- 05-09-2013, 02:31 PM #1
Alright with all the unlocking madness going on, i want to be the first to ask you guys what networks are you using and if your getting LTE or 3G speeds on other networks as tmobile, or simple mobile and other networks, Chime in here, I'll be getting my phone on T-mobile tomorrow so i'll also post my experiences here.
- 05-09-2013, 04:41 PM #2
I have gotten "4g" on my 920 using a T-Mobile SIM here in Houston but it wasn't very fast but I was also in a DT building that doesn't get the best signal. I am really curious if we will be able to pick up T-Mobile LTE.
- 05-09-2013, 05:40 PM #4
I think we should be able to pick up LTE, but there isn't LTE in my area yet. Should be here in Orange County hopefully by summer. They already worked on the tower near my house, I used to get 1-2 bars on 1900, but now I get 4-5.
- 05-09-2013, 06:15 PM #6
AT&T was planning to deploy LTE on AWS, but their merger failed, so as part of the breakup agreement they had to give T-Mobile a bunch of their AWS licenses.
T-Mobile is rolling out LTE on AWS. Usually that means they have to take some of that AWS away from HSPA and move it over to PCS (1900). That's what the refarm is all about.
- 05-10-2013, 05:30 PM #11
Why are people bothering with going with T-Mobile, when you could just get StraightTalk for $45 a month for unlimited. Straightalk is an MVNO for ATT and TMobile, and uses their towers. So you can save yourself some money going w/ Straighttalk.
- 05-10-2013, 07:45 PM #12
Also, Straight Talk customer service sucks. I have to wait on hold for twenty minutes, before I even get to talk to a person. Then it takes another ten minutes, sometimes longer to resolve my problem. Sometimes their customer service lines are so busy, they can't even put you on hold, they just say to call back later.
Right now I actually have Straight Talk on AT&T, but I've been trying out T-Mobile on a prepaid plan. There are some things I like, and some things I don't. So far, I've gotten good speeds on AWS, typically 9-15 Mbps down. On PCS, if I remember correctly, I get 7-11 Mbps down.
Indoor coverage with PCS seems to be improved, my home used to get 1-2 bars, now I get 4-5. I've always had 4-5 bars on AWS.
At school, in one building I get 1-2 bars of HSPA on Straight Talk. On T-Mobile AWS, I got 1-2 bars also, but at one point it did drop to EDGE until I cycled the radio (Airplane Mode). I haven't tested it in a building where I got no service before. Didn't get a chance to yet.
At a local WalMart where I've had issues with both AT&T and T-Mobile years back, Straight Talk gives me 1-3 bars, T-Mobile gives me 1-3 bars.
So T-Mobile indoor coverage doesn't seem to be as bad as it was before, but I haven't taken my phone to everywhere I've wanted to test it yet.
My only problem so far with T-Mobile is at my brother's school. I don't know if they're still working on the tower there or what, but I'll have either good or decent signal, but my speeds will be 10Mbps one minute, but then 0.5Mbps the next for no obvious reason. Sometimes pages don't even load. So I think AT&T wins in network reliability, at least for data.
- 05-10-2013, 08:49 PM #13
- 05-13-2013, 04:42 AM #15
Now w/ T-Mobile, you pay $60 for what I would say is the equivalent level of service. Yes, you might get tethering now, but most people don't use that feature.
Just don't think people should rule ST out immediately without trying it. Luckily it's month to month, so you can switch if you're not happy.
- 05-13-2013, 02:29 PM #16
Anyway, on to my on-topic comment. What kind of speeds are people getting with their unlocked 920's on Tmo? I am getting really unreliable speeds which makes me think I will have to get a Rogers 920 instead. I work in the DC area and metro in from Rockville and the speeds I'm seeing are not very good. Just ported my number form at&t so not sure is that makes a difference but I'm also seeing the same thing with my L900 so I'm guessing the refarm is either not complete or just not very good in my areas.
- 05-13-2013, 03:00 PM #18
- 05-13-2013, 03:36 PM #19
My speeds are pretty consistent. With poorer signal, I'll get 4-7 down. I did find one place where I'll get 11 down one minute, and no data the next. Very strange, maybe they're working on a tower there.
- 05-13-2013, 03:44 PM #20
- 05-13-2013, 04:45 PM #21Network Management: Data traffic of postpaid plans with limited high-speed data allotments greater than 2 GB will be prioritized over other currently offered plans during periods of congestion. Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users, or significant roaming.
So unless you have a two year contract w/ Tmobile, you will still have to deal with caps.
Anyway, not trying to convince you otherwise, just saying that Straighttalk might be a viable option for people to try.
- 05-13-2013, 05:13 PM #22
- 05-13-2013, 05:42 PM #23
So that one trouble spot I had with T-Mobile, I sort of found the problem. When I connect to an AWS tower in that area (Lumia 521), my download speed sucks, or I get nothing at all. When I connect to a PCS tower by rebooting, cycling airplane mode, or switching to my 920, my data speeds are fine. T-Mobile phones that support both AWS and PCS seem to be programmed to prefer an AWS signal over a PCS signal, even if the PCS signal is stronger. Anyway, I guess the AWS tower in that particular area is being worked on, while the PCS tower there is running fine.
- 05-13-2013, 06:39 PM #24
Now if you need the tethering that Tmobile provides as part of their service, and it's worth the extra $15 to $25/month then certainly go with that.
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