Why Now Is A Great Time to Be a T-Mobile Customer

A few years ago, T-Mobile was borderline sick. The spectrum crunch was felt in full force by T-Mobile customers around the country. 1,500 milliseconds pings and dropped calls galore peeked their heads at every opportunity.

T-Mobile’s smaller customer base accompanied by its use of non-standard frequencies for network operation made it nearly impossible for T-Mobile to garner flagship handsets, further compounding the  “greener pastures” appeal of competitors’ networks.

To add insult to injury, T-Mobile had no roadmap to rollout LTE and no cash or spectrum in sight to do so even if they wanted. Even though their DC-HSPA network, also called HSPA+ 42, could hold its own against its competitors’ LTE networks, the minds of many were already made up with the help of competitors’ advertising. T-Mobile was hardly in a place to offer competitive service in a large number of markets. Things were so rough, in fact, for good old Magenta, that its European parent company, Deutsche Telekom, even attempted to cut its losses and sell T-Mobile in its entirety to AT&T.

Thankfully for us T-Mobile fans and customers, the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T never made it through all the necessary rungs of governmental approval; AT&T was unable to find a buyer for all of the divestments required by regulators. As a result, T-Mobile received an excellent breakup package of a whopping $3 billion in cash and $1 billion worth of spectrum, as well as a cross-usage newtork agreement allowing T-Mobile and AT&T customers to roam on one another’s networks.


With this newfound pile of cash and much-needed 1900 mHz spectrum, T-Mobile began their massive network modernization efforts, also called ‘reframing.’

T-Mobile formerly used the PCS band, the 1900 MHz spectrum range, for EDGE data and voice, and 1700 and 2100 MHz, called the AWS band, for 3G and 4G services. With the refarm, T-Mobile began splitting its HSPA+ service between the PCS band and the AWS band, with plans to eventually move the majority of its HSPA+ operation over to the PCS band. This translates to two things: interoperability of handsets and room for LTE on the AWS band.


This is a great thing for customers and T-Mobile’s business alike. Whereas customers were previously relegated to EDGE data when bringing their own handset (the iPhone being the most notorious example, but any other AT&T or international phone falls under this umbrella as well), now, in a growing number of markets, customers are able to take advantage of HSPA+ 21 data service with virtually any unlocked handset.


With T-Mobile’s network operating with a greater degree of harmony among domestic and foreign networks, flagship devices will be more easily obtainable due to the fact that manufacturers won’t need to implement custom/seldom used radios for just a small handful of carriers, bringing a wider variety of devices to T-Mobile’s lineup.

Now, more so than ever before, T-Mobile has a full and diverse portfolio of devices from the top and most desirable manufacturers running the latest and greatest operating systems. Google has always been nice to TMo, releasing its GSM variants of Nexus devices with AWS support, which has in a way always made T-Mobile the carrier of choice for the techy and tinkerer. Now, with the newfound iPhone 5 with AWS support, Nokia’s Lumia line of handsets sporting Windows Phone, and Blackberry’s newest offerings all gracing TMo’s airwaves, T-Mobile has a more robust and colorful smartphone lineup than ever.

And of course, the additional AWS spectrum and the reallocation of HSPA+, T-Mobile finally have a roadmap to rollout LTE.

Spectrum, Spectrum, Spectrum

If you’ve read this site for any length of time, or any other tech blog for that matter, you’ll know how vitally important spectrum is to the operation of a mobile network.

Spectrum can make or break a carrier’s ability to compete, so it’s easy to see why it’s discussed so frequently in the wireless industry. The more spectrum a carrier has, the more robust data connections are, the fewer dropped calls, and the greater number of simultaneous connections. Think of spectrum as a roadway. More spectrum means wider lanes and a lower degree of congestion.

Spectrum is one of the biggest reasons that now and the coming years are going to be great for T-Mobile and its customers. In addition to the breakup spectrum awarded to T-Mobile by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon also recently completed a spectrum swap, allowing TMo to cover an additional 60 million customers and offer more robust coverage in several top markets.

