Three Brands I Trust

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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. 

 

USAA

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.

 

Verizon

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!

 

SAMSUNG

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

Whether you are a buyer, seller, Landlord, or renter,

you can expect the best from American West Realty!

 

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Nathan. I am taken with your first choice, but surprised by the last couple.

Mar 20, 2017 07:53 AM #7
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning Nathan,

Three good choices and Verizon does work the best here.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 20, 2017 07:55 AM #8
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 one thing I learned is that it is difficult to make a major switch in operating systems. The iPhone is a sturdy, smooth operating product. However, I tried switching from Droid to the iPhone right when the iPhone 6 came out. I spent two weeks trying to get the iPhone to do the same things my Droid had done for years, but failed. I ran back to the Droid and couldn't be happier. I know others that tried moving from iPhone to Droid but went running back. It's easier than learning whole new system!

Mar 20, 2017 08:07 AM #9
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Nathan Gesner
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Joan Cox I have to admit, I was a little concerned with the battery issue on the Note, but it was only limited to that model.

Mar 20, 2017 08:08 AM #10
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Nathan Gesner
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Thank you for reading and commenting, Debbie Reynolds !

Mar 20, 2017 08:15 AM #11
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Nathan Gesner
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Good morning, Scott. Insurance is one area where I really don't like to roll the dice! I have insurance on several properties, two vehicles, and our lives all through USAA.

Mar 20, 2017 08:17 AM #12
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Nathan Gesner
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Grant, I really like how the Samsung TV integrates with my devices. Smooth!

Mar 20, 2017 08:17 AM #13
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Nathan Gesner
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Good morning, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and thank you for commenting!

Mar 20, 2017 08:18 AM #14
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Nathan Gesner
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Sheila, I've met people that hate Verizon because they apparently had a terrible experience with them. But my experience has been great!

Mar 20, 2017 08:18 AM #15
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Nathan Gesner
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Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Raymond!

Mar 20, 2017 08:19 AM #16
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Belinda Spillman
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Those are some great choices.  It is funny how we gravitate and stick by our chosen brands.

Mar 20, 2017 09:07 AM #17
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Nathan Gesner
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Thanks, Belinda. I stick to them because they work for me. Others stick to what works for them. Neither choice is right or wrong. :)

Mar 20, 2017 09:10 AM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Nathan,

Thank you for your entry into the challenge.  USAA is a favorite of our best friend who was in the AirForce, he always has great things to say about it.  Verizon bought AirTouch which was the company where we bought our phones from and we are still with them.  I am delighted that you are happy with your Samsung.  I enjoyed reading your post.  A

Mar 20, 2017 09:16 AM #19
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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Thanks, Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I enjoyed yours as well and liked the challenge. It took me a while to think about which brands really meant something to me.

Mar 20, 2017 09:48 AM #20
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Ed Silva
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Some good brands and many people have the same likes.  I went from Apple to Samsung and will be going back as I find myself missing some of the features that I found so useful.

Mar 20, 2017 02:04 PM #21
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Nathan Gesner
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Thanks for reading and commenting, Ed!

Mar 20, 2017 02:26 PM #22
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your selection of trusted brands.

I also use Verizon and Samsung.

Mar 21, 2017 04:47 AM #23
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Nathan Gesner
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Thank you for commenting, Roy. Have a great day!

Mar 21, 2017 05:54 AM #24
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Nathan,

Good post. I'm the same as you went from the iPhone and I don't ever seeing myself going back.

Mar 30, 2017 07:47 PM #25
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Nathan Gesner
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Thanks for commenting, Steve. I've been a fan of Samsung since the S3 first came out and it would take a pretty strong device to beat it.

Mar 30, 2017 08:36 PM #26
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