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Old 12-06-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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We have been Verizon Phone users for decades and are considering switching at least one phone to T-Mobile.

First T-Mobile works in both Canada and the USA on the same plan.

Second we would get the 6 gigabyte plan. The Data plan also works in both the USA and Canada.

Third, In the USA you get unlimited data for Netflix, Hulu, Sling and others if you have a six gig data plan, Streamin on the listed networks (there are more than my list) does not count against the 6 Gig blan..

We plan to give it a try before our trip to NL.

If you are a T-Mobile user please report your experience.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:44 AM   #2
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I too would be interested in experiences with T mobile. Now on verizon and like the idea of the options you mention not counting against data.


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Old 12-06-2015, 09:52 AM   #3
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I switched to Cricket wireless.

owned by ATT and uses their network

prepaid so no extra taxes

can increase data (and reduce it) anytime. If you increase, the charge is pro rated but not the data (eg 1/2 in the month you go up one step of data - $10/ month so it will cost $5, but you get all the data for the new plan on top of what you have already used)

if you run over your data (and do not increase) your data speed is throttled way back. So no overage charges.

There is an app that allows some phones to be tethered to laptops, some others allow the use of the phone as a hotspot for an extra charge.

You can use most GSM phones on cricket

Have had them for a year now - good value for the bucks.

BTW, keep your old CDMA phone (verizon, sprint) - in the USA you can call 911 for free on any cell phone even if no sim card/ phone account etc is set up. Great back up plan for emergencies.

I am a USA user only (so far) .

Another communication option I think is worth considering (as a backup or if one is really on a tight budget) is Google hangouts APP. This allows free calls to USA/Canada numbers - you need a google account (gmail address) and a good internet connection. you get a free phone number so others can call you too. Many options on vice mail, vm to text messages, call forwarding etc
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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I switched to T-Mobile about 6 months ago, dropped my ATT senior plan. No contract and unlimited data for streaming. I use blue tooth and Pandora in my cars, no longer need XM or Sirius.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:40 AM   #5
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Jim,

Two questions... Do you use it for streaming on say Netflix? How much data do you have?


My original purpose was data while in Canada.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:39 PM   #6
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I only have 1 gig data @ 4 g LTE and unlimited 3 g afterwards
I only use it for radio right now
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:01 PM   #7
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We've been with T-Mobile for many years on the family plan. We've thought of switching sometimes since we travel more, since T-Mobile coverage in USA isn't as good as Verizon or ATT. One thing that has kept us with T-Mobile is that they do have unlimited web and texting while overseas, which includes Canada, Mexico, and even the 3 countries we just took a river cruise through (Hungary, Austria, and Germany).
T-Mobile coverage seems to get better each year and they had really good coverage each time we visited Canada the last 4 years.
To fill in where coverage is weak, we now use a pay as you go Hotspot from Straight-talk on the Verizon network.
One good thing about T-Mobile is that you actually get unlimited web with any plan, although they say it slows down after you reach the GB number on the plan you purchase. The higher cost plans also give you a little extra roaming on the ATT network that worked where Verizon didn't at Big Bend TX this year.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:32 PM   #8
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I am very interested in following this thread.We are about ready to get new phones. We have Verizon. One issue for us has been coverage; however we like to spend time in the mountains and there are many places in the North West, as well as Nevada, where the big V does not have coverage, so maybe T-mobile is a real possibility. We would like to use Netflix when in range, so unlimited streaming is very attractive. We do want good coverage since we move around a lot, however. That is, typically we spend 4 to 6 days in a spot and move on.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:37 PM   #9
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As to coverage we are keeping one Verizon phone for the time being. Will probably just suspend my Verizon phone.
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Did your unlimited hot spot die? I know you've gotten good service out of that. Raz
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:08 PM   #11
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Did your unlimited hot spot die? I know you've gotten good service out of that. Raz
We still have our Verizon Hotspot. I've Suspend its use, (Verizon Option) for a few months.

We had Comcast installed in our place in FL. No contract required and also unlimited 25MBs wifi for $20 a month. We save $40.

I'm now responsible for our Escapee Park's Wi-fi system. It was hit by lightning this year knocking out the primary tower. My solution was for people to get a deal on Comcast while we fixed the system.

The problem with tower wi-fi is it's not fast enough for people to stream and most people want to stream though it's good for light users. It's back up and running but I'm keeping the Comcast.
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Very helpful info. Having traveled with very limited cell phone this is going to help us move ahead.
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:17 PM   #14
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T-mobile DATA coverage is very poor. Voice is OK, but if you need data - use another provider.

Personally my main phone is with T-mobile, I use it voice and data if available, but I keep a second phone from https://www.pagepluscellular.com/ (Verizon Wireless network) to have data where t-mobile is not available.

Edit: ND and MT states are not covered by T-mobile data. Absolutely. Almost no service in WY (except for Jackson Hole). Very poor coverage in UT. No coverage in Indian reservations in NM and AZ.
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