So what should you do? My advice to you is to check out the iPhone 5 since you've already ordered it, and it's on the way to your house. In the meantime, stop into an AT&T store and check out the Samsung Galaxy S3. See how you feel about the look and feel of the devices once you have them in your hands. But honestly, based on what you've shared about your preferences and your needs, I don't see any compelling reasons for you to stay with the iPhone 5. Either way, I think you will be much happier than you are now with your current BlackBerry. I hope this advice was helpful, and good luck.
Why no love for Sprint's LTE for the iPhone 5?, Dear iphone case using apple logo Maggie, In your column about which iPhone to buy, you mentioned the options from AT&T and Verizon, but left out Sprint, I'm on AT&T's unlimited plan and do a fair amount of streaming audio, Is Sprint really not a viable option for 4G LTE? Is their system really not that good? I'm leaning toward Verizon, but hate the thought of having to keep track of data usage and the extra cost, Your columns are great, Thanks for your help!Frugal Consumer..
Dear Frugal Consumer, Thanks for bringing this up. I have nothing against Sprint. And in fact, I would love to see strong competition in the mobile market. It would be wonderful if consumers didn't even need to consider network coverage or network reliability when deciding which carrier to choose. But the truth is that those things still matter. And as wireless operators transition from 3G to 4G service, these issues will become even more of a deciding factor for potential subscribers. Personally, I'm crossing my fingers that Sprint, T-Mobile and some of the other smaller providers on the market can really give AT&T and Verizon a run for their money.
The reason I didn't consider Sprint for the iPhone 5 is because the carrier is woefully behind AT&T and Verizon in terms of its LTE buildout, Currently, the carrier only offers LTE in 19 cities, most of which are in Texas, Kansas and Georgia, If you live in those areas and you don't travel much, then Sprint's coverage might be fine, But if you are like me and you don't live in any of these areas and you travel often and even frequent places where Sprint's regular 3G coverage iphone case using apple logo is spotty at best, then Sprint isn't a great choice..
As I have said many times in this column, network coverage is the most important factor that you should look for when considering a wireless operator. Earlier this month, Sprint announced that it will be rolling out LTE in more than 100 cities where it already offers 3G service "in the coming months." Cities included in this list are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., and cities in Puerto Rico. This is great news. But unfortunately, I don't think it's enough to satisfy my needs.