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Take my single Sprint account to a family plan, or go with Verizon for all of us?

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So last August I upgraded my phone from TracFone to an Evo 4G on Sprint, and I've been pretty happy with the service and no data cap. I usually keep it under 2GB, but a couple times when I was tethering a lot I pushed over 3GB. Now the rest of my family wants to get off the TracFone bandwagon, too, and my sister is spearheading the charge to Verizon.

I've tried to read up, and I've seen mixed results, so I'll lay it out for you:

My parents use their phones almost exclusively for calling, though my mom might start texting given the opportunity. I plan to get them both flip phones, with one of those military-style ones for my dad because of his work. My sister wants an iPhone, though she would use minimal data, mostly Facebook and some Youtube watching, and I like having my android OS with plenty of headroom for data abuse.

I plan to stop by each store and have the sales guy pitch me his best reasons, but I call on you guys to lean me one way or the other. I'm not worried about the cancellation fee for my plan, so disregard that. I want to know which one is straight up cheaper, and which is the better deal. thumb.gif
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for what you are talking about a shared Verizon plan might be a good solution. here is why:

1. your parents will pay $10 less per phone since they will be using "basic phones"
2. talk and texts are unlimited
3. if you went to 4 gb of data (shared), it would be about $210 for your family [40 (smartphone) x 2 + 30 (basic phone) x 2 + 70 plan fee (4 gb)]

It is hard to tell you if that is cheaper since I dont know what you are paying now... but I have a plan on verizon for just me and my wife (old plan, unlimited data) and we pay around $120 a month for 2 of us.

I have tried a few different carriers (ATT, T-Mobile, verizon obviously and I have a good friend who worked for Sprint... and went to verizon) and Verizon has been the best quality signal for me and the best customer service.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, buy the phones online and have them shipped to you - they are $50 less per phone on average since a sales person will be making no comission.
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Currently I'm paying about $100 for sprint's highest end plan plus full insurance. Thanks for the advice!
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Verizon will be the best coverage and service hands down. Their network is superior. But you are gonna pay for it. If the $200+ monthly bill you will pay for Verizon does not scare you, then go for it. Otherwise stay with price conscious sprint
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Verizon will be the best coverage and service hands down. Their network is superior. But you are gonna pay for it. If the $200+ monthly bill you will pay for Verizon does not scare you, then go for it. Otherwise stay with price conscious sprint

Well if it's $100 for me vs under $300 for my whole family of 4, it makes sense to switch to Verizon. Plus my EVO 4G has been less than honorable with its shoddy battery life and such.
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