questionsshould i switch from verizon to virgin mobile?

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This really depends where you live. I would personally say.. Hell no!

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I travel a lot so I need the network coverage that Big Red provides. I personally would echo the sentiment of @xskoad.

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I travel very rarely and live in nyc.

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You might consider Boost Mobile. I plan on switching to that because I can get an Android phone with unlimited everything and over the course of two years, pay less (in addition to paying for the phones up front) for both my wife and I. If you stick with it, every 6 on time payments will reduce your bill by $5. So after a year and a half, you can be paying $35/month for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited data.

On of the biggest reasons I want to go that route is because the major carriers are putting limits on their data plans and their plans cost quite a bit more. (By the way, Sprint owns both Virgin Mobile and Boost.)

http://plans.boostmobile.com/monthlyunlimited.aspx

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Virgin Mobile is awesome, plain and simple. They are the only place where you can get a fully functional smartphone with unlimited data for $25 per month. My wife and I have had them for years and the coverage is as good as most of the major carriers. Every time I tell someone about it they are always shocked by what you get for the price. I have had several friends and family switch from Verizon to Virgin Mobile over the years and every one of them was extremely happy they did.

Verizon does have a great network so if you travel to more remote areas that would be an incentive to stay but if the coverage map for Virgin says that they cover you don't think twice. Your wallet will thank you.

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Where i am from i would never switch, because verizon allows me to have service at my lake house, you have to figure where you go most often and try to get the best coverage that you will use. As for phones i think verizon is fine, my droid x has no become as crucial as breathing to me.

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My initial response: absolutely not.

However, do some research on how coverage is in your area. Another thing you can try is to update your phones roaming (*228) or take it into Verizon and see if your phone needs a software update. That might help with dropped calls.

But if coverage/ reliability is the same in your area for Virgin and Verizon, then I say why not. Save some money.

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I've used VM for probably about 7 years now.

Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network. I've never had any real issues with coverage, except several (5+) years ago, I had trouble getting service in parts of Idaho and Montana.

I would strongly recommend it if the coverage is good in your area. They don't have the best smartphones and you have to pay full price for the phone itself, but you really can't beat the plan cost: $25 for 300 minutes and unlimited data and texting. I've considered switching to other networks for a better phone, but can't bring myself to pay 3 times as much for data access.

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Virgin runs off of Sprint, but be aware. There are people investigating the possibility that Sprint lowers the service quality for VM and BM users on purpose. Verizon is horrible, I personally intend to switch to Sprint myself. The next issue is the phones. When a phone is crap, they send it to their prepaid companies. Keep those things in mind. Bad phones, bad service, but you save a bit of money. Remember, you get what you pay for.

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@jnet9102: When you say "people" do you mean actual investigators, like from a law enforcement agency or the FCC, or do you mean random people with unknown qualifications on a forum?

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I have switched one of my Verizon numbers to VM with good results so far. I'm going to keep testing for the next month to make sure before I switch my other numbers. If everything goes as planned, I will be saving $200 per month by using VM...and no stinking contracts!

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I have been a big red client for a long time but recently I tried Pageplus and I am just waiting for my contract to expire so I can complete the change. No contracts and same network.