Pros: free texting within the network
Cons: no sim cards in phones and patch service some places
Verizon is the only carrier I have ever had. I use it because I am on the family plan with my parents and brother. I appreciate the free calls within the plan and the unlimited texts to other verizon members
The coverage works well in California, but I went to school in the bay area, and in some places, like Palo Alto, there is less than stellar coverage.
I don't have the experience to say how well it peroforms vs other carriers, but it works well enough.