For several years my cell phone provider has been Cricket. Not the best coverage but adequate for my need until they were acquired by AT&T. Since then the quality has declined.
The staff at the local store has always been helpful dealing with this Latter Day Luddite grumpy senior citizen. That means a great deal to me.
Last month, with no notification, AT&T raised my bill $20.
Enter Comcast/Xfinity, the only internet provider for my building, sending out mail bait for service at a lower rate for seniors. Being cheap, I went to the local Xfinity store to check it out. I didn’t qualify.
The young man helping me out started talking about cell phones. I appreciate a good salesperson, and he was good. Seems their cell carrier is Verizon and they had a deal.
My autistic son in Seattle and I now have new 5G (whatever the hell that is) phones and my monthly bill is 46% lower, locked in for two years. Our combined data use is so trivial we will not exceed what the plan provides.
The company for whom I’m an agent provides a tablet with their proprietary software installed. Their carrier is AT&T. I seldom see more than two bars and uploading results is frustratingly slow.
Am I wrong assuming Ma Bell is AT&T? Ma Bell always sucked and AT&T faithfully keeps the tradition alive. Pox on them.