With the newly completed T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger, even more spectrum is brought into play. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, T-Mobile plans to deactivate MetroPCS’s CDMA network and roll that spectrum into the GSM footprint. This will give T-Mobile serious competitive edge, having even more spectrum than even Verizon and AT&T in some areas.

Details are still emerging, but T-Mobile also is expected to bid on 600 mHz spectrum chunks next year.

Two Unlimited ‘4G’s

T-Mobile’s newly nascent LTE Network is by no means ubiquitous at this point, but having two ‘4G’ technologies means that you probably won’t mind being outside of LTE reach because Magenta’s backup HSPA+ network is nearly as fast.

Though it’s debated whether T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network should be called 4G or something else along the lines of 3G+, HSPA+ can definitely stand on its own against LTE, even surpassing the speeds of some competitors’ LTE speeds in certain areas.

And this is T-Mobile’s fallback network.

With Verizon or Sprint, being outside of an LTE area puts you on CDMA 3G, called EVDO. Real-world speeds of EVDO range from 500 Kbps up to about 2 Mbps on a good day, meaning that there is a very, very large gap between EVDO and LTE performance, leaving much to be desired.

T-Mobile’s fallback HSPA+ network, which it still calls 4G, can provide real-world speeds of over 15 Mbps, meaning that in the absence of LTE, your phone, tablet, or hotspot can cruise along the interwebs at around the same speed, or even faster, than Verizon’s LTE network in some market.

The best thing about this is that both of these networks will be simultaneously active. And T-Mobile actually still offer unlimited data on both of these networks, unlike some larger rivals.

All in all, the combination of recent cash, spectrum, and technology will give T-Mobile a distinct advantage in the market.

  • mingkee

    LTE finally comes to Brooklyn, but I found “fast” APN is bad when uploading/downloading large (>100MB) files. Fortunately, I added “epc” APN on my note 2 and problem fixed.

    • curtl

      What exactly was the problem you were having? Using the epc APN should connect you to HSPA+, not LTE. It’s possible there was a problem with LTE and using HSPA+ instead fixed it.

  • Will

    T-Mobile left me stranded last night in Fairfax, VA (if that wasn’t bad enough on its own). “Unable to connect to data network” means no gps directions. Thankfully, I remembered to bring my Verizon iPad with me and could tether the iPhone to it so I could get back to civilization (Maryland).

    • superg05
      • xmiro

        great site, although calling doesn’t hurt either. I logged a problem where our phones couldn’t dial out and kept giving ‘Error’. It was fixed in about a couple of days

    • Quan Bui

      Just a thought, if you use GPS regularly, you could use an offline GPS program. I use Sygic for my GPS and it doesn’t matter if I have data… as long as GPS is turned on, you’re connected forever!

    • John Rocke

      I use Nav Free for a offline GPS navigation backup to Google Maps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL It lets you download entire states and POIs and Address search is offline. Navigation works offline too. Not the best but should be enough to get you back to an area with data.

      I’m guessing in this case you were roaming on att and could still call/text.

      • kolijboy234

        Have you really used this app extensively? It’s not ready for prime time, and certainly should not be recommended as a substitute for having what I consider to be basic data service along major highways. I was on US Interstate 76 this morning, not five minutes outside of Akron, and lost data service – it said “E” on the signal indicator, but the phone couldn’t connect to the internet. This is unacceptable for a supposedly nationwide service that is seeking to be competitive. And suggestions like these, though obviously well-intentioned, are merely bandaids on a bullet wound.

        • Wyn6

          While perhaps a “bandaid on a bullet wound” Nokia offline maps also includes morphine-like pain relief. Providing you own a Nokia Windows Phone device, of course.

    • superg05

      Google lets to cahce a whole city or route but you have to do it

  • hello

    Who cares about LTE in New York.. What about the rest of us in the US stuck on 2G? Wake up T-Mobile!

