I’m approaching the end of my contract with Verizon. This leaves me with two decisions to make: 1) stay with Verizon or switch to T-Mobile, and 2) keep my iPhone 5 or upgrade? Unfortunately, these decisions are intertwined in a way that makes my head spin.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Verizon’s network is fantastic, especially for its coverage. I have reception even in the boonies of Texas. My interaction with customer service has been minimal and acceptable.

T-Mobile’s coverage is simply not as complete as Verizon’s. However, in my city, they have strong LTE service, both by their own measure and that of OpenSignal. This leads me to believe that their HSPA+ 21Mbps service is also excellent (more on why this matters later). To their credit, streaming from approved services does not count against LTE data, and Simple Choice plans come with unlimited non-LTE data. Further, they include international data and text at no additional cost (good, because I hope to travel overseas next year). 

For me, switching from carrier to “Un-carrier” is a matter of whether the pull of T-Mobile is strong enough. It is not a matter of being pushed out of a relationship with Verizon.

What do you mean, “IF I should upgrade”?

Sure, Verizon says I’m eligible to upgrade; “eligible” and “required” mean very different things. I actually like my iPhone 5 more than the iPhone 6, especially for its flat sides and volume buttons. The camera is acceptable, and I am not particularly enticed by the larger screen of the iPhone 6 (improved polarization is a bigger deal to me). The only thing I miss on my iPhone is Touch ID, which isn’t enough reason to upgrade. So when it comes to upgrading my thought process is as follows:

  • Stay on Verizon, keep the iPhone 5.
  • Switch to T-Mobile:
    • Keep the iPhone 5 (A1429) and be limited to HSPA+ (theoretical speeds up to 21Mbps).
    • upgrade to the iPhone 6 to have LTE.

Decision Time 

    I wrote the majority of this post a couple weeks ago, and decided to contemplate the choice. Ultimately, I think the best choice right now is to keep my iPhone 5 on Verizon, and maybe use a T-Mobile nano-SIM when I go overseas.  My phone is good, and my portion of the Verizon bill is the same as I would pay on T-Mobile, but with superior coverage in the US.

Best musical performance I’ve ever attended. The band was engaging, the crowd stayed engaged, the light show was great, and the sound, oh the sound—unlike most concerts, 1) the instruments didn’t drown out the vocals, and 2) the volume wasn’t ridiculously high.

And man, their cover of the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams is fantastic.

Blue Man Group
Photo by Marco Maas and shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.

I recently had the opportunity to see Blue Man Group at the Plaza Theater in El Paso. It was a fantastic show, truly one-of-a-kind, full of comedy and PVC music. The light show was neat, especially the balls tossed into the audience with lights that matched the music, as well as the instances where the audience was fully illuminated in bright white light. I slightly regret not getting a “Shake That Thang” t-shirt from the merchandise stand.

The Plaza Theater is very nice; the recent renovation was very tastefully done and the seats were very comfortable.

I was in Ruidoso, NM this past weekend, and made a new, dear (deer) friend.

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At some point, my iPhone started using my Office 365 as the default for contact creation. Thus, I had 11 personal contacts that were not in my personal address book. Since Apple has not implemented a method to move contacts from one account to another, I was frustrated.

I tried a couple contact managers, but none took care of the particular task of moving contacts between accounts. Then I came across Contact Mover. This app:

  • is a do-one-thing-well app.
  • has a strong brand identity.
  • is $4.99.

Does One Thing Well

Contact Mover is designed to allow the migration of contact data from one account to another. It moves all contacts, so if you want to do any clean-up, do so beforehand. Just choose your origin and destination accounts, verify, and move.

If you have more than one Exchange account (rare, I imagine) it can be difficult to determine which account you are selecting, since the account descriptions are based on the type of account, not the name designated in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Has a Strong Brand Identity

I love this app’s icon. The background is nice purple, which you don’t see often on app icons. It consists of a white knock-out design, which looks like a moving van branded with the ubiquitous contact photo head. When you open the app, it maintains the same color scheme.


Contact Mover's app icon
Contact Mover’s app icon

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The Price is Right

Five dollars might seem like a lot at first for an app that does just one thing that you probably don’t need done very often. But every other method of moving contacts involves far more hassle. $5 is a fair price for the efficiency, design, and reliability of this app. Get it on the App Store.