Thinking of switching from Verizon, how are T-Mobile/Sprint?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by WoodrowCall, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. WoodrowCall macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    I don't have an upgrade with Verizon until next September, and right now Sprint and T-Mobile are offering to pay off ETF's. I've had Verizon for awhile, but I'm not particularly loyal to them as a company, does anyone have any recommendations or thoughts on switching? I checked the coverage map and I seem to have good coverage in my immediate vicinity.
  2. kendu2412 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    Fairfield CA
    Cant answer this question . Depend on area you live .

    Go here and check coverage map for all carrier :
  3. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    It could be a big mistake.

    Better check with anybody with coverage in your area, don't believe the maps.

    Verizon is overpriced, but good coverage and reliable.

    Sprint or t-mobile, I would be lucky to get a signal.
  4. WoodrowCall thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    Thanks for the input; that is my suspicion!
  5. enzo thecat macrumors 6502

    enzo thecat

    Apr 7, 2010
    Midwest USA

    I second this!
  6. chanesworth macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    I am doing the exact opposite. I'm switching from Sprint to Verizon. I know Verizon is overpriced but with Sprint it is spotty where you receive LTE and you have an abundance of dropped calls. I am willing to pay more to have better coverage.
  7. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    You get what you pay for, although I would go for T-Mobile over sprint.
  8. boobie12 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2012
    i did this when the iPhone 5 came out, and you won't be disappointed. best decision i made. great service and great LTE coverage.
  9. DaMan90 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2014
    My sprint LTE is slower than my friends throttled speed on T-Mobile. It seems wherever I go sprints data is much, much slower whether it be one bar or five(lol)
  10. HolyGrail macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I think tmobile still has that test drive. Where they let you have a iphone 5 for a week to allow you to test out their service for free. (they just put a hold on you're card) You just return the phone after a week no question's ask, and they cancel you're hold. Give that a shot.

    I left verizon after 8 years. I rarely travel, I get great coverage with tmobile where I live (Sacramento Ca), with almost twice the higher data speeds then I got with verizon.
    I save about $35 from what I was paying.

    Used to be tmobile sucked, that is just not the case anymore. The advantage that verizon and at&t hold right now is they own rural areas. The disadvantage is they cost more. Tmobile's is network is building into those rural areas, (suppose to be done summer 2015) so we'll see how long that advantage will last.

    Bottom line, try that test run, and if its good and you don't travel, switch and save some money. It worked out great for me.
  11. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Try out the T-Mobile test drive. Your location says Greenville, SC and T-Mobile LTE is usually pretty fast for me when I head through there en route to Atlanta. As for Sprint, they're usually the slowest of the 4 carriers in most metros.

    T-Mobile's biggest weakness in rural 2G, but they're actively upgrading all those areas to LTE and should be done late summer next year like the other poster said above.
  12. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    All I have to say is do not trust Sprint's maps. They are drawn by the advertising and marketing departments and not the engineers.

    If you do go with Sprint, get EVERYTHING in writing. Choose one form of customer service. If it's a store, go to the store. If it's online or on the phone, do it online or on the phone. Don't start online or on the phone and then go to a store and expect anything you were just told to be honored. And vice versa. Why I say, pick one form of service and stick with that.

    Lastly, as much as you can deal with Apple for any iPhone related issues. Getting Sprint involved between you and Apple is not something you want. So keep the interaction with Sprint to a minimum.
  13. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    DO NOT trust coverage maps! Especially sprint, they are liars when it comes to those maps.

    I recommend you do the T-mobile test drive. It's a nice no-pressure approach to seeing if their service is good enough for your area.
  14. Mr Hands macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2014
    Here's a good rule of thumb-

    If there is a Sprint store within 10-15 miles of where you plan to use the phone, you should have good coverage.

