For the first time since April, I was able to make a crystal clear phone call to my parents last week. No drops. No dead spots. Just a normal phone call.
That's because after mulling the switch over for about two years, the stars finally aligned and I was able to divorce myself from AT&T's grip and move to Verizon.
And even though I'm still using an iPhone with the same apps and features as before, Verizon makes it feel like a brand new experience.
My time with AT&T, at least in New York City, has been horrible. It got even worse this spring when I noticed my calls dropping at an alarming rate. There were times when I couldn't talk for more than a few minutes without the audio blipping out for a few seconds or the call dropping altogether. It was like a virus that I couldn't wipe from my phone. (At first I gave AT&T the benefit of the doubt and blamed my iPhone for all the dropped calls, but I had the same problem when I popped my SIM card into my Galaxy Nexus.)
I'm on my phone a lot, either talking to sources or my family. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect my cell service, which costs about $80 per month, to work most of the time. But AT&T didn't. And that's why it lost my business.
Thanks to my switch, I now have a phone that can, you know, make phone calls. In my office. In my apartment. In bars. Even in the elevator. My phone finally just works.
If you're thinking about switching to Verizon, my advice is to go for it. (But only if you're having problems with your carrier like I was.)
I'm glad I did.
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