  • unfaix

    Voice and data is still shit at where I live, they’ve been “monitoring” my reception for over two months.

    I still have not receive the signal booster.

    • Aguilar

      Did you already order the signal booster? If yes, just wait.

      • unfaix

        I requested one, and they said they cant just give out like that.

        They’ll have to monitor my signal and such and then send it out if deemed required.

        It’s been months.

        I even tried the reporting feature of they official test application, one corner of the house has basically zero data rate and if I hold the phone just right, it’ll connect to another tower and everything works.

        Forget about talking on the phone while walking around the house, that’s ground for disconnection, they dont believe me that i’m on the edge of two tower and all of the phone are not smart enough to just stick to one that works.

  • baker estat

    Go T-Mobile. Stop talking about T-Mobile being slow. I’m in a small city, and get 20 MBPS down!

    • Vladmir4


      Scranton, PA, i80. 5/27/13, 9:20PM, Down – 0.72Mbps, Up – 0.57Mbps.

      Biggest Down achieved: Chicago, IL, 5/4/13 6:45PM – 18.5Mbps.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        Who wants to bet this guy (who wont stop posting “poor speeds” in random posts), is faking it. Based on other postings, Vlad here has a big stick up his butt about tmo, and I think he is just trying to be defamatory. Ive NEVER seen anything less than 1mbps on tmo 4g. I would assume you are standing in your mom’s basement when you test, vlad.

    • GinaDee

      No you see. The problem I have with T-Mobie speeds is just how inconsistent they are.

      I call total BS anyone on this forum who makes claims that they get 20-40 Mbps down “everywhere,” they go on T-Mobile HSPA+. The only people who would openly agree with you online are T-Mobile employees or their agents.

      Speeds like that are hit and miss and generally only in spotty metro areas. Swing 20 feet in any other direction and you are back to sub 1 Mbps speeds or even worse: 2G speeds/no service.

      SoCal is a classic example. There is HSPA+ pretty much everywhere west of the mountains but speeds are poky unless you are right underneath a cell site. Even then not all sites appear to be hooked up to fiber. There is no excuse to be getting 100 Kbps speeds from a HSPA+ cell site broadcasting >60 dBM’s but T-Mobile’s network seems to be put up this way every other block.

      • Wyn6

        I call, BS is it? …to you. Everywhere I go, I’m consistently at full bars 4G. I don’t EVER and I mean EVER see 2G/Edge on my phone. Now, I live in Dallas/Fort Worth which has over 6 million people. I do not drop calls and get roughly 8-9 megs down on a pretty consistent basis.
        So, with both our posts being anecdotal at best, what this says is your mileage may vary. This is exactly the same with any carrier. I’ve talked to a ton of people with many different carriers who claim to get great service and likewise for those who claim to get poor service.
        So, I highly doubt your singular case is representative of the majority of T-Mobile users, just as mine may not be.

        • GinaDee

          I wish my post was anecdotal. It would be if I were the only one in the country who had issues with T-Mobile’s network implementation.

          There are more network related complaints about T-Mobile than any other US wireless carrier and its not because they offer full bars 4G coverage everywhere like you claim.

          It’s one thing to have bad service in someone’s basement, in the middle of Death Valley or deep in the woods. It’s another thing for a wireless provider who advertises themselves as offering “nationwide 4G,” while only offering the most skeletal faux G network out of the top 4.

          Interstate 15 is one of the busiest freeways in the country. It’s currently the only terrestrial way to get from SoCal to Vegas and back yet even Metro PCS covers the entire stretch with LTE. T-Mobile gives their customers a technology complimentary of 1998 for the majority of the stretch. Even EDGE would be better than what they offer now.

        • Fernando Caldera

          Well I personally cannot speak for SoCal, however here in the bay area(Richmond, Oakland, Vallejo, etc., I get 15 to 22 mb/s downloading on hspa+ on my nexus 4. And this is through going through a 30 mile commute.

