There are some rumblings in the world of cellphone carriers and they may not be great for everyone.
First off, it seems that Verizon has set its sights on a lofty, but attainable, goal that may alienate some users. Verizon has started the process of converting their entire network to LTE standard and migrating all of their systems, and users, away from 3G frequencies. The current 3G spectrum will seemingly be repurposed and retrofitted to provide more stability and coverage for their still growing LTE network.
There’s a massive amount of work to be done in this, however. Verizon wants every customer under their umbrella to be on the LTE network. This means several things. Not only will the 3G system need to be fixed and changed, as mentioned above, but they will need a fully functional VoLTE system to handle it. Oh, and don’t forget that each customer on Verizon will have to have a smartphone capable of handling LTE.
Verizon hasn’t let it slip of the changes coming just yet, not officially. A Verizon spokesman confirmed that the carrier was running tests for the upcoming change, but confirmed nothing about a time frame for the eventual switch-over. So don’t worry that your current 3G phone will suddenly stop working one morning without warning in the near future. This will be a long, drawn process to get everyone up to speed (literally) and capable of using Verizon’s impressive coverage, so don’t toss out your old workhorse just yet.
Here’s my honest opinion about Sprint. Ready?
I firmly believe that there are situations that two cans with a string between them is preferable to Sprint. Possibly smoke signals.
I’m apparently not the only one given that Sprint is the lowest-ranked cell phone provider in the US. This is a fact that’s not lost on their latest CEO, who’s determined to turn the image of the company around and bring in new folks to fill the dwindling ranks of customers. Do they plan on doing this by making their network stronger and more far-reaching? Providing better equipment at better prices?
No. The claim is a financial one.
Marcelo Claure, the current CEO de jour of Sprint, has begun a promotion claiming that they will cut any incoming Verizon or AT&T customer’s bills in half. How? Upload your last bill from your current carrier to Sprint and they will let you know how much you stand to save in money by switching over to Sprint’s service, service that will offer a data allotment similar to the one you currently have along with what has become the standard unlimited texts and talk. Choose your new phone and Sprint will buy out your current contract. Sounds great!
Not so much, really. They only cut the actual service part of your current bill in half and leave you with the full cost of your new device, which can be placed on the Easy Pay monthly plan, and if you fail to turn in your old device within 30 days, you get hit with a $200 fee.
So, after all this, how much are you really saving? About 20 percent, which frankly doesn’t warrant the much worse network service that you get by shaving off fifteen or twenty dollars.
No thanks, Sprint.