AT&T or verizon? tmobile no longer works

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  1. brobson macrumors 6502

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    my new job won't allow service in my room w tmobile. We are on a no contract family plan for 4 phones and total bill is 140.
    I am very hesitant to switch but it seems silly to not be able to use my phone.
    My fear is the hidden costs, etc of a new plan. I'd love a iphone 4 and so would my college daughter, son has a lumina through tmobile (would it work on att or verizon)? dad doesnt care what he uses.
    My question:
    If I bought 2 used iphones and went no contract I wouldn't be locked into something for two years that is really out of my budget. Is that better than the free iphone 4 with 2 year contract w at&t? am I being paranoid? I can't afford over 200 a month if the data plus all the other greek charges end up being more than they say.
    anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. Smith2000 macrumors member

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    AT&T might work

    You could do 4 smartphones on a 1gb value plan on AT&T if you bring your own phones. It would $25 for the plan and $40 for each device. Your total would be $185 month plus taxes, or just under $200 or maybe slightly above depending on your local taxes. With Verizon you'd need Verizon specific phones, so that could really increase your upfront cost.

    1gb split four ways wouldn't be that fun though. Everyone would need to keep their music and video streaming to only when they're on wifi and you should be able to make it work.

     
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Both ATT and Verizon are excellent. Pick the one who give the best deal.
     
  4. ducme macrumors newbie

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    If you bring your own phones to ATT, the costs should be in line with what you pay today for T-Mobile, depending on how much data your family is jointly using:

    $25/line (for 300MB - 6GB data plans) or $15/line (for 10GB - 50GB data plans) + data plan portion

    where, for example, the data plan portion is $25/1GB, $40/2GB, $70/4GB, $100/10GB, etc. Note, these rates do not require a 2yr committment.
     
  5. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    You have 4 lines so go to Cricket Wireless which is a prepaid that uses ATT towers.

    $100 a month (all fees included) gives each line unlimited talk/text/500MB data with unlimited 128kbps throttled afterwards.

    You would have to bring your own phones so use the money you save monthly to upgrade phones if you like.
     
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I also recommend Cricket. It uses AT&T's network and you can take your T-Mobile phones to them without buying new ones after you get T-Mobile to unlock them for you
     
  7. Diode macrumors 68020

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    I'm assuming you want to switch because you don't get service at your current place of work?

    If price is a big factor and you can hold out iOS8 will allow using T-Mobile's wifi calling feature. If your new office has a wifi network it could be a viable option to hold out for.

    If you can't wait the 10GB + 15/line (So About ~$170ish after taxes for 4 lines and 10GB of shared date) AT&T share plan would be a good alternative. Your current phones will work on AT&T but not Verizon.
     
  8. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I can't believe there isn't a Cricket Wireless in Orange County, California. What does one do?
     
  9. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Can't u get a microcell free thru tmobile? It should work. And like earlier iOS 8 will allow wifi calling
     
  10. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    https://www.cricketwireless.com/map.html#stores

    You can go to their authorized dealers or order online. Sometimes dealers like to charge "activation fee" of up to $25 which can be avoided online
     
  11. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    I personally like verizon from my experience, they've been quite helpful!!!
     
  12. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    Verizon wouldn't work for the op. He'd have to buy all new phones and it could be over his budget.

    I second cricket. I have 4 lines total on my account for around $120 all in. Two lines have 2.5gb the other two have 500mb. Same network as AT&T.
     
  13. brobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    At&t

    So am I right that a used AT&T does not have to be unlocked to use Cricket?
     
  14. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    StraightTalk from Walmart? I don't know much about it, but people around here say it's affordable. Not sure if you could bring the phones you have and use the AT&T network though since they use T-Mobile too. It's $45/month per line though with "unlimited" everything up to 3gb of data before they start throttling.

    I'll vouch that Verizon isn't an option in this case. My family has 4 lines with 6gb and pays about $250.
     
  15. natewsmith79 macrumors newbie

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    Can you tell us what this exactly means please: "my new job won't allow service in my room w tmobile."

    Remember with iOS 8 and T-Mobile now has WIFI CALLING..
     
  16. brobson, Jul 10, 2014
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    The building where I have worked since Sept will not allow calls with T-mobile.
    I read somewhere that's common with buildings. My daughter cant get service in her dorm either, in Dallas. So verizon or AT&T are what everyone uses at work. I asked tmobile about the microcell and they said it wasn't possible.

    Looks like cricket is great but my kids hate their phones and i want an iphone so I am looking at used iphones here, etc. I don't want to lock into a contract (my son is 23 next week- but who am i kidding though, i'm probably going to be paying for his phone in two years also, lol)

    i guess have to wait (with no service) for the iphone 6 (for better used iphone 5 prices) and ios8.
    Ugh, i have spent my whole vacation on this :confused:

    Thanks for everyone's help though. I should probably just go sign my life away for the next two years I just don't trust it'll stay below $160.
     
  17. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    I love my verizon service ! I've had (AT&T,tmobile, sprint) the last two were cheap.
    Att I always felt robbed/disconnected. (DMV area)

    Verizon's not the cheapest but great coverage
    I have unlimited Data,txt,1400 mins a month paying 100.00(insurance,tax,bs fees)
     
  18. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Just so OP is aware, that's a grandfathered plan. New customers can't get unlimited data on Verizon anymore. You get unlimited talk and text with a limited data bucket for all lines to share. Each smartphone is $40/month plus the cost of the data bucket you choose as well as taxes and fees. Insurance is a waste, IMO, unless you're forgetful and likely to have it stolen. AppleCare+ is much better for warranty repair and accidental damage.

    You might look into AT&T go phone prepaid and see if the phones you have with T-Mobile will work. It's AT&T service but not quite as expensive. Verizon prepaid has terrible phone options, and you can't use the ones you have.
     
  19. brobson, Sep 15, 2014
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    brobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    still wondering

    Still wondering what to do.
    I bought an iphone 5 here yesterday and plan to go to cricket (but have heard mixed things).

    I hear the 6 has wifi calling for t-mobile so I could stay, but my daughter would still have problems in her dorm right? because she has a 5. Does the 5 have wifi calling?

    A lady at t-mobile said the person I am calling has to have wifi too for it to work? I'm not sure she was right.
    Then I googled "smart wifi app" and wondered- if my daughter downloaded the app on her 5 and I got a 6 would we be able to stay with t-mobile?
     
  20. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    The wifi calling is native to iOS 8 and tmobile. It switches seamlessly. Idk if the 5 will enable it. I know the 5s will
     
  21. brobson, Sep 15, 2014
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    hmmm

    Thanks, just got off the phone and the lady said she will give us a signal booster (don't know why they didn't before) so we may wait and see if it works.
    The wifi will only work if it's a t-mobile phone apparently and ours is an unlocked at&t iphone 5.

    Why does one need an IT degree to understand all of this?:confused:
     
  22. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I doubt the specific model matters. If you have a TMO sim in there it should pick it up just fine.
     
  23. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    buy a cellular amp and stop complaining
     
  24. brobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So sorry to complain but I bet you would too if your 19 year old daughter couldn't get service on her campus and didn't feel safe, let alone us at work and home.
    All for a whopping $175 a month.

    Bought a phone here and I'll try cricket tomorrow.
    Thanks everyone

     

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