        • Wyn6

          Actually, your post, as is mine, is anecdotal. You see, considering that you can only base your claims on your own experience and that of a relative few others, is the very example of anecdotal.
          T-Mobile has over 30 million customers (not including the 9 million MetroPCS subscribers). You, nor I, can claim to speak for all of those experiences. However, if you can provide me with the claims of a large minority of those subscribers which corroborate your own, I will gladly drop the “anecdotal” tag I have applied to your posts.

        • Will

          Well here is another person’s experience. I see very inconsistent speeds in the D.C. metro. Speeds are fast one minute and “No network connection” the next. T-Mobile really needs to fix this if they want to be a top wireless carrier.

        • gdbjr

          Glad I am not the only one seeing network inconsistency with T-Mobile in DC.

        • GinaDee

          And that’s my beef. I can deal with the lack of HSPA+ coverage as it is…. This is T-Mobile so that is kind of expected. We pay less and get less.

          It’s just the areas they have a full fledged live HSPA+ 42 Mbps network is full of holes and congested areas where the phone can’t even hit a half a meg down or is constantly flipping between 4G and EDGE.

          It’s maddening to stream audio or video anywhere on my commute. Streams constantly buffering or “no internet connection available,” even with full bars of 4G. Sprint is bad like this too. Sprint used to be fast back in 2007 but their network has gone to pits.. Network Vision and all.

          Verizon and AT&T just work. Things connect fast and remain connected until I stop them.

          I want T-Mobile to get better and I’m hoping they are reading this.

      • Fraydog

        Can’t you stick to complaining that T-Mobile removed the soda fountains in corporate headquarters?


        Look at this thread where people are complaining over and over again about Verizon being at EDGE speed on LTE in the same area you’re talking about. If you weren’t a CWA/AT&T AstroTurf plant you’d recognize this.

        Furthermore Conan already wrote a LONG editorial on here talking about the massive EDGE areas, that’s beating a dead horse. T-Mobile has come a long way in fixing their problems in urban areas, they have to do that to get the capital to deal with the rural EDGE.

  • Vladmir4

    >>Now, more so than ever before, T-Mobile has a full and diverse portfolio of devices from the top and most desirable manufacturers running the latest and greatest operating systems. <<

    BS. Even short look at ATT offer shows TWO htc one (black/islver) with 32/64Gb against ONE only (silver 32gb) option at tmobile. Same with Galaxy S4.

    • jasonmatty1

      The T-Mobile HTC ONE actually has 32GB as that is the smallest HTC is currently manufacturing.

      • Vladmir4

        Ok, 32 for HTC. But any way, no black version, no 64gb version.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          You like to whine a lot. Did someone not get their binky?

        • Pfloyd09

          No kidding. Seems like someone with that much whine should either get a bunch of cheese to go with it, or stop posting where it obviously causes so much agony. Jeez… They could just drop Tmobile and go with another carrier if it’s THAT bad.

  • truckeemike

    Sadly I am in 2g/Edge GSM area where I live in Truckee , Ca (just miles from Lake Tahoe, Ca which has 4G). I fear that small GSM plot (yes I used “plot” on purpose) is where we will remain. I have called TMO about this. (forgot # to report slow speeds.., HELP??), they say they monitors calls about poor speeds. Let me say that the Tahoe bunch, who come from EVERYWHERE, come that few miles to see our Wild yet snow ridden West, Where Charlie Chaplin filmed his greatest movie.You know the one with the blizzard?And real people now shop, rent ski condo’s et, are bound to EDGE at best ;-[. Yes I know Charlie didn’t have cell svc,back then, but WHAT ABOUT US?? We are in between Reno HSPA+, and Tahoe 4G(HSPA?). Please ‘o please grand tmonews.com King David, pass this on????

