Originally Posted by Mikeypants
I keep forgetting that in the US there are a lot more people living in suburbs with terrible reception on some networks.
Coverage isn't even consistent within the city. It's not just a suburban or rural issue. This is precisely why I switched to at&t several years ago. My house was in a dead zone for TMO (despite what coverage maps claimed). This house is just a few miles from the city center. It's just one example of many.
Originally Posted by John Clark
I would go with the provider that gives the best coverage where you live, work and play. Even a fast 3G device isn't any fun if coverage is bad.
x2. Coverage matters more than anything unless you're hobby is collecting expensive paperweights.