T-Mobile launches #BallBusterChallenge in response to Verizon colorful balls ad

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After targeting Sprint with a MetroPCS promo, T-Mobile is now going after Verizon with a new offer of its own.

The #BallBusterChallenge is a response to Verizon’s recent ad that talks up its network performance in a RootMetrics study and compares AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s results using colorful balls. To help “set the record straight,” T-Mobile is launching the #BallBusterChallenge, which will see T-Mo travel across the country and pit its network against Verizon’s. If Verizon’s network wins in two out of three tests — calls, texts, and data speed — the Verizon customer will get a $100 Visa Prepaid Card. But if T-Mo wins, the Verizon customer will have to pose with a sign that could read “T-Mobile’s network just schooled Verizon #BallBusterChallenge” or “Verizon’s network just got spanked by T-Mobile #BallBusterChallenge.”

T-Mobile customers can also bring a friend on any other network to the #BallBusterChallenge and go head-to-head in their own network battle. The winner of the matchup will get a $100 Visa Prepaid card.

The schedule for the #BallBusterChallenge hasn’t yet been announced, so stay tuned for more info on when and where you can check it out for yourself.

This isn’t the first time that T-Mobile fought to show that its network is better than Verizon’s. Last year T-Mo ran its #NeverSettleforVerizon campaign, which let Verizon customers test drive T-Mo’s network for 14 days. With the #BallBusterChallenge, though, T-Mo is taking its comparison to Verizon customers rather than waiting for them to come to it and try out the Magenta network. The #BallBusterChallenge is actually a bit reminiscent of the Smoked By Windows Phone challenges that Microsoft did years ago, which pitted Windows Phone against competing devices to see which was faster at performing everyday tasks.

Rounding out T-Mobile’s response to Verizon’s balls ad is a new video from T-Mobile. The short clip takes Verizon’s original ad and adds T-Mo’s rebuttal to Verizon’s statements, Pop-Up Video-style. The retorts include the study’s exclusion of Voice over LTE, which makes up 40 percent of calls made on T-Mobile’s network, and the Extended Range LTE that T-Mo added in 2015.

You can check out T-Mobile’s ball-busting video for yourself above.

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  • SBacklin

    Haha. I really like the new commercial.

  • Walt

    At the end it says t-mobile has “more LTE towers than Verizon” anybody know exactly how many towers each carrier has? I cant find that info anywhere on the internet. Trust but verify ;)

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Verizon sold most of their towers and tmobile does because of the heavy densification in cities so this is a actual true fact. Verizon is doing densification for AWS it’s acquired so it has ways to catch up in cities where tmobile has been ahead for years

    • yankeesusa

      I think their is a site that will show you based on your area, but I don’t think it will add all of them for you.

  • Android_God

    John’s just butthurt because Verizon’s turnover rate fell versus where it was at a year ago. His shtick is fading fast.

    • yankeesusa

      Whether he’s hurt or not, all I know is that I left Verizon after test driving t-mobile and now I have faster data, lower price, more benefits and tethering that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Of course my results aren’t the same for everyone in other areas but in most major cities t-mobile is faster than most networks and that’s with adding more people and their still not done. I’m happy enough.

  • tranceformer978

    Will this be an actual commercial on TV? I love it.

    • Frettfreak

      I sure hope so. I thought it was pretty obvious that the vzw commercial was bs though. Love the tmo response.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Yeah analyst pointed out that Verizon is misleading people because tmobile and sprint scored higher then what Verizon scored in 2014 In 2015. The article also states that Verizon is not worth the money it was. Basically saying switch carriers

  • Bradley Karas

    Get buckled in too cause I talked with a regional tech in Florida and he said T mobile is adding over 350 towers this first quarter and DAS systems in over 100 major stadiums/arenas to densify their network

    • yankeesusa

      Florida is a testing ground for tmobile and if you live in florida most likely you have great tmobile coverage which i love. I have had tmobile for 2 years, in just the last year i drove from ocala to tampa and didn’t hit any deadspots and most of the trip i had LTE. Loving it being able to listen to pandora all the way without buffering.

      • kev2684

        If you’re outside band 12 coverage, it sucks. I’m in Jacksonville (Northeast FL) and they have the worst penetration problems. I am 6 feet from a door and my iPhone 6s Plus is only getting edge. I have at least 2 bars of LTE outside that door. This problem is everywhere for me, whether I’m at home, at work, or any place, really. Band 12 areas are great. I never dropped 4 bars of LTE in Orlando.

