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should I switch to tmobile one?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by harvon, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. harvon

    harvon New Member

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    Hi, pardon me but I have not been keeping up with cell phone services since forever. I have 3 phones currently on Verizon. It is an old dinosaur plan with 500 min every month to share between 3 lines, no data and no text for $80 after taxes and fees (with employee discount). Verizon told me I can upgrade to 2gb of shared data with unlimited talk and text for $100. Which I think is a decent deal. I believe you can buy like one more gb every month with their otherwise worthless "reward points" also which I have a ton of.

    However, my dad likes to use youtube when he is out and about and that definitely will use up more than 2gb a month (but no more than 10gb a month). So I am thinking about switching to Tmobile One. I guess with 3 lines we are looking at about $150 (I don't know if the employee discount can carry over). I think with unlimited data this is the best deal on paper. I heard rants and raves about it when it first came out but had not heard about it since.

    I generally try to stay away from mvno's because many seems to be short-lived and I want to avoid the headache. So I am hoping for your advice whether or not I should make the jump. I mean I still consider verizon to be the best in term of reliability but there seems to be no hope that their data will be more affordable.

    Many thanks!
     
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    harvon New Member

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    Thanks for the read! Also, I would like to know if there are cheaper 4G LTE phones (around $150 or so) than the unlocked Nexus and Iphone that can be used across multiple carriers. I remembered reading that certain versions of the LG G3 or something like that could be used with at least 3 of the big 4. At least cheaper phone = lesser heartbreak when it breaks. Thanks!
     
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    Instead of beating your head against the compatibility wall, take your current phone to T-Mobile and ask them if it is compat. If you want to upgrade, then there really is no issue seeing as you'll be getting it on your new carrier. As far as far pricing, look at the the results of this Google search.
     
  5. mframe

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    The Moto G4 Play is pretty good ($150.) Sometimes it is on sale for a bit less.
     
  6. harvon

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    Thank you so much. That answer was completely on point. Do you by any chance also know what phones that have a bigger screen (closer or bigger than 6') that are compatible on all four major networks? It's for my old dad who loves to watch youtube. I would imagine the price range is probably $200-$300 if there are any.
     
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    There aren't too many phones that are fully compatible with VZW/Sprint. I think the closest you can get would be the Nexus 6 (but it will no longer receive OS updates and come this fall will cease to receive even the security patches). The used phones market is probably the only source for these now.

    Next up is Nexus 6P (5.7"), which is a year behind Nexus 6 so it'll keep getting OS updates till the fall of this year and security patches for a year afterwards.

    The rest is probably some Chinese models (Huawei, Meizu, etc.) which you can probably get in the AT&T/T-Mobile configuration but lacking VZW/Sprint CDMA support.
     
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    thanks. so is the unlocked g4 play and g4 fully 4G-LTE compatible with all four networks?
     
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    palandri Former Palm Guy

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    Even if they were GSM/CDMA compatible, I seriously doubt Verizon would allow it on it's network. You would have to call them to verify.
     
  10. mframe

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    It should be allowed on Verizon, but sometimes newer multi-carrier phones' MEIDs have not yet been added to Verizon's database. If so, they sometimes add it manually, or you would have to activate the SIM in another Verizon LTE phone, then transfer it to the Moto G.

    It has been accepted by Sprint MVNOs, and the GSM carriers are definitely no problem. I have one, and it does VoLTE on T-Mobile. As for Verizon, do check with them first, before trying them.
     
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    T-Mobile customer here. Love T-Mobile ONE! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! T-Mobile does not do employee discounts :(
     
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    yes, if you want then you should
     
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    T-Mobile Carrier Freedom. We'll reimburse your previous wireless carrier's remaining device payment balance and early termination fees when you join T-Mobile and trade in your device – up to $650/line (up to 5 lines) via trade-in credit and prepaid card.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this, but you will be going from a network with arguably the best coverage to one with possibly the weakest. Make sure TMobile works well in your area. All those GBs are useless if you don't have a good signal, as bandwidth will suffer badly.
     
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    I couldn't wait to get rid of T Mobile. There is a reason they give you a lot of "free" staff. Their coverage is terrible so they have to entice you to stay/sign with them. In Poconos PA, even though they claim good service, I couldn't stay on the call for more than 30 seconds. As for data, FORGET IT. It would switch to "roaming on at&t" but they only give you 200MB of at&t roaming for MONTH. When I called them to complain, they blamed it on my phone (iPhone Xs Max). Supposedly, they said, it DOES NOT have ALL the T Mobile bands. (BIG BS). In my apartment, in Brooklyn NY, service was getting worse by days.After arguing with them for days, they finally gave me signal booster for free. Wasn't much help. Improved very little. Stay away from T Mobile!
     

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