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Hello. I currently have Sprint and my contract for my Galaxy Nexus ends in April of 2013. 3G and 4G speeds are horrible. I'm done with Sprint forever.

I need some suggestions from people that use Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Individual plans only Note: I'm going into the military. I'll be stationed in Pensacola, FL for 6 months and then I hope to be on the west coast of the United States if that helps.

-Verizon is so much money. I would get it if I were rich. I have read the 4G LTE is the best in the nation, followed by AT&T then T-Mobile. However, Verizon doesn't have as good 3G speeds as the others.
-AT&T is around the same as Verizon. It's sorta expensive. The speeds for AT&T weren't the best for 3G or 4G, but always has coverage wherever you go. This is just what I heard.
-T-Mobile is definitely the cheapest. One thing I noticed was that there aren't many phone options. I've read the 3G is the fastest in the nation, and as stated above, the 4G is 3rd.

I just want some opinions on what the best option would be for me. Thanks
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For a individual plan I'd say Straight Talk and do the bring your own phone. That will open many possible phone choices for you. 2nd would be T-Mobile, they just brought back unlimited data and they should be much much after than Sprint for you.
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Is straight talk fast? As you can probably tell, I care mostly about speeds.
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You could go with Verizon and just pay as you go with your Nexus since its CDMA, and kinda try it out for awhile so you don't have to buy a new phone and get locked in for another 2 years.
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I would suggest Verizon. I have Sprint and their speeds SUCKS something awful. The fact their 3G speeds sucks, is a moot point as it's an antiquated technology that won't exist in a few years and I'd venture to say in the US 85% of newly released phones are 4G capable. And their network is solid. It's expensive but not insane.
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I guess I can look into Verizon. I would love to hear from a T Mobile user to see if the advertised fast speeds are actually true tongue.gif I know with Sprint, they DEFINITELY weren't.

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Is straight talk fast? As you can probably tell, I care mostly about speeds.
Decently, they use AT&T's HSPA+ network.

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I guess I can look into Verizon. I would love to hear from a T Mobile user to see if the advertised fast speeds are actually true tongue.gif I know with Sprint, they DEFINITELY weren't.
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T-Mobile is Def fast. It's a very good alternative to LTE and while not quit as fast, it's very speedy.

I notice you're in Illinois, here is a chart from PCmagazine's tests they did in that area.

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Interesting. I have my mind set on Verizon and T-Mobile. One question I have to ask - Is 2GB data enough for daily use of Skype, email, Facebook, Tapatalk, watching YouTube videos, and downloading apps? I've tried using the "Data Calculator", but I don't believe it too much. I think it's a marketing scam to make you buy more data.

Note: I don't need unlimited talk. 500 minutes is more than enough for me, as I don't have 20 minute calls everyday. I think it's a good way to save some money.

For Verizon, it's 100 dollars/month for unlimited talk/text + 2GB data. With 4GB, it's 110 dollars/month.
For T-Mobile, it's 85 dollars/month for 500 minutes + unlimited text + unlimited (5GB of high-speed) data.

I'm not too sure if the unlimited data for T-Mobile is truly unlimited. If 5GB is the limit, I'm sure that 5GB is good for me. 2GB seems low.

Anyways, is it really worth 110 dollars/month for Verizon? Are the speeds (3G and 4G) between Verizon and T-Mobile really THAT noticeable? Thanks everyone for the help so far.
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I have Verizon and pay 76/month

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I have Verizon and pay 76/month

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Can you provide more details? Plan, etc

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