One of the drawbacks to our home here in Edgewater, Florida is that Verizon service really sucks. If we go north or south a mile, we’ve got four bars of 4G. But here at home we get one bar if you’re really, really lucky. Even using my We Boost signal booster doesn’t help. We just seem to be in a dead area.
We solved the problem by switching our phones to Wi-Fi calling when we are here at home, using our Spectrum (formally Bright House) internet. But our friend Jim Lewis, who just bought a house down the street from us, decided he wanted to try AT&T instead, because other people in the neighborhood have said it is much better. So we spent much of yesterday running back and forth between AT&T and Verizon company stores in Daytona Beach, canceling his Verizon service and getting things switched over. That’s a long story in itself, but eventually he got it done.
While we were at Verizon, I was talking to one of the customer service reps who was trying to convince me I needed to upgrade my telephone. I’ve had my Samsung S5 for three years or so and it’s getting pretty worn out. I told the Verizon guy that I still have my old grandfathered in unlimited data plan, and I didn’t want to take one of their discounted phone plans because to get that, I have to give up my unlimited data.
I was surprised when he told me that is not the case anymore, and that customers on the old grandfathered unlimited plans can still get new phones on two-year contracts at discounted pricing. Since we haven’t had the best of experiences with the things we’ve been told by Verizon people, I want to check it out and be sure that what he told me is accurate before I upgrade my Samsung. I’d like to have a new phone, but not at the expense of losing my unlimited data. Here at home it’s no big deal, but when we are traveling in our motorhome, I need it.
Of course, that may be only for folks who are not high use customers. Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy from Technomadia recently reported that some Verizon customers who use too much have been getting letters terminating their contracts. I’m not really sure what Verizon considers too much, so that’s something to be aware of.
Jim must have felt guilty because dealing with the phone issues took so much time, because he treated us to dinner at Texas Roadhouse. He had never been to one before and I told him going in that the food was great, but the noise level at every one of their restaurants we’ve ever been to has made it almost impossible to have a conversation. By the time we finished our meals and left, with our ears ringing, he agreed.
Back at home, Jim was pleasantly surprised to find out that while our Verizon phones have none to one bar of service, his new AT&T phone has three bars and works fine. And in talking to the folks at AT&T, they seem to have some pretty good unlimited data plans also. I wonder if Verizon is feeling the competition, and that is why they are starting to get more reasonable for folks with existing unlimited data plans?
Before I end today’s blog, here’s one other comment on Verizon. If you are an honorably discharged veteran, take your DD 214 to a Verizon company store and you are entitled to a discount off your monthly billing for telephone service. It’s always nice to save a little bit of money every month.
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