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Well the advantages/disadvantages to both are:

AT$T:
+LTE is more than twice as fast (tried out my Galaxy Note next to a Razer MAXX in a Verizon store and got 53mbps vs 25mbps biggrin.gif)
+Better phone selection. They pretty much will have all the latest phone like One X, all the latest WP's, and the Galaxy S3.
+Slightly cheaper for data although not if you are considering it per the GB during Verizon's double data deal.

-LTE is not everywhere compared to Verizon's. I can get it pretty much everywhere in Bay Area San Francisco, but when I go out of the city I have to hop off the HSPA (which isn't too big of a deal because I never really do that tongue.gif).
-Data throttling makes you mad. I don't have an unlimited plan, but it makes me mad that they are trying to scam other people and nickel and dime the heck out of people by trying to get them to hop off their unlimited plan.

Verizon:
+LTE coverage is awesome. I've played with my friend's phone and he gets LTE pretty much everywhere. It is not as fast as my Note's LTE, but he has it pretty much everywhere so theres a trade off.
+Has the Galaxy Nexus. It's pretty awesome except the battery life isn't to awesome and I have heard some problems about LTE signal.

-LTE is half the speed? I'm thinking this might change for AT$T soon though as the network is pretty new and not many people on it. Verizon's network has a bunch of LTE phones on it and is lower than it was when it first rolled out.

I myself was in a similar situation and I went to AT$T for the Galaxy Note which I love right now biggrin.gif. You could also wait for the S3, but I don't see how it will be too much better than what we have now as most apps don't use dual core's let alone quad core, so by the time the S4 is out quad core might finally be useful in general apps. Verizon is also good if you use a ton of data (10gb is a lot!). I really don't see how you can use that much as wifi is usually available where ever you are, so. Galaxy Nexus is really nice phone as the screen is super clear and ICS adds a super smooth touch to it. I got to compare the Galaxy S2, Note, and Nexus at CES and I think my favorite is the Note, but if you don't like such a big phone then Nexus is great.

You could also go with Sprint which will get the Nexus and One X, but LTE coverage will suck for a while like you said. by Q2 they will only have a few remote cities with it. I'm guessing maybe Q2ish next year we can see some good LTE coverage.

So yah there ya go good luck with it.
    
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Originally Posted by 1ceTr0n View Post

Honestly, it sounds like you should stick with Verizon if your that worried about bandwith throttling and data usage and purchase a phone with expandable microSD storage. Both problems solved. But if money is that much of a concern, you shouldn't be doing a smartphone in the first place, no one said owning one was cheap through a contract. Perhaps doing a pay as a go would be a better option?

Remember, nothing is perfect, you gotta weigh your pro's and con's and make a decision eventually

???? Uhm...i think you totally misread the money thing.. Money is actually not that much of a concern for me.... I just feel if I'm going to go through the hassle of switching I might as well do so and save money/get more capabilities for the same price, Otherwise switching (And incuring the LARGE expense of doing so, Which whether you have the money or not should be CONSIDERED no?) would basically be spending a lot of money out of pocket to open a new account at a new carrier for no future savings or additional capabilities....

I just dont think i can justify spending $600 on an unlocked smartphone, I did that before with the original iPhone which ended up being one of my shortest lived phones ever (I got the 3G pretty much as soon as it came out)

And you read the data thing the opposite.. What I was saying is that on ATT now I've yet to actually get myself throttled despite using it quite heavily (Lots of skype video calls over 3G, streaming youtube videos, etc) This is actually the first month I've ever gotten a text from them about my usage levels(About 4gb so far), and it was just a warning that i need to be cautious or i may be throttled in the future...

I prefer THROTTLING to having a data cap i have to religiously watch lest i incur the ire of a $10/gb overage..which again, its not like its a big deal monetarily but it still sucks... I just use my phone, if I get close to the point where I might end up throttled i pop it on wi-fi when possible

Also supposedly, my understanding is if you are using a 3G device their throttling "cap" is around 3gb, But if you have a 4G device it raises it to around 5gb or so, which means im even less likely to end up capped (Besides, if it really became a problem as i said, i CAN throw wi-fi on a lot of the time, im just LAZY)

Having money and simply wanting to use it efficiently is not the same as being on a tight budget... I COULD for instance as i said, buy an imported 32gb One X, But would that really be a good use of money when i can get the US version for $200? is spending THREE TIMES the amount of money for twice the storage and potentially a slight advantage for some tasks in terms of processor power really a good usage of money?

