Judy is looking to get her very first smartphone. She currently uses T-Mobile, but she's worried about coverage for a road trip she's going on. Leo says that coverage wise, Verizon is best, while AT&T has the best data speeds. Leo really likes T-Mobile, though.
After a competing bid from France came in for T-Mobile, Sprint officially pulled out of the running this week. Leo says it's a good thing because more carriers means more competition and that means better pricing and services for consumers.
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Alan still uses a Blackberry Bold and he's keeping it because of his unlimited data. Leo says that if he pays the full price for the phone and it's not being subsidized, chances are he won't lose his data plan. The carrier will try hard to get him to transition off the unlimited plan to a family share plan, but Leo says they'll get him on overage charges. So he should keep it as long as he can. The chatroom says Verizon doesn't consider the Blackberry Bold a smartphone, so he may not be able to keep that unlimited data plan no matter what he does. He also wants to tether to his laptop.
Kim wants to switch carriers and wants to know the best option for getting an iPhone. Leo was going to suggest T-Mobile, but that's where Kim is and she doesn't want to have a contract. Leo says that without a contract, she'll have to pay for a phone unsubsidized. She can also buy the iPhone 5S unsubsidized and make payments on it, but that's just like having a contract. Should she wait? Leo says we'll know when the iPhone 6 is coming out in a couple months. It'll probably be out in September.
Tom's contract with Verizon is almost up and he's thinking of moving to another carrier. Leo says that Verizon is on CDMA and T-Mobile and AT&T is on GSM. But pretty soon all will be on LTE, so it won't matter anymore. He wants to move to a no contract carrier. His mother wants to get an iPhone 5S. Can he get that off contract? What about the iPhone 6? Is that coming in the fall? Leo says that's the speculation. Will it be larger? Leo says nobody really knows. There's been pictures of larger screens, but they're prototypes.
Jonathan is looking to make "the Switch," from the iPhone to Android. He has an iPhone 5S and he isn't happy with AT&T. Leo says that the iPhone 5S is unlocked and as such, Jonathan could bolt and take that phone to T-Mobile. T-Mobile may even pay him to do it.
The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile won't be an easy sell to the FCC. They stopped the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile in 2011. If they do approve this, Softbank, which now owns a majority of Sprint, will rebrand the new company as SoftBankUSA with John Ledger as CEO. But while Sprint and T-Mobile aren't doing all that great, he believes that if they can survive individually, they shouldn't merge. Leo likes competition and he doesn't think it'll happen.
Lee has a Blue Life View mobile phone. The phone has dual sims, which is primarily used overseas when crossing international borders.
Leo doesn't like that it uses Android 4.2, which is a bit dated. Also, since it's an international phone, he'll want to check that the frequencies from his carrier are supported. It won't support LTE, which means he won't get the fastest data. But it's not bad for the money. Leo recommends getting the Motorola Moto G, which has the same specs for half the price. It isn't dual sim, but unless he's traveling overseas, it's more than enough.
Whenever you're traveling to another country, it's essential to plan for how you will stay connected. Simply using your phone overseas will result in a bill that could reach into the thousands of dollars. Here's a breakdown of the options you have:
Use Wi-Fi Only
Paris has an iPhone 5 and he wants to unlock it. Leo says that on Sprint/Verizon, the iPhone is a CDMA phone. But if he unlocks it, he can buy a SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile and it should work.