Why? The same reason I think all other non-GSM services are.

  • Complicated phone switch overs: with GSM you just change the chip into the new phone and go, more or less.
  • You aren’t tied to a specific carrier. AT&T and T-Mobile wanted to combine for a reason. They would have been huge. GSM phones work on both networks and there is a roaming agreement.
  • All those cool foreign phones and Google phones like the Nexus 4 and Samsung SIII mini? GSM. Google and Samsung aren’t stupid. The unlocked iPhone 5 is GSM, straight from Apple. That’s another reason. All the AT&T phones in recent history are GSM. Yup, all the iPhones were and are.
  • There are a TON of quality used, refurbed, and grey market (imported) phones to choose from. Don’t limit yourself.

For that matter, you can add Cricket and the low quality phones like Huawei they offer to my list of dislikes.

I’d rather have a used Nexus One than a brand new Huawei. There are many custom operating systems for the Nexus One for example. But that’s another story.

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