Has The “Un-Carrier” Changed Me?

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    A few months ago, I decided on my own accord, that I would pick up an unlocked Galaxy Nexus and give the “Un-Carrier” a fair try. When I started I was concerned. I know from my brother having the service when he lived around me, it wasn’t great. Boy, was I surprised. Not only was the service better than I was expecting, some places had better service than my other carrier, Verizon Wireless.
    With Verizon Wireless, I have a grandfathered plan. Unlimited data, unlimited text and 450 mins of peak hours talk time. The plan I chose to try on T-Mobile was the 500MB 4G data, unlimited 2G data, unlimited text and unlimited talk. The comparison is a little off here, but essentially T-Mobile is unlimited everything and Verizon Wireless is not. Let’s talk about costs, since that’s what we are interested in; cost and coverage. For $50+ local and federal taxes and fees, T-Mobile’s plan is quite a bargain if I’m honest. My grandfathered plan is ~$100.

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    You're not under contract but typically you lease the phone and pay for it monthly
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    Soooo, yea.....500mb isnt....unlimited....to me that would be the most important thing. That and unlimited text. I might talk 75 mins on the phone a month.

    how much is T mobile with unlimited 4g data?
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    Can I ask what "your area" is?
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    My area is Cape Cod Massachusetts.

    And just FYI 500MB of 4G data, and unlimited 2G data, is unlimited data.
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    What's the speed of t mobiles 2g data? And do all of their phones come with a 4g/2g toggle to avoid charges?
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    Sorry, I have to disagree as well. To me, unlimited data is both unlimited quantity and un-crippled speeds. If I am forced to 2G (or else I incur charges for 4G) then it is not unlimited. Just my two cents.
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    From what I understand, you don't incur overage charges. For the OP's example above (500 MB 4G data and unlimited 2G data), what would happen is you would get 4G speeds until you hit the 500 MB limit and then after that you would be throttled to 2G speeds for the remainder of the billing cycle.
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    Yes what are your 2g data speeds. Can you toggle to 2g so as not to waste the 4g?
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    On TMobile, you can have unlimited 4G (HSPA+) speeds on TMobile for $70 a month. $50 is 500MB + 2G, $60 is 2GB + 2G. My wife is going to be going to TMobile this week to give it a try and see how coverage is in our area. If it works out, I'll be going there too when my AT&T contract is up. She is on verizon. If their HSPA+ is close to AT&Ts HSPA, it'll be more than enough.
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    If T-Mobile had better service in my area (where I live is 2G only, I would need to travel 10 miles east or west to get into a 3G area), it would be viable option.
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    I'm switching next week. Even with full unlimited 4G data for each line, I'd be paying less than my grandfathered plans on Verizon. I will be selling my grandfathered VZW Unlimited data accounts to offset the costs of replacement phones while retaining my numbers. Even though it's not easily selectable on T-Mobile's site, one can have different data plans for each line. My wife is a stay at home mom and her phone can be on the WiFi most of the time so the 500MB could be enough; if not, I'll just bump her to the 2GB plan for $10/mo more. I can drastically reduce my data usage by going to WiFi as well so I'll be giving 2GB a shot, but the unlimited is an additional $10/mo.

    T-Mobile is refarming their spectrum right now. They're moving HSPA+ to bands that AT&T and international phones can take advantage of. On top of that they're deploying LTE aggressively and plan to be done by the end of the year. The equipment they're installing is LTE-Advanced compatible so they only need to do a firmware upgrade to move to the new spec.

    My employer is large enough to have discounts will all four carriers. I'll have to see if T-Mobile pulls the same discount crap that VZW does. Verizon's corporate discount only applies to the one line so the savings really is not a whole lot. If T-Mobile applies it to the whole account, I'll be impressed. I have other reasons for switching other than cost, but that's another story.
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    Yes i just switched and i am so surprised how good their service is, way better than verizon (i was with verizon for 13 years) at home the 4G speeds are twice as fast for me. i have unlimited everything (no throttle) for less than my grandfathered account with big red.

    if you are with verizon i ask you to reconsider t-mobile. They have a 1 month phone for $19+tax thats for you to test their service. and come back and thank me :)
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    i want to switch but have to wait until my contract is up in Nov. tmobile is getting the three phones im interested in, S4, HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z.
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    The problem isn't that TMo doesn't have great service in some areas, it's that if you travel much at all the lousy service kind of defeats the purpose of a mobile phone. I'd argue most people, on wifi at work and home, don't need more than 1gig of data.

    But "unlimited" 2G is almost an oxymoron. 3G can be painstakingly slow, I can't imagine dealing with 2G speeds.
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    i heard if you stay on the main roads such as I-95 your covered, don't know if that's true or not.
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    3G on Verizon is painstakingly slow, it is not the case on T-Mobile since they are using HSPA+ as compared to CDMA.
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    I was a Verizon customer for 8 years and I jumped to T-Mobile. What a mistake! The un-carrier thing is a scam. U pay full price for your phone over 2 years and if u want to leave or get a new device u have to pay off phone first. How is this different from a contract? Customer service is also terrible and they have a habit of overcharging so check ur bills! Anyway this is my opinion and I am happily back with Verizon. Verizon coverage is by far the best there is and u get what u pay for!

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    It's different because if you stay with them, your monthly cost can be dramatically less if you pay the phone off, and you're free of the "contract" at that point as well. Plus, their "up front" costs are a little cheaper than other carriers. For example, the S4 is $630 on Tmobile full, $650 on Verizon or others. The iPhone 5 was $580, then they bumped it to $630 - while, again, $650 on other carriers.

    Though I do agree with you on customer service... a majority of the time it was fine, but when we had problems, customer service was subpar at best.

    There were also other quirks. Twice, my wife received a voicemail, but wasn't notified about it until almost 24 hours after the fact (iPhone 5) - that's a major problem, and both times I called about it, customer service blew me off and dismissed it as "normal" and "something that just happens occasionally". And numerous times we would be texting each other, and nothing would go through - then an hour or two later (one time longer), they all went through at once.

    In our area, HSPA+42 is as fast as Verizon's LTE a lot of the time, and HD Voice is just plain awesome. But as soon as we left our area, the service was horrible. We simply drove from DFW to east Texas. While I expected to lose data occasionally, or drop to "E" often, I didn't expect to have no service at all...voice or data - and that happened a lot, despite what the coverage map showed.

    The savings were significant - we saved roughly $50-60/month on a plan that allowed us to utilize what we use on Verizon. The network was fine for us a majority of the time because we don't travel much. But the "intangibles" (like customer service, and the things I mentioned above), plus the service being even worse than I expected outside of area, pushed me back to Verizon.

    Edit: Oh and for what it's worth, at least in our area, once you hit your data limit, the 2g speeds (which are a step below Edge) were unusable. Again, maybe that's just our area, but we're talking 10-20k/s speeds on the high end.
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    If my job didn't pay for my phone, I would switch. VZW 4G coverage is horrendous at my house, and I live in Cleveland proper. Not a suburb. We were one of the first markets to get 4G and it is so very spotty.
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