    We want a reasonable speed so these world travelers don’t go home saying T-Mo ain’t got it right, right??? OK, yes I would LOVE to walk out of my wi-fi house and be able to even Check-In, but alas not enough speed.

    David forward to T=Mo pretty pls????
    And what is the # again to report these slow speeds??
    I thank you. No bashing required I love T-Mo, for last 9 years. But, I hate ATT leftovers here.

    • Vladmir4

      THOUSANDS of truck drivers get stuck in winter time at Truckee, CA. From time to time you cant even make a call from that place. Ridiculous.

      To sweeten the pill for you, Tmo GOT 4g at Moab, UT and Leavenworth, WA. Both are tourist places.

  • Mirad77

    Good read and good write Brad. But as much as this is a well written article it doesn’t reflect the reality of everyone’s day-to-day experience with our beloved TMUS. I for one is very happy with my TMUS coverage and bill but as far as down/up speed there is a lot of fluctuation.
    Lets put is this way, the future is bright but we still have a long way to go. Last but not least, this new CEO just give me a chill and that might just be me but I don’t see hope in him.

    • TBN27

      It’s like that with all carriers. What is more important tha TMUS gets to rural areas with HSPA+, wich I notice they are doing

      • Vladmir4

        I noticed not. F.e. there is no HSPA+ in Fargo, ND (city area!).

        • TBN27

          Check their coverage male. You will see quite a few “middle of nowhere” areas that have HSPA+ away from where you are

        • Vladmir4

          I am checking it last several years. I got consistent 3-4Mbps down with outdated ATT mobile hotspot, and I got nothing with Tmobile super duper galaxy blaze 4g.

        • TBN27

          Well I live in New York. I recently went up to Windham, NY where it isn’t a big town and had 4G coverage. Away from the Dakotas in other states and such, small population areas are getting 4G coverage. It may not be a big amount but they are starting to pop up.

        • Vladmir4

          Again, 4G icon on phone task bar means nothing. I got 4G icon on some rural and suburban areas, but Speedtest shows EDGE speeds. Thats NOT 4G, thats a joke.

        • TBN27

          Well the middle of nowhere town I went to produced good 4G speeds. Again, not on North Dakota, but in upstate New York was my experience. To each his own.

        • Vladmir4

          BTW, i88 near that place is complete BLACK HOLE.

        • TBN27

          Wouldn’t know because I cannot look at my phone and drive at the same time. But according to their coverage map, I see no black hole. And from past years traveling upstate on my way to Canada by bus, there was coverage. Not 4G but coverage. Now there is a smattering of 4G coverage of 4 Gand my stopping in one of those towns proved so.

  • jose

    Probably one the best articles if not the best I have read here at tmonews.com. great job brad.!!!

    • Vladmir4

      this article repeat as a mantra dozens times.Nothing new or encouraging to be (or continue to be) a tmobile customer. You spend in McDonalds on a daily basis more that a difference in a verizon/att and tmo monthly bill.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        So considering that the difference is typically 40 bucks or more, you are saying you spend 40 bucks a day at Mcdonalds? wow. you must eat a lot of fast food and be reeeaaallllyyy fat. Maybe you should see a doctor. Hope you don’t dollar menu is with that 40 bucks.

  • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

    Honestly, I feel like T-Mobile’s EDGE covers less than AT&T’s 3G. And their HSPA+ will or already covers less than AT&T or Verizon’s LTE. I am not sure what coverage advantage they will have, really.

    • Vladmir4

      They do not have appropriate coverage even in urban area. Take a simple test: enter any mall and check your ability to make a call.

      • bobsyouruncle

        Actually the mall in my area gets far better coverage on tmo than on vzw or sprint. Sprint is a joke. I cant even get past the checkout lanes in walmart before they lose signal. besides, anyone who uses a mall as a means to test coverage is an idiot. Thats like asking someone to test their lambo speed on a dead end road. Malls notoriously cause issues with all cell phone carriers.Same goes for hospitals..

        • mall hater

          who goes to malls?