        • yankeesusa

          Yea, that is weird. I go to jax about once a year for a couple days and last time i was there in my hotel room i was getting around 72mbps and driving around it never went below 40mbps. I had a oneplus then and then had the moto x 2014 pure edition. Neither of which has band 12. Maybe the 6s isn’t as good as i thought. Of course, jacksonville is a big city and i was near the downtown area and st. John’s town center area. So it could vary for sure.

        • Kaulana1989

          Get a 4G LTE cell spot hooks up to your internet gives you 5 bars of LTE service makes you ask them to waive the shipping

  • The problem with the new coverage is that, unless one has a phone which supports both band 12 and VOLTE, one will experience mostly the old coverage that T-Mobile has been infamous for. I say this from my anecdotal experience after getting one such phone as a gift last Christmas: in the last few weeks, I’ve been marveled at how many places where I now find coverage, but not a few months ago, simply because of a new phone.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Tmobile tells people on the coverage website which phone is appropriate to get the better coverage

    • yankeesusa

      Not the case in most times. Most phones being sold and sold in the last 2 years will do volte and almost every new phone coming out now is band 12. Plus most people upgrade their phones every 2 years or sooner so this isn’t that big of a deal. And much of their new lte signal comes from converted towers that were 2g which means it will be band 4 most times.
      Also, with verizon and sprint the same thing goes. You’ll get access to all the new tech with new phones, that’s the way it is and has always been.

      • Acdc1a

        Most times? T-Mobile still has 10 devices at this very moment on their website that don’t support band 12. Buy in the used market and you’ll find even more.

        • yankeesusa

          Yep, and they have 21 others that have band 12. Like i said, it’s up to the consumer to do research and keep up with technology as it keeps improving. Their are always options.

        • Acdc1a

          The typical consumer is not that savvy and T-Mobile should know that and act accordingly.

        • yankeesusa

          It’s not about having to be savvy lol. The typical consumer just shops for a phone they like and this goes the same for verizon and sprint and att and the typical consumer either buys an iphone or samsung phone which have had band 12 for the last 2 years. The fact is that band 12 has started to expand in the last couple of months so for many people it wasn’t an issue and they still haven gotten great coverage. It’s all good though, tmobile is doing good and if for some reason tmobile isn’t good in your area then you have att and verizon to choose from.

        • Acdc1a

          iphone 6 and 6 Plus don’t have it and MANY people buy stuff just a single generation old. Your typical Apple buyer would have no clue whatsoever that the 6 Plus wouldn’t get the same coverage as the S of the same model.

        • yankeesusa

          Very true, the 6 and 6 plus don’t have it, only the 6s and 6s plus. But many iphone fans have upgraded to those phones and those that have the 6 and 6plus actually get really good signal already which is a reason why tmobile was so adamant on pushing it besides the fact it makes them a lot of money. Either way, many people are signing up for the lease plan now that their aren’t subsidized phones and many are going with band 12 phones. If they don’t i hope they did their research and went with a service that works. In the end whether you are savvy or not you should pick the service that works for you.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Not to mention that with these phone leases (Jump On Demand) from T-Mobile, you can upgrade up to 3 times a year.

          So if your device doesn’t have Band 12, trade it in for one that does. Problem solved.

        • Acdc1a

          Some like myself pay cash for our phones and either hand them off or ebay them when we’re done. As long as the resale market stays as high as it is you’re better off. So that person…they don’t get to upgrade 3 times per year unless of course they hate their money.

      • Most, most, most, much… QED

    • Fabian Cortez

      The problem with the new coverage is that, unless one has a phone which supports both band 12 and VOLTE

      I think it’s obvious that with any new technology, a new device is needed.

      The same could have been said a few years back when LTE first launched, etc.

  • arglebargle2

    As someone who is sitting here at my desk using my Verizon mifi for data, while my tmobile band 12 phone sits in my pocket with no signal (in a band 12 area).

    I can’t wait to find out the details on the challenge.

    Although Verizon is so expensive I haven’t switched over completely to them, its still cheaper for me to have verizon for data use at work, and tmobile for everything else.

    • Steven

      Its cheaper for you to have two phones? really??? I have my doubts, no offense

      • arglebargle2

        My current bill:

        Verizon mifi: $80 for 10gb a month
        Tmobile: $30 for 100 mins and 5gb a month.

        Total bill: $110 (for 15gb total and 100 minutes)

        I use up all of the Verizon data every month and about a 1-2gb of the tmobile data. I rarely go over on minutes.

