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I think a lot depends on what you’re looking for / how you use it / how much you’re willing to pay. Do you want voice + data or only voice? Smart phone? Do you own the handset already? Do you want a handset that’s only available on certain networks? I have experience with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Verizon has the best coverage and highest prices. AT&T was OK. Just OK. T-mobile, in the metro-area, has proved roughly the same as AT&T in terms of coverage but is much cheaper.
Other points of interest: 1. You can get underground coverage with any of the three, but Verizon is best. 2. T-mobile data is slightly slower than AT&T, but fast enough for me. I would strongly encourage you to consider a pre-paid plan where you bring your own hardware. Much cheaper / better value if you’re willing to front for the device. I went with a Galaxy Nexus ($350 upfront) and T-mobile ($30 / month prepaid) to get unlimited data (with a slowdown at 4GB / month) and quite limited voice minutes. Pro-tip: You can use that unlimited data for VOIP calls.
I’ve been pretty happy with this approach. Other carriers have pre-paid too. Compared with (eg) Verizon, and guessing their plan cost at $85 / month (+$50 for the same phone after subsidy), you’re saving roughly $1000 over the two year contract.
Good luck. Cell phones are a very anti-consumer market place in many ways.