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Any company out there is trying to win you over. The mobile industry and the corporations that rule the land aren't any different. And just like any other company, they've got a suite of goods to share with you to try and keep you in the fold. Every company has the same surface level objective, but the ways that they try to achieve that goal can vary wildly. Some take it slow, and others can flood the market. Some focus on the hardware and software combination, while others just try to shove as much technology as they can into a phone's casing.

The similarities are just as noteworthy as the differences, but ultimately we know that in many cases, these scenarios and agendas work. Believe it or not, I actually know people that log Samsung because the company isn't afraid to fill the market with a bunch of devices. Why? Because they know if they're ever looking for something that's remotely related to mobile, like a tablet with a specific screen size, they know there's a strong chance that Samsung has it, while another company might not.

Can't argue with that, right?

Finding a fan of a manufacturer, someone who just refuses to buy products from any other company, isn't all that hard these days. (It never really was.) We've all had a conversation with someone who just admits freely that they prefer one company over any other. And I'd be willing to bet that you know a "fanboy" or two -- maybe you're even one yourself, which is fine because there's nothing inherently wrong with it. Own it! But, also respect the opinion of others, okay?

Anyway, finding a fan of a particular phone manufacturer isn't hard at all. So, while I was thinking of fandom last night, I wanted to find out if that "fanboyism" can extend to something else: carriers. Because let's face it, the carriers are just as important to this whole show as the phone manufacturers. Without the carriers, we would effectively have some relatively useless devices. With that dependency, and the fact that they've been around for so long, I can't help but think that some feelings may have been produced by plenty of people out there.

Those feelings don't have to be good, of course. In fact, people can form allegiances to things due simply to the fact they hate something else more. I've got more than a few friends who dislike Apple, so they use anything else instead. The same can go for carriers, if you don't just like one of the wireless operators on their own merits.

The trickiest part of declaring an allegiance can be the exclusives. Moreover, the devices you just may never have access to no matter how badly you may want them, simply because you're on the carrier that's not going to get it. Last year, Sprint got the red HTC One M7, for instance. (And now it looks like Verizon may get it this time around, with the One M8.) T-Mobile missed out on the blue One M7. And manufacturers still use exclusivities all the time, for some reason. No matter what, there are always people left out.

So I want to hear from you. I want to know if you've declared an allegiance to a particular wireless carrier. If so, why? Have you attached yourself to the "uncarrier" now? Or are you still with one of the "old guards?" Maybe you just prefer unlimited data over anything else? Let me know!


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