April 16, 2012

Verizon vs Sprint: Who deserves to be called the king of data plans?

Cellphones first started as telephones. A series of wires that transmits and send voice messages over long distances as electric signals. As time passed, James Clerk Maxwell has discovered the presence of electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere. Its very first applications include the cellular phones. As the name suggests, cellular phones function by communicating with cell transmitters that bounces the message through the use of microwaves.
 
Later, innovations on wireless communications have allowed us to transmit packet data (computer language) over the air. This has propelled further innovation on the part of the cell phone industry. Many cell phones are now compatible with packet data and can read and send different file formats independent of computers. Phones can now also run different applications that give it additional functions as intended by the developers; hence the birth of the smart phones.
 
When it comes to using smart phones, having data connection is of utmost importance. After all, it was the because of 3G and 4G connections that it was invented. Thus, in choosing your phone plan and network, this is a significant consideration. Two of the networks that provide the best internet provision are Sprint and Verizon. Thus, if you are looking to get a smart phone, these two are among the best options as they are what smart phones are all about. That is data connection.
 

However, aside from data connection, there are many other considerations to be had when subscribing to a network, and we will be inspecting these criteria too. These categories are features, phone selection, customer service, and affordability. To start with our review, we will be comparing the highlight category, which is internet connection.
 
 

INTERNET CONNECTION
Sprint - Sprint is famous for its 'truly unlimited' data plans. For $69, you can already avail of unlimited data that is free of throttling. This importance was later emphasized when it was later confirmed that AT&T was limiting data traffic of some of its customers. Sprint delivers unlimited and consistently fast data connection.

Verizon - Verizon is known for having the fastest internet speed available. And yes, it is faster than
Sprint. However, Verizon does not have any unlimited data plan and you will really have to cough up some dough in order to avail its high-speed internet. Verizon's data plans can cost from $10 (75 MB) to $80 per month (10 GB).

Comparison - If you are using internet in a regular basis but are not sensitive about the speed and do not engage in high speed internet operations, then Sprint is a more affordable option. However, if you would like it very fast and are not concerned regarding the costs, then Verizon Wireless data plans is a great option.

FEATURES
Sprint - Sprint is well known for its truly unlimited data plans. You are guaranteed to be free from throttling. Sprint also has NBA and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile applications made exclusively for Sprint. Sprint is also 4G compatible which means you get 10x its 3G speeds in some selected areas. Sprint also features the PTT or Push to Talk function that lets you use your phone like a walky-talky for very minimal charges.

Verizon - All of the features that Sprint has such as the 4G, mobile to mobile (PTT), and the apps (except for the unlimited data) are also featured by Verizon. In addition to this, Verizon also has the Verizon Advantage feature that lets you monitor your data and talk time usage. This prevents you from going overboard and incurring extra charges.

Comparison - In terms of the number of features, Sprint and Verizon are on a tie. Sprint has the unlimited data plan and Verizon has the Verizon advantage. However, Sprint is in an advantage in terms of quality. For an obvious reason that Sprint's unlimited data is better than Verizon Advantage.

PHONE SELECTION
Both network providers are focused on smart phones. With this, Sprint boasts the largest selection of Android smart phones; however, both offer everything that you may want. Sprint wins phone selection in terms of quantity. In terms of quality however, they are in a tie.

COVERAGE
In terms of coverage, Sprint and Verizon are also in a tie. Both cover almost the entire country. Unless you are located in an isolated or mountainous area, there is hardly a difference between the GSM, 3G, and 4G signals that you will be getting. However, Verizon boasts to have the most reliable 4G signals available. This, however, is yet to be confirmed.

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Sprint - Sprint has a pretty decent customer service. Most of the network issues or services that are requested can be completed by the day. However, there are some isolated cases wherein issues needed be escalated to a higher department and may take some time to be resolved. However, these are isolated issues and all customer service departments experience this. Overall, as was said earlier, the service is decent.

Verizon - Verizon has one of the best customer services around. Verizon customer service often provides that extra mile for their customers and their response times are as quick as their internet connection.

Comparison - Between the two, I have been hearing more positive feedback from Verizon. However, these are not firsthand experiences and I suggest trying them out for yourself and see if I'm right about this.

AFFORDABLITY
Sprint - Sprint is very affordable; especially when availing their unlimited data and talk plans that can go for as low as $69 per month.

Verizon - Verizon is quite expensive compared to Sprint. When availing for talk time alone, Verizon can cost from $39 on basic (450 minutes) to $69 on premium (unlimited). Of course if you're on Verizon you would want that high speed internet. Unfortunately, this is more costly as it starts on $10 for 75 MB up to $80 for 10 GB worth of data. However, this expensive offer can be subsidized by the proper Verizon promotional code. 


Comparison - If you are looking for reasonably priced internet connection, I would be going Sprint. Sprint has decent speed for much more affordable price. Verizon on the other hand has excellent internet speeds. However, price is an issue for Verizon as it can cost you more than $100 per month if you are a consistently heavy data and talk time user.





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