Verizon Wireless Leads Carriers in Average Bill Size
A new study by Cohen and Company (via Ars Technica
) notes that Verizon Wireless subscribers see the highest average monthly bill for wireless services. A survey of 1,876 US-based mobile customers during the last quarter of 2013 suggested the average monthly Verizon bill for a Verizon Wireless customer was $148, higher than Sprint ($144), AT&T ($141), and T-Mobile ($120). Verizon has long tried to argue that superior network coverage and quality justifies their higher price point for a "premium" wireless experience. Verizon often then points to the fact that Verizon Wireless frequently tops most studies for wireless customer satisfaction, though whether that justifies their price point is up to you, not them.
Not much of a premium in my experience.... .... YMMV depending on which plan you're on and your usage patterns, but I've regularly priced T-Mo vs. Verizon and the savings were in the $10-$15 range during the voice days and the $20-$25 range in modern times with data plans.
Not much of a savings considering the coverage differences in my area. Verizon works virtually everywhere I go, with 4G LTE coverage that only occasionally drops to 3G. T-Mo works in about two thirds of the places I go, with inferior indoors coverage, and many parts of their footprint are still EDGE-only.
Actually it's a wash between the two for me, because I've got a 22% discount on Verizon, but I left that out of the above comparison. Even without that discount though I think I'd have to go with VZW. $240/yr is worth it to actually be able to use my phone.
T-Mo would be a serious contender for me only if both of the following happened:
1) Verizon yanks my 22% discount.
2) I move to a major city where the coverage is comparable.
AT&T is a non-starter, same prices as Verizon with less coverage. Sprint is just dysfunctional and only has coverage around these parts because of the roaming agreement with Verizon. Even at that it's dropped call hell because they don't do seamless handoffs with Verizon and prefer their native signal even when the signal is weaker than weak.
Re: Not much of a premium in my experience....
said by Pathfinder:See attached, the unlimited plans do get discounts.
How are you getting 22% on the total bill? When I look only the minutes plan is subject to the discount NOT the data portion.
said by Pathfinder:No, if you get a subsidized device there is no more unlimited data. I bought my current phone directly from Motorola. It's the Developer Edition too, so I can do whatever I want with it. Well worth the $400 to keep U/L data and have the ability to effortlessly get rid of Verizon bloatware.
Also, if you renew there is no more unlimited data.
| Im glad that you get good service with VZW. I never did. Besides at work ! but I have wifi there and don't need the service there.|
My house had barely a bar of service and VZW wouldn't let me out of the contract. So I ditched them asap.
My bill was $330 a month. 5 phones. 1400 minutes on family plan with unlimited txt and 4 gig for all phones. And that was with my 25% discount.
My Tmo bill is now $150 and only because I bought a phone from them. $120 otherwise. 5 phones unlimited voice data and texts, plus I get free data roaming, free international texts. And when I roam to Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Spain, and The Caymans, I pay .20 a minute if I can't find wifi ( very rare, wifi calling is great also ), Verizon used to bill me $1 a minute.... Im loving Tmobile. The coverage always works wherever I go and even during hunting season, I get 3g while my blind buddies get no signal.
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I'll pay the premium I'll pay the premium just to be able to use my phone. A cell phone with the "No Service" indicator on is as good as no cell phone at all.
In my opinion Verizon has better in building coverage than AT&T.
This is Why I'm on PagePlus, same network, less gouging.
Functional CDMA Yeah, the price isn't awesome, but I finally ditched U.S. Cellular in favor of Verizon for a few reasons
-no data roaming, period. U.S. Cellular gives you something like 200MB, and pretty much everywhere outside of home is roaming.
-4G everywhere. With U.S. Cellular, no 4G anywhere but home. Roaming would've been 3G
-Verizon has functional CDMA network. It is completely worth it.
Sprint is OK around here, but the roaming is weird in places. Other than that, their speeds are good, and LTE is here. Probably one of the few places that it doesn't totally suck. Even KC friends (their home base) complain at times about Sprint's networks.
T-Mo and AT&T being GSM, I have very little interest. GSM coverage is just not great in these parts. Their prices are also within $10 of Verizon.
