrier I wanted to use. Sprint , ATT or Verizon being I had a jetpack already I told them Verizon. I never had to even go to the Verizon Company store. You are probably right they would want to sell him a new phone. It is my understanding which is very limited that both Sprint and ATT are moving away from the 2 year contract. Verizon is not. What I don't understand is that we have a friend staying with us she has an old IPhone and Ipad and she can get on my hotspot without any problems which is a Verizon network. It seems they just keep coming out with new phones and models and they want to upgrade you and lock you in a 2 year contract. I still think that Verizon has the best coverage, but it is not all 4g as they say, I can connect but sometimes I will be on a 3g verizon network, not a 4g. It will even tell me that. I have found that if I'm not near a big city I always get connected to a 3g which is slower for data only. What also gets me is that these phones are not cheap to buy right out which you can do, a galaxy 5 runs to the the tune of 700.00 bucks, with a 2 year contract it cost 299.00. At least that is with Best Buys and Verizon.
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This can be very true, I bought my Galaxy 5 note at best buys, they activated it through Verizon. But they did ask what carrier I wanted to use. Sprint , ATT or Verizon being I had a jetpack already I told them Verizon. I never had to even go to the Verizon Company store. You are probably right they would want to sell him a new phone. It is my understanding which is very limited that both Sprint and ATT are moving away from the 2 year contract. Verizon is not. What I don't understand is that we have a friend staying with us she has an old IPhone and Ipad and she can get on my hotspot without any problems which is a Verizon network. It seems they just keep coming out with new phones and models and they want to upgrade you and lock you in a 2 year contract. I still think that Verizon has the best coverage, but it is not all 4g as they say, I can connect but sometimes I will be on a 3g verizon network, not a 4g. It will even tell me that. I have found that if I'm not near a big city I always get connected to a 3g which is slower for data only. What also gets me is that these phones are not cheap to buy right out which you can do, a galaxy 5 runs to the the tune of 700.00 bucks, with a 2 year contract it cost 299.00. At least that is with Best Buys and Verizon.
Once your "hotspot" device is connected it creates a WiFi network. Basically, no different than the router you might be using at home which is connected to Comcast, AT&T, Hughes, etc. It's just the middleman. Once it is connected via it's cellular network its WiFi signal will allow incoming connections from any device that can give it the correct password. The connected device can be a cellular phone or a tablet or even any notebook/desktop computer with WiFi capability (probably all of them made in the past 5-6 years). The connecting device is not using any cellular data...only WiFi.
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Is anyone out there trying the new Google Fi network with one of their Nexus phones? This whole thing sounds pretty compelling -- just curious what the coverage experience may have been. They seem to have a pretty interesting data model that may really fit the bill and help keep costs down without having to constantly change plans manually to save a $.
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