Three Brands I Trust
This blog is in response to the contest from Ron and Alexandra Seigel . We are inundated with choices and it's hard to find companies or products we can really trust. Here are three of my favorites. I've been a fan of the first two for over 18 years and the last one for nearly ten.
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is an insurance company that started in 1922 when 25 Army officers pooled resources and insured each other's cars. Originally only available for officers, USAA opened enrollment to enlisted in 1996 and then to spouses and children of military members in 2008.
Today, USAA insures over 11,000,000 people, 96% of all military officers, and 44% of all enlisted!
Despite a "limited" customer base, USAA has been on the front lines when it comes to technology. Military members are very mobile and need access to banking and insurance from anywhere in the world so USAA made this easy by being an early adaptor of online file storage, mobile apps, check scanning from a phone, and other great features.
Their customer service is second to none and I've never been able to find another company that could come close to matching their rates and coverage.
I bought my first cell phone in 1999 from a company called Air1Wireless. I was in the military, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Air1 had a plan that allowed me to travel the western 12 states and keep coverage, which matched the states I spent most of my time in. Coverage and price was better than other carriers.
They were soon bought out by Verizon, which continued to expand. I worked with a lot of people that would buy cell phones from other companies and it was amazing how many times they would find themselves without any signal but I would have a great signal. I would often be jealous of their phones, but what good was a cool phone without a signal?!?
Verizon has always provided good service. It's easy to get in touch with an operator and they can usually help me quickly and correctly the first time. I've been with them now for 18 years and see no reason to change!
Despite what you hear in the news about exploding batteries, I've never had a problem with a Samsung phone. They are good quality with the features that are important to me.
I started out a fan of Motorola, primarily because they had good reception back in the old flip-phone days. When Android smart phones were released, I stuck with Motorola because that is what I knew. It didn't take long for Samsung to create a better product and win me over.
It was really the Galaxy S3 that put Samsung over the top. The features put the Apple iPhone to shame and I loved the design and quality. I've upgraded over the years and am currently using the Galaxy S7 as well as a Galaxy Tab A that I love to watch video on while working out or lounging.
Thinking about these products is a great reminder that I also have a brand and it's important to protect it. I do this by treating every customer honestly, fairly, and with the best service I can provide.
you can expect the best from American West Realty!