Carrier T-Mobile is Fantastic!

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  1. macrumors member

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    I pre-ordered 2 iphone 5's friday 4/5/2013 but had a credit card issue -- had to re-order them 4/10/2013. They transferred my cancelled order over and shipped my phone 4/11/2013 -- and I received it 24 hours later 4/12. The service was immediate and so was the carrier update.

    Straight talk was taking their time porting my phone number over, so they called them with me on the line -- and within 3 minutes I had my phone number ported over.

    I'm getting full bars & about HSPA+ 15 mbps at home in San Diego, CA -- where I used to get no more than 2-3 bars with AT&T/simple talk and no more than 2-3 mbps.

    In short, I'm extremely happy with my switch back to t-mobile, as I had them 4 years ago with my blackberry. If you have any doubts about their network in SoCal, worry no more!
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Awesome I'm switching from Verizon to t mobile my wife's Tmo iPhone arrives this week with my sim for my iPhone (I already have one).
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Im about to switch my Verizon lines over to Tmobile as well. Just waiting to get the phones. Ready to have unlimited data again on the iPhone as well as simultaneous talk+surf.
     
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    JoJoCal19

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    Add me as another person moving from VZW to T-Mo.
     
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    jamezr

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    I would too....but the ETF fees on top of buying new phones would be ginormous....I could get some of that back when I sell my 2 VZW iPhone 5 but still.....
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    With 2G speeds in my area, don't think I will be considering T-Mobile for the next 2 to 3 years.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    That's great that Tmobile is a reliable network in your area. Let's hope that you won't run into any issues while driving up north.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    Where do you live? Timbuktu?
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    If you don't mind answering, how much is your monthly plan going to be? I have an iPhone 5 for Verizon and just wondering how much less it would be to get t mobile and have the unlimited data again.
     
  10. macrumors 68020

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    A little rude don't you think? There are a lot of places still on T-mobile's EDGE/2G speed. I'm usually between the Los Angeles-Inland Empire area, and I've definitely experienced it.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Noticed that there are places here and there that are EDGE speeds in the Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks etc. I get anywhere from 2 to 12Mbps. But for the most part it stays 4G. Now if I could just get my tethering back.
     
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    siurpeeman

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    t-mobile's gotten a lot better in my area in the last few years; it made switching possible. i miss verizon lte, but not enough to pay the extra $50 every month.
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    T-Mobile has the best service in my area...and I've tried them all.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    This is my location too and really wanted to get more info on coverage in Riverside-Corona/San Bernardino on through the freeways leading into LA and the OC, then on down to San Diego. Are you saying those spots and on the road, there's still quite a bit of EDGE only!
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    For those complaining about network coverage, keep in mind that T-Mo is ACTIVELY refarming their network. A lot of current EDGE coverage will get upgraded, just need to give it time.
     
  16. macrumors 68040

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    Depends on how many lines you're bringing over.

    I have 5 lines on Verizon (3 iPhone 5, 1 iPhone 4S, 1 iPhone 4), Share Everything with 8GB of data which comes out to about $285 per month after taxes/fees and my 20% discount.

    With T-Mobile I'm going to have unlimited data on 2 lines, 2.5GB on 1 line and 500MB on the other 2. Plus I'm going to be financing 3 iPhone 5's from T-Mobile for $20 per month so the bill will be around $227 after taxes/fees ($205 after 15% discount).

    I also plan on selling the 3 iPhone 5s on Verizon to cover the $99 down for the phones from T-Mobile, maybe even just use it towards buying the whole T-Mobile iPhone 5 outright.

    If you have just one line though, factoring in the $20 per month for the iPhone 5 your bill would be around $90 before tax for unlimited data on T-Mobile.
     
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    JohnLT13

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    If he did he wouldn't have internet and would probably be a hostage by now.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    There are several things I would consider before switching.

    1. Obviously network coverage in your area.

    2. Do you do any traveling besides point A to point B? If so, you will likely find T-mobile has very spotty data/voice coverage outside of populated areas. Expect edge speeds on highways.

    3. How much will you save per month? Does that amount outweigh any frustration you may experience in comparison to rock solid LTE on Verizon?

    4. T-mobile is a bad value if you decide to upgrade your phone every year. Here's why: the plan will only pay off if you keep the same phone for over 2 years, if you pay the full price subsidy for your phone every one year, it's a complete wash in terms of money saved by switching.

    I really considered switching from Verizon to T-mobile to save about $50/mo. After being realistic with myself and actually doing the math, it was a total wash, based upon upgrading my phone every year. Even if you upgrade every two years, the year that you upgrade is a wash.

    Also keep in mind your sanity. Is it worth saving the money if your getting dropped/missed calls/spotty service/poor data speeds?? T-mobile has a lot to prove still.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    I just switched from Sprint to T-mobile and I am very happy so far. I'm lucky enough to be in Kansas City and both Sprint and T-mobile have LTE here. I found sprint to be pretty fast when on LTE but when you hit a 3G area (which is often) it is essentially unusable. T mobile so far has quite fast 4g back up which is still in the 10 mb down and 5 up.
     

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    Thanks for the detailed info.
     
  21. macrumors 68020

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    I live in a city of 200,000 where Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-mobile all provide service. Have LTE with Verizon, 3G with Sprint and AT&T and then there is lousy T-Mobile still stuck with 2G.
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    I don't believe T-mobile offers service in a city that large and they don't have any 3G coverage at all.
     
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    Christian 5G

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    Awesome, hopefully in OC it works great, I'm switching soon too.
     
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    What city is that? Hardly believe there is a city of 200,000 on 2G.
     
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    Believe it. City population of 180,000 here still on 2G. :eek:
     
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