        Just went to the Verizon site and priced out a new plan:

        Verizon: 12gb Unlimited talk and text and 1 phone: $127 a month. ( using the phone as a hotspot I guess and losing 3gb of data)

        If I stick to the mifi + phone : $137 a month.

        edit: my bad, left the monthly phone payment in the Verizon costs, its $100 a month for 12gb and just the phone and $110 for 12gb for the phone and the mifi. Still losing 3gb though, but its closer than I remember. And there it doesnt look like there is a 15gb tier. only 18gb for $20 a month more.

        • FranchisePlayer

          I’m in a similar situation. TMO is cheaper for a regular plan (which I use for my family) but Verizon just works in all the places TMO doesn’t which is why I have a Verizon mifi as well. I’m on the pay as you go plan so I only use it when I’m out in the sticks.

          I have a hard time believing TMO can prove they have better coverage unless the phones, locations, etc are staged right.

    • yankeesusa

      See, and in your case i would stick with verizon and cancel tmobile. Just like i would get rid of verizon if it was the other way around. It’s that simple, choose the service that works for you.

  • Spanky

    So T-Mobile is implying that they have better coverage than Verizon? If I can get concrete proof of that (Legere’s incessant BS doesn’t count), I may consider becoming a customer. I’m not with Verizon, by the way, so I have no horse in this race.

    • Acdc1a

      Go get a T-Mobile phone and service. Firsthand experience is all the proof you need.

      • Spanky

        I have my share of friends who have T-Mobile (phones range from iPhone 6s to Note 5 to Galaxy S6). Unfortunately, the coverage in NYC and surrounding areas is lacking, although not as bad as Sprint. My wife and I also travel quite a bit, so there’s that. One other thing – higher data speeds do not necessarily translate to better coverage.

        • yankeesusa

          Been in new york for business and traveling all around there and tmobile has great service there. But ok.

        • Spanky

          Would you like specific zip codes that are long time problem areas?

        • Guest 2

          Could be the phones, if they don’t have band 12 for LTE, they don’t get the benefits of the network improvements. Band 12 LTE is the key here and it is exactly what Verizon is ignoring about T-Mobile’s improved network.

        • Acdc1a

          Like Yankeeusa, I’ve been in and around NYC on many occasions and had zero issues.

        • Chad D

          Where in NYC? The sewer? I get excellent coverage all over NY. Faster and less drops than my friends in other carriers.

        • TBN27

          Agreed here too to interject. And since upgrading to a band 12 capable phone I have been getter by coverage where I wouldn’t usually get any for example the Broad Channel train station on the A line.

        • Eric D

          So I am newly back to tmo but I visit nyc about once a month and I find the coverage there to be excellent. When I had att I would have full signal but it would be almost unusable.

    • ProvoAggie

      I don’t think they are claiming better coverage everywhere, they are simply stating they have better coverage some places which is true. I have friends on Verizon and I get better speed tests than they do quite a bit. When I’m out in rural Utah they get better coverage than I do though. This is just going to show that T-Mobile has what it takes to compete head to head and even win in some markets.

    • yankeesusa

      The commercial doesn’t say that but if you want to think it does go ahead. In the end just go with whatever service works for you. Tmobile’s test drive feature is great if you want to try them out. If your’e happy with your current service and are happy with how much money you are spending then great.

      • Spanky

        Money is no longer an argument. I’m actually spending less with my current carrier (AT&T) than what I would be spending with T-Mobile for a similar package. I am not trying to troll, just asking a very legitimate question. Why is it that all T-Mobile fans always get offended whenever somebody says something even remotely critical of their precious “magenta”?

        • Chad D

          Because Verizon has better coverage is irrelevant. When is the last time you were in the middle of Idaho and didn’t get service? I don’t get a vz signal in the middle of a large city, their claims are bs.

        • Spanky

          I was recently about 30 or so miles outside of NYC and T-Mobile had no service, not even EDGE, whereas AT&T had 3 bars of LTE. With regards to Idaho, I’ve never been there and probably never will.

        • yankeesusa

          Why do you put “all” in front of tmobile fans? Many people don’t care, they just choose the service that works for them. I loved verizon coverage but hated the costs and them taking all the benefits away. So i chose tmobile then. If tmobile starts sucking then i will switch to cricket wireless. No reason to be loyal to companies that only want your money. the more competition the better.

        • Spanky

          “No reason to be loyal to companies that only want your money. the more competition the better.”
          Agreed 100%.

