Stay ATTUnlimited+ family or go solo T-Mo unlimited?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thadoggfather, Mar 6, 2017.

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So Unltd+ on Family plan 'Free' or T-Mo solo?

  1. ATT unlimited+, small burden to the bill, and free for now why not

    5 vote(s)
    31.3%
  2. T-Mobile unlimited, do it! $56/month and even less maybe over time, better coverage for now

    11 vote(s)
    68.8%
  1. thadoggfather macrumors 604

    thadoggfather

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    So I currently Am a $20/mo+taxes+fees 'access fee' burden to the family account and stay on there, the way Unlimited+ is structured

    used to be $35UDP+$10line+share of $30unlimited text+share of $100 2100 minutes pool
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    on T-Mo, can get $56/mo solo line with employee discount, and if I ever add a friend, $40/mo since I'll charge him the going rate, $50 since 2x$100 face value.

    T-Mo coverage is better in my apartment and neighborhood, whereas ATT its usually one bar and works but its a nuisance and cant pace around the apartment without AirPods and phone by the window where it holds a good signal

    ATT sending a $175 m-cell for free no plan add or change for it, since I have bad coverage

    but just debating leaping ship all together and being done with it.

    What would you do and why?

    'free'riding family plan which is for $20/mo+taxes+fee access charge overall, crappy apt reception but try the free $175 retail M-Cell they are giving me regardless

    or

    $56/mo for T-Mo leap ship, and peace of mind somewhat, and ridden of the ATT shackles
     
  2. hitteam macrumors member

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    I was with Cingular/AT&T over 15 years, and just jumped the ship over to Tmobile with 6 lines last Tuesday before the $150 switch deal is over. So far loving the unlimited data, no more yelling each other with the overused data lol. $144/ month now for 6 lines plus a free line from yesterday promotion. It's hard to for AT&T to beat Tmobile's price, and i have no issue with coverage in my area so far.
     
  3. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    144 for 6 lines unlimited? Is that what you're saying?

    That is totally bonkers. If I were in your boat and technically possible I'd buy a cellular iPad and load that puppy up on one of the lines. Not sure if allowed?
     
  4. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    I would stay with At&t or go to Verizon. T-Mobile couldn't pay me to have there service. Tmobile and sprint sucks.
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    Oh and I use to have At&t there microcell works good but you have to have wifi. And since you have an iPhone if it's an 6 or newer you will have wifi calling and it works just as good.
     
  5. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    What part of the country ?

    I will never go back to Verizon. Period.

    Came to att from them and even though it was an eternity ago they're the absolute scum. The scum with a better deal than att mindnyou but not about to pay close to 100 bucks for a single line Verizon. And not that good in my city either.
     
  6. hitteam, Mar 6, 2017
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    It's a combination of the 20% hookup discount and the free line promo to get the price that low.

    I did use that free line as a tablet line from promotion for my iPad Pro cellular which I got from my company, it's really cheap price than what AT&T and Verizon can offer me with the unlimited plan. I got the Tmobile prepaid plan and tested their coverage for few weeks before I made the switch. I know Tmobile isn't as good as AT&T and Verizon on their coverage in some areas, but it's working fine and sometimes better than AT&T I had before.

    And I noticed the Tmobile WIFI calling works better than AT&T on my iPhone 6s, it won't drop my call when it's switching out from home/work wifi to the cellular network like it did on at&t network.
     
  7. Stewie macrumors 6502

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    Decide what is most important to you. Coverage or price? If price go with whoever is cheaper. If it is coverage go with who ever has the best coverage regardless of price.

    No one can tell you what is best for you but you.
     
  8. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Of course. It seems free vs 56. Free is better

    Reception wise so far in my neighborhood reception is better and data is faster with t mo

    Maybe free mcell throws the wrench in my already predicament.

    I'm not gonna quote anyone for saying going x or go y, just want some input. Thanks
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    T-Mob always has something going on.

    I signed up for four lines (2 voice, 2 data). A year later I added thrre lines because they had a killer deal on two devices I wanted and my son was getting a line.

    No one can choose for you, but realistically between the two (AT&T and T-Mobile) which carrier is more likely to have a better deal on 'X' at some point?

    Lastly, we don't ride anyone's account. We pay for our own. That is not a criticism, just an observation. We were invited to be on a AT&T family plan at one point and I turned it down without a response. The account's in my sister and her boyfriend's names and they have a history of not being able to keep their phones connected because they can't pay the bills.

    My mom got cut off at one point (she's on their plan) and had to seek temporary Verizon service in order to have a working phone.

    Having the account in my name I'm not at the mercy of anyone else.

    Just explaining my thoughts on the matter.
     
  10. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Would be a moot concern for me. Bill is never not paid for in 11 years of use. But i understand. And good point t mo is always likely to have the better deal
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Wish I could say the same for my sister. :rolleyes:
     
  12. thadoggfather, Mar 6, 2017
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    https://www.wilsonamplifiers.com/blog/att-microcell-is-it-worth-it/

    "In short, it converts your Wi-fi to cell signals, which is a little hard to swallow considering T-Mobile offers Wi-Fi calling without additional hardware. And by using your landline internet to convert into cell signals, this leads to reduced speeds for all Wi-Fi routers and internet devices for other users, because it has to share bandwidth with the MicroCell."

