> I don’t buy the i dont get coverage excuse, that applies only to small percent of folks who live in rural
> areas. For people living in cities they can always improve signal with micro cell or signal amplifiers
> for ATT and TMo.
I live in Boston, and I carry two Nexus phones – one Verizon GN for work, one T-Mobile N4 for personal use. T-Mobile and ATT coverage are both OK, except for several dead zones that you won’t find on their coverage maps. One of those dead zones happens to be my apartment. Verizon on the other hand has consistently better coverage. I can get 3-4 bars everywhere in the city, including my basement. Heck when we drive to Maine on vacation, my daughter can watch Netflix in our car on my Verizon phone while the T-Mobile one can’t even make voice calls.
Verizon is able to charge the prices that they charge, and engage in the anti-customer and anti-partner practices that they do, because they have hands-down the best network coverage and speed. It’s not even a contest. I personally dislike them as a company and have sought to divest myself from them at every opportunity, but because I can’t afford to miss a call for work, I use them for my corp provider.
As for micro cells? T-Mo doesn’t have them. AT&T requires a postpaid plan and an extra $20/month. And that doesn’t solve the problem of the plentiful dead zones outside the home.