Switching Mobile Phone Companies Paid Off

21 Jul

For two years, I had Sprint’s Virgin Mobile. It was also my introduction to the Android Operating Systems, a form of LINUX.
I like Google’s Names for each system. Android 4.0.4 was called Ice Cream Sandwich, which unified use on Tablets and Mobile Phones.
Eventually, the Opportunity came for an Upgrade of Phone to the LG Tribute. Android 4.4.2 is called KitKat. The LG Tribute operated on the 4G LTE Network of Sprint, via Virgin Mobile, but, at times it was the Slowest, Spottiest Network on many an occasion.
So, I shopped around. Sprint’s Network is horrible. 2.5 GB of High Speed Data before reverting to 2.5 G Speed is good reason to switch.
So there are the Subsidiary Companies of AT&T and T-Mobile and I looked at both. I also looked at T-Mobile and the AT&T GO Phone. But the Subsidiary Non Contract Companies looked so much better, especially in the Network and Data Departments.
Verizon Wireless, for all their vaunted network, as a Prepay option, was out of the question. They act too much like the Old Ma Bell.
AT&T Mobility via the GO Phone, as far as Data is concerned, is of the Ma Bell Mentality, though not as bad as Verizon Wireless. $45 buys 1.5 GB of 4G LTE Data. $60 buys you 4GB. But they have Rollover Data Plans. Be prepared to Spend Time at Starbucks or Mc Donald’s.
So I looked at Cricket Wireless, now owned by AT&T Mobility. It is now on AT&T Mobility’s Extensive Network and is a Bargain Service.

US$25 buys you Unlimited Talk & Text. US$40 buys Unlimited Talk, Text & Data at 4G LTE Speeds, but only 2.5 GB of 4G LTE, before being throttled. US$50 buys the same but with 5 GB of 4G LTE.
US$60 buys 10 GB of 4G LTE. Good Phone Selection includes the Nokia Windows Phone & the iPhone, as well as Android Phones. Comparably a bargain by comparison to GO PHONE.

Metro PCS was once a carrier with its own CDMA Network, operating like Sprint & Verizon Wireless. AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile use a network called GSM which is huge in Europe. Metro PCS is a Susidiary of T-Mobile and operates on the T-Mobile Network.
Their plans are quite Good. And by switching from Virgin Mobile by Sprint, I got a new LG Leon 4G LTE Phone for Free. And the US$60 Plan gives me UNLIMITED 4G LTE at all times. And I keep my Mobile Phone Number. There is a fee for the switch but I can’t complain. And the Service on T-Mobile is better than ever.
Both Metro PCS and Cricket Wireless allow you to bring your Unlocked GSM Phone to their companies and you buy a SIM Card to put in your phone. SIM is Subscriber Indentification Module.
On T-Mobile, the Unlimited Plan is US$80, so I saved a few dollars.

Today, My Phone received an Over The Air Upgrade in regards to the Android Lollipop Operating System, from 5.0.2 to 5.1.1. It was a good thing to switch over to Wi Fi to do it. My phone is recharging here at Starbucks on Queens Boulevard. The next upgrade should be to Android M.
The last Over The Air Phone System Upgrade was with the T-Mobile Sidekick several years ago.
And via T-Mobile, I have no complaints. During the 2003 Northeast Blackout, only T-Mobile had both data and voice service on Mobile Networks. AT&T did not. Nextel had phone service but no walkie talkie service nor data service. I should know from calling a friend in Colorado, who put on CNN. He info’d me that the Northeast was blacked out. What a night!
The AT&T Mobility Phone was a Night Light.


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