    As said though it's hit or miss. There's a 14 day return period if you're not satisfied.
  15. DcGamer05 macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2011
    Danbury CT
    Could be a big mistake. Just about a year ago I switched to Verizon from Sprint and never looked back. Sprint was terrible and still is. T-Mobile is also terrible in ct. I'd really test drive their services first.
  16. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    If you live in an urban area and rarely travel, T-mobile might be fine. Otherwise you'll want to stick to AT&T or Verizon (and really there's no reason to pick AT&T over Verizon anymore.)
  17. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    LOL!!! Miss.

    There's a corporate repair store less than five miles from where I live and LTE sucks. :D

    Of course, all the other towers around me are upgraded, just not the ones I actually connect to! :rolleyes:
  18. JustThinkin' macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2014
    I have hotspots from all 4 carriers, and I have and iPhone 5 on Verizon and a 5S on T-mobile. Verizon can get congested, so you may be paying the price in slow data speeds sometimes, even though there's a signal in most places. Fortunately their recent addition of "XLTE" is helping to mitigate some of these problems now.

    T-mobile really does have "the fastest network," like they advertise, but you need to check coverage where you live. There are a number of locations around me where it's literally 5-10 times faster than Verizon (but Verizon still wins a few other places, and occasionally can even match T-mobile's fast speeds). When I say fast, I mean around (or over) 30 Mbps both up and down.

    Also, both T-mobile and Sprint have minimal spectrum implemented in the low bands (e.g. 700MHz), so indoor data coverage can be problematic at times (slow speeds in some buildings). At least T-mobile helps compensate for this by offering both WiFi calling and a free (with $25 deposit) Cel-Fi unit that will boost the LTE signal inside of your home.

    Sprint advertises "the newest network," which means it isn't developed enough yet! It has its strong points, but for the most part I wouldn't consider it for at least another year or so. Also, Sprint iPhones (even the 6 and 6+) are pretty much locked to Sprint.

    With T-mobile you won't be on a contract, so you can switch back to Verizon if you don't like it. Just pay off your iPhone, unlock it, and switch to AT&T or Verizon.
  19. dishfan82 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2014
    I live in mi and switched from Verizon to t mobile and I get coverage in most places that I had with Verizon. So far so good but best to test drive them before you join.
  20. 11bE5 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2012
    Spokane Wa
    I just left sprint a couple months ago for T-Mobile and it is the best decision I have ever made when it comes to wireless carriers. Love jump program and LTE speeds are ridiculous in my area
  21. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Thinking of switching from Verizon, how are T-Mobile/Sprint?

    I recently switched to tmo after some years with VZW. Have two lines with more minutes for $5 more than I was paying for one line. Performance is excellent as is sound quality.

    Only issue is the plan interface. You get a web portal that looks easy to make changes but there's only one plan + extra data. Anything else, including family plans from the marketing section requires hold time with customer service.
  22. WoodrowCall thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    Thanks for all the input. I just placed an order for a T-Mobile test drive. They're sending me a 5S, which is nice since that's what I'm currently using. I really like the test drive idea, and I'll make sure to update how I feel about coverage/plans/reception/etc.
    Anyone have questions for me while I serve as a guinea pig in this process? :)
  23. Pjrufus macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2014
    Be sure and ask people you know who are on TMo as well. I'm happy I switched a few years ago. My bill is half what it would be on Verizon, but the coverage in my area is also about half. There is even a major area I'm in frequently that has TMo cell, but no data. I'm OK with it, because 90% of the time my phone works just fine. I have my iPad on Verizon to make up the difference when I need it, and at $20/mo. for that, my bill is still much lower.

    When we have a storm, Verizon is either the only carrier on, or the first one back up and running.
  24. thatJohann macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2013
    how do you place an order for a test drive?
  25. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    The golden rule is you get what you pay for.

    With VZW and AT&T, you get fantastic coverage and solid data speeds. TMobile has great speeds in select places, but terrible overall coverage. I'm not even going to touch on Sprint.

    AT&T and VZW are on another stratosphere in this comparison.

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