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Choosing A Cell Phone Provider

When it comes to picking a cell phone carrier, your neighbors are your best source of info.

This story appears in the May 2001 issue of

The one question you have when it comes to cell phones is, Which carrier should I sign up with? As a wireless expert, I get asked that question all the time-and I'll tell you the answer, but before I do, understand that as I write this, on my desk are an AT&T cell phone, a Verizon wireless phone and a Sprint PCS wireless phone. They are there for one simple reason: I am conducting an experiment to find out who offers the best cell phone service.

Cell phones, as you know, remain maddening tools. Today I called my girlfriend in Santa Rosa, California, a few miles away, on my Verizon phone, and the signal broke off just as she answered. Yesterday I called a friend in Los Angeles on the AT&T phone, and within three minutes, the signal snapped. The day before, I'd called my sister in New Jersey on the Sprint phone, and the same thing happened.

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