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Old 10-12-2017, 4:00 PM
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Question Cell phone carriers

I know in recent years, all the plans between the carriers have become similar.

I am now considering leaving the AT&T ship and possibly switching to T mobile.
The unlimited deal -$120/ month for 2 smart phones is attractive.

I donít use that much data but if I pay per GB then unlimited makes sense

What carrier / plan do you have?
What should I consider?
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Old 10-12-2017, 4:09 PM
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If ATT cell service is good for you, just jump to Cricket Wireless unlimited for $60 per. Same networks as ATT.
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Old 10-12-2017, 4:21 PM
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When I'm out and about, I rarely use data, few hundred MB/month.

I've been with google fi for almost a year, it uses tmobile, sprint, or wifi. Unlimited talk/text, pay $10 per gig of data, but always prorated for what you actually used. Autoconfigures itself in different countries and areas, no sim swapping in europe for example.

My bill averages $23/month. I've used 23gigs on wifi and 70megs of cell data this month, so it'll cost $0.70.

I haven't experienced any reception problems (tmobile only, in central valley.)

My previous plan was $45 unlimited everything, guess I've saved $240/year, but that wasn't the main reason I switched. I can sms/call from any of my devices and tethering is enabled. (Yes I could have rooted my phone and enabled myself on previous plan, but this was better for me.)
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If ATT cell service is good for you, just jump to Cricket Wireless unlimited for $60 per. Same networks as ATT.
straight talk is unlimited for $45/month, uses AT&T. Also owned by mexican drug lord carlos slime.
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Old 10-12-2017, 4:48 PM
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Straight talk is cheap. How do you know that it
Is owned by the cartel
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I work for Sprint (network deployment) and would be happy to check the coverage in your area and make a recommendation of how good our service would be for you. I can even give you employee referral information for discounted unlimited data service.

I assume that you don't want your information for all to see, so shoot me a PM if you're interested.
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Straight talk is cheap. How do you know that it
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why don't you google it and decide for yourself if I'm bull****ting you or not.
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Old 10-13-2017, 2:43 AM
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When I'm out and about, I rarely use data, few hundred MB/month.

I've been with google fi for almost a year, it uses tmobile, sprint, or wifi. Unlimited talk/text, pay $10 per gig of data, but always prorated for what you actually used. Autoconfigures itself in different countries and areas, no sim swapping in europe for example.

My bill averages $23/month. I've used 23gigs on wifi and 70megs of cell data this month, so it'll cost $0.70.

I haven't experienced any reception problems (tmobile only, in central valley.)

My previous plan was $45 unlimited everything, guess I've saved $240/year, but that wasn't the main reason I switched. I can sms/call from any of my devices and tethering is enabled. (Yes I could have rooted my phone and enabled myself on previous plan, but this was better for me.)
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i got cricket. 5 lines for $130 flat. never have an issue with service or dats. thats for 4 telephones and one ipad with data plan.
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Tell us more about google fi...
Read about it here: https://fi.google.com/about/

1 key thing is that you can only use 1 of 5 phone models.
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Old 10-13-2017, 7:27 AM
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I use Cricket Wireless atv $30/mo. total. I get 4GB of data which I have never come close to exceeding. If I did, I can still use data at a reduced speed for no extra charge. Works great for me. Dumped AT&T two years ago.
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Old 10-13-2017, 8:22 AM
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I dumped AT&T three years ago for a Tracfone account. I was able to use my AT&T phone with a Tracfone sim card.

A basic one year plan is $99.99 with 800 minutes and there are many other plans with data included.

At&T cost me $400 a year. My current Tracfone plan is less than $150.

All minutes and data rolls over but they won't allow just buying airtime.

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I know in recent years, all the plans between the carriers have become similar.

I am now considering leaving the AT&T ship and possibly switching to T mobile.
The unlimited deal -$120/ month for 2 smart phones is attractive.

I donít use that much data but if I pay per GB then unlimited makes sense

What carrier / plan do you have?
What should I consider?
I have a 2 phone deal with cricket (AT&T) for 80 bucks a month, unlimited data but throttled at 3mbit. Have a program that allows me to hotspot it as well so use it for everything, haven't gotten dinged on data cap or anything. Probably 150gb last month.
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I dumped AT&T A year ago and went to TMobile because it supposedly had coverage in a part of Mendocino county I go to. TMobile has been fine but the coverage map isn't accurate. It doesn't really cover what I wanted. I pay $120 a month unlimited data text and calling for 4 lines. They offer free tethering but it is super slow. I am thinking of switching to Sprint for the 5 line $90 a month plan they have now.
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I dumped AT&T A year ago and went to TMobile because it supposedly had coverage in a part of Mendocino county I go to. TMobile has been fine but the coverage map isn't accurate. It doesn't really cover what I wanted. I pay $120 a month unlimited data text and calling for 4 lines. They offer free tethering but it is super slow. I am thinking of switching to Sprint for the 5 line $90 a month plan they have now.
I'll make you the same offer that I make others (below)

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I work for Sprint (network deployment) and would be happy to check the coverage in your area and make a recommendation of how good our service would be for you. I can even give you employee referral information for discounted unlimited data service.

