Carrier Is there any reason for an individual to go with T-mobile over AIO wireless?

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  1. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    It seems like the biggest advantage T-mobile had over ATT was cheaper prices to try and make up for their lack of coverage (check out the photo's attached to see).

    Now that ATT is launching prepaid service AIO wireless though, it seems like that price advantage is being taken away as well.

    t-mobile ---------------------- vs -------------------- aio wireless
    $50/mo w/ taxes & fees ----- vs -------------------- $55/mo (tax free)
    unlim call --------------------- vs -------------------- unlim call
    unlim txt ---------------------- vs -------------------- unlim txt
    500mb ------------------------- vs -------------------- 2gb

    Seems like a no brainer right?
     

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    Tmobile.

    5GB Data with hotspot....$45.00 mo. Now 4GLTE in my area works great! Purchased iPhone 5 unlocked @ the Apple store.
     
  4. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not even really comparable to the above plans since you only get 100 calling minutes with the one you are describing.
     
  5. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't choose a carrier based solely on the price of their plans. Choose a carrier that offers you the best coverage and service in your area. AIO and T-Mobile are both going to have pros and cons for you.

    I'm on T-Mobile and couldn't be happier. Made the switch from AT&T back in April.
     
  6. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If based purely on the coverage then the maps above would favor AIO over T-mobile for around 99% of people.
     
  7. boshii macrumors 68040

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    It seems you already know which carrier you want to go with.
     
  8. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't hurt to try them out and see how it is.
     
  9. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    I think it's hilarious how much EDGE TMobile still has. It's just ridiculous.

    Blue is 2G
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    Their network is a complete mess.
     
  10. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps, but even if I did that doesn't answer the question of the thread.
     
  11. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Go with your wallet, best bang for buck in your area.
     
  12. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess, but what about the wasted $ someone spends on a month of service and $50 restocking fee if they buy through t-mobile store?

    Seems like a waste if you already know AIO wireless through ATT is better coverage to begin with.
     
  13. mr.lavender macrumors newbie

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    I'd pick t Mobile because the carrier AIO is written as "aio" in the status bar which doesn't look legit.
     
  14. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I had to go with T-Mobile simply due to the fact that I can't get a reliable data connection on AT&T at my house. I can make phone calls but that is it.

    On T-Mobile, I have an excellent signal, data speeds range from 17-26Mbps and I get LTE.

    Unfortunately, you can't know how a carrier will be till you try them and I would not trust the carriers coverage maps. AT&T says I live in an area that should have good coverage but it is wrong.
     
  15. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    Or you get T-Mobile prepaid with GV and get unlimited everything for $30? ;)
     
  16. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    That's what I've been using for the past six months on my Nexus 4. Works great.
     
  17. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    It'll take awhile for people to become aware of this brand, but once people realize that it is AT&T in disguise, I think AIO will be viewed as legit and not some MVNO that could disappear overnight.

    T-Mobile may eventually have no choice but to respond to AIO's pricing. If AIO gains customers, I think T-Mobile will either have to raise data allowances, or drop prices on each of its current tiers by $5.
     
  18. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting perspective on what is important...

    Sure doesn't sound great according to those on xda who use this method. The process also seems like a hassle to set up properly for the average customer. But please, feel free to tell us how VOIP will work reliably on Tmobiles network of mostly edge data speeds.

    I agree, right now AIO has Tmobile beat on both coverage and price. This isn't even mentioning the fact that Tmobiles 1700/2100 bands it uses for HSPA+ have terrible building penetration compared to AT&Ts lower 900/1900 frequencies.

    Glad AIO is being supported directly as an AT&T entity. Hopefully customers see that right now the price tiers are strictly better than Tmobile's. Can't see a so gle reason an average individual plan customer wouldn't choose AIO over Tmobile.
     
  19. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    The only downside to AIO I see is that LTE and HSPA speeds aren't what the GoPhone and pist-paid customers get. It is limited.
     
  20. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    Even if the AIO bandwidth is throttled, I wonder how this will affect the end user experience. If there's not much perceptible difference between AT&T and AIO, consumers might not care.

    I checked AIO's website, and although their rollout hasn't gone national yet, they are very clear on the reason for their existence: to steal customers form T-Mobile.
     
  21. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Unless someone is downloading 100 gb sized torrents off pirate bay, I think 8 Mbps LTE and 4 Mbps HSPA+ will be plenty fast for the average customer.
     
  22. 617aircav Suspended

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    That solution doesnt work when you are in a bad data coverage area.
     
  23. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Valid point. I'm on post-paid and won't ever give up my plan. Plus I like my 45+ mbps speeds :D

    This is a fantastic alternative to the people who are considering jumping ship to TMo
     
  24. atteligibility macrumors regular

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    I went with TMO over AIO because:
    - AIO is an ATT company, I had been with ATT since the first iPhone, and I am with ATT for TV and internet, and I am just disgusted to have given them so much money in exchange of such a poor service.
    - AIO employees are a bunch of liars or ignorant: they deny (I have spoken to 5 of them) having anything to do with ATT beside using their towers, they will tell you their speed is not capped, although it is, etc... typical ATT and disgusting
    - "4G speed" is not full LTE, they cap it, as stated somewhere in their terms and conditions

    btw, you mention the TMO options with tax and fees, you might also consider the prepaid option, which has the most of the same characteristics, but without the fees...
     
  25. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    I stick with T-mobile simply because I don't make that many voice calls and the coverage is great in my area. $30 a month beats $55 a month and I get 5GB of high speed data. I use my cell minutes most of the time when out and about, but use VOIP when home on wi-fi.

    What many seem to forget is that T-mobile doesn't just turn off your phone at 100 minutes....additional minutes are 10¢. So you can actually use 350 minutes before you will pay the same as the aio plan.

    Also I buy my Tmobile refills on eBay and usually get a $50 refill for $40 or so. So that means my $30 plan really costs me around $24 a month with no taxes.
     

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