    Am I to believe this will slow down my AirPort Extreme 200mbps speed? if so, deal breaker!

    seems this may just be theoretically,

    I'll make the m cell thing another topic thread
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The article is biased towards cell boosters.

    They'd be right that it would slow your network down, but only if you were using your phone or tablet to download or stream something 24/7.

    If you aren't using the phone or tablet there's no data being used and thus you aren't taking a hit. And any hit you would be taking is no more or less than any other device on your network consuming data.

    I don't care for boosters because they take a weak signal and rebroadcast it. Therefore it's necessary to put the booster in a spot where it gets the best of a weak signal.

    Femtocells (microcells in this case) simply broadcast a cellular signal and use your network as the backhaul. If WiFi calling is sufficient for you then go with that. However, WiFi calling won't cover SMS if you have people you text and not iMessage with.

    I have a T-Mob 4G LTE Personal Cellspot which is exactly the same thing being discussed here. My iPhones are WiFi calling capable but I always prefer cellular. Before this device I had a Sprint Airave.

    Just depends on your preference I guess.
     
  14. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks and how's the handoff from cell to mcell when u go to and from your house?

    Also can I use mcell with wifi off or wifi has to be on? Will it be a pain to swap one sim between 7+ and SE? You know me I like my iPhone variants and both jailbroken :D

    This sounds completely ridiculous but part of me wants 2x lines for no reason except bringing both phones sometimes depending on mood. 80 with discount instead of 56 for one line. But I'll figure that out later, if ever. But really targeting one line for 56 bucks. Or stay att as is
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If you think of these in the same way that you would a real, physical full-sized cell tower it may help to understand how they work.

    If you're on a call when you enter range of the device, your phone will maintain contact with the outside tower then switch once your call is finished. If you're on a call when you leave the range of the device then your phone will handoff to an outside tower invisibly to you.

    Since these are devices designed to mitigate poor coverage all four carriers prevent you from preventing other customers of your carrier from using them. So, technically, if your neighbor had the same carrier he could park outside your house, connect to the device and download hard.

    In reality, it's rare unless you live in an apartment or something where everyone's on the same carrier.

    You can leave WiFi on. You'll just connect to your home network. Calls will still come through the device (unless you are using WiFi calling) and SMS.

    SIM swapping is a non issue. The device is communicating with your carrier's network through a secure tunnel using your home network as the connection. There's no real difference between these devices in your residence or the larger towers except size, power output and range/coverage.
     
  16. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks again. Last point of clarification if other neighbors with att could connect and we're downloading like crazy, does that mean it connects to mcell even with wifi toggled off? Cause my neighbors whether they have att or not definitely don't have my wificpassword.

    Probably overthinking this one but
     
  17. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    What iPhone do you have?
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    No other att users can't use it unless you put there phone number in. You can have up to 5 numbers on your m-cell
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    His neighbors cannot connect to his microcell unless he puts there number in on the att site. I use to have one. Matter a fact I think I still have it laying around. Don't use it anymore cause I now have Verizon.
     
  18. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Was m cell a good experience for you
     
  19. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    Wasn't bad but which iPhone do you have right now? Or what phone?
     
  20. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    SE and 7Plus
     
  21. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    You don't need a microcell then. Turn your wifi calling on. It works so much better then the m-cell it's not even funny.
     
  22. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Your neighbors, just as you, are are connecting to the mcell via cellular. The mcell is connected to your network via an ethernet cable. Your network is just a conduit to your carrier's network and it's secure. No one can see your network much less access it because since they are connected to the mcell they are connected only to the carrier network - not your network. And only through cellular, not WiFi.

    Now, the downside is that whatever you or other customers who can connect to your mcell use in data counts against the data cap of your ISP.

    For instance, Cox, my ISP gives me 1TB of data per month. If I use my phone to download 500GB of data while connected to my Cellspot I've used 500GB of T-Mob data AND 500GB of the data Cox gives me.

    Note, ignore the Sprint router. It's just next to the Cellspot and has nothing to do with the Cellspot in any way.

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    I haven't used an mcell before, but how does WiFi calling help SMS delivery?
     
  23. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Another thing I'm clueless at can you explain wifi calling? This works with att?

    Can I call people who don't have iPhones with wifi calling? I like FaceTime audio but use it far and few between but that's different too.
     
  24. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502

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    I'm gonna say this one more time. No one can connect to his microcell if he didn't add there number to it. I had one over a year. You have a sprint one could be different idk but At&t's version doesn't allow others to connect to his unless he adds them.
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    Yes you can, here follow these steps turn it on and try it out. I'm really surprised att didn't just tell you to turn on the wifi calling instead of sending you a mcell, must of got someone that didn't no what they were doing.

    https://www.google.com/amp/amp.imore.com/how-enable-wi-fi-calling-iphone
     
  25. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Customer loyalty rofl!

    ANYTHING to prevent me from switching to dirty t mobile
     

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