Honestly, T-Mo's deal right now is pretty good. It's almost worth it, except for the fact that their network is still so sketchy in places.
The other end of the spectrum is prepaid. Its looking like Virgin Mobile has the best deals for the prices. Republic Wireless is also very interesting, though Virgin has them beat by $5 on the 'everything' plan.
They're all overpriced, that's for sure. At least Verizon stands behind their CDMA tech being so well built out that they don't care about data roaming, and calls will work damn near anywhere.
edit: from the "morning links" today, the article about T-Mobile switching folks over mentions AT&T - -
Bull. Shit. Stop with that. Right now. It's GSM based. The coverage completely sucks in most buildings. Without a micro-cell, some folks here would have no service inside. The tech is exactly the same as T-Mobile on the voice side. Most reliable, my ass. I am sick of hearing the lies about this. CDMA based carriers have the advantage here, notably concerning voice.
Im pretty proud of the fact we have the nations fastest and most reliable network, AT&T mobile unit head Ralph De La Vega said in an interview at CES last week. They can say whatever they want to say, but they dont have it.
| My bill is $93/mo. after taxes and insurance, including a 12% discount, but which only applies to voice somehow. If I went with a "share everything" (with who, myself?) plan, the discount would apply across everything, but still work out to probably around $96.|
I don't see how to reduce this in any way, other than by paying for far less data (which would not work for me).
Your point stands, however, on the usability. There's no way I could go with less of it, especially for times that I travel, am at work, or would otherwise like to actually use my phone
Altamonte Springs, FL
Wow I feel like such a cheapskate. I bought 50 SIM cards (T-Mobile MVNO, all pre-loaded with $39 unlimited talk/text/web, on T-Mobile network) for $350. On the 12th of each month I throw out our old SIM cards and swap in new ones. That should hold my husband and I for just over two years, which breaks down to $14 a month on our two Nexus 5 phones.
Beyond that, I purchased a lot of 5 Nextel ic902 hybrid phones on eBay for $35, some old Nextel SIMs for $8, then set them all up on the same channel for off-network Direct Talk walkie Talkie service (supposedly 6 mile range). I then activated two of them on a RingPlus promo which gives us 325 voice minutes a month per phone for free. I have a Nextel phone in my home office, the bedroom, and the bathroom (LOL) for in house paging, and we each have a very durable phone with walkie talkie service when we go running, to the gym, etc. It's also nice because we both both work within walkie talkie range, as is the mall, grocery store, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc. All of our incoming calls are routed via Google Voice so we get all of our voice calls regardless of which phone we're carrying.
Beyond that I also have a Verizon LTE hotspot with 20GB of data and a Millenicom iPad plan with 6.5GB and no overages that I use through a Cradlepoint MBR95. 26.5GB of LTE service is usually enough to support our basic home internet habits, but if we go over our allotment and get throttled by T-Mobile, we can live with unlimited "slow" speeds between 4Mbps and 9Mbps for the rest of the month. Hell, it's good enough for Netflix streaming!
Total damage, $84 per month. $14 for two unlimited talk/text/web on our main phones, free 325 minute Sprint plans on our RingPlus phones with free Nextel walkie talkie service, and $70 for a 20GB Verizon LTE hotspot and 6.5GB T-Mobile iPad plan (with unlimited free LTE hotspot) which replaced our home internet service.
Re: Wow That is cheap, but if you get what you need, why pay more?
I'm a former Verizon Wireless user who switched to T-Mobile and couldn't be happier. T-Mobile's coverage here is okay, but I find that it works in most places I typically go. If it doesn't work, I just deal with it. This causes some issues with navigation, but usually there's a Starbucks or McDonalds around (this is America afterall) with a Wi-Fi access point that can help me navigate my route.
I'm on the T-Mobile $30/month 100 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (5 GB @ 4G) plan. Back on Verizon I could pay twice as much but not get half the use. Is Verizon's network worth it? Maybe, if you're in a sales job and need the coverage. For me, I'll take a network that works for me 99% of the time in exchange for a discounted price and cooler phones.