I switched away from Verizon (with a Motorola E815, and a VX4500 before that) a few days ago to Sprint’s ridiculous $30 SERO plan (with a Motorola Q). Since they’re both CDMA and share many phone models, I didn’t think there would be much of a difference, but so far it looks like I’m wrong. It also looks like Sprint has improved dramatically in the last two years.
Initial thoughts in no particular order:
I get fewer “bars” of reception in a few places, but it doesn’t seem to matter for calls or data. Maybe the reception meter is just more honest on the Q.
Incoming voice quality is much better.
EVDO phone-as-modem usage is far less laggy, with pings around 250ms instead of Verizon’s 450ms. It makes a huge difference. And this is in the NYC metro area, where nobody has an excuse for inferior service.
Sprint’s voicemail system allows you to skip the PIN when calling from your own phone, and disable the call-metadata reading before each message (“New message from 6… 1… 4… 5… 5… 5… 1… 2… 3… 4… sent today at 8… 30… PM…”). Tiff said she’d switch for this feature alone. Verizon’s voicemail is awful.
Full review coming soon.