Carrier T-Mobile 3G hotspot performance

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  1. Joesmith13245 macrumors regular

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    Hello all,

    Long time AT&T customer in DFW area who’s tired of paying a premium for 9 lines. I finally made the leap over to T-Mobile and while I’m waiting for the SIM cards I wanted to know what everyone’s experience has been with T-Mobile’s 3G hotspot? I’ve don’t some searching here but can’t find a lot of good info in it. I understand streaming video will not be great, but curious to know about typical browsing performance, etc.

    Any information would be appreciated.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68030

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    Works fine for me. I don't use the 3G hotspot feature very often but when I do, it always gives me a good signal with adequate speed. My wife streams video all the time and it seems to work well for her. I'm primarily in and around the Fort Worth side of the DFW area so can't speak for all locations. I've been a T-Mobile customer for years after a time with AT&T and Sprint.
     
  3. Joesmith13245 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply. Great to hear it works well. I'm located north of Dallas so hopefully the coverage will be good. Hard to resist when I'll be saving $1250 a year.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    3G Hotspot?

    What plan are you on?

    I'm on Simple Choice and my hotspot is LTE data.
     
  5. Joesmith13245 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think that is a business plan correct?

    I'm getting the consumer plan called TMobile One. It's the standard unlimited talk and text plan they offer today. You can add "One Plus" which would give you LTE hotspot for $10-$15 per month.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Simple Choice were the consumer plans T-Mobile was offering before T-Mobile One and One Plus.

    I'm asking because I've always heard the hotspot referenced as 4G/LTE, not 3G. Technically, '4G' is 3G so you'd be right if they are not offering you LTE for your hotspot, but I'm just not used to hearing it that way.
     
  7. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    the hot spot speed can vary so call your cell provider to get the NUMBER Bits/seconds. For heavy discounted unlimited plans the hot spot functionality will always suffer because coustomer forget its there.

    For the one or two lines that really matter you can re-enable the hot spot speed with a higher data rate for say +$10.00
     

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