Whoa -- we just got word that AT&T is suing Verizon for false advertising over Big Red's "There's a map for that" ads. In essence, we believe the ads mislead consumers into believing that AT&T doesn't offer ANY wireless service in the vast majority of the country. AT&T also says its network reaches about the same number of people as Verizon's, so we're thinking it's a little miffed that it's being portrayed as an also-ran here.
Update 3: Okay, we've read everything -- there's really not much more to this suit than the arguments over the maps. Some of the tech dates back over 50 years and there's no indication of it being replaced anytime soon. If you are a prospective buyer of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that Apple introduced at its product event on Tuesday afternoon, then perhaps you are wondering which carrier in the United States provides the best coverage.
It can be a challenging and confusing task to know which carriers provide the best coverage in the United States, especially since each uses conflicting claims that almost border on misleading advertising. Verizon is the largest carrier in the United States in terms of subscribers, and its network is certainly ready to live up to the capacity. Verizon’s network covers a claimed 97% of Americans, based on the latest statistics available.
If you consider paying higher prices for trusted and reliable wireless service acceptable, then you should definitely consider Verizon for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If you choose to look past Verizon, then AT&T is your next best bet for network coverage and reliability nationwide. AT&T also claims to have the fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the United States.
AT&T claims to have less than a 1% rate of dropped calls nationwide, based on an independent third-party drive test performed last year.
Sprint is unlike its competitors in the sense that it does not promote its network as being the fastest or most reliable. At the same time, it should be noted that Sprint is putting a lot of effort into improving their network from coast to coast. Sprint employs technologies that are committed to keeping you connected, including 8T8R radios that boost its 2.5 GHz signal and Wi-Fi calling, which allows customers to make domestic and international calls over a wireless connection. Ultimately, while you might not have coverage everywhere, especially in the central and northwest states, you are also paying a lot less for most Sprint plans compared to the big two in AT&T and Verizon. I recently spent one month in New York City and used T-Mobile as my carrier of choice during my stay in the United States’ most densely populated metropolitan area. Just like with Sprint, T-Mobile is doing whatever it can to make necessary improvements to its network coverage.
You’re also going not going to have to offer an arm and a leg for wireless service on T-Mobile, as the carrier offers affordable plans such as unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data for $80 per month. If you are a city dweller on a budget, with intentions to purchase the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, then be sure to give T-Mobile a serious look. DisclaimerThis website is not owned by, is not licensed by nor is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. So, you are planning on getting that new, shiny iPad and you also want some 4G goodness along with it, eh? Not sure what these guys are smoking but anything running on faster than 3G speeds will eat up 1 GB very quickly.
Just use Wi-Fi and save money - for those with unlimited plans - tether - Verizon will not care as much as AT&T will about that, but it will save money in the long run. Half the coverage, half the customers, you're not going to run into as many problems when you're managing a smaller service. Is Straight Talk good enough to quit Verizon? Can Straight Talk really offer the same service at half the cost of a Verizon plan? The biggest reason we see people look to Straight Talk instead of Verizon is the cost of service, but there are similar plans and there are definitely benefits to choosing Verizon over Straight Talk for some customers. In this Verizon vs Straight Talk comparison we will look at how these two companies compare for a single user and or a family with two or more users or a user with multiple devices like an iPhone and an iPad with LTE. Straight Talk boasts a $45 a month plan with unlimited data, but it does slow data down significantly after a 3GB threshold is crossed each month. If paying for a phone off contract is too expensive, you can bring your own phone from many carriers to Straight Talk and a used Verizon phone to Verizon.
Read the rest of our Verizon vs Straight Talk comparison to find out which carrier is best for you and what you need to know about each option before signing up. Verizon coverage and Straight Talk coverage are identical for some phones, because if you bring a Verizon phone to Straight Talk it will connect to Verizon towers. If you are buying the Straight Talk phone in a store, you should be able to tell by the color of the coverage map.
While you are in an area of good coverage with 4G LTE, you can expect to see speeds similar to the comparison above that covers the biggest carriers in the country. The biggest reason many users want to switch from Verizon to Straight Talk is to save money, but not every one saves with a prepaid plan from Straight Talk. Two important things to take away from the comparison above are the features that you don’t get with some plans and the savings for users that happen when you end up with a family of four.
