Technology—that one word possibly sums up today’s society better than any other. Technology has both advantages and disadvantages, and has helped to both advance, as well as hinder improvements. Cellular devices have by far become the most notable piece of equipment, and for many, it has become a necessity. Of course, businesses have not failed to notice, and are using this “need” as a company asset. Because most people are intent on owning a cell phone, companies have increased data, expanded the numbers of features available, and have gone the extra mile to provide above-average products. But all these great offers come at a steep price, with some being more exorbitant than others.

I have been a Verizon customer for the last two years. Why two years? Because my contract kept me tied to Verizon for that length of time. And at the end of my two year experience with this business, I have to say I am more than ready to move on to a new provider. Previously, I was with Sprint. I loved Sprint, including their coverage, products, and even their prices. While many statistics show Sprint as being a bad carrier, I never had an issue. For years, Sprint has been offering lower prices than Verizon and AT&T, while also giving you unlimited calling, text, and data. So why did I leave Sprint? Because I moved out into the country and Sprint didn’t offer service in my area. My husband has always used Verizon, so at the time, switching me to the same company was what worked best. But now, after using this service for the last two years, I’m ditching Verizon. And here’s why you should too.

Plans: Let’s start with one of the fundamental aspects of any phone provider. Honestly, Verizon doesn’t have much to offer. The service plans are either similar, if not worse, than most other carriers. Once you add up all the various fees, things get a little pricey. Right now, Verizon will charge $20 per line. Of course, you’ll most likely be buying a smart phone, which requires at least 1 GB of data. I’ll talk more about their data prices in a minute, but for now, I’ll just say that you’ll be paying at least $30 per month on data. However, the popular choice (according to Verizon) is $45 for 3 GB. As time goes on, it has become increasingly popular for cell phone companies to do away with contracts, forcing you to make monthly payments on the phone itself. So depending on the phone, you may be paying anywhere from $7-30+ every month on your phone.

So what does this add up to? If you go on the cheap end, you’re looking at around $60 per person, before tax, etc. Consequently, if you need more data or opt for a more expensive device, the sky is the limit when it comes to your bill with Verizon.

Data: This has possibly been the biggest aggravation of using Verizon. Why? Because there is no unlimited data. For the average person, this doesn’t mean a lot. I had unlimited data with Sprint for years, and never needed it. It is great to have so you don’t have to worry about going over your limit; just like unlimited talk and text. However, having unlimited data, or at least large amounts of data, is necessary for some people, especially those using it for business, etc.

Not only does Verizon not offer unlimited data, but also they charge an exorbitant amount for the increments of data you can purchase. A single GB will cost you $30 per month, and $45 for 3GB. If you decide you need more than that, you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on your monthly phone bill. Verizon even goes so far as to offer 100 GB for $750 per month. Ouch!

Another downside with Verizon’s data is the overage charges. Let’s say you’re playing it safe, you watch the amount of data you’re using, and you get by with just the minimum amount of data you can buy. But sometimes, things come up and accidents happen. If you go over by just 1 MB, you will be charged $15. Yep. $15. For 1 MB.

So all this to say, if you need large amounts of data, or just simply don’t want to watch how much you’re using, switch to Sprint or T Mobile.

Update: Verizon has (finally) released an unlimited plan. While this is good news for current users, I will let you know that it’s still not the best price out there. For a single line you will be paying over $80 every month. If you happen to need multiple lines, Verizon is gracious enough to make the deal sweeter (cheaper) with the more lines you add. Yet, if you only need service for yourself, you may still  want to consider dropping Verizon and looking into another provider.

Coverage: It’s a lie. That coverage map on Verizon’s website? Yep, it’s a lie. As a former Sprint user in Wyoming, I am here to tell you that my family had service out in the middle of nowhere, while the Verizon user didn’t have a single bar. True story. This may be an extreme example. You may be thinking: very few people probably have good coverage in the middle of nowhere. So how about Georgia? Where I live, my signal is nothing superior. I usually have one or two bars. Even my in-laws’ have spotty coverage where they live, and none of us live very far from the big city. Just saying.

So if you’re currently using Verizon, maybe it’s time to switch. You may not be getting the best deal for your money, and many other big name providers will buy you out of your contract, if you have one. While I’ve mentioned companies, such as Sprint and T Mobile in this post, there are several other great companies out there, including some pay as you go carriers. Of course, if you would like to be adventurous, try looking into Google’s (relatively) new phone service, Project Fi. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Which provider do you use? Do you (dis)like who you’re with? Share your experience below in the comments!