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Daemon
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reply to Thinkdiff

Re: T-Mobile Monthly4G Plans

I've been testing it out on my older iPhone 4. In SF, they finally have 3G coverage on the 1900MHz band, but, for some reason, the 'holding it wrong' signal dropping issue is extremely severe for this phone on the T-mobile network (never had an issue with AT&T). I go from 4 bars of 3G to losing signal, to hopping on 2 bars of EDGE as soon as I pick up the phone. I'm guessing AT&T is not using 1900MHz for 3G coverage in the bay area, and that particular frequency is problematic.

So I can't really browse the internet on it. I have been using it in the car on long trips to stream pandora indefinitely, and that has been working great, though.

Also, while I'm supposed to have to pay more for tethering, the personal hotspot feature just works, so I end up with 4GB of data and tethering for $30 a month.

We have now 2 iPads and an iPhone on a shared data plan on AT&T. BS $36 activation fees aside, with 3 devices the prices are fairly reasonable, and I can up my data from 1GB to 4GB for $30 more per month. Since that includes tethering and works better than t-mobile's network, I'm going to just let my t-mobile SIM expire.

It's a shame, because I'm no fan of AT&T's lobbying or in-bed-with-NSA policies, but I can't go back to 80% EDGE coverage once I'm used to LTE.
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skeechan
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I dunno, I'm on board with a talk/data plan that costs the same as AT&T's data alone.

Daemon
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said by skeechan:

I dunno, I'm on board with a talk/data plan that costs the same as AT&T's data alone.

even if that data is EDGE?
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skeechan
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Hmmm, edge...I think I'd rather have my toenails pulled out with a rusty pair of pliers, and then be kicked in the nuts followed by a punch in the face.


Thinkdiff
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reply to Daemon
The AT&T Shared plans are useless if you have even one dumb phone that doesn't need data. My current plan is around $150/month, depending on the taxes, for 2 iPhones and a dumb phone. If I switch to shared, yea.. I can add my iPad for $10, but my base rate goes up to $180+tax with less data starting out than 3 individual data plans.

So instead of giving AT&T $25/month for 2GB, I'll give T-Mobile $30 for effectively unlimited. But I agree, Edge is a killer. Hoping the coverage is better once I get back to Los Angeles.
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skeechan
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Just like ya said, got the nano-SIM today and had no problem activating on the $30/mo deal. I'm getting about 3Mb from 3G. Saves me $15 over Straight Talk on this spare phone.