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If you want on T-Mobile you really need a veteran on the account. If you do that it is 1/2 off. So I was paying $105 month for 5 lines unlimited everything.


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On ‎7‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 4:53 PM, Handcruser said:

If you want on T-Mobile you really need a veteran on the account. If you do that it is 1/2 off. So I was paying $105 month for 5 lines unlimited everything.


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Or be over 55.  Got rid of AT&T because of what others have already said (service, fees, data limits) and switched about 4 months ago. 2 lines, unlimited data , calls, and texts for flat fee of $70 month. Netflix and Mexico plan included.

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Tmobile here. DFW area. If I am in the far north Prosper/Frisco the data sucks. If I am in Las Colinas it is awful. On 281 going south to Stephenville, again nothing. Verizon had none of those problems. Nothing like being in the deep East Texas piney woods and seeing the end of the Google maps. It's great. Oh yeah I've had a grand total of .11 mbps in got dam downtown Dallas.

Unlimited everything. Which doesn't mean shit if you can't get a signal. 

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1 hour ago, cactusflinthead said:

Tmobile here. DFW area. If I am in the far north Prosper/Frisco the data sucks. If I am in Las Colinas it is awful. On 281 going south to Stephenville, again nothing. Verizon had none of those problems. Nothing like being in the deep East Texas piney woods and seeing the end of the Google maps. It's great. Oh yeah I've had a grand total of .11 mbps in got dam downtown Dallas.

Unlimited everything. Which doesn't mean shit if you can't get a signal. 

what phone do you have?

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1 minute ago, crash_davis said:

what phone do you have?

A beater Samsung. My daughters iPhone 8 has the same connectivity issues. I've worked with them a couple of times. They're responsive, I'll give'm that. First time I replied to one of their ad tweets with a less than glowing review they wanted me to try out Ookla speedtest. Whipped their ass with location and signal speed for a few days. I'll say it again, I have been well treated as a customer. They let on that there were things that were getting worked on, timeline unknown. 

There's something I've noticed about running a speedtest. Sometimes it shames them into getting you on a better server. Or at least in my half assed understanding. If I'm really annoyed with it, I might override the 'find one' feature and try one myself. Mostly to prove to myself that it is shitty all over and nothing you can do about it. 

I'm not thrilled with the merger. If Sprint's infrastructure is already shitty are they going to put everyone on Tmobile? Who the hell knows? 

I haven't quite reached critical mass yet to start the reaction, but I'm close. 

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14 hours ago, cactusflinthead said:

A beater Samsung. My daughters iPhone 8 has the same connectivity issues. I've worked with them a couple of times. They're responsive, I'll give'm that. First time I replied to one of their ad tweets with a less than glowing review they wanted me to try out Ookla speedtest. Whipped their ass with location and signal speed for a few days. I'll say it again, I have been well treated as a customer. They let on that there were things that were getting worked on, timeline unknown. 

There's something I've noticed about running a speedtest. Sometimes it shames them into getting you on a better server. Or at least in my half assed understanding. If I'm really annoyed with it, I might override the 'find one' feature and try one myself. Mostly to prove to myself that it is shitty all over and nothing you can do about it. 

I'm not thrilled with the merger. If Sprint's infrastructure is already shitty are they going to put everyone on Tmobile? Who the hell knows? 

I haven't quite reached critical mass yet to start the reaction, but I'm close. 

i think the answer to this might be in the last few pages of this thread:

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The integration will virtually happen day 1 as Neville changed plans. He will do what 2 carriers are doing in Canada called (MOCN). Which basically uses a virtual single core network that routes services to the tmo core. it will move existing T-Mobile and Sprint customers to a common core network. That will require T-Mobile’s engineering team to bridge the two standalone core networks together.At the same time, T-Mobile engineers will increase the scale of T-Mobile’s core network to handle increased traffic created by the new Sprint customers.

https://s4gru.com/forums/topic/7845-sprint-tmobile-merger-disc/?do=findComment&comment=545697

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Mike Sievert

Got it. I could start with the integration piece. We're really pleased with how it's going. I'll tell you that we've had a little more time to plan this than we would have expected when we launched our integration plans. And that's generally speaking been frustrating, but on the other hand, it's given us a fantastic chance to be very, very thoughtful and get out of the gates quickly.

As Braxton and John reinforced in their remarks, what we have today is a plan that is fully intact versus all of the goals and ambitions for long-term profitability, enterprise value and synergy attainment that we laid out for you in April of last year. And we're very, very pleased with that. What's different now versus April from last year is that, that's backed by detailed operational plans in every function of this company. And so, we're planning to get out of the gates very quickly and hit the ground running.

basically, they started talking about this merger a few years ago, they thought it was going to happen over a year ago, and now they've had an extra year of prep. 

