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Verizon has better coverage than AT&T, right? Sprint has its 4G network, right? Does Sprint has better coverage than Verizon?

asked Jul 18 '10 at 16:08

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Jared Nelson

edited Aug 31 '10 at 00:09

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Does Sprint 'have' better coverage than Verizon. not, does Sprint 'has' better coverage than Verizon.

(Aug 15 '10 at 19:32) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

It depends where u live. Usually in main cities there is good coverage from all networks

(Feb 23 '12 at 02:14) kingnazz kingnazz's gravatar image

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This is a good question. The answer is yes. Sprint has superior coverage to Verizon..and it's cheaper.

With Verizon's network your phone runs through Verizon's towers. Verizon has an extremely good network of antennas across the country which is why they often get very positive publicity for their network. However, the fact of the matter is, is that with Sprint's network your phone runs through Sprint's towers AS WELL AS Verizon's, because they have a special networking agreement worked out. It does not work the same way for Verizon though because they do NOT use Sprint's towers. So basically Verizon has a very good network, but if you are with Sprint you have an even better network because you're actually using 2 carriers networks--Sprint's and Verizon's. Hope that helped :)

---> I work at Sprint, that's why I know.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 01:55

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then explain why when my friend who has verizon they can get full bars, and i cant even get roaming?

(Mar 31 '13 at 10:40) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Sprint/Clear 4G(WiMAX) coverage is still limited, but growing. Verizon & Sprint EDVO Coverage is different from 3G, and generally limited to the United States of America.

... If you plan to use mobile broadband in just a few specific locations, we recommend comparing Sprint's, Verizon's, and AT&T's coverage at each specific address using the 3G Coverage Tool. While coverage maps can't "guarantee" that you'll be able to use the service at a particular address, comparing the maps side by side will give you a good idea of whether coverage is available in your area ...

To answer your question, it depends on where you want coverage, which phone you use, and what your broadband data needs are. I'm lucky to be in an area where I'd get good coverage from any of those carriers, (plus T-Mobile, Alltel, Cricket, Boost, etc.). AT&T has been good to me, my iPhones, and wallet.

answered Jul 18 '10 at 17:36

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You know that Alltel doesn't exist anymore, right?

(Aug 15 '10 at 13:49) YamazaruNinja YamazaruNinja's gravatar image

Alltel as a company still exists, they're just owned by Verizon.

(Feb 26 '13 at 00:50) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

The headquarters is here in Kansas City and Verizon has better coverage than Sprint. In fact, there is a well-known dead zone in the Sprint World HQ... It's pathetic, really.

answered Aug 31 '10 at 01:42

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No, at least in my area. I have been on Sprint, Verizon and currently on AT&T (for iPhone 4). The order, at least in my area goes Verizon, AT&T and lastly Sprint.

answered Jul 18 '10 at 18:55

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4G is not very good yet. It only works in certain areas of certain cities. It is more of a marketing term than a real thing right now. Some tests say that 3G is faster.

Coverage and speed really depends on where you live. Where I live Sprint is better, but in other areas Verizon would be better. I'd do some research on where the towers are related to where you will spend your days. If you work at an office all day and that is mainly where you use your phone and there's Sprint tower real close then I would go with Sprint. But if Verizon is closer I would go with them.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 19:23

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Liam Quade

"4G is not very good yet." - That's complete bs. 4G is indisputably the best cellular signal to date. does it cover the entire US? No. But that doesn't make the technology any less amazing. NOO tests would have the results that a 3G network is faster.. and anyone who uses Sprint's 4G network (which a lot of people do) would definitely tell you it is just as quick as they advertise-up to 10x faster in fact.

"It is more of a marketing term than a real thing..." - once again, complete and total bs. 4G is a very real thing. millions of people have access to it, 60 million actually. By the end of the year, that will be over doubled. With a total population of approximately 300 million people in the US, covering 60 million users at the launch of this technology is covering 25% of the population right outta the gate. So 1 in 4 people ALREADY have access to the technology, so for you to discriminate against every fourth person and say this isnt real for them...well, thats quite ignorant of you. Definitely a real thing. A real thing that Sprint definitely deserves kudos and a little bit of hype for.

(Aug 19 '10 at 17:37) Phoenix7 Phoenix7's gravatar image

In my area, Sprint's cellular network coverage (Not 3G/4G which I don't have) is absolutely impeccable. In areas where Verizon phones lose a few bars, my Sprint phone only loses one, or none at all. The coverage will vary from place to place, but in my area, it's great, definitely better than Verizon!

answered Aug 15 '10 at 19:26

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Reception also depends on the phone you are using and your surroundings. ;)

(Aug 15 '10 at 19:26) RyGuy5320 RyGuy5320's gravatar image

My friends that have Sprint where I live always seen to never have signal

answered Aug 21 '10 at 03:36

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Sprint is gone, they are no longer a company. Verizon is the bst.

answered Aug 21 '10 at 05:48

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That's not even close to being true. We all better hope not at least...

(Aug 21 '10 at 11:56) Phoenix7 Phoenix7's gravatar image

Sprint rents SOME of verizon's towers...they still have significantly LESS towers than Verizon does.

answered Feb 22 '12 at 23:37

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On top of what has already been said, I would like to add some perspective. I was with Sprint for several years. While going to school in western Nebraska, I was roaming — the great thing about Sprint, however, is that you have unlimited roaming! But to my surprise, last December I got a letter in the mail saying that my service will be revoked February 13th due to excessive roaming. When I questioned Sprint about this claim, they said that their "contract" with Verizon was up and that they were being charged more for all my roaming. Even after explaining to them that I would only be in the area of roaming for a few more months, they claimed they couldn't do anything and proceeded to tell me I would have to find another carrier.

To me, this doesn't make any logical sense. I understand that they may not be making money, but that's not MY fault, that's their fault. I, personally, really like Sprint. Like others have said they have good coverage, you're using TWO networks instead of one and they're cheaper.

Just be aware of this loop hole they have when they claim you have unlimited roaming... supposedly they can still kick you off if you roam too much? I'm not sure what their problem is. To me it's bad business practices.

answered Feb 23 '12 at 00:17

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