On Straight Talk and the single line Verizon Wireless plans there is no personal hotspot, so you cannot use the phone to connect a computer or a tablet to the Internet. Straight Talk is still a good deal with two people in a family, but once you get up to four users the savings tip back in the favor of the Verizon More Everything plan. Straight Talk doesn’t offer an overage option to get more than 3GB of high-speed data. Gone are the days of giving up a good phone if you want to use a pre-paid service like Straight Talk. You will not find the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or LG G3 on the Straight Talk website, but you can still buy them used and use them on Straight Talk. Verizon Edge is a payment plan for phones that breaks the price up into monthly payments with no interest or added fees.
Customer Service is a huge part of your experience with a carrier and it is an area where Verizon is hands down the winner in this comparison. When I have a problem with Verizon I can reach out for support on Twitter, call a customer service agent who understands the problem even if it doesn’t fit a script or walk into a local store for help. When I ran into problems with Straight Talk I ended up speaking to someone in a call center who I had trouble understanding, who couldn’t help with an issue outside o the basic script and kept asking me about Tracfone instead of Straight Talk. The Verizon vs Straight Talk comparison is about much more than just price and coverage, but it is a good place to start. Verizon offers a wider selection of great phones, and the Verizon Edge plan is worth considering for many users. In our experience Verizon is a clear winner when it comes to support and customer service as well. I’ve heard stories that Verizon limits LTE speed to 5 megs when accessed through an MVNO like Straight Talk.
Is anyone familiar with the process of canceling a Verizon contract to switch to Straight Talk? I have been with StraightTalk for 3 years now .StraightTalk is way cheaper than Verizon in phone prices (unless you want to buy iphone 6 which cost 699 dollars) . In checking out the maps for Verizon straight talk and the actual Verizon plan there are some coverage gaps in the straight talk plan based on other network coverage leased through an extended digital plan.


I don’t know about you people but I switched from Verizon to straight talk just about a month ago. Did you ever try to have a business call and have it dropped 4xs within 5 min and you had to keep calling back ? I am not going to waste your time explaining the months worth of wasted time and money that came as a result of Straight talk customer service. 2.) Instructing me to call the same number that I just dialed, because the next person that answers may be able to help me. 3.) Telling me there are no managers working after my 5th or 6th phone call without getting any answers or help.
5.) Rudely repeating the same sentences, like a pull-string doll without actually even listening to the question asked. I will also add that with Straight Talk they also don’t allow Android Version upgrades. Be sure and buy the appropriate Straight Talk sim card and or phone depending on whether you want to stick with at&t or Verizon towers.
BTW Coverage has been excellent with Straight Talk in the rugged mountains of Northern California.
After posting the above comment, I went to the Verizon website and researched their current rates.
I was also thinking about going with Straight Talk when my contract and my daughters is up, but now reading these posts, I am worried. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands. For folks who can’t make calls or use data indoors, is this the right product to fix connection woes?
For instance, all of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile each claim that they have the fastest or most reliable 4G LTE network in the United States. The decision to choose one carrier or another will relate to where you live, what your data consumption is like and other factors. We strived to use the most up-to-date information available, but it is important to understand that carriers are rapidly expanding their networks as we speak.
Verizon claims to provide the best coverage in the United States, and has the only 100% 4G LTE network nationwide. The network provides two times the LTE coverage of any other network, according to the carrier, with a very saturated network presence in the northeast, midwest and east coast in general. The CDMA network’s extensive coverage delivers high-speed data to everyone from city dwellers to those living in smaller, rural towns — perfect for those traveling, too.
Verizon’s planned VoLTE, or Voice Over LTE, rollout will see CDMA discontinued and allow for unlocked LTE smartphones in the near future. The GSM network also has less traffic than Verizon, potentially leading to faster speeds, with VoLTE support rolling out and support for simultaneous voice and data.
The network decreases in scale when you start heading out west, particularly in less-populated areas of Montana, Oregon and Nevada.
But when you travel out to more rural areas in the United States, don’t expect to be getting a full five bars — or any, for that matter. The carrier claims to have enhanced its nationwide 3G and 4G LTE networks, leading to fewer dropped calls, stronger indoor signals and quicker access to email and streaming music and video.
