I've heard much the same, generally speaking. I have a pretty negative view towards the wireless world. I really wonder why the wireless is better in Europe vs. USA...
I'm pretty sure Other Countries outside of the United States, not just Europe have one or two providers competing for business. I know that in Korea, that there is only 2 MAJOR cell phone companies there and all the towers are shared by them (my girlfriend's brother lives in Seoul) and one of the Major brands there is Nextel.
While here in America we have Verizon, T-Mobile, Cingular/AT&T, Sprint/Nextel all using different mediums (GSM, Dual/Tri-Band, etc etc etc) and all using different towers.
I know in the Northeast Verizon has the most towers, while in the south it's mostly T-Mobile. I Don't want to get involved in a flamewar about what cell phone company is better, each has it's advantages and disadvantages.
T-Mobile has the best price, Cingular has the coolest phones, but Verizon has the best service in Jersey IMOHO. The main reason why i have Verizon is because 90% of everyone i know who has a cell phone has Verizon, i can count how many people I talk to that have T-Mobile/Cingular/Nextel on one hand really.
This Better?? I have never traveled outside of the USA, well to Canada and that's it really