As I watch the T-Mobile & AT&T merger going on I am left thinking about switching networks. My primary choice as of now is Sprint. However they are doing some things with their policies that have me wondering if they are the right choice for my family plans move.
Sprint offers the best (and really only) unlimited plan for data in the US mobile market, right now. They have their Simply Everything plan for Families for $190/month. That is a stellar deal. Unlimited minutes, text, and data. No bandwidth caps, no gotchas (that I know of, of course).
More to like is that the rumor mill is spinning out reports of the iPhone5 coming to Sprint. I don't personally want or care about iPhone, but my wife thinks it would be a better match for her lifestyle, I kind of agree. I want an Android phone, and well Sprint has plenty to choose from.
The drawbacks are that Sprint is changing some policies that I was really looking forward to using prior to making the total switch.
They have raised their Early Termination Fee from $200 to $350 (pro-rated over contract life). That is a pretty steep ETF if I decide Sprint flat out sucks.
To mitigate that I had planned to use their 30-day return policy to really make sure I liked Sprint before jumping ship. They just cut it back to 14 days. Still not terrible as I can definitely find out if my phones will work at my house (the T-Mobile dead zone). However, I feel I am not ready to make the commitment with my number. What if I switch to Sprint and they suck so I bail within 14 days, do I lose my phone number I have had for years?
Enter Google Voice.
So in order to keep my number I think I am ready to make the move to Google Voice. Porting my number over will give me the ability to try out all the carriers I want, cause I can simply redirect the calls to my newest number. So the more I think about it, the more I think it is worth the $20 that I will be charged.
Then I can test Sprint, if it doesn't work, I switch my GV back to point to my T-mobile (or any other carrier) number (which would be reassigned after porting to GV).
I think that is the answer. Move the phones to GV, and then continue watching the AT&T & T-Mobile merger, and when all else fails, test out new carriers without upsetting the world.