Carrier iPhone 5S purchase from t-Mobile

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  1. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

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    T-Mobile store near me have iPhone 5S 32 gb for sale, I am deciding whether to get a simple choice plan or a 35$ prepaid plan. My question is.. Is there any difference between this plans like coverage or internet speed? Am I going to get the same speed on prepaid as any other person but on simple choice plan?

    Thank you for your responses!
     
  2. rockitdog Suspended

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    Doesn't the $35 cap your speed after a certain amount of data usage? Also, I'm pretty sure that if you use it on a pre-paid plan you have to pay for the entire iPhone upfront vs on the simple choice plan, putting $200 down and making $20 payments on it monthly.
     
  3. NoCleverSNForMe macrumors regular

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    Your speeds will be the exact same on T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid. There are three differences between having a Simple Choice (postpaid) or Pay In Advance (prepaid) plan:

    1. Every plan on Simple Choice includes mobile hotspot, whereas prepaid does not. For example: On the $70 unlimited plan, you get up to 2.5GB of 4G LTE hotspot.
    2. You get to break up your phone purchase into installments. I purchased a 32GB for $199 and $22.91 payments for 20 months. On prepaid, you'll have to pay the $749 immediately.
    3. Roaming. There is no roaming in prepaid, but on Simple Choice you'll be able to access other networks in different parts of the country. When I visit my girlfriend's family in Wisconsin, I always go into roaming (with 4G!)…but fortunately, TMO doesn't charge for this. On prepaid, it isn't an option; you're restricted to just the native network.

    To answer your question simply: no, there are no differences in speed for prepaid or postpaid.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Christian 5G thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

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    It doesn't really matter to me, I'd rather pay full unlocked because it will come out less if I use prepaid rather then the simple choice " all unlimited" plan +20$ a month, with taxes it'll be around 100$ a month.

    I will try the 5 gb cap and if it wont be enough monthly ill just switch to unlimited simple choice.
     
  5. NoCleverSNForMe macrumors regular

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    Yes, I believe the plan he is referring to is the 5GB of 4G LTE speed, then they throttle to EDGE after that. It's a great deal if he doesn't call anyone (I think it's something like 100 minutes only).

    And you're right about the phone payment.
     
  6. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    The prepaid doesn't allow mobile hotspot
    lack of 3 way calling (not really necessary)
    doesn't track your call logs (several people have complained)
    5gb max, then you get 2G speeds (useless)

    my two cents, the $70 unlimited data plan is the way to go. The only restriction on that one is 2.5gb of mobile hotspot but people have found many ways around that.
     

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