My priorities are in order, for a device:

1. Screen
2. Performance (Flash/Video playback more than gaming, But hey i wont mind knocking back some emulators on it)
3. Storage
4. Battery life
5. Ergonomics
6. Price (Pretty much I dont want to spend more than $400 on the device itself)
7. Camera (I carry my EOS 7D with me, Really, i want it to take a basic snapshot and send it to friends and be useful for video calls.. Not very high expectations here)


In terms of carriers.. From what i gather, the two benefits for me switching to Verizon are that theres LTE -now- in my area (And pretty quick, at 25mbps, Though i heard they did some upgrades since i tested..) and the $10 discount for bundling with FiOS.... in pricing out the plans, Basically theres very little difference in monthly cost (My ATT bill is absurdly low for lots of reasons..primarily because its been grandfathered down a lot) even after the FiOS bundling discount, Because on Verizon I'd probably feel more comfortable with the 10gb data plan vs 4gb...

To get those advantages I have to go with the Galaxy Nexus, Which Im unsure of longevity when it comes to the hardware and such(its already a little behind in terms of the spec sheet), will it do what I want now? Probubly, But in a year am I going to be feeling like I have to upgrade? Am I going to have regret the minute i see a live One X in a store? Or the Galaxy S3 for that matter.... is having access to LTE going to be of huge benefit to me? What if I find their LTE coverage spotty?Truthfully, the unknowns are what sorta makes me very hesitant, Especially considering the very..convoluted return policy in place...

ATT was pretty late to the 3G party in my area(It rolled out a bit behind the iPhone 3G iirc...), but i remember when they switched it on we had excellent coverage and signal strength...Supposedly, we might get LTE end of the year/next year if the ATT rep is to be believed.. so... its not like im probably NEVER getting LTE here... I know when i visited the Verizon booth in a mall they apologized they couldnt really demo the LTE because there was no LTE signal in the mall....

I guess the simplest way to put it (and the way im looking at it right now)is that at the end of the day, is it better to have the faster network RIGHT NOW with a slightly-out of date device which may not hold up for 2 years, or is it better to have the better device knowing the network is coming along (And from what i read when it arrives will likely be better)

I think im leaning towards the second option there....

I mean technically, I should see a LITTLE speed bump going from my HSPA iPhone 4 to the HSPA+ on the One X/S3 anyways wink.gif On top of the fact either device will have a fairly faster processor/GPU... in other words.. Probubly will be so amazed with how fast everything else is that I wont even care too much about ONLY having HSPA+

Maybe my thinking is wrong..i keep thinking about what i -wont- have instead of focusing on all the nice things i will have

Hopefully not sounding mean or anything, i appreciate the help and input >.<<br />
Edited by KenjiS - 4/20/12 at 1:23am
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Well the advantages/disadvantages to both are:
AT$T:
+LTE is more than twice as fast (tried out my Galaxy Note next to a Razer MAXX in a Verizon store and got 53mbps vs 25mbps biggrin.gif)
-LTE is not everywhere compared to Verizon's. I can get it pretty much everywhere in Bay Area San Francisco, but when I go out of the city I have to hop off the HSPA (which isn't too big of a deal because I never really do that tongue.gif).

Verizon:
+LTE coverage is awesome. I've played with my friend's phone and he gets LTE pretty much everywhere. It is not as fast as my Note's LTE, but he has it pretty much everywhere so theres a trade off.
-LTE is half the speed? I'm thinking this might change for AT$T soon though as the network is pretty new and not many people on it. Verizon's network has a bunch of LTE phones on it and is lower than it was when it first rolled out.

This. LTE on AT&T is faster now because not a lot of people have it yet. When an LTE iPhone gets released, you'll probably see a big drop in AT&T LTE speeds.
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