The CDMA network also supports HD Voice for providing next-generation call quality and clarity. If you’re a prospective iPhone 6 user looking to save a few dollars, than it is a decision you will have to make.
While the carrier has been pushing to reinvent the industry by removing annual service contracts, introducing affordable prepaid plans, ushering in a monthly installment program, supporting Wi-Fi calling and more, its network is not quite yet as impressive as the competition. But when you go on a road trip through upstate and western New York, for example, I can attest from personal experience that you will quickly default to 2G service or no signal at all. T-Mobile already claims to have the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network in the United States in terms of download speeds, perhaps because it has less traffic on its network, but its coverage is still subpar compared to the big three above.
T-Mobile has built its network to be data strong, with more capacity than any other major national carrier. You can also get unlimited talk, text and 2 GB of 4G LTE data through the Simple Starter plan for just $45 per month during an ongoing promotion. The GSM network, which is being upgraded from 2G to more 4G LTE through mid 2015, covers over 230 million Americans and has 96% coverage from coast to coast. Or in other words, neither of them would require you to sign a 2-year contract in order to use 4G connectivity on your iPad. It reminds me when my college had to start charging extra to print in their computer clusters. And, iKnow what everyone is thinking: wait, he's about to bash the NEW ipad but, seriously, iAm not. I only have it at work and since I work multiple locations, not all locations have wifi either. After using both services, we share this Verizon vs Straight Talk comparison to help you decide which carrier to use with coverage, pricing and other important details, as well as who shouldn’t use Straight Talk to replace Verizon. Both companies also offer payment plans for phones with $0 down and multiple payment lengths and fees, but there is a huge catch to the payment plans that Straight Talk offers.
Where this does differ is if you bring a AT&T, T-Mobile or other phone to Straight Talk, because it will then use those towers instead of Verizon.
If you are a single user with one device, Straight Talk is a good deal offering triple the data that Verizon offers and without the need to use a smartphone payment plan to get that deal.
This is a nice deal and while there is no contract it does lock you into Straight Talk without a major decrease in cost. This is included in the cost of the More Everything plans, which also include Verizon NFL Mobile at no added fee. Verizon and Straight Talk both offer some of the best smartphones you can buy from the iPhone 6 to the Galaxy S5 and more. If you go this route, you save $15 on your plan, which is included in the plan section mentioned earlier in this comparison. You can check this option out, but total price paid for the LG G3 after 12 months on this plan is $1,122 and $1683 for the iPhone 6. When I go to a store they will even explain how things work on a new phone, without asking me to pay for help. My cousin went months without data after his Straight Talk settings were messed up and support could not help him before we discovered the right settings on an online forum.
For single users, Straight Talk offers an affordable option without a contract or a payment plan for the phone with the same Verizon coverage in many cases. With all of these factors in mind, you can figure out if you should go with Verizon or Straight Talk. The 30 day unlimited plan is not very good though for unlimited and the storage space is not amazing either.
I was able to get exactly what I needed from Verizon’s prepaid service within 5 minutes for the same price.
On many occasions I have been sitting next to people with a Verizon phone who had a good signal while my Straight Talk phone that is supposed to be using the same Verizon towers had none. Straight Talk shares all the dead spots that I had with Verizon to the exact curve in the road.


I had St for a few years,didn’t want a contract , customer service was a nightmare very bad English and scripted. I have 3 cells and laptop thru verizon and cost me $300 a month with 30 g ti share and they just inform me of another price increase.
Of being told switching and keeping old number…STRAIGHT TALK HAS NOT FIGURED IT OUT YET. We recommend using this post as a reference to support your own decision on which carrier is best for you. However, I would often times lose bars when I was inside or apartment or elsewhere indoors. It also offers unlimited data and text in over 120 countries at no extra charge, which is honestly a steal if you’re someone that travels abroad on even an occasional basis.
And to make things even better, there are no activation fees, meaning that you can always try out the service for a month or two, then opt out, and hop back on whenever you feel like it. Its because they were losing so much money on the top 5% of users that were printing 1000+ page reports and entire textbooks on a regular basis.
