Does anyone have experience with T-mobile?

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Postby Drudai » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:23 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:By the way you guys are really kind and helpful for responding. It's good to get the experiences of others when trying to figure these things out and what the best thing to do is.


One thing I noticed is they don't have a Droid Maxx phone listed on their site do you guys know if they offer that? That is the phone I want next.


For online, what they have is what they offer. Sometimes you can find phones in store, and sometimes the phones in stock vary from location to location. (IE: An actual T-Mobile store might have X phone, but Radio Shack might carry Y phone.) You can call and ask if they sell it, but finding it might be fun.

I thought Droids were a Verizon-made device, (just with a bigger named company who makes it, like HTC Droid, etc.) but don't quote me on that one. T-Mobile usually stick to LG and Samsung as their major smart phones, but they might have branched out a little since I've shopped around.

Also, try Amazon Mobile. I don't know how it has changed since this 'no contract' revolution, but you used to be able to get your phone on sale going through Amazon, with a very wide selection.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:44 pm

Motorola makes the Droid Maxx. So it should be available for AT&T and other carriers as well. I looked on Amazon but they only offer it for Verizon, at a price that was higher than I saw Verizon selling it for on their site.


I'm not sure I will go with T-Mobile, but whether I do or don't, I am very grateful they are around so that Verizon is not totally free to gouge the living hell out of us the way they want to (it's bad enough as it is). A while back T-Mobile was trying to merge with someone can't remember if it was AT&T I think it was, and the government did not allow it, and I thought at the time why not, but now, I'm glad they did that. The competition will be good for the consumer. When you get monopolies you get situations like we see with the cable companies - never ending price hikes and if you don't like it as far as they are concerned we can kiss their sweet behinds because they are the only cable game in town. So good for T-Mobile for giving Verizon a run and I am hoping they will improve their network and offer some more phone choices because that would sweeten the pot enough that I'd be more likely to dump the queen of greed Verizon. Seriously, paying them well over 130 a month for one IPhone you'd THINK would give you unlimited data so you could actually USE those smartphone features but nope they want to further drain our pocket books like that's not enough. I'm fed up with Verizon, just want to be sure what I'm jumping onto is solid before I jump.

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Postby Drudai » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:35 pm

Yep... it's precisely why I'm peeved about the AT&T/Alltel merger. I finally found what I wanted and now it's getting yanked out from under me. For my husband's and my Galaxy s2, with unlimited text/talk and 2GB data (for each phone) is $140. We cut my husband's phone down to a basic/no data/no talk plan, and cut down mine to 250 min, our plan is now $60.

Where else are we going to get that?? AT&T for sure isn't going to offer us that. We get "new" (ha, refurbished I'm sure) devices in the switch, but that isn't really enough to justify (quoting from a cellular phone thread) herding us around like we're cattle. Also a bit peeved going from CDMA to GSM, as I've had better luck with CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) signal wise.

I did a little googling around, with some chatter about LTE versus HSPA+, that you might be able to use the Maxx on another carrier for calls and text but probably not your data. I'm not really sure, since I'm only casually interested in these sort of things. But there are equally decent phones, on all plans. But I'm sure you know about specs and such so I won't delve into that. Source
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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:37 pm

CDMA and GSM are methods that the carriers use to allow your phone to access their network. The biggest factors for that will be the antenna in the phone and the coverage by the carrier. If a phone is a GSM one it cannot be used by a CDMA carrier and vice-versa.

T-Mobile is a perfect example of how the free-market should work. They are providing stiff competition to other carriers and are forcing them to provide better option to their customers by threat of taking them. Now AT&T is providing a no-contract option for their plan that is more affordable then they were before. I to was annoyed that they blocked the merger and thought, "hey well at least I will get some better coverage while using AT&T". Once they shot it down I thought that T-Mobile would soon die off as it seemed that they were spending a lot of resources in preparation to merge. They really bounced back well and have established themselves as the white knight of the mobile carriers.

