Carrier Verizon - T Mobile in NYC

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  1. AeroUK macrumors 6502

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    Hey,

    I just cannot decide what to do. If I get unlimited TMobile with a handset it should work out around $95 for unlimited everything (plus fees).

    Verizon would be $110 for 4gb plus fees.

    I do not really need more than 4gb of data so I am thinking that it's best to pay the extra $15 a month for Verizons network but then some people say that T Mobile/ATT can be faster than Verizon.

    The only way to really save money is to take your existing handset to T Mobile and pay $70 a month plus fees but I want to upgrade to the new iPhone.

    Does anyone have any thoughts/experience with this situation?

    Aaron
     
  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    TMobile doesn't hold a candle to VZW in NYC.

    VZW has LTE everywhere and they run a more dense and reliable network. Simple as that.

    TMobile is spotty as hell. You could be walking through parts of the city and still get EDGE in 2013. Pretty pathetic.
     
  3. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    Tmobile is $50 for a single line then +20 w unlimited data! ... $70 max ... I have 2 lines w them in Atlanta and very very happy saving $$&
     
  4. AeroUK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah $70 but then $20 per month for the handset plus taxes and fees. If you plan to upgrade your device regularly then it isn't THAT much cheaper than Verizon.
     
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    If you travel a lot and are certain you will almost always remain under the 4GB cap then get Verizon. If you're usually in the city and might possibly exceed your data allowance get T-Mobile
     
  6. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    T-Mobile is excellent New York City. Anyone that says otherwise is straight out lying.
     
  7. artcows macrumors newbie

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    Is this from personal experience? I'm currently on Verizon, but seriously considering going for the $30 a month pre-paid T-Mobile. The only thing that's holding me back is all of the negative reviews regarding service. Thoughts?
     
  8. AutoUnion39, Sep 1, 2013
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    http://rootmetrics.com/compare-carriers/united-states/new-york/new-york-may-2013/

    VZW is still king of NYC. The fanboys will tell you many things. Just because the service is cheaper doesn't make it superior.

    [​IMG]

    Another good alternative are the various AT&T prepaid options. They run a better network than TMo also. AIO, GoPhone, etc. (Cheaper than VZW)
     
  9. vikingjunior macrumors 65816

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    Verizon is better in NYC but not by much. I have T mobile in NYC and have very few problems plus i like the $70 truly unlimited data.
     

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  10. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    I have verzion for a company phone and T-Mobile for a personal phone. My wife also has verzion. This is from personal experience. Real life Experience. The best thing about T-Mobile your not stuck in a 2 year contract.
     
  11. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    NYC is a big place
     
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I used AT&T in NYC when I traveled there... it was very acceptable and got consistent speeds.
     
  13. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    Not when you compare it to the Dallas/fort worth area.
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Los Angeles Metro area would like to have a word with you.
     
  15. Jades macrumors 6502

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    I dropped Verizon in NYC for AT&T because of all the issues I was having

    34th street and Broadway 2 bars of LTE unusable Internet

    Anytime I go indoors LTE is useless

    They're just good for voice and nothing more. Technically I can just shut off LTE and use 3G instead, but I invested in that phone and I want to get my full value's worth
     
  16. Am3r1ca16 macrumors 6502a

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    I live in NYC and I use T-Mobile. There is almost LTE everywhere I go.

    I use my iPhone 5 on the $30 100 minutes unlimited text and 5Gb of data which is all I can ask for.

    T-Mobile service is pretty good IMO.

    I don't think it's worth my money to pay over $100 with Verizon or AT&T for a slightly better coverage or a bit faster LTE.
     
  17. artcows macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info. I might just get an unlocked 5S, try T-Mobile out, and if it sucks, take it elsewhere.
     
  18. skimcpip macrumors regular

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    I made this exact switch from Verizon to T-Mobile, in NYC. My thoughts are here.
     
  19. AeroUK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    T Mobiles 4G is as fast or fasters than Verizon LTE. The only thing that suffers is upload speed but that doesn't really matter.

    Moving from Verizon to T Mobile was the best thing I ever did!!
     
  20. Lammercy macrumors regular

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    True story.
     
  21. skimcpip macrumors regular

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    I did this. Haven't looked back. In NYC I have ZERO complaints. Things get spotty the further out in the burbs you go.
     
  22. AeroUK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If you are mainly in Manhattan then do it and yes that $30 plan is a steal but I went for the $70. It gives you a little roaming data if you need it and also 2.5gb of tethering data...
     
  23. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    I love how that guy pulls a comparison in May 2013, when Tmobile's LTE network wasn't even fully implemented yet. Those are HSPA+ speeds being compared to Verizon's LTE speeds.

    Google any Tmobile LTE vs Verizon LTE speed test and you'll see Tmobile's LTE generally beats VZW. VZW may have a stronger network and more coverage, but its LTE isn't the fastest, true story. Not to mention its fallback onto 3G is a miserable 2Mbps or less. At least with AT&T or Tmobile, you'll get HSPA+

    Also, Tmobile is implementing 2x10Mhz LTE channels which have a theoretical maximum speed over 70Mbps, far faster than Verizon's fastest theoretical LTE speed.

    http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57...g-lte-impresses-in-real-world-tests-hands-on/
    (test done in NYC)

    [​IMG]

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/08/15/iphone-5-4g-lte-speed-att-vs-t-mobile-vs-verizon/

    [​IMG]

    And lastly...
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/0...-be-the-perfect-companion-to-the-new-nexus-7/

    60Mbps on LTE....Lets see Verizon get that. (test done in NYC)

    [​IMG]
     
  24. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    Is it truly unlimited or do they cut the 4G off at a certain point? I though I had heard that somewhere along the way.
     
  25. AutoUnion39, Sep 26, 2013
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    Verizon - T Mobile in NYC

    You have no idea what you're talking about...

    VZW has a nationwide 2x10 slice of spectrum for its LTE on 700. In fact, TMo is still at 2x5 in NYC.

    And 60mbps is easily achievable on VZW. Go look at the LTE speed test threads. AT&T and VZW are routinely blowing TMobile away.

    And for the record, TMobile's LTE network isn't fully implemented yet. They seem to be launching markets that are barely covered.
     

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