    • Guest 2

      Think marketing as BSing. Just like Verizon is ignoring the improvements T-Mobile has made in the past year, T-Mobile is implying that it has better coverage nationwide than Verizon, which is far from the truth.

      • Spanky

        My thoughts exactly. Gotta love marketing gimmicks!

        • Matt

          How do you know a marketer is lying? His lips are moving.

      • Zach Chadwick

        Never has T-Mobike stated they have ‘better’ coverage. T-Mobiles Latest ad even says ‘T-Mobile has 98% of Verizon’s Coverage’. t-Mobile although does make it clear they have a higher LTE tower density than Verizon, and has the Nations fastest LTE.

    • steven berson

      Of course it a lie Verizon has better coverage. Fact. However, T-mobile service has improved greatly over the past 2 years. In most places you will get lte or hspa+. I save around 40% on my bill with T-mobile. Worth saving that kind of money for slightly less coverage.

  • Guest 2

    I was reading that speed test apps only measure the speed from the network without interference from the provider, meaning it won’t tell you that you’re being throttled. Yet someone here also said that the FCC prohibited that practice, but I’ve not found anything related to that when searching the web. Any thoughts?

    Sometimes I feel my connection is slow and I don’t know if it’s related to the Binge On implementation or the regular throttling T-Mobile does to manage congestion which I think is similar to what they do to heavy user.

    • fentonr

      That’s probably true but TMobile agreed a while ago to stop doing that and show the true speed you’re getting. Don’t know about the other carriers though. There was a post here on tmonews if you’re interested in reading about it.

      • Guest 2

        That’s good news and I think I read the post you’re talking about. But I was just thinking, not knowing exactly how speed test apps work, that if video streaming is being throttled either through Binge On or regular throttle and the speed test app doesn’t count as video streaming then we are basically getting a different result than the actual speed, unless of course speed test apps do measure video streaming as well.
        Anyway, I’m gonna look for that tmonews post to read it again if I haven’t already.

        • fentonr

          True, it wouldn’t catch that as speed tests don’t send video. That said, it is the speed you can stream video at if you turn Binge On off and most video scales where as straight data doesn’t which is what the speed test apps are testing.

  • Anon

    So the Alice Cooper CEO doesnt like the – RootMetrics 6.1 million test samples – results, and shall send out his army of flying monkeys to “prove” otherwise…….shocking…….

    Because some yokel with a sign, is MUCH more scientific then an independent testing company………You lost Tmobile, suck it up like a man………..

    • turtle6988

      T-Mobiles Network Data is crowd sourced through Oakla Speed Test with new data every 24 hours at the most. If you read the small sprint you see the data is almost a year old

    • Chad D

      I did an independent study, and it found that you are a moron.

      • Phone Guy

        You are awesome Chad. However that person doesn’t even deserve being called a Moron. THey aren’t that smart.

    • Phone Guy

      Wrong. Nice try. Smirk.

  • fentonr

    So, my question is this, according to the article, T-Mobile will be traveling around and asking Verizon customers to stop by and compare their service to T-Mobile’s by testing Data, texts and calls. I doubt T-Mobile will be giving out many gift cards as they can go where their service is strong and use devices that support all their network technologies while Verizon customers will be bring whatever old clunker device they have, but I digress. The real question is how do you test texts? I understand how you would do so over a large sample base, but how do you do it on the spot like that? Keep texting until one fails to go through, that’d take forever.

    • Guest 2

      I think we can be pretty sure that texts are not being throttled by Binge On. Maybe they are going to test the speed of delivery.

      • fentonr

        Right, Binge On doesn’t have anything to do with tests. Speed of delivery might be the test, although that potentially relies on another carrier to deliver the message too so that wouldn’t be a great test.

    • Paul

      That’s what Verizon did, so why not Magenta?

      • fentonr

        I think you’re misunderstanding what I’m saying. I get how Verizon can quote a study that has tested millions of customer connections over several months, what I don’t get is how they plan on testing texting on the fly. Put another way, if you have Verizon and I have T-Mobile and we’re both in the same room and we want to test texting services between the two carriers to see who is better, how would we do that? We could both send a text which would both go through…what would we learn from that? How would that determine which network handles texts better?

        • Paul

          That’s the tech step we aren’t privy to. I question everyone’s advertised claims, having working in advertising before. There’s always a detail they aren’t teeming you, and it tells the whole story.

