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Tuesday Poll: What’s Keeping You With Your Current Wireless Carrier?

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We talk a lot about carriers on this site. We cover all of their policy and plan changes, the new phones they release on a monthly basis, where their network has stretched to, and if their 4G LTE network is the biggest and baddest on the planet. But what is it that’s keeping you with your current carrier? Is it that ever-expanding phone lineup? Do their plans meet your needs? Is their 4G LTE network the best? Are you stuck with them because no other carrier offers decent coverage in your area? Are you counting the days until you can bolt for greener pastures. You tell us.

What's Keeping You With Your Current Wireless Carrier?

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  • The fact that I’m locked into a contract right now with three lines…. And the unlimited data on one of those lines are the only options as to why I’m sticking with ’em… Oh and the 4G LTE is nice… When the others play catch up, and get 4G here, and my contracts run up…. I’m out like a fat kid in dodgeball…..

  • All of the people voting Nothing are Verizon users 😛

  • tomn1ce

    On vzw
    1. Unlimited data plan
    2. LTE coverage

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  • jzwerlz43

    I rely on my dad to pay my phone bill cause I’m a poor college student and his company plan is on Verizon. Assuming tmobile still has unlimites by the time I’m done with school I’m leaving Verizon asap

  • Michael Lewis

    Yah, what about vzw’s unlimited data? I’m not leaving it for any reason, and when I upgrade my phone I’m getting Dad’s Razor so that I can keep unlimited data and upgrade to LTE. Since I’m not paying for a new phone…. HA!

  • Where’s the “Grandfathered unlimited data” option?

  • Voted Plan Options but really that means… Unlimited on Verizon for as long as I can keep it.

  • nobody72

    I’m on verizon but they are annoying the heck out of me with the stupid lte bug and the mucked up roms; question is who to switch to – at&t or sprint.

  • J Dub

    For me it’s the coverage area. That’s about it. I would go to Straight Talk and BYOP for $45 unlimited a month. The savings would be outrageous. However, the coverage area would be cut in half almost. It used to be that the phones all sucked on the pre-paid plans. $45 a month unlimited with an unlocked Galaxy Nexus sounds great.

  • I’m on a corporate plan that work plays for.

  • rockstar323

    Work pays my phone bill. If it was coming out of my pocket there is no way I pay Verizon’s prices. Sprint and at&t(straight talk) work great in my area and I’m around wifi 90% of the time so LTE is pointless.

    The unlimited data would be a tempting reason to stay but Verizon will kill that once most the heavy data users contracts are up. Paying full price for a phone to keep unl data is a bad idea because I see them killing it sometime in 2013. I’m sure many will think I’m wrong but you’re underestimating how much Verizon loves money. They want you under contract and if you’re not and using tons a data they could care less if they lose you. The people that would leave because of losing unlimited data would be such a small number it wouldn’t effect them and once your contract is up you can’t do anything about but take your number and go somewhere else or sign up for tiered.

    If anyone is wondering if I have any proof of them killing unlimited data, I don’t. I was a wireless analyst for several years and it was my job to predict what the carriers did before they did it so I could save clients my money. I was very good at it.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Stockholm syndrome

  • jonny6pak

    I’m probably off to AT&T or T-Mobile after my contract is up. But that’s still a year out, so things could change completely.

  • 4G and Coverage Area.. i live in a Small city in upstate new york, about 30 minutes from syracuse and 40 from ithaca,and all the other Cell phone Companys other than verizon are terrible .

  • Alan Paone

    Bell has near-perfect coverage, an insanely fast DC-HSPA + LTE network and the best phones with the best plans. It must suck to not have Bell

  • FAL_Fan

    Honestly for me it’s a few options: 4g LTE, coverage area, and “plan options” unlimited data.

  • Dubbaduba

    Well my real reason is not one of the choices. Dad used to work for Verizon so he is still on an employee plan which I hope I never have to leave.

  • Bionic_Pags

    Unlimited Data.

  • Richard Jackson

    I wish I could leave multi choice option in the survey. I’m with Verizon for the following reasons. First is the coverage. There are not to many spots in NV that I don’t get coverage. As a motorcycle rider having contact with other people in case something happens is always a perk. Second is my unlimited data. While Sprint and T-Mobile offer unlimited data they don’t have the coverage that Verizon has. If any of them meet the coverage foot print of Verizon I would switch. Third for me and really it should be second is data speed. I place this third due to the fact that everybody is rolling out LTE and by time my contract is up everybody should have 4G in LV. Now if Google/Dish rolled out a sweet MVNO that roam on Verizon LTE I would switch same day assuming my number port over.

  • Unlimited 4G!

  • paul_cus

    The ability to buy and use unlocked phones from overseas.

  • Actually, I work for one of the big 3, and the buildings I work in on their Campus have repeaters inside for my carrier. That is what keeps me with my current carrier.

  • Russell Sprague

    My wife says she needs a hardware keyboard, and I haven’t been able to find a nice unlocked phone with a keyboard. Otherwise I would be off Verizon.

  • KyRuMo

    I’m with AT&T because I like the freedom of GSM and get LTE where i’m at

  • Obvious Missing Option: Stuck with Verizon because if I leave I lose unlimited data

    • philyew

      You would have unlimited data options with Sprint and T-Mobile. TM has an unlimited talk, text and 4G plan with subsidized phones for $89.99/month or $69.99/month, if you buy your phone for the MSRP on an interest-free installment plan.

  • Corey Foltman

    Thinking of switching from VZW to AT&T. I love my nexus and kinda want to stick with Nexus devices…we shall see though. Can’t afford full price phones so ill be losing my unlimited data if my wife or i upgrade.

  • jb

    $45/month unlimited everything (talk/text/hspa+ data)… Thank you Straight Talk!

    • steveliv

      did straighttalk change their data usage? last time i checked it was a 2gb soft cap and then they throttled…i might switch but i’m afraid of their fine print for the data usage.

  • Brittany N

    I can’t wait to leave Verizon!!!!!

  • there is nothing other than my contract (and a great Gnex to boot) keeping me on verizon. once my contract is up, i will be looking into pre-paid options and i am pretty confident i will be happy with coverage since EVERYONE (VZW, TMO, ATT) have great coverage and speeds in my area. really hoping to time everything perfectly for the next nexus phone.

  • fauxshizzl

    I have to wonder if Google would have been able to properly stock the Nexus 4 for launch if VZ would have taken notice. Sounds like a lot of people are just waiting for it to become widely available so they can leave. Had it been one mass exodus, I think it would have delivered a stronger message to them.

  • You left off good Customer Service, I stay with At&t because i have always been treated very well by everyone there.