Thoughts After One Week Of Using T-Mobile. (Oh The Liberation of Unlimited)

Well it’s T-Mobile Tuesday once again and this marks the one week anniversary of me ditching AT&T after a decade of being a loyal customer.

Growing up unless you had a Sidekick, T-Mobile was looked at like a cut rate carrier.  I’m happy to report that’s not really the case anymore.  And I don’t think it’s been that way for some time.

This was the perfect week to sample my new service as I was going to be traveling around all of my favorite spots, not only in Philadelphia, but New Jersey as well.

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Here are some screen shots of the results of Speed Tests done throughout the week.  You’ll notice that they average well over 30Mbps at most times.  (please forgive the wifi icon on the screen shots.  I was on wifi when I took the screen shots not when I performed the tests)

The most impressive was the 60Mbps when I was on the Market-Frankford Line (Philadelphia’s underground subway).

I’d have to say one of my favorite things about making a switch to an Unlimited plan was being able to go into my iPhone settings and allow any and all apps to use data since I no longer was afraid of going over my limit.  Also, as a big Spotify user I could now stream online music with the same lack of worry.

With that being said I used a whopping 4.2Gb of T-Mobile data in 7 days.  Now keep in mind since I was traveling my Wifi usage was minimal.

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Another interesting thing to note is the time the phone spent searching for a signal.  Now the only time I’ve noticed it didn’t have service is in my old basement office (where I didn’t get AT&T either) plus I’m always on wifi so with wifi calling and iMessage I really went on without noticing.  It is worth noting however that over the course of the last 7 days the phone spent 5% of it’s battery life trying to find that signal.

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I did not particularly notice the battery drain but that could have been in part of the Apple Smart Battery Case, I was using for some of the week.

The most important thing is that I finally feel like I’m using the phone in the way that Steve Jobs envisioned.  Without limitations!

I hope this was helpful for you.  If you’re thinking about making the switch and have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

The Battle of the Unlimited Plans. UPDATED

Let me start off by saying that you need to do some basic research on which carrier is going to be best supported in your area.  There’s no need in saving $10-$20 a month and not be able to make phone calls when you need to.

With that being said, let me take this opportunity to break down all of the new “Unlimited” plans that all major US carriers are providing.

Highlighted in yellow are the best deals and red are the worst deals.

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As you process that here are some things you absolutely need to think about.

  1.  Sprint’s current pricing is “Promotional Pricing” stating that in March 2018 these “Unlimited Plans” pricing and data will change making your 3rd and 4th line $30 each.
  2. T-Mobile’s pricing is a flat rate after taxes and fees.  This is really a nice deal since all the other carriers are going to hit you with $7-10 each month for that. (Pricing reflects using auto-pay)
  3. There is no activation fee if you are already a T-Mobile user. (They charge you for the sim card)

I think it’s absurd that AT&T doesn’t offer a Mobile Hotspot option especially when being the most expensive option.

So if you’re considering changing the plan on your current carrier or switching carriers completely like I did the data is all here.  I can’t remind you enough that you really need to do some homework on coverage in the areas you spend the most.  I know that T-Mobile is very strong in Philadelphia and I’ve had a great experience with it from the areas outside of Philadelphia I spend the most time in.

Feel free to ask any questions down below in the comments field.  And be sure to check out my T-Mobile testimonial coming later this week.

UPDATE!

Wow so in the week that originally posted this blog I had no idea that things were just heating up.  Here are some updates that you need to know about if you’re considering changing your plan or carrier.

AT&T:  Now offering 10Gb of data tethering option with all Unlimited plans. This keeps them competitive with everyone else.

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This is what I LOVE about T-Mobile.  They’re extremely competitive when it comes to having the best to offer their customers.  Starting March 1, 2017, T-Mobile will now offer 3 lines for $100 taxes and fees included!  This $41 cheaper than their previous offerings as seen on the chart above.  So if you or your family need 3 lines you’re landing at just over $33 per line for unlimited data.  Unreal!

So lets recap the best options (remember do your homework on carrier maps) for each lines:

1 Line – Sprint but I don’t feel great about their coverage map or the face that the deal is going to change in 2018.  T-Mobile is most likely going to be the best overall option at $70 flat with a larger data pool and better overall cover.  Plus your taxes and fees are included.

2 Lines – T-Mobile again is going to take his one.

3 Lines – as well because for $100 taxes and fees included T-Mobile is going to offer you 3 lines.  Same as the cost as 2.  Plus it’s $50+ cheaper than Verizon and AT&T.

4 Lines – This is where T-Mobile likes to blur the lines a bit.  They say anything after your 2nd line is “Free” so with that pricing model 3 lines will cost you $100 flat but 4 lines total will cost you $141.  (Same as 3 lines on their pervious plan).

I hate to admit it but this crazy man is doing it right.

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For more information, I recently made the switch to T-Moblie.  You can read all about it here.

Feel free to comment blow with any additional questions.

Goodbye AT&T and Hello T-Mobile Tuesday

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Well after 10 years of loyal service to AT&T, I finally made the switch to T-Mobile.

I’m not the first and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s considered switching cell phone providers.  I would bet many of your reading this have at least considered it for one reason or another.  Well here, I’ll break down why I switched and what the process was like.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have because it was far different of an experience than I thought it would be.

So this is a move I’ve been considering since the day I ordered the iPhone 7 on launch day (unlocked).  The unlocked part is important because it allows me to jump from carrier to carrier however often I’d like without a contract.

So I’ve been with AT&T for almost 10 years.  I’ve had a great customer experience and never had major issues with them.  It wasn’t until recently I started going over my data plan.  Honestly $15 for an extra Gigabyte of data to get me through the month doesn’t bother me at all.  A few months later they offered me a plan 1GB more than my original plan for just $5 more each month.  No brainer.

Except I didn’t read the find print because no one does… This meant after my data plan now instead of having an option to go to another 1GB at full LTE speeds for $15 I was stuck on 128kb per second data speeds which is slower than a messenger pigeon.

I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of plan comparisons but T-Mobile and Verizon were now offering plans that offered 4x more data than I was getting on AT&T for the same price plus a ton of other attractive features.

So I said “Fuck it why not” and walked over to T-Mobile and made the switch.  Here is where it gets interesting.

To my disbelief it was so easy.  Having worked in Apple retail (selling iPhone plans at times) I was preparing myself for the worst.  When you know your current credentials (which lets be honest a lot do NOT) it becomes so easy!  I was set with my new plan with a ton of data for a great set price (Actually lower than what I was paying at AT&T) and my number had moved over to my current phone.

Being that my experience was so effortless the sales person at T-Mobile made me aware of some other services they offer as I’m sure they have to but I was done and out the door in less than 15 minutes.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

If you’re considering doing the same here are somethings I would check prior to going into  a store:

  • Is your current phone “Unlocked” if you plan on using your existing device?
  • Do you currently own money on that phone to your current carrier?
  • Do you know your account number/pin for your current carrier?
  • Are you the primary account holder of your current account? (If your still on your parents account just stop you’re an adult)

Knowing all of this ahead of time made it much easier than I ever would have imagined.  Now the real test.  Is the service as good as my service was with AT&T?  Good news is I can always switch back since I bought the iPhone unlocked.  Expect a follow up blog to this in a month or so and I’ll let you know how I feel about the service.  Until I’m really excited I made the switch.

T-Mobile Tuesday