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We have Comcast/Xfinity for cable TV and internet.  They've been offering an Xfinity Mobile plan for a while, but moving existing phones to their plan was limited to iPhones and we have Android.  Recently, they got shit worked out and now you can bring over Android too.  So I've got 5 damn cell phones on our plan.  Had AT&T for a long time.  Checked our usage records and rarely went over 1.5 gigs total data in any month.  Switched over to Xfinity's by the gig plan and bill went from ~$220/month to ~$24/month.  Fuck yeah.

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56 minutes ago, bernorange said:

We have Comcast/Xfinity for cable TV and internet.  They've been offering an Xfinity Mobile plan for a while, but moving existing phones to their plan was limited to iPhones and we have Android.  Recently, they got shit worked out and now you can bring over Android too.  So I've got 5 damn cell phones on our plan.  Had AT&T for a long time.  Checked our usage records and rarely went over 1.5 gigs total data in any month.  Switched over to Xfinity's by the gig plan and bill went from ~$220/month to ~$24/month.  Fuck yeah.

Which big boy cell network does Comcast utilize?   

Have you noticed any difference in service?   I'm curious because Spectrum has really been pushing their own plan which they utilize the Verizon network and Spectrum Wifi hotspots.  

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mvno's are great.  the only caveat being that their traffic is relegated to 2nd class traffic during times of congestion.  native carrier traffic has priority.  usually happens when there's a shitton of people in one place and everyone gets on their phone at once, like say right after a game at dkr.  ymmv.

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33 minutes ago, Nueces River Rat said:

... Have you noticed any difference in service?   ...

Everything works the same.  I've got no complaints.  That said, I'm not married to my phone like a lot of people are.  I use it once a day or so.  My kids use their phones a lot, but they haven't had any issues either.

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https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/new-t-mobile-spectrum-coverage/

 

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officially cleared the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, joining the FCC in support of the deal, and bringing the merger one step closer to closing. The DOJ’s settlement comes with stipulations, however, including divesting Sprint’s prepaid business and some spectrum holdings to DISH so that a viable fourth nationwide competitor can enter the market. Additionally, the settlement declares that both operators must deploy high-quality 5G networks for the benefit of American consumers. We’re taking a fresh look at what coverage and spectrum would look like in response to the DOJ’s proposed deal.

 

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If there are any olds on here, check out the Version 55+ plan. If 55 years or older you get 2 lines of unlimited data for $80.

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Or be over 55.  Got rid of AT&T because of what others have already said (service, fees, data limits) and switched about 4 months ago. 2 lines, unlimited data , calls, and texts for flat fee of $70 month. Netflix and Mexico plan included.

With who?

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15 hours ago, Dbeasy said:


With who?

Sorry, T Mobile. They have a Veterans plan too if you happen to be one, but not yet over 55. I am, but the over 55 plan worked better for us.

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Update. AT&T effed us over multiple ways in the last few days. I’m done with these bozos unless I have to use them due to oligopoly status.

Looked into Verizon. Just as insanely expensive. Trying TMO next.

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Don't know if it's still running, but recently T-Mobile had a special for 2 lines, unlimited everything for about $60 / month.

I still don't understand why this shit has to be so expensive here.  I lived in a shithole third world country up until this summer and had 4G, unlimited everything for less than $10 per month.

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we've been customers with TMo for 15 years.  Just this month we changed our plan (still at TMo) to unlimited everything for 5 lines, $150 after taxes.  

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4 hours ago, Dbeasy said:

Update. AT&T effed us over multiple ways in the last few days. I’m done with these bozos unless I have to use them due to oligopoly status.

Looked into Verizon. Just as insanely expensive. Trying TMO next.

I have had ATT since high school. I will be making the switch to tmobile before the end of the year as well. 

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16 hours ago, Zepol87 said:

I have had ATT since high school. I will be making the switch to tmobile before the end of the year as well. 

wife and kids switched from AT&T to T Mobile because the price difference was just way too much. I still have AT&T through work.

AT&T service is definitely better service wise, but the cost savings make up for it.

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I recently switched from AT&T to TMobile. Had been an ATT user for 15+ years probably. 

Everything about Tmobile is better - plans, billing, services, transparency, etc. - EXCEPT the reception. 

The two places I've traveled that are outside a metro area so far have had crap to non-existent reception (Fredericksburg and Dimebox). I never had problems with ATT, and specifically in Dimebox my buddy had 5g data where I didn't even have voice service. 

Is it possible to get a pre-paid "burner" sim that works on the ATT network I could pop in an old phone as a backup when I head to the sticks? I see they sell ATT pre-paid SIM cards, but it looks like they still require some monthly paid account and the minutes have a short expiration on them. There must be some options though. How do the criminals and poors do it? 