    • dtam

      this is the biggest gripe against magenta, only having 2g speeds for the majority of the network

  • Vladmir4

    5/29/13 9:47AM – Old Henry Rd and i265, Louisville, KY

    Down 2.55Mbps

    Up 1.32Mbps

    they call this 4G. Sick.

    • dtam

      just tested, speen st, framingham, ma

      down 13.822
      up 11.07

      • Vladmir4

        Summit IL, 11:38pm

        down 4.55
        up 1.01

        • Bobsyouraunt

          New York, 32.653 down and 12.438 up
          Beat that Verizon!

    • Pfloyd09

      That is on the edge of town, almost in the sticks. Gimme a break. I worked downtown Louisville for 2 years, and roamed all over that city, and had GREAT Tmo service. I recently moved to Salt Lake City, and get 13mbps down rather consistently.

  • tech916

    F you tmobile as soon as my contract is up in December you can kiss my A-$$

  • Alex Zapata

    As much as I love T-Mobile and as excited as I am about the new LTE network there’s 2 things they really need to take care of: coverage and consistency, with a big emphasis on consistency. It’s great that I can get ~30mb/s around my house, but what good does that do me if the rest of the time my latency and speeds are mediocre at best in about 80% of the places I’ve been to? Maybe they should look into small cells like Verizon. I don’t know, but consistency would probably help a lot.

    • Vladmir4

      they do not have money, thats why they do not have consistency.

      • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

        They have $4 billion dollars. That’s $4 billion more than AT&T has put in their crap network in the last year,

        • Baxter DeBerry

          theyve pretty much have spent the 4 billion on lte, refram amongst other things

        • M42

          Actually they had $6 billion.

        • M42

          Actually they had $6 billion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    Wake up people you’ve been sleeping you really believe at and fee went through all that for nothing? The “merger”was supposed to fail, they never intended to acquire trust the true plan is yet to come, lol at people who believe this merger it was all a farce

  • tech916

    Tmobile is full of deceit and Lies and as soon as I am released from my Contract Goodbye Suckers and Hello Big Red

    • Brandon

      Have fun paying out the ass for service! I was a Verizon customer for 5 years and I was paying about $100 a month for unlimited data (I was grandfathered in, now you’d be lucky to get 2 GB for that), 1000 texts (to anyone, including Verizon customers), and about 500 shared minutes. Not to mention a whopping 700 Kbps down on Verizon’s amazing [sarcasm] 3G network! I switched to T-Mobile about a month ago and got the S4, I now pay $90 a month for unlimited everything [down to $70 when I have the phone paid off], no contract so I can leave whenever I want (as long as I pay off the phone), and I regularly get 7-12 Mbps down on HSPA! We’re also getting LTE sometime in the next few months. Verizon has been telling me for 1.5 years that we’re getting LTE soon.

      Have fun getting raped by Verizon. They can do whatever the hell they want because they don’t care if they lose one customer because they have 90 million more. T-mobile can’t do ballsy things like that because they want to keep their customers.

      • Vladmir4

        BS. For those who travel a lot – verizon is a must. I got solid 10mbs down in a middle of nowhere (NE i80) with verizon where tmo just sucks. So keep your BS stories with you.

        • Brandon

          How is my story BS? Everything is based in fact. Of course T-Mobile isn’t as wide spread as Verizon, but I’ve had a much better experience with T-Mobile in NJ than I have with Verizon speed wise. I drove 170 miles from South Jersey to North Jersey and I was only on Edge for no longer than 15 minutes total, most of the 3 hour drive was either spent on HSPA/HSPA+ and some on LTE. Verizon has 3G all over NJ, but only certain areas have LTE. Also if you’re in an area with WiFi it doesn’t matter if you don’t get a strong signal from a T-Mobile tower. Not the same for Verizon though!

