I tried the cheap route and it cost me dearly. Tried the Metro and later found out that Metro is mainly a big city phone service even though they advertize heavily that they are expanding. I NEVER got good service from them unless I ventured into the hell hole named Philadelphia or its immediate suburbs. Service was sporadic.
So I then tried the next cheaper phone and that is Crickett who is also advertising heavily. But this time I only bought 1 of their cheap throw away phones and 1 month of prepaid service. No better than Metro.
So I happened by the T mobile company store. No more local retailer stores for me. I explained my dilemna and how I needed this phone to work since it is my shop phone. While there, the salesman offered their small business package to me. $ 70.00 per month for unlimited phone, text, and internet. So since no one can come out and PROVE that they have good service, I bought a $ 9.95 phone and 1 month of service for $ 40.00 Finally a stinking phone that works !!!!!! But to be sure, I also wanted to check the service at our DE summer place and again it worked well even out on the water. I could log on to the weather channel and see the thunderstorm bearing down upon us at 4g speed.
So I decide to sign up for the small business package. Seems simple right ??? Not so fast there Tonto. I had to produce documentation that I was indeed a small business. I provided a copy of the electric bill, a copy of invoices from 2 suppliers and a copy of my bank statement showing a DBA account. No good. The morons in the corporate office wanted to see my business license or a copy of my articles of incorporation. Since I am a sole prop, and do not need and there is no provision for a business license, we were at an impasse. Even the store manager could not get it through their thick heads that I provided enough into to prove that I am indeed a small business, they still wanted the documentation that I did not have and could not produce. I was at the store for 1 1/2 hours trying to get the paperwork approved. They suggested I go back to work and they would contact me when it was approved. I left there after telling them that I would return once more. Either I would have a phone or they would be returning all my application paperwork and I would go elsewhere.
I was 1/2 the way back to work when they called to tell me the paperwork finally went through. So I asked how I would be compensated for all the hassle. I was given my choice of any phone in the store at no charge. I am now the proud owner of an HTC Sensation android phone on the T-mobile network.
And so far no problems at all.........(praying)
If anyone is considering a change, check out the small business offerings at T-mobile. It may be worth a switch especially since they have merged with AT & T. I can only assume the service will improve.
PS anyone want to buy a Metro phone and phone booster antenna ?????