T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed
3. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Not all people experience that. I have had T-Mobile n Minnesota, it is not that good. Many no signal locations and slow data(ie Edge). Also when traveling from Minnesota to Missouri coverage gets spotty as well. If you stick to major metro areas you will be ok but still have issues.
People continue to show its not all about price. Overage coverage and phone selection is important.
26. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
T-Mobile is a 'Good Network' but, I still wouldn't give up my truely Unlimited Data on Verizon as, my plan is still cheaper than T-Mo's upcoming Unlimited offer. Before taxes my base charges are $29.74 (300 Nationwide Minutes) and $23.99 (truely Unlimited 4G Data) = $53.73: top that T-Mo?!
29. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
100 min, unlim text, unl 4g web with 5gig throttle. $30 bux.
39. miles16852 (Posts: 168; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
dont worry, verizon will eventually getting rid of the remaining unlimited plans! :-)
2. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
Great idea but spotty coverage and no LTE are a deal breaker for me. Not that i'd leave my unlimited(throttled) at&t plan anyway.
9. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
T-Mobile's HSPA+ speeds are close to existing LTE, and they've started construction of the LTE network
42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4215; Member since: 14 May 2012)
My GS3 is pulling down 25mbps+ in Chicago with T-Mobile. Still think you need LTE?
46. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
It all depends on where you live. I dont have spotty coverage. I lose signal in one part of one building while im at campus. Im in that spot once or twice a month. To save thousands over the life of the contract while retaining the same super speeds, I'll live with that... especially since I can use wifi-calling to counter act that.
50. Forsaken77 (Posts: 541; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Ya know... Tmobile offers a wifi calling app in the Play store that anyone with any carrier can use. That's pretty generous of them. I have AT&T and I downloaded it just in case I'm in an area with no coverage, but wifi only. The only thing is that it pops up a random # on caller id's when I call from it. It's never the same # twce.
53. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I havent looked at it, but i dont think that's the same one thats built into t-mobile phones. The one on the phones doesnt change the #'s at all and it works flawlessly and automatically. If you look around XDA you may find a ROM for your phone that has it built in. I think you can also install it from the CWM boot screen, but it doesnt install right if you try to install it like a normal app.
47. miles16852 (Posts: 168; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
YEP!! i get an average of 36 to 38mbps DL and 12 to 14mbps UP, so you can keep your HSPA+ LOL!
48. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thanks for proving my point about people thinking its amazing braging rights.
Now.. tell me what you can do at 36mb/s that your not doing at 25mb/s?
I'll tell ya. Nothing. Your just paying more. The phone cant do a single thing faster at that speed than it does at 25 other than DL large files. Thanks for playing along though.. lol.
49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4215; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Oh yeah? Have fun paying $200+ a month when I pay $125 for two phones. Oh, and watch out for that 2GB cap with LTE, cause you know, that gets eaten up in a few days. ;)
54. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i pay $130 after taxes for 3 phones, 2 of which have 5gb data before throttle, not overages like VZW. :)
4. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
That means its the same price as the 5 gig data package now.
converting my plan over as soon as its available.
not to be used with tether eh? yea, stop me! lol.
5. mgonzalez (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Im going to do the same as well! And they will have to try and stop me from tethering too.
37. Sprintfan (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
So you work for T-mobile (am guessing indirectly) and post on a message board you are hacking your tether. Smart.
40. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
me? I worked for Tmobile corporate. I no longer work there. Wifey is making enough money so I can hit school full time and finish up. Full time student now. :) Sorry, I didnt realize I need to make an official announcement of that fact.
"Everyone, Listen up...Hear ye, Hear ye.... Remix is now a full time student to finish his degree and is no longer working in the cell business. In fact, he's been out of the business for over a month and didnt think it was the world's business that wasnt on a friends list of some sort. His bad. Now please go back to your regularly scheduled board arguments!"
