US Cellular vs Verizon
by dave1973 - 5/25/06 3:07 AM
In Reply to: US Cellular vs Verizon by wilsdelga
Where are you located for one? Are you in an area that has had USCC & Verizon for years, or did Verizon enter your market in the last year or 2? I heard portions of North Carolina, where Verizon just activated their netowrk for the first time, has spotty coverage, and the area is PCS only. The same area where USCC has been for a few years has few problems with their network. If you stay mostly local, I believe plan wise, USCC would be your best choice as their plans offer more anytime minutes than Verizon, and Verizon no longer offers local plans in many markets (like Chicago market, where I reside). Phone selection, Verizon wins that, as USCC tends to be behind on their selection of phones. Now if most of your calls will be made to your friends who have Verizon Wireless, then Verizon will be your choice, as m2m is included in all their plans, and you also can use your m2m (IN Networking) minutes off the network in most areas, where if you have that option on your USCC plan, m2m & N/W minutes must be used on USCC's network. If you want to do a lot of things with your phone via bluetooth, USCC is the way to go as Verizon is the only carrier that insists on crippling bluetooth, though they did release a full bluetooth Nokia 6256i phone (same as the 6255i, which USCC & Alltel sells). Ask your friends what phones they have and how they like the service before deciding to jump to Verizon Wireless. I decided on Verizon Wireless back in March 2002, while shopping for a wireless carrier, looked at where all I traveled, how many minutes each carrier's plans offered, phone selection, and any accessories I want for my phone. USCC in the Chicago market was still Primeco at the time, and I hated Primeco's plans & coverage area, T-Mobile involved too much roaming, Cingular (before the ATTWS buyout) involved about 60% roaming, ATTWS was TDMA at the time and would have roamed about 50% of the time. I initially planned to get Sprint because they covered most areas, but at that time, discontinued a $30 plan for 200 anytime minutes and a certain number of N&W minutes. The cheapest plan at that time for local was $35 for 200 anytime minutes, while Verizon had the $35 plan (AC): 300 anytime minutes & 3000 night & weekend minutes, and would only roam about 5% of the time. I've been with Verizon for 4 years now. I don't know if I'll stay with Verizon Wireless once I move to Milwaukee Wisconsin, where Verizon has a small network in that state, plus the network is all PCS, where Indiana is mostly cellular, with the exception of NW Indiana where there is an overlay of cellular (from the old GTE Wireless) & PCS (from the old Ameritech Cellular) bands. I might look at USCC once I move to Milwaukee, if Verizon doesn't work out for me. USCC has been in Wisconsin for years, with mostly cellular band coverage. Where I live, USCC is all PCS due to Primeco only had PCS licenses.
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