This has been a long time coming, but I am serioulsy thinking of switching to Sprint. Why? in a word - cell coverage. I am talking about VOICE and text. I can usually wait for Wifi for data. I have the 3.0 plan and am on the Tmobile and the coverage is horrible. I estimate that I can make and receive voice in less than half of the area in which I travel. I have a hard time believing T mobile is really this bad. I stuck with it because I had heard that Tmobile was the fastest growing service and I had hoped it would get better. Are we just getting second rate service because Tmobile provides degraded service to RW? So why not switch to RW CDMA (Sprint)? Well, although much better, the coverage still was not great when I had the CDMA coverage. I almost always had worse service than native Sprint customers. And since the Sprint network is CDMA compatable with the Version network, why could I not get the same coverage that Version has?
I guess I really don’t know how the whole coverage and roaming thing works. RW has Sprint and Tmobile, but it is apparent that coverage is worse than native Sprint and Tmobile customers have. What, do they only give access to certain towers? Are they more reluctant to roam to other (ATT, Version) towers? Years ago, I had Alltel and I was virtually never without coverage. I understand most of these towers went to Version, but for all intents and purposes these towers might as well have been destroyed. Yes, I realize that GSM service is not available on CDMA towers, but why could I never access them when I was on the RW Sprint?
Sprint rutinely has $22 offers and this is for unlimited data and much better coverage. Give me a reason not to switch. Sure, RW might be a little slicker in the handover technology, but handover to what, if there is seldom any cell coverage?