02/15/2013, 09:27 PM
Here's to Sprint. *raises glass and prepares to carry on, at great length*
After... wow... 14 years, I just initiated porting out to another carrier. It felt like that scene from Old Yeller.
They were my very first cell provider back when I was 17. I had a job and got myself a phone. Even had that old text-based browsing (so awesome!). I could bang out messages in T9 on my tiny Sanyo handset faster than I could write on a full QWERTY.
3G came around. Moved up to a neat Java phone with Opera and all. Eventually WinMo brought me into smart phones. (The Sprint Mogul was also awesome. Still have that one.)
Then the Pre was demoed. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. If you're reading this, you know what I mean. And wow: Sprint was the launch partner! That kept me going, along with their reasonable rates.
But already by this time their 3G speeds were drooping. Where I once ruled the roost at a solid 700 - 1,000 kbps, today I'm lucky to reach 200 kbps. Could I go to LTE? Yeah, I guess. But 1 Mbps is fine for me, so why pay the premium? And I like my webOS devices. And I sure as don't want a big Android phone (although the GS3 Mini ain't bad, tbh).
Until recently I always knocked around the Chicago area. I've said before on here that I point the finger at their WiMAX and general 4G roll out for the death of their 3G speeds. Shrug. Doesn't matter now.
So I looked around. Coming from a world of $70 all you can eat (after taxes + co. discount), the post paid world looks bleak. A friend recommended Straight Talk.
"GSM devices? SIM cards? I can get a Pre 3! I could get a Pre 3 AND a Veer!" Snatched a Pre 3 up on craigslist for $150 and gave ST a try for a month on a dummy number. Solidly 1 - 3 Mbps again. Huzzah!
I don't mean this to dissuade anyone from choosing Sprint, mind you. For a good deal on a post-paid carrier, they're still hard to beat and I never had issues with coverage. In fact, I often had service on hike meetups where the friends I was looking for did not. But for the price their 3G just ain't cutting it for me anymore, and that's what my device of choice wants.
My fresh SIM came today and I just pulled the trigger. It's weird to have felt some brief pang of regret as I did it. For God's sake, it's just a company. But I guess we've been through so much together for so long, and these darn phones are always a part of that, always keeping us connected.
Yep. Old Yeller was my dog. So I did it.