The data rates that many of the carriers have been using seems criminal. Plenty of studies have shown that the cost of data for the carriers is a small fraction of what they charge and make huge profit margins on it. It is the same as what text messages used to be. It costs next to nothing for them but they would still charge exorbitant prices if you went over your limit. Now we need the same in home broadband service. It is almost to the point where I would be for a temporary government takeover that would build out the fiber backbone and then let any ISP rent and use it.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:12 pm

I figured T-Mobile would soon die off as well when the merger was blocked. And at the time it really didn't bother me much. Now I see things differently. The more competition we can get in the market, the less the big companies can just rip off us until our wallets bleed. It's sad you really can't use a smartphone as a smartphone on your dataplan without them gouging the living hell out of you for doing it, but that's how it is. Your current choices with Verizon are either 1. don't use the features and don't worry about it 2. buy a massive amount so you don't go over or 3. Go over and pay a massive amount.


With the way they have it set up, you are almost better off without any smartphone and just going back to something that does phone calls (how quaint) text messages and email. What's the point with the way they have it set up now to get a REAL smartphone? I mean if you're Bill Gates or Warren Buffet you don't have to worry too much, but for the rest of us, yeah it's a concern.


I'm going to give some very serious thought about this. T-Mobile may yet get a new customer. I'm just tired of paying what I pay Verizon and I STILL can't use a smartphone without getting raped. If greed really is virtue Verizon is God Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit combined. I mean how much is enough Verizon - 300 a month, 500 a month, a grand a month, no limit? For a damn phone. What a ripoff. It's enough to make me want to go back to just "a phone is a phone is a phone". What more do we NEED? All these other gadgets are wants. If T-Mobile can fill that market in a way our pocketbooks can live with great, if not, I'm thinking of just not doing the smartphone next time around because it's pointless as is.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:32 pm

The other thing is I assume they pull your credit right?


I've had Verizon since 2002 so they haven't pulled my credit in a LONG time.

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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:39 pm

I think they do pull it for your down-payment on the phone. So if you have bad credit then you have to put a bigger down-payment down for a new phone. I do not think they will if you buy it outright since your plan goes month to month.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:01 pm

Darkguy you are exactly right. I would just buy it outright and avoid the inquiry. Those are to be used for cards! :)


I'm looking at the phones and wow a plan with unlimited data for 70 dollars a month looks VERY good compared to Verizon. Imagine actually being able to use that smartphone what a novel concept! Verizon is going to greed themselves out of business if they can't put T-Mobile under.


I'm not ready to do this right at the moment, all the phones I see that I'd want are like 600 and up. I mean I COULD but I'm saving for a house right now and all the expenses of that and I just don't want to drop that money right now. But my Verizon contract ends in November and assuming the house is a done deal then, and I have the money left over, I am planning to switch, and if money is tight then I'll just wait until it's a little better to make the move.


So I'm going to change, I'm just not going to do it right now. But T-Mobile is in my sights now.

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Postby rockyrock » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:53 pm

I've used T-Mobile for 10 years now. I'm currently on a no contract family plan and we pay less for three lines than my wife was paying for just one with Verizon.

A few of the things I lie about T-Mob:
-once you reach your data threshold you can be reduced from LTE to EDGE until the next cycle. This allows you to continue to use your phone with no overage fees. If you continually go over you can decide to add a higher (LTE) limit data plan. We have up to 2.5 GB on each line for $10 a month each.
-NO CONTRACTS!
-I buy my phones from the UR Mall or Discover Shop and get more points or CB along with extended product coverage.
-Coverage in Hawaii is great
-Wi-Fi calling is awesome if you travel overseas. The entire year I was in Africa I was able to talk and text like I was stateside for no additional cost. When ppl saw my number on their CID they thought I was home...this works with all phones except the iPhone I think
-Text and data is unlimited now in many overseas locations

What I don't like:
-Coverage can be spotty depending on where you live and their online coverage tool can be deceptive. I recommend going to a store and asking to see their coverage map which shows what generation tower is in the area in question. They also might be able to give you some insight on when the towers will be upgraded.
-Some of their customer service policies are inflexible
-their mobile app is awful

Overall I think Verizon offers better coverage but it comes at a high cost.

As always, YMMV
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:00 pm

rocky you just made my day. I just realized I should soon get my dividend from CSP, which will give me some points to play with in the UR mall. That could be my ticket to a phone with T-Mobile without shelling out a lot of cash. Since I'd get the phone without a cash outlay I could basically try T-Mobile out for a month or two at the risk of very little money. There really is no substitute for real world testing. If I like what I experience, they can buy my Verizon plan out. If not, I won't be out a small fortune.


Man you guys always give some great ideas!



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