Happy Thursday friends! Welcome back! As I left you on the edge of your seat yesterday waiting to hear about my internet and phone debate, I have yet to come to a conclusion or do anything other than scope out some other options. However, I plan on discussing those today. And I know most people probably don’t think or shop around this much for these services but, well, I’m not average and really want a good deal because I stick with providers (and devices) for a long time.
I left off last week talking to T-mobile and Verizon about phone plans, data hotspots, and international data packages. Quick review, right now I have Cricket Wireless for my phone and T-mobile hotspot for my internet. Both have been working great but I am needing a new phone so thought I would check what else is available because I need international data for this summer and possibly more hotspot data. Cricket does not offer international plans and there has been some conflicting information about T-mobiles hot spot international plan but I *think* it will work overseas for ZERO upgrade charge! =)
Since I’m not 100% sure T-mobile will work overseas (the people at the store said my current plan does not allow it, the folks online said it’s a possibility) I went to Sprint to see what they have because I saw on add online for an unlimited text, talk, and data plan. I can get this plan with some discounts for $60-$65 a month (depending on tax). If I decide to go today they will waive the $30 activation fee. This is unlimited data on the phone and then 10 GB of hotspot. I can go overseas with this for $10 a day and thus share my data with the other instructor. And bonus – no Sprint contract. My hold up switching to Sprint is that I don’t know if their service is good. Does anyone have Sprint? Does it work everywhere as good as AT&T???
Which brings me to my next store…AT&T. I walked in, they took my name, said I was in the waitlist….what? a waitlist to talk to someone about a phone and plan….uh, I immediately walked out. Yes, I now remember why I switched from At&T! I can’t deal with lines/crowds/waiting..nope. Not gonna get my business….
Soooo, what am I going to do? Right now Sprint is in the lead but I need some feedback as to how well their network is. I *think* I’m going to get an unlocked iPhone 6s and stay with Cricket since it’s working for me and meets my needs/budget for the moment. I can then switch to Sprint later or just play it by ear and do some more digging about T-mobile and overseas data usage. It would be nice to just have 1 device on an overseas trip that can do everything instead of having to take my hotspot, make sure it’s on & charged, and carry it around everywhere in addition to the phone. The hotspot device is the same size as a phone. This would also be nice traveling in the US as well…. I *think* I just made up my mind to switch to Sprint unlimited….
But, how is the Sprint network? Will it be as good coverage as AT&T???