        • fentonr

          I wasn’t suggesting a scam so much as the fact that texting being a category at all is kind of stupid as it either works or it doesn’t and there isn’t a real good way to test it immediately on a one on one basis. At any rate someone is going to find out because eventually they’re going to start this tour and people are going to do try it.

        • Paul

          I wasn’t implying a scam so much as deception, like the fine print we can’t read.

          You are correct, we will find out after they start the testing.

    • jerry

      T-Mobile’s Advanced Messaging comes with a range of new messaging enhancements.
      http://www.tmonews.com/2015/07/t-mobile-advanced-messaging-will-beef-up-your-text-messaging-experience/

      • Moe

        That may be true but advanced messaging is limited to a very small number of phones (according to the article you submitted.

        • Phone Guy

          But even so, T-Mobile has it. They don’t So that is a big advantage. All of their test phones will be anything new that has it like all the Galaxys, Notes, etc.

        • acardoso

          Are you insinuating that Verizon does not have their own advanced messaging?

  • kev2684

    This is funny to me since T-Mobile used Rootmetrics before to compare AT&T and T-Mobile major city coverage and technology-wise (4g vs LTE) side-by-side on their website before. Now that VZW used it to their advantage, they question Rootmetrics’ delayed reports. lol.

    • calcu007

      They question Rootmetrics report because Verizon used a year old data, not the company Rootmetrics

      • Guest 2

        But on top of that, didn’t they use a phone without band 12 to test T-Mobile service?

    • (J²)

      I do not find Rootmetrics’ studies to be accurate or helpful. Regardless of which carrier you are backing, those familiar with the telecom industry know that these methods are a joke.

      Essentially, a handful of people take a few devices from each carrier to various locations and run a few tests and calculate the average.

      1) Each phone uses different technology and material. I’ve found that the performance between 2 devices on the same network will vary.

      2) Network congestion is a huge factor. It’s impossible to accurately factor this into any testing unless the network is being tested continuously. There’s no real consistency here. I have T-Mobile and I may get 11Mbps down on Monday and 43Mbps down on Tuesday at the same time.

      We all know that Verizon and AT&T are all around a better carriers but the data comparison is bullshit… Just imagine a few speed cameras that only worked 1% of the time and then each town tries to count how many citations were issued. Clearly flawed… I’m not defending T-Mobile, I’m simply stating that the testing is questionable.

    • Phone Guy

      Look at the small print in the bottom of the You Tube balls ad that flashes up for 3 seconds. Its ONE YEAR OLD DATA before T-Mobile started rolling out most of their high band and low band LTE. The real problem isn’t Rootmetrics but the timing. Its one year old data. Very dishonest, as usual, of Verizon. That study was so true one year ago, but not today when they started airing the video. So dishonest of Verizon.

  • FILA

    I would of had one huge pink ball fall from the sky crushing the whole ball setup there at the very end of the commercial

  • dontknowyet

    Love this!!!

  • Paul

    This will be interesting.

  • Paul Garrison

    They don’t take shit lying down.

  • Bklynman

    Lets hope they don’t do this in the movies on 42st,everytime I go there,go to higher floors little or not signal,I have my phone press again the glass door leading to the outside.

    • Phone Guy

      You are at the movies. Leave the GD thing in the car so we can hear the movie.

      • Bklynman

        yea,ok,just like you do too.

  • Chadd

    Please come to Lubbock, TX! I would be more than happy to take this challenge. Glad to say I switched back to Verizon because of the horrible T-Mobile coverage here. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

    • Bklynman

      LoL!

      • Chadd

        It’s appropriate you are laughing…T-Mobile’s coverage and download speeds here are a joke. :)

        • Phone Guy

          And you are not using Verizon or at&t why? That’s the real question.

    • Zearl Clark

      Yeah, I have t mobile here in Lubbock Texas right now and am thinking about switching. I can’t go anywhere without dropped calls, or choppy internet. It’s pretty bad when you can’t even play a 1 minute YouTube video without it stopping to load. I went from 78 Mbps download in azle (a population of less than 200) to 1.5 mbps download here in Lubbock (population 288,000). Apparently I hear that other providers in Lubbock are just as bad.

      • Mike

        Do you have binge on enabled?

        • Zearl Clark

          No, it’s disabled. I am sure that it’s Lubbock, because I can go visit my family just west of fort Worth and I get a steady 78 Mbps download.