This is about the bestest' 4G LTE coverage (albeit iLTE) in the land with the better options.
I do not have internet at home nor does my girlfriends place, this being the reason why I bought a tab with verizon service. On both of these plans you need to buy your own phone, but on Verizon you need to pay for the phone with a monthly payment through Verizon Edge to get the $45 price.
With a payment plan like this you pay the retail price of the phone split across 24 months. These prices are obscenely high for what you get and include monthly payments of $99 or higher, wrecking any Straight Talk savings. There are still savings to be had with two lines, but once you approach a family of four, Verizon’s More Everything plan is a better option and includes more features.
On Verizon, you can also add a iPad or other tablet for $10 a month with a More Everything plan.
Also another tjing is dependability and connection to a phone call or text message is very reliable but I wouldn’t recommend someone who needs a lot of storage space to get with this carrier. Every time I called someone or they called me when I had Verizon it would drop the calls and I mean every time. I cannot stand the thought of them being so horrible and continuing to take people’s money.
If they would concentrate on good service instead of spying on us and selling our info like the should be the world would be much better…fuc*!
Verizon offers a no contract same price , smart phone was less than a hundred dollars ( moto g) . I have experienced zero issues and there is no need to talk to customer service when you bring your own phone. Verizon's misleading advertising tactics appear to be a response to AT&T's strong leadership in smartphones.
We can see how that could be misleading, but at some point you've got to compare apples to apples, and AT&T even says it has "no quarrel with Verizon advertising its larger 3G network" in its complaint, so we'll see how the court reacts. Let's just hope AT&T is working as hard to fight these ads with its actual service as it is with its lawyers.
All articles, images, logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners. The choice, however, can be difficult to make as both carriers have pretty speedy 4G netwoks and have more than a few markets blanketed already. Verizon offers WAY better coverage and the ability to use the ipad as a hotspot for roughly the same price.
I get 9-12 Mbps on H+ and 23-32 on LTE with my Note in the Orlando area, some areas are faster. Right now the best way to know for sure that you are on a Verizon network while using Straight Talk is to bring your own Verizon phone to the carrier. If you want the Straight Talk iPhone 6, you’ll need to go to Walmart as it is not listed on the Straight Talk website at this time.
Three of the supervisors read the online documents about my plan and stated that they had moved me off with my acceptance of the new contract. These data cards will also carry over for 60 days if not used whereas Verizon has no rollover data option. I am trying to switch over myself but I believe if I buy another phone without it being from StraightTalk it will be better.
I know the air ways are full now days with all of the stuff floating around but straight talk has been dependable for me. Straight Talk has a spot on their website to see if your phone is compatible with their system. That is why we decided to put together their 4G plan offerings side by side for your convenience. However, most of you would probably go straight for the 3GB data plan from AT&T, which costs the reasonable $30 per month.
The biggest problem I have with Verizon is the fact that they slam you with extra fees (fines) every time you go over in minutes, texts, or data. For $50 monthly, both carriers will provide you with 5GB of mobile data, and if you are a really heavy data user, the 10GB data plan from Verizon will give you the best value for your money.Still, there are a few more things that we have to mention. Straight Talk offers $55 30-Day Unlimited Talk, Text & Data Plan with first 10 GB at High Speeds (LTE as well), and then at 2G*. We also had lower churn -- a sign that customers are quite happy with the service they receive. If you intend on using your new iPad as a Wi-Fi hotspot, bear in mind that only Verizon will be offering the service, at least for now. I just purchased five Straight Talk sim card kits for 99 cents each (plus $5 shipping) for a total of $10.
I plan on giving them to friends and family just to encourage them to stop feeding the giant Baby (Verizon). Because if you are using a high-end Smartphone (i.e Samsung Galaxy what ever) 5GB is nothing within a 30 day span. The carrier has about 200 markets under its 4G LTE blanket, and that figure is expected to double by the end of 2012. And in cities where the carrier does not offer 4G LTE yet, you can ride on its HSPA+ network.
I am done with being screwed over by big name companies… That is what you are paying for with them. The carrier does not only have a much broader LTE footprint, but offers better value for your money, as long as you choose a plan with a monthly allowance of 5 or 10 gigabytes.



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