A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier. To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.
Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.
I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs. Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.
So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area. Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.