My Experience With the Verizon Network #VZWVoices #Mom

My Experience With the Verizon Network #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product


Several months ago when I announced that I was going to be a Verizon Voices Mom I mentioned I would let you know what I thought of “the network”. We have been with our current network for over ten years now, drawn away from Verizon by a rate nobody could match. Even though our rates and plans have changed, we’ve been too lazy (and scared) to try another network.

So here is my story… the nitty gritty in a few thoughts.

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and the Samsung Note 3 both on the Verizon network. I was using a Samsung Galaxy S3 on my old network, so I am fortunately comparing similar devices on different networks.

Let me first say… I have never owned a tablet with wireless network service. That being said… I love the capability of having my own Hotspot. This has saved me twice now while trying to get caught up on work at Panera. I honestly tried to use Panera’s free wi-fi, but it was so slow and sluggish I got fed up much too quickly. So if you have the data to use, turning the Hotspot on is a lifesaver.

My experience with data and voice on the phone has been eye opening. My old network was spotty when it came to data. I’d say 90% of the time I didn’t have any issues while trying to surf on my phone or download. 10% of the time I think my phone took on an alternate personality… that of a turtle. I have never had an issue with data on the Verizon network… always quick and responsive.

Voice was also different between the two. Strange but true… on my old network, if I were to call my next door neighbor it sounded like we were talking through a tin can. We’ve tried just about everything to fix it and nothing worked. She is even on the same network as my old phone. On the Verizon network… clear as a bell!

I never really had issues with dropped calls on the other network, but many (many) times I would try to call someone and my phone would look like it was dialing/ringing… but nothing was happening. My call would just get “hung up”. I’d have to hang up and re-dial for it to work. That has never happened on Verizon.

Keep in mine I’ve only had 2 1/2 months of service on Verizon compared to 10 years on the other network, but I have seen how the “Can you hear me now?” guy has done his job well.


  1. Stephen says

    Thanks for the comparison. It was enlightening.

  2. Ellen B says

    thanks – we were just talking about trying verizon – at least going to the store to get rates and such – we have prepaid tracfones right now and we are getting tired of “adding time” and trying to just budget our minutes – quite possibly if we get Verizon the landline will also be gone – do you still have your landline?

    • Hi Ellen,

      We have been without a landline for probably 8-9ish years now? It was about the time my 16 y/o got his first cell phone. I carry the phone that everyone gives out for their “house” phone number and they only give their numbers out to people they want calling them. It’s worked out very well and I haven’t once missed having a landline! HTH 🙂

  3. Joel says

    I’m happy you posted about the tablet, I’ve had Verizon cell service for a while, but don’t/didn’t know anybody with strictly data experience.

  4. I love technology and new gadgets and although I do not have Verizon for our phones I do use them for their home infusion internet and am very happy with it.

  5. md Kennedy says

    I have never tried Verizon but I am in the market so you never know!

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