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Native Sprint coverage

I look at this as in some ways having better coverage than the big boys, especially if you're in buildings with wifi a lot. I could see this being huge for the university crowd, well-build]t university networks are pushing into the 90% coverage range for their campuses so you would almost not even need to use Sprint CDMA at all, and many urban campus locations have good Sprint CDMA coverage when needed as backup.

On the other hand, it is native Sprint, which is pretty limited, so while you will beat even Verizon when there's no cell coverage available, but wifi is, you will not do well when traveling away from wifi.

I'd be most worried about the text overages. A few hundred texts is super easy to blow through, even though 550 is virtually unlimited, and 300MB of data is a lot.

The Optimus is $150 on VM, free on 2-year contract with anyone (although why would you get that on a contract???), but it is a legitimately really nice phone. The screen resolution is low, but it's snappy, feels great in your hand, and runs a close to AOSP build of Android.


Toledo, OH
Sprint's native coverage is pretty large. On that CellCo map you should zoom in and actually see how much of it shows as "extended" network; which is their nice way of saying ROAMING.


Cellco partnership has a lot of native coverage, with some big holes, but they have the biggest native network. AT&T has a lot more roaming, but they also have a large native network. There's always weird exceptions like CellCo roaming on CellularONE of northeast PA because Verizon doesn't own PCS or CLR there. That problem will be history soon, since CellCo can build 700mhz LTE in any area that has high roaming traffic, so only voice and text have to roam.

Sprint's native coverage is pathetic. There's holes in their coverage in CONNETICUT. We're a tiny state with tons of people. In New Hampshire, their coverage ENDS at the bottom of the big lake, which has a gazillion tourists, so native Sprint is pretty useless if you need to be connected while traveling or vacationing. Also, on contract Sprint, the only reason you have such good coverage in rural areas is because you're using CellCo towers. Sprint only builds a skeletal network when you're not in urban/suburban areas. Even T-Mobile's EDGE network is bigger! Sprint needs to get their stuff together, and build more towers, and consolidate their existing CDMA/iDen coverage. The thing is, their network is not set up for prepaid, it's setup for post paid, where it's cheaper in many places for them to pay CellCo to roam than it is to build native coverage. Basically, there's no free ride in wireless, and you get what you pay for.