Finding a wireless provider with the best service, deals, and nationwide coverage can be challenging. We all have unique habits, preferences, and travel destinations. Businesses use mobile devices differently depending on their specific needs. There isn’t a standard formula that will work for everyone. This article is a handy guide to help you decide which wireless service provider will fulfill your specific needs.
The “Best Network” May Not Always Be the Best for You
Start by determining which service provider has the best reception where you spend the most time; your home and workplace. Many clever ads proclaim “best network” and “most reliable.” It’s essential to understand these claims are based on independent studies by companies like RootMetrics. While these tests are involved and organized, none of them take place in your home or office. A carrier deemed to have the best coverage might work in your home, but not in your office. Yet a provider labeled as having the worst coverage may meet both those needs. The best way to find out is to ask your co-workers and friends how their service works in a particular area and who their provider is. It’s not uncommon for the answers to vary, but it could help eliminate one or two providers.
The Truth About Coverage Maps
Wireless provider’s nationwide coverage maps provide a general idea of the service area but aren’t an exact representation of the actual boundaries. Providers are frequently expanding their networks, so it isn’t a static measure. Several variables can impact cellular coverage resulting in “dead zones”:
- Large structures or other obstructions
- Cell site status
- Proximity to the cell site
To reduce the annoyance of “dead zones,” our Smart SIM data card works on multiple networks to keep you connected.
The Limitations of Unlimited Data
Every provider touts unlimited data and unlimited international service. It sounds good, and who likes limits. You’re ready to say, “sign me up.” Not so fast! The truth is it’s not unlimited, and chances are, you don’t need it. Let’s look at the fine print: unlimited means you get 22 to 50GB before your speed gets reduced. However, most people won’t use a fraction of that. Here are a few facts to consider about data:
- An overwhelming majority (about 92%) use 4GB or less
- 40% of our customers only use 1GB
- WiFi is widely available
Unless you are streaming or gaming, 2GB should be plenty. Don’t chase the unlimited; it’s like going to an all you can eat buffet and just getting one bowl of soup. You may be able to find a great deal with a smaller provider that uses the same network as the large providers with 2GB of data that works for you. Keep in mind the budget providers cut corners to save money, which may come in the form of customer service.
Wireless Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
POND IoT keeps it simple. We have the options and information needed to select a wireless carrier that works best for you and your business. Whether its enabling domestic roaming or building a comprehensive international plan, we have you covered.