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T-Mobile giving Las Vegas and Seattle residents a 7-day trial of its 4G network

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T-Mobile giving Las Vegas and Seattle residents a 7-day trial of its 4G network
The trial requires the use of an unlocked phone

The trial requires the use of an unlocked phone

T-Mobile is offering residents of Seattle and Las Vegas the chance to test out it's 4G service in those cities, free for one week. The promotion ends on February 11th and requires you to bring in an unlocked smartphone. Unless you already have a phone that was unlocked before Saturday, T-Mobile might be asking you to break the law. Starting last Saturday, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office no longer give cellphones an exemption under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which means that you risk a fine if you unlock your handset without express consent of the carrier the phone is used on.

So let's assume that you already have a phone that was unlocked prior to Saturday. To take advantage of the trial, you fill out a form online and receive a confirmation code. You then proceed to the nearest T-Mobile store with the unlocked phone and the code, and the seven days will begin. The carrier says it has recently upgraded its HSPA+ 4G service in those two cities and it is now "faster and more dependable".

Las Vegas is expected to be the carrier's first LTE market and the service could debut soon.

source: TmoNews

T-Mobile is offering residents of Las Vegas and Seattle a chance to test its 4G service free for one week

T-Mobile is offering residents of Las Vegas and Seattle a chance to test its 4G service free for one week


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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:16

1. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


2 bad I'm not interested
Already have all I need

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:20

2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Too bad that it's already halfway over.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:32 1

3. Landmarkcm (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


There coverage really has improved here. Although im using wifi calling indoors right now for best coverage. (love that theres that option) . I always seem to end up back with Tmobile in some way lol guess there my carrier, & ive had everybody. Thought I was all set with windowsphone but I think the Optimus L9 is the best Android ive used & an underrated device! Lg got it right for once lol. On tmobiles monthly 4g makes it all the better! I tried an unlocked alcatel got off ebay too regarding this article that doesnt have aws 1700 & it pretty much worked flawlessy on Hspa+ which is faster then Sprint's current "4g" . Sprint is the worst at data speeds overall.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:48 1

4. CellieCell (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


Agreed! T-Mobile has came a long way. When compared to the other carriers in major city's, I haven't found any difference in service, but the monthly price. I keep on reading people's comments on how much they hate T-Mobile and instead of talking about it they should do something about it and change carriers . And if they were smart they would've done it within the trial period. but enough of that, I'm sure once LTE launches the majority of people who aren't getting LTE with Sprint will probably switch, and for those who lives in major cities who wants unlimited data are probably going to switch to T-Mobile as well.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:33 2

5. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Tmobile is the best, $70 for unlimited everything no contract no limits/throttling on 4g data.

Verizon/Att might be faster in most cities but there overpirced I would rather have unlmited at 3g than 4g lte att at 2gb for $30 a month....

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 17:59

7. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


How fast is an average T-Mobile HSPA connection? I only know a few people with TMO and they said it's usually around 4mbps.

Sprint is upgrading all of their networks though. They just turned on LTE in my market and with only a few towers as the market has not officially launched I am getting 12 - 28 mbps. 3G has improved too, upgraded towers will give you anywhere between 1.2 - 2.4 mbps on 3G, which generally is more than enough for a cell phone / mobile connection, even streaming 1080p video.

Even 4G WiMAX in my market consistently gets 6-12mbps, the only problem is the coverage is spotty because they stopped adding WiMAX coverage.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:23

8. Landmarkcm (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Averages here in Vegas at least between 4-7mbps on the upload 1-2 down. Fast enough for me. Sprint has always been awful. Well at least here in Vegas. And were talking about Tmobile's 3g is abt that fast also!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 21:16

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8170; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm getting 15mbps download and 2mbps upload speeds constantly. At certain times of the day, I can get 20-26mbps but that's cause I like 1/4 mile away from a tower lol.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 02:12 1

13. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


My Galaxy Note 2 in New York City gets 17mpbs down 2.5pbs up very often

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:52 1

6. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


So they are actually offering their 3G+ service? I figured this was standard. Do you guys have to pay extra to go from standard 3G to improved 3G?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:26 1

9. Landmarkcm (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


No. No extra tmobiles 3g or 3g+ or 4g whatever ya wanna call it really is one of the best. Just wait until they get lte going. They will really be flying. I really don't understand how Sprint is still the number 3 carrier.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:31 1

10. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


You mean the best

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:43

11. Landmarkcm (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Thank you haha. Yes I meant The best

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 02:14 1

14. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


My Galaxy Note 2 on tmobile does extremely well with Hspa Plus 42mbps network. In New York City Tmobile bitch slaps Verizon very easily we won't even discuss sprint they are so pitiful.

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