 

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TracFone will sell you an annual SIM with a fixed pool of minutes, texts, data for really cheap, they are an MVNO for ATT, T-Mo, and Verizon. You can see which SIM you are being sold with this info:

https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1905728-how-to-tell-if-tracfone-is-AT-amp-T-or-verizon?s=53777e4cd8928487e605d77d333e9e14&p=16974368#post16974368

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22 hours ago, BillyBadAss said:

I recently switched from AT&T to TMobile. Had been an ATT user for 15+ years probably. 

Everything about Tmobile is better - plans, billing, services, transparency, etc. - EXCEPT the reception. 

The two places I've traveled that are outside a metro area so far have had crap to non-existent reception (Fredericksburg and Dimebox). I never had problems with ATT, and specifically in Dimebox my buddy had 5g data where I didn't even have voice service. 

Is it possible to get a pre-paid "burner" sim that works on the ATT network I could pop in an old phone as a backup when I head to the sticks? I see they sell ATT pre-paid SIM cards, but it looks like they still require some monthly paid account and the minutes have a short expiration on them. There must be some options though. How do the criminals and poors do it? 

 

Did you purchase a new phone via TMobile or did you BYOD to TMobile? If you brought your own device, you can insert another carrier's sim card with no issues.  If you bought from TMobile, you'll need them to "unlock" your phone to allow other SIMs to work. You can do this buy telling TMobile you're traveling internationally for work and need to use local incountry carrier. They *should* unlock without issues.

You can purchase daily short term (day, two days, a week, etc) from AT&T. I do this when I go to the Texas hill country. It's pretty cheap depending on the data plan, I think as little as $2 per day.

AT&T will ALWAYS have the best coverage in Texas. They are old Southwestern Bell. They could leverage off existing infrastructure (buildings, towers, fibers, cables, etc) all across Texas to expand their network. Any carrier not already in those places have to spend uber amounts of capital to expand the network. Some/most rural places, it's simply not cost effective.

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On 11/19/2019 at 2:39 PM, crash_davis said:

Did you purchase a new phone via TMobile or did you BYOD to TMobile? If you brought your own device, you can insert another carrier's sim card with no issues.  If you bought from TMobile, you'll need them to "unlock" your phone to allow other SIMs to work. You can do this buy telling TMobile you're traveling internationally for work and need to use local incountry carrier. They *should* unlock without issues.

You can purchase daily short term (day, two days, a week, etc) from AT&T. I do this when I go to the Texas hill country. It's pretty cheap depending on the data plan, I think as little as $2 per day.

AT&T will ALWAYS have the best coverage in Texas. They are old Southwestern Bell. They could leverage off existing infrastructure (buildings, towers, fibers, cables, etc) all across Texas to expand their network. Any carrier not already in those places have to spend uber amounts of capital to expand the network. Some/most rural places, it's simply not cost effective.

I have unlocked phones, and also a couple of old ones - so that part is not a problem. 

You are correct through, ATT does have a daily plan - I missed it when I went searching for pre-paid options:

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/voice/sku4940399.html

So is it truly only $2 per day (+data) only on days you use it, or is there a monthly fee? It looks like maybe a 2$ monthly fee for the "plan"? 

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On 11/19/2019 at 12:28 AM, elfenix said:

5g?  in dimebox?  i'm calling shens

I need info on Old Dime Box.

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1 hour ago, BillyBadAss said:

I have unlocked phones, and also a couple of old ones - so that part is not a problem. 

You are correct through, ATT does have a daily plan - I missed it when I went searching for pre-paid options:

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/voice/sku4940399.html

So is it truly only $2 per day (+data) only on days you use it, or is there a monthly fee? It looks like maybe a 2$ monthly fee for the "plan"? 

No monthly fee.  Pay as you go. You may have to pay $10 or whatever bullshit markup the decide to charge for the $0.02 SIM card, or they may not.

Pro-tip, download the offline Google Map of the area.  You can then get off-data navigation via Google Maps like you would a Garmin or TomTom. 

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I recently switched to Cricket from Verizon because I was tired of not having service when traveling to the Menard area, which we do 1 or 2 weekends a month. I looked at T-Mobile, but their coverage was the deal breaker for me.

Cricket is owned by ATT and uses ATT towers. The service we get is the same as ATT subscribers get out there. 

You must sign up for the Cricket More plan to get the fastest internet speeds, and I can’t tell a difference in the quality of service and internet speeds from Verizon to Cricket. Except, of course, in the hill country. 

The cost is considerably cheaper than our old Verizon plan and the ATT plans I looked at. We brought our phones and pay $130 per month total for 4 phones - taxes and fees included. For unlimited everything. 

Very happy to have made the switch. 

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Go on a T-Mobile unlimited plan for old people (>55). Has everything. Service has been ok. Coverage is noticeably worse than AT&T even around Leander. Poorer inside converage, etc. However, it's $90 per month for two people vs. $172 on AT&T, so we are going to stay with it unless something really problematic pops up.

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