I assume that you don't want your information for all to see, so shoot me a PM if you're interested.
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I have been a T-mo customer for over a decade. Service has been great.
I don't talk much, by choice. But, I use data constantly. I have an older plan and inexpensive grandfathered unlimited data.
Tethering should have same speed as your phone gets. Might be issue with settings/apn. Depending on phone/knowledge there are also ways to get around the Tethering data cap.

For some reason, the inside of my house has been a dead-ish zone, but a quick call got some free "cell extenders" or whatever they are called. Outside is crystal clear.

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I dumped AT&T A year ago and went to TMobile because it supposedly had coverage in a part of Mendocino county I go to. TMobile has been fine but the coverage map isn't accurate. It doesn't really cover what I wanted. I pay $120 a month unlimited data text and calling for 4 lines. They offer free tethering but it is super slow. I am thinking of switching to Sprint for the 5 line $90 a month plan they have now.

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Happy T-Mobile customer here. I had Verizon for 15 years but their coverage sucks in my area. T-Mobile has better coverage here and they're cheaper for much better service.
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I have been on T-Mobile since I left the Verzion plan I was paying right at $195 for 2 phones for unlimited everything. I now pay $115/month for 4 phones (on the prior plan than they currently offer) and I have 4GB per phone data caps which I never hit (unless I am traveling and d/load a Linux ISO, however my son hit sit every month on his phone, which is why I couldn't jump on a shared data plan), and if I hit cap, it just slows down to like 3g... no overages. I added a 4th line and I think my plan went down $10-$15.

Tethered via USB cable on my home rig, T-Mo. 4gLTE (although data sucks a LOT in Temecula sometimes during business hours):
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I have been a T-mo customer for over a decade. Service has been great.
I don't talk much, by choice. But, I use data constantly. I have an older plan and inexpensive grandfathered unlimited data.
Tethering should have same speed as your phone gets. Might be issue with settings/apn. Depending on phone/knowledge there are also ways to get around the Tethering data cap.

For some reason, the inside of my house has been a dead-ish zone, but a quick call got some free "cell extenders" or whatever they are called. Outside is crystal clear.
I called Tmobile about the speed. I guess you have to pay extra now to get full speed when tethering. The standard plan only allows capped tether speeds. I had the same issue with inside my house signal. They sent the cell extender and the signal is great now. I guess the extender ties in with your internet service and uses wifi.
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Tethered via USB cable on my home rig, T-Mo. 4gLTE (although data sucks a LOT in Temecula sometimes during business hours):
I have only tethered with wifi and bluetooth. I will have to try with a USB cable to see if that helps in my case.

I just tested the USB cable tethering. Same slow speed. .5Mb/s download 1Mb/s upload. Guess I'll have to pay more if I want faster tethering.

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I called Tmobile about the speed. I guess you have to pay extra now to get full speed when tethering. The standard plan only allows capped tether speeds. I had the same issue with inside my house signal. They sent the cell extender and the signal is great now. I guess the extender ties in with your internet service and uses wifi.
Some extenders do, I have on of thier old Wifi routers that has land line capability (insert sim in unit).
But my home interweb blows.
I use their 2 box setup. One on each side of house. Works great.
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I have only tethered with wifi and bluetooth. I will have to try with a USB cable to see if that helps in my case.
I would have tested with WiFi connection to it, but my home rig is wired-only, as there is no Bluetooth, or WiFi on this BUOR.
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T-Mobile won a $3 BILLION dollar lawsuit against AT&T. (Long time ago). They used the $ to upgrade their leased Cellsites to LTE. PLUS they got the right to roam onto AT&T for FREE!

Lets just say that AT&T lawyers were having a bad day..

Bottom line - T-Mobile should provide better high speed data than AT&T and T-Mobile should have the same footprint for voice (or better) than AT&T.

I worked in Wireless Cellular testing for over 25 years, so this is my take on things. It may have changed.... You know those maps of coverage that AT&T and Verizon used to throw at each other? (My hardware, lol - but who cares now....)

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I use MetroPcs which rides on the T Mobile towers. Great service all around the country and unbeatable pricing. Plenty of data as well as I tether a lot. Only downside is the customer service is in India so they go through the script every time you call. Want to be your next best friend but a small price to pay.
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I switched to metro pcs beginning of this year. 40 unlimited and 6 for insurance. Additional call blocking for 2.99 but have not tried it yet.
And you dont have to wait a year to get a new phone.
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I had T-Mobile up here in the high desert for about a month and I finally threw my phone out on the freeway.
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I had T-Mobile up here in the high desert for about a month and I finally threw my phone out on the freeway.
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