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PC Drunken Friar

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Sep 12, 2003
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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
 

4 6 3 DP

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Oct 24, 2001
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My pixel 3 decided yesterday to just stop working. Went black, turned on once for about 15 minutes and now will not turn on. Much as I know I've had the phone a while I'm irate at the phone going from completely useful to brick with no notice. Going to bring it to the store tomorrow to see if I can factory reset but with no home phone and a tablet that doesn't have a sim card.. Bad day
 

saintnick912

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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
I'm on Google Fi. T-Mobile works well for me in the city, Sprint better outside the city. Neither gives as good rural coverage as Verizon, around here or nationally (have been in Arizona/Wyoming/Utah a fair amount of time). Sprint is so far and away the worst where I live that it's comical.
 

Joe Sixpack

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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
I can't speak to Dorchester specifically, but I'm in Canton and between here and Boston I get great service on T-Mobile's network via Mint. They also offer a starter kit for $5 with a SIM you can use to try it out and see if it works before you commit.