        • Vladmir4

          Very easy. Novody cares about NJ. Take a trip 100 miles away and you got no signal. Virginia, Pennsylvania i80, NY i88/i81/i84 – all have crappy coverage. Urban areas ok. But if you travel just a leap out of town – thats it.

        • Brandon

          By that same horrible argument, nobody cares about where you live either. I love it how you call my story BS simply because you don’t live in NJ and coverage apparently sucks for you. Sucks for you buddy, it’s fine for me!

  • Brandon

    I guess I picked a great time to switch from Verizon to T-Mobile! I was a Verizon customer for 5 years and was paying $140 for 1000 texts to anyone [including VZW customers], unlimited data (grandfathered in), and about 500 shared minutes. My mom had a dumb phone so her share was only about $40 even with her teacher’s 15% discount! I was leery of switching to T-Mobile because I remember a few years ago one of my college roommates had T-Mobile and his service was horrible compared to Verizon and AT&T. When my current roommate (in a different city) switched to T-Mobile from Sprint and said it was great and I saw for myself I cancelled my contract with VZW and jumped ship to T-Mobile!

    I now pay $90 for unlimited everything and it will drop down to $70 when I pay off the phone. I was also getting a whopping 700 Kbps down on Verizon’s 3G, I now regularly get 5-10 Mbps down on HSPA and we’re getting LTE in the next month or two, we already have it an hour away where I work. Verizon has been telling me for 1.5 years that we’re going to get LTE.

    I will admit that T-Mobile’s 3G/4G coverage isn’t nearly as good as Verizon’s 3G coverage in NJ, but it’s definitely getting there! On my daily commute from Vineland, NJ to Mount Laurel, NJ my data never completely drops out but it will drop me down to Edge for about 5-10 minutes total in places out of the total 45-70 minutes I drive. A friend who has had T-Mobile in Vineland for years says that it sucks anywhere outside of Vineland and he’s leaving as soon as his contract is done. But then again he has the original Samsung Galaxy and I have the S4. Two weekends ago I went from Vineland, NJ to Park Ridge, NJ (complete opposite end of the state) and I wouldn’t lose 3G for more than about 20 minutes total out of the 3 hour ride. Granted Verizon’s 3G wouldn’t drop at all but I would be stuck on 500-1000 Kbps down for the majority of the drive.

    The one thing that does confuse is me that on the outskirts of Vineland I’ll drop down to Edge for a few minutes until I toggle Airplane mode, then it will connect to HSPA (+), it shouldn’t even be on Edge at all considering the tower is about 5 miles away. Also yesterday I was about 5 miles away from the tower and was getting a whopping 0.1 Mbps down, as I got closer to it (under 2 miles away) it jumped up to the normal 5-7 Mbps down, still on HSPA. What gives T-Mobile? Is your transmission power really that weak??

    • Nada Hin

      So glad I came upon your post! My family and I are looking to switch to T-mobile from Sprint.I live in Washington Township in Gloucester county, NJ and wasn’t sure whether switching to T-mobile would offer less coverage than Sprint(coverage kinda sucks) or not. How is you’re LTE/HSPA+ coverage in other areas of NJ? My mom works mostly in Philadelphia, so I know she won’t have any problems, but me and my brother are mostly in NJ(Gloucester county, Voorhees, and occasionally New Brunswick) for work and school so that’s my main concern.

      • Brandon

        The only areas I spend a lot of time in are in Vineland (I live there) and in Mount Laurel (I work there), so I can’t really attest for other areas since I was just driving through them, not spending a considerable amount of time there. At my office in ML (right on the corner of 295 & 38) I get LTE from Deptford and my signal strength is around -85 dbm and I get about 10-15 Mbps down. In Vineland my signal strength is about -90 dbm and my download speed is about 7-12 Mbps on HSPA(+). I have noticed recently over about the past week that while making a call the voice will sometimes cut out for a few seconds and we can’t hear each other, It doesn’t happen all the time, but it is slightly annoying. If you’re near a WiFi access point you can make WiFi calls so that remedies that situation.

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