I'm on a regular plan just like everyone. When I was on an employee plan we had true unlimited anyways with unlimited tethering. We were using about 20-30 gigs a month between 2 phones. We've scaled it back to 5 gigs a piece and stopped tethering so much which sucks. This new plan solves the issue :)
We looked hard at going back to VZW.. but we found no reason to. There wasnt one compelling reason to switch carriers. My service truely is good, the speeds we get are very good, and the price is still the best in the industry. If it wasnt for the family plan being ever so slightly cheaper (and less of a pain than remembering a handful of individual prepay payment dates) from everyone's use, I'd be on the $30 unl text/web w 100min prepay plan.
41. .POLICE. (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Have you tried LTE? is there major diffrent in speed?
43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4215; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Trust me, there isn't a difference in speed. At all.
45. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes, I have friends that work at VZW and always have the latest gadgets. When LTE first came out, I would beat them pretty regularly in speed tests with 21mb/s HSPA+. They would get 4-8mb while Id get like 3-15mb/s. VZW has gotten faster though. They see 20's more regularly than I've seen 20's on Tmobile (though it does happen quite often). On 42mb/s HSPA+ i see anywhere from 3-31(highest I remember) and on VZW Ive seen like 3-37ish.
The trick of the whole thing is.. it doesnt matter.
For a normal user anything in the double digits aka 10+ is instant on a cell phone. Hell, most people dont get 10+mb/s on their home internet connection. Most apps are a few MB in size, and all streaming/browser usage is pretty instant. The phone cant do anything more with 30mb/s than it can with 10mb/s. The only time that really comes in handy is if your doing heavy tethering like your streaming HD netflix on your big screen from your PC or something.. while doing other things on the net through tethering at the same time.
The biggest difference between LTE and HSPA+ right now? Bragging rights to say that you have "LTE". Oh, and knowing that you are paying more for what is essentially the same speeds as someone on Tmobile who pays 30%+ less. If Tmobile doesnt work in your area, then VZW is the next best choice for speed since they have the best coverage. But if your in a metro area that gets both services quite well, then your wasting your money by staying on VZW. If you dont travel to areas where VZW has coverage and others dont, your paying a lot of extra for no real benefit.
6. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Once again stock Android ftw haha
Well played T-Mobile
7. biophone (Posts: 1877; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I hope tmobile gets the new iphone. I might switch from vzw to get the new iphone with unlimited data. If not maybe sprint. Or if I don't like the iphone might go to tmobile.
10. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, keep T-Mo iphone-free (unlocked are ok). Look what it did to sprint...
18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Just buy unlocked from apple
20. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they wont be able to afford the iphone at their current pricing. It would have to spike up to cover the subsidies. However, with them refarming the 1900mhz spectrum to HSPA+, they are/will be world compatible which means you can just go buy an unlocked iphone and grab Tmobile's prepaid plans to save even more money and it will still be 3g/4g. Unlike other carriers, Tmobile gives you the whole network as a prepaid instead of just parts. You just dont get the roaming with ATT, so you have to look out for that.
If you dont call a lot, the $30 unl text/5gig 4g w/ 100 mins is the best deal going.
27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I've been waiting for the refarming to finish for a long time
28. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
a long time? its only been announced for a few months.. lol
They are supposed to be done by the end of 2012 and all of the old "edge" 1900 should be converted to HSPA+. Theyve been really quick about their 4g upgrades so far, so lets hope that continues with this. Havent heard anything specific in quite a while though.
30. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
The news and evidence was spread around before the announcement. T-Mobile just didn't officially announce it until a few months ago, so yeah, I've been waiting for a long time. Maybe not for the whole refarming to finish, but at least finish in my area.
35. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if your in a major metro area, its probably done. Find someone with an unlocked iphone or international phone (that is not a nexus) on Tmobile and see if it shows Edge or 3g. If it shows 3g, your area is done.
8. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Lol I cant wait to hear stories about someone trying to challenge their new data plan by using like 100GB in a month. Lets see what Tmobile does to someone who does this.
24. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
My wife's mytouch4g is the new family hotspot. lol. Screw my crappy DSL connection!
32. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Im sure Tmobile has a way to detect whether or not your using this new plan as a hotspot so dont get pissed if they cut you off.
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5428; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i doubt it, Verizon leads the charge against using free Mobile Hotspot and they haven't found out once when i turned off the security check for the Hotspot functionality and i'm sure they have the best means at their disposal.
34. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
there is no real way to detect one form of internet usage over the other if your not on the stock ROM. If you use the built in programs, it will let them know, otherwise they are blind. Their only way to figure out that you are tethering is to look for massive spikes in usage that would be unusual for a phone.. like more than streaming netflix would use (which can be quite a bit anyways). They would have to see these spikes on a regular basis.. and then the best they can do is send you a "we think your tethering, knock it off or we will charge you" email.
31. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
LOL, I would take your challenge also. The thing is... I'll need a bigger HD to put all my videos first. When you're in the smartphone age with kids, you'll use up hard drive space fast with all those videos you're going to take.
11. TerryCrowley (Posts: 153; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
I'll do anything to keep giving Carly a paycheck. That girl is SO fine.
12. christianqwerty (Posts: 456; Member since: 05 May 2011)
T-mobile just needs to add to their coverage map, glad they are stepping up their network speeds though.
13. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
If they offer unlimited data as a prepaid plan, they have me as a customer. Now they just need to add 1800mhz service to their LTE network, and then they're golden.
22. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they already offer unlimited text/5 gig data plans for $30/60 depending on if you need unlimited talk. It just slows after that.
15. SleepingOz (Posts: 2015; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Why Tmo? GSIII & One X..
Take my money! haha
16. Jphones (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
tmobile actual unlimited LTE coming early 2013 their stepping it up while verizon and at&t over charge. Share everything plan = share all your money to cover our outrageous bills you'll be be getting for going over your small data package.
23. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i was looking forward to family share plans for quite a while. Then they launched that mess. Way to ruin a great concept by trying to nickel and dime people even further than you already do. Then again, I guess we shouldnt have expected any better out of Blue and Red.
17. Seannyc (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)
Im gonna switch from verzion to t mobile soon, with this plan Im hype.
19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5428; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's good to know that T-Mobile is an option for me if anything were to happen to my unlimited data with Verizon. well I probably would've still went to T-Mobile but it's good to know I won't have to be tiered. my best friend was actually about to get himself a Nexus or an SIII on T-Mobile, he'll flip when he hears the news.
21. parkwaydr (Posts: 571; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Well played tmo, now just improve your service in my area, and you become a viable option.
36. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 287; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Too bad T-Mobile doesn't exist in the Northwest of country
38. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
My fellow Tmobile folk enjoy the read. If your on Tmobile and it's GSM HSPA PLUS 42MPS network it is simply speedy and a very strong network. I dumped Verizon and it's overrated battery draining LTE network gladly...http://www.tmonews.com/2012/08
52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4215; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yep. And when LTE deploys next summer, guess who's going to be the carrier with the fastest data speeds? LTE Advanced with HSPA+ 42 as back haul? Hell yeah.
55. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
darn skippy. super fast with a back up of... more super fast.
And it will still be way cheaper than everyone else. win!
44. jordannike2012 (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 May 2012)
Does anyone know if this plan will be available with no contract? It will be amazing if it does
51. notoriousmike88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Honestly not everybody needs that much data anyways i seldom do more than 2gb a month I have the monthly 4g plan 5gb and 100 minutes for $30 but I am starting to talk more on the phone so im switching to an mvno of tmobile with $49 unlimited text data and talk no contract and the 4g slows after 4gb and theyngive you money if you refer customers for more info solaveitampa@ gmail