Which Cell Phone Provider Is the Best?

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It’s hard to believe that cell phones have now been around for more than 40 years. The first cell phone was created by Martin Cooper and his Motorola team in 1973. The phone, called DynaTAC, wasn’t actually sold to consumers for another decade. Now, three decades later, cell phones are an integral part of people’s lives. In fact, 91 percent of Americans own a cell phone. With so many people using these devices, cellular companies are raking in the dough. Many Americans become loyal customers of specific carriers due to habit, because they like a particular phone offered, or because of excellent customer service.

Yet, people often grumble about the reliability, cost, or plan availability of their particular provider. The task of finding a new carrier can be daunting, but 10TopTenREVIEWS came out with a ranking of the best providers for 2014 that is a great place to start. According to the research, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is the best overall carrier, followed by AT&T (NYSE:T), and then T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS). The article below includes a summary of the top five ranked carriers.

1. Verizon Wireless

Verizon takes the number one spot with an overall ranking of 8.58/10. The company covers 98 percent of Americans. The carrier also has 100 percent coverage in urban areas, 95 percent in rural areas, offers 4G LTE in 506 markets, and offers superb customer service. Verizon’s contracts and the number of days allowed to return a phone are similar to other carriers. Although AT&T has slightly higher 4G download speeds, Verizon earned overall better rankings. The main issue with Verizon is the cost of the plans, which can get very expensive. However, when one weighs the many benefits of Verizon, the cost seems somewhat less important.

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