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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.

https://www.mintmobile.com/starterkit/
 

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The Pixel will take significantly better pictures and the Galaxy has a slightly bigger, nicer screen. The Pixel will probably be a bit faster, but he may not notice it. It really just depends on how he values the screen versus photography with it.
 

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Any opinions on which is better, the Pixel 4A or the Samsung Galaxy A51?
Spouse looking to get his first cellphone and we are ignorant. Prices are comparable. TIA.
I can't speak to the Samsung, but I've both the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a-5G and the 5G is a much better phone, though both are very good devices. For a while around Xmas, they were basically the same price, so if you're leaning Pixel, see you can get the 4a-5G.
 

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Maybe this needs to be in a tablet devoted thread, but I'm getting a tablet for work travel/general use. Price not being an issue should I get a 4g through Verizon or just use the hotspot on my pixel and stay with the wifi model?

Probably getting a Samsung tab 7
 

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Maybe this needs to be in a tablet devoted thread, but I'm getting a tablet for work travel/general use. Price not being an issue should I get a 4g through Verizon or just use the hotspot on my pixel and stay with the wifi model?

Probably getting a Samsung tab 7
Using the hotspot feature will crush your battery. If you don't have to pay for the costs of the 4g model, I can't see how having that will yield any downside. It's just more convenient. You'll always have a connection and you won't have to bother turning on the hotspot feature and draining the phone battery.
 

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OK, I have got an Android version 10 phone {Moto g power} which has spontaneously rebooted 5-6 times in the last 10 days or so. Maybe it's a flaw in the latest update that was installed around the same period where this behavior began. Anyone else seeing this? I've never seen this before in 15 months of use.