T-Mobile questions!

Apple Trees

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May 28, 2013
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Yes some of these T-Mobile speedtests posted are impressive but the main problem with them is what happens when you leave your native metro area. Drive down I-95 from DC to Miami or I-85 from Richmond to Atlanta and see how much Edge data you're going to be in for.
 

Akack

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Mar 5, 2011
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USA
Yes some of these T-Mobile speedtests posted are impressive but the main problem with them is what happens when you leave your native metro area. Drive down I-95 from DC to Miami or I-85 from Richmond to Atlanta and see how much Edge data you're going to be in for.
Airplane: problem solved :D

On serious note, sadly tMob has virtually no hspa coverage in rural areas but this may not be an issue for some ppl.
 

CrzyP

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Mar 14, 2012
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I'm using an unlocked 4S on T-Mobile and to be honest, it is quite disappointing. I knew this coming into it, but I didn't want to write T-Mobile off without giving it a try. I switched from AT&T for the unlimited data and lower price. When I do get 4G, its great but usually switches to Edge. Getting 4G indoors is not common either. I'm contemplating trying an AWS capable phone on T-Mobile, but don't know if I'll do that because I don't want to pay a restocking fee on equipment. I'm in Albuquerque but have been to Baltimore, DC, and Dallas with disappointing results.

I'll probably switch back to AT&T when the next iPhone is out.
 

CEmajr

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Dec 18, 2012
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Charlotte, NC
I'm using an unlocked 4S on T-Mobile and to be honest, it is quite disappointing. I knew this coming into it, but I didn't want to write T-Mobile off without giving it a try. I switched from AT&T for the unlimited data and lower price. When I do get 4G, its great but usually switches to Edge. Getting 4G indoors is not common either. I'm contemplating trying an AWS capable phone on T-Mobile, but don't know if I'll do that because I don't want to pay a restocking fee on equipment. I'm in Albuquerque but have been to Baltimore, DC, and Dallas with disappointing results.

I'll probably switch back to AT&T when the next iPhone is out.
Well you answered your own question. Without AWS you're only going to get 4G sometimes and almost never indoors. You should try an AWS iPhone before totally writing them off. An unlocked 4S on Tmobile is a mostly Edge experience with the occasional 4G symbol popping up.
 

Coleman2010

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Oct 9, 2010
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I'm using an unlocked 4S on T-Mobile and to be honest, it is quite disappointing. I knew this coming into it, but I didn't want to write T-Mobile off without giving it a try. I switched from AT&T for the unlimited data and lower price. When I do get 4G, its great but usually switches to Edge. Getting 4G indoors is not common either. I'm contemplating trying an AWS capable phone on T-Mobile, but don't know if I'll do that because I don't want to pay a restocking fee on equipment. I'm in Albuquerque but have been to Baltimore, DC, and Dallas with disappointing results.

I'll probably switch back to AT&T when the next iPhone is out.
If you have an iPhone 5 you can get T-Mobile LTE in all of the cities you visited. I suggest getting an AWS iPhone 5.
 

Akack

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Mar 5, 2011
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USA
I'm using an unlocked 4S on T-Mobile and to be honest, it is quite disappointing. I knew this coming into it, but I didn't want to write T-Mobile off without giving it a try. I switched from AT&T for the unlimited data and lower price. When I do get 4G, its great but usually switches to Edge. Getting 4G indoors is not common either. I'm contemplating trying an AWS capable phone on T-Mobile, but don't know if I'll do that because I don't want to pay a restocking fee on equipment. I'm in Albuquerque but have been to Baltimore, DC, and Dallas with disappointing results.

I'll probably switch back to AT&T when the next iPhone is out.
Like the others have said, you need to use an AWS enabled iPhone 5 to fully test out on TMobile first. Heck, you can even buy an used tmob micro sim android phone off Craigslist to test it the network.
If not its like someone complaining that a top sirloin doesn't taste like a filet mignon.
 

rockitdog

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Mar 25, 2013
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I'm using an unlocked 4S on T-Mobile and to be honest, it is quite disappointing. I knew this coming into it, but I didn't want to write T-Mobile off without giving it a try. I switched from AT&T for the unlimited data and lower price. When I do get 4G, its great but usually switches to Edge. Getting 4G indoors is not common either. I'm contemplating trying an AWS capable phone on T-Mobile, but don't know if I'll do that because I don't want to pay a restocking fee on equipment. I'm in Albuquerque but have been to Baltimore, DC, and Dallas with disappointing results.

I'll probably switch back to AT&T when the next iPhone is out.
Give the AWS version a shot. It is night and day difference for me. I live in a smaller town that's about 25 miles outside of the Minneapolis/ St/ Paul area and when I was using an unlocked iPhone 5 I was on Edge a ton but when I got the AWS version I'm on the HSPA+ side of things which makes my speeds pretty good for living in a smaller town.