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Old 11-05-2003, 07:46 AM
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Question anyone using T-mobile? cel survey

anyone here using T-mobile? whats your experience?
coverage, reception, cust service, etc. ???

time for me to switch (from ATT)

TM has decent plans and offers, and is all GSM.

now, if they can just get CZJ to deliver my phone, im sold!

ive had over the past 10 years:

bellsouth mob- OK (now verizon or cingular?)
sprint- worked great, TERRIBLE customer service
ATT- great for national travel, expensive.

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Old 11-05-2003, 08:23 AM
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I am with Sprint and have investigated the switch, the coverage in most populated areas,and along interstates is good. My sources say it is similar to what Sprint used to be some years ago.
AT&T, Verizon have slightly better coverage. The great feature about GSM is the word wide roaming feature, (changing the SIMM card) the rates vary depending where you roam (developed countries vs. non developed) Europe is great. AT&T sells a GSM, but I have been told it is locked to their system, and they are not too willing to unlock. T-Mobile will sell theirs unlocked, so if you are not happy you can change providers.
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:29 AM
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I sport a Samsung S105 with Tmobile. Have had it for almost a full year and I am pretty happy with it. The Cust Service for me atleast was great... fast and friendly. Coverage in my area is also good.. but once you make yourself out to "Boon Country" service is not that great. I am planning on taking my phone with me to Europe next month and yes, Tmobile will unlock it for me.
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Old 11-05-2003, 09:16 AM
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Recommend waiting for WNP

aka Wireless Number Portability before you switch.

That way you can keep your same #. I think it kicks in Nov. 24th. I'd recommend Nextel (since I work for them) but we are more expensive and tend to have poorer coverage in rural areas. We're mostly for people who can take advantage of the walkie talkie feature and business users.

The T-Mob seems to have the best plans out there, don't know what their service is like.
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Old 11-05-2003, 09:41 AM
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yep, im teeing up for the week after thanksgiving to switch.
WNP should drive some great offers from all providers.

nextel- i had one for approx 1 year on a project. it worked great, but i hated that damn walkie-talkie feature. i didnt enjoy being SO accessible to everyones whims. i prefer to let calls go to VM if the call isnt urgent, and with the nextel WT feature, everyone though that the slightest problem needed immediate attention. it was a VERY short leash!

it seems that T-mobile coverage is acceptable is most metro areas and decent size cities, as well as along most interstates and major hiways as they utilize other carriers towers in many areas...

but, it also looks that there are VAST areas in the boonies that NO SERVICE will be available (even roaming to other carriers) ie: older analog phones will probably roam to other carriers, where the GSM phones may not be able to (if ive been correctly informed)

TM even has major disclaimers stating that even 911 calls will not connect many areas. i keep a old hardwired phone that came with my MB that WILL connect to 911 even without having a account or provider. (i tested it reporting several traffic accidents)
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Old 11-05-2003, 10:59 AM
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AWS also has a GSM network. They are moving from the American TDMA standard to GSM, hence have two parallel wireless networks. You can see this reflected in their rate plans - they offer "TDMA" plans and "Next Generation" plans.

Be aware that not all GSM phones can be used in Europe. The U.S. uses different frequencies for cellular - 800MHz and 1900MHz, vs 900MHz and 1800MHz in Europe. There are lots of GSM phones which support only the North American frequencies.

I don't find unlocked phones to be all that important. For one thing, it's possible to get any given phone unlocked - just check Ebay. As well, when signing a service contract, the carrier will heavily subsidize a new phone so you get it free, or at minimal cost. So the ability to use your old phone on a new network doesn't seem that valuable to me.

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Old 11-05-2003, 09:02 PM
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We had t-mobile for a year. The customer service was OK. In fact, pretty much everything was OK except the signal. Our reception was pretty good everywhere except at home (even 5 blocks away from home was strong). The text, internet and e-mail services were nice, although I regularly got a couple spam messages within a day of checking e-mail through the phone that I never got otherwise --??

We chose t-mobile over at&t because i don't like it when open, public standards (like GSM) become proprietized by some company. Provided you get good reception, I'd recommend t-mobile.
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Old 11-05-2003, 11:02 PM
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I have T-Mobile and like snibble sport the samsung s105. Great phone and great service. I travel alot within the states and have never had a problem getting service. When I'm home I'm on cingular's towers but still have a great signal. Also note that not only the service provider but also the type of phone you have determine your signal. Some phones have better reception than others. My only beef with TM is that they charge you for a whole minute even if you use only a second and that the call orginates when you hit SEND rather than when the call is connected. But they still have the best plans and blow all the other companies out of the water (trust me I know, I've had them all). Good luck.

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Old 11-05-2003, 11:53 PM
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I have Verizon. I am on a shared plan with my parents and sister. We get 2000 shared anytime minutes, unlimited nights and weekends, free nationwide long distance, no roaming, caller id, etc, and it costs me $15 a month. I can't complain...

We've had Verizon, or whatever Verizon used to be [Ameritech, A Bell, etc] since 1982. I say pick a company and stick with it. When you are with them a long time, they take care of you. I rarely have a problem, and when I do, it is immediately fixed
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Old 11-06-2003, 11:03 AM
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I have T-Mobile. Chose them at the time because it was the cheapest way to get into a family plan and get a couple of actual out-of-pocket costs ran $ two Nokia 3900 series phones. Dependable and few frills...but I want a phone, not a TV/PC/Video Arcade/Camera!

I made the switch because my Sprint phone was giving me problems and eventually, didn't work in most areas...kinda worthless to pay for a phone if you can't use it. But it seemed that when i tried to upgrade services or get different phones, that the charges were ridiculous! All of the incentives were geared to new customers only. So the pitch to the loyal customers was "screw you, we already got your account!"

I am watching the number portability issue as well. T-Mobile (and a few others) plan to absorbs the tech costs for now, but the rest of you with other carriers, watch your bills closely!
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:44 PM
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Regarding WNP Charges/Fees

G-Benz is correct about carriers charging a fee for WNP. There are significant network costs to this capability that the government has mandated and supplied NO money for. If you port your number from your existing carrier to a new carrier, all of your calls will hit the incumbent carrier's switch and then be directed to your new carriers switch. This means that the incumbent carrier's switching resources will be tied up to redirect a call that does not generate any revenue for them.

There are several other unfunded government mandates on wireless carriers as well CALEA being one of them along with E911. All the costs associated with these programs must be borne by the carrier unless they decide to share the burden with the consumer (who derives all the benefits of these programs). Not to complain about them, but if/when you do see a charge for something like this, understand what is going on behind it.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:56 AM
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11-06-2003, 11:44 AM

Last post on this thread before us. See the year?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by aklim View Post
11-06-2003, 11:44 AM

Last post on this thread before us. See the year?

Raji85's post should be deleted, as it is blatant phishing. Brand new member posts on an ancient thread with a link to a cell phone unlock (hacker) website.

Ax the post and permanent ban for the poster
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by cmbdiesel View Post
Raji85's post should be deleted, as it is blatant phishing. Brand new member posts on an ancient thread with a link to a cell phone unlock (hacker) website.

Ax the post and permanent ban for the poster
Can't we just move his membership over to Benzworld?
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:06 PM
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I'm happy with my T-mobile prepaid. $1/day for unlimited text and web + $.15/min. Decent coverage, although the 3G is a bit slow... I use a unlocked smartphone, so the internets the main thing, I can even VoIP over the 3G and not pay for outgoing calls...

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