Carrier iPhone 6 Plus AT&T on T-Mobile?

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  1. blairh macrumors 68040

    blairh

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    Currently with AT&T. Unlocked and paid off my iPhone 6 Plus. Will I get the same coverage and speed if I use this iPhone with T-Mobile versus one of their iPhone's? Thanks.
     
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    In general the answer to that question is dependent on so many factors it's going to be very difficult to answer.

    However, if all you want to know is whether an unlocked AT&T phone will have full functionality on T-Mobile's network; the answer is Yes.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You will be missing band 12.
    Depending if it's rolled out in your area it's good to have.
    I'm on tmobile with an unlocked AT&T 6 plus and I'm doing fine.
     
  4. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    You should. If I remember correctly, the T-Mobile and AT&T models have the same bands. When I was at the Apple Store camping out for my 6, I remember that the recommended advice was that if the T-Mobile (my carrier) phones sold out, you could purchase an AT&T model at full price and receive the same coverage on T-Mobile's network.
     
  5. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No clue if my town/work use that band. I'm in a suburb of Boston.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I believe they have some kind of map that shows areas with band 12 coverage.
    It supposed to help with building signal penetration.
    There is a few buildings that become dead zones where AT&T had 1-2 bars.
    But thank god for wifi calling that makes up for that.
     
  7. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just did some research. I'm reluctant now to use my iPhone with T-Mobile.
     
  8. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Straight from Apple.com

    Cellular and Wireless
    Model A1633*
    Model A1634*

    LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)
    TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
    TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
    UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

    Model A1688*
    Model A1687*

    LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)
    TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
    TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
    CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

    All models

    802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
    Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
    NFC

    Looks like the only difference on the AT&T models are the extra LTE 30 band. There should be no issue using the phone on T-Mobile other than T-Mobile's Network performance and coverage will vary depending on where you live and travel.
     
  9. Applejuiced, Sep 17, 2016
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    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Stop putting out wrong info and read the thread again.
    AT&T iphone 6 plus.
    You're posting specs and info about 6S models.
    The AT&T iphone 6 and 6 plus are missing Tmobiles band 12.
    Read this and educate yourself.
    https://www.techwalls.com/differences-between-iphone-6-6-plus-models/
    http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-services/coverage-phones-700.html
    https://support.t-mobile.com/thread/77730?start=0&tstart=0
    http://www.spectrumgateway.com/compatible-phones
    http://www.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-700a-spectrum
     
  10. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Ah yes, read that wrong. Thought it was the s. I stand corrected.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not a prob.
    Band 12 is useful and seems like Tmobile is spreading it pretty fast.
    Looking forward to trying it out with the new iphone 7.
     

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