Opting for more than one reason....
I'd opt to switch for more than one reason. Sure, a wider phone selection & faster web-browsing would be awesome, but I'd definitely love to have a shorter contract (or even No contract to be held to) and better plans & pricing.
I think some may argue on the "No contract" or shorter contract thing, but if someone is completely satisfied with the provider's service, they'd definitely (or at least likely) keep coming back for more. If they're dissatisfied with the service, they wouldn't have to pay a penalty to switch carriers of they didn't have a contract. The shorter contract would allow someone who's unhappy to wait it out for less time.
Wider phone selections would indeed be helpful. I honestly feel that some of the current phone selections available are just far too limiting. If someone wants a "cute," do-it-all phone (i.e. Sidekick iD), then they should be able to get what they want without the product lacking features (wifi) or quality. I think that people should be able to purchase whatever phone they want (provided it works on the same frequencies, etc.) and hook up to their provider of choice. Though this currently can be done with GSM, I'd love to see it for CDMA phones as well.
In terms of browsing speeds, I'd consider that to be a fringe benefit. That said, if one's paying for a data plan, they should be able to surf the web with ease & decent speeds.
Lastly, it would be nice to be able to build our own plans without getting a bunch of extra fees tacked on, or get decent deals on package plans. Some places do this, but in many cases, it seems those places don't offer national service. One company I've dealt with in the past had awesome pricing for package plans (Sprint). We had a heck of a deal going on our plan (which was through a business we worked for), but when we switched carriers & were no longer working with the business, we lost the plan. Had we stayed, we could have kept the rates & the plan we had regardless of whether or not we were working for the business.
We switched because we wanted GSM capabilities (can move the SIM card from one phone to another if needed) and because pricing for their smart phones was better, but lost having unlimited data & unlimited text messaging on at least one line, and 300 text messages on the other two lines we had.
Currently, each company has its pros & cons, but as a consumer, I still feel limited in choices on almost all of the above. It would be nice to see a change for the better with all carriers in the States.
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