      • Chadd

        I had Verizon before I switched to T-Mobile, and then switched back and I absolutely have no problems at all. In places where I would get less than .5 Mbps I now get over 15-20. And even the fastest places in town that I would get 20 Mbps with T-Mobile, I even exceed those speeds with Verizon. I have no regrets switching back and I say you would be much happier if you did as well. But it’s just my opinion so take it as you will

        • Zearl Clark

          I’m seriously considering it. T mobile may actually be truly unlimited but you pay the price of speed in return.

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      Just verified coverage in Lubbock, and there is 4glte everywhere in Lubbock. You either are a liar or haven’t had T-Mobile service in years.

      • Chadd

        I verified coverage as well before I switched to T-Mobile and it said “4G LTE”. I will admit that there are speeds of over 20Mbps in certain parts of town…but those aren’t the places I work or live so that does me absolutely no good. When I am getting download speeds of .2Mbps, I would hardly say that is reflective of so called 4G LTE. So I say again, please come here and I will without a doubt win myself a $100 gift card

        • Guest 2

          There was two waves of band 12 deployments, one was for the metro areas and the other for metro and vicinities. That’s how I remember.

    • Phone Guy

      But the real question everyone is asking you, is WHEN did you switch. They didn’t start rolling out all the new technology until the past 8 or 11 months. But I don’t see the new Low Band in your area, but the rest of LTE has rolled out only months ago.

      • Chadd

        I switched to T-Mobile in June of last year, and switched back to Verizon a week before Christmas…so about 6 months of usage on T-Mobile’s network. I had a Galaxy S6 so it was band 12 compatible. Band 12 isn’t officially launched here, or it wasn’t at the time when I had the service, but I would still get band 12 occasionally but saw absolutely no difference in signal strength or increased speeds. In some cases it would be worse than band 4. But like I said it isn’t officially launched here, so that I will chalk up to testing. So as you were saying the new technology was rolled out within the last 8 to 11 months…I had service right in the middle if that time frame and it was the worst service I have ever had. It is regretful too because I wanted to like T-Mobile with the changes they are making to the wireless industry, but I hate when they make claims like this saying they can go anywhere and prove they are the fastest or have the best signal when it is completely false.

  • mingkee

    Can VZW claim absolute 100% coverage including the entire NYC subway system including tunnels?
    Of course not.

  • Louis Farraher

    Of course the challenges will take place in large cities nationwide..
    Try it in rural areas..I did with T-mobile..oh yeah..went to either AT&T network or Verizon’s..thats why I paid off the phone and bailed on T-Mobile..even the Extended LTE isn’t reaching areas like they say on their website coverage..

    • Phone Guy

      T-Mobile isn’t a rural carrier nor does it want to be. Its easier to let its customers roam when off T-Mobile as it cost a fortune (as in huge losses) to support those rural areas that have 3 farmers, 2 cows, 6 sheep and 3 chickens. I really don’t see them growing much more in the deep rural areas. Not worth it to them.

      • Guest 2

        I remember that family, and I also remember that one of them lives in the big city now…

      • kgraham182

        AT&T and Verizon are not rural carriers either but they cover those areas, they even cover American Samoa and Guam. Can’t get more rural than an outpost in the middle of the Pacific, lol

        • Romdude

          Um ok, but T-mobile customers get free text and 2g data while overseas in most countries. All long distance calls are 20 cents per minute and free with wifi calling to the US. Calls to Canada and Mexico are considered like being in the US. My friend had AT&T and went to a rural area in the Philippines, he kept buying sim cards that would work while all the while his niece just kept using free text and data. Those free roaming country agreements are great if you travel overseas a lot. In the end he just kept borrowing her phone.

    • YABD

      I totally agree with you, after their extended network improvement, Tmobile doesn’t cover enough. Tmobile still need to work rural areas a lot.

  • Plow Rox

    RE:
    Louis Farraher,
    YABD and every other poster not on T-Mobile: Why are you posting in here? Normal people call that trolling! Your opinions while valid (to you on your OTHER CARRIER) Are just SPAM on a board that you have no device, no say, no service!!! Have a great day and be sure to post something invalid and where it doesn’t belong to make it fully worthless for everyone.

    • Spanky

      So this site is only for praising T-Mobile? Wow, it really has become a cult.

      • kgraham182

        This site has fallen, any negative remarks about John & Co. and you’re automatic consider a troll. You could go on a Comcast or AT&T make a negative comment and nobody would say you’re trolling. When it comes to coverages Verizon has T-Mobile beat, the Cult of T-Mobile needs to understand this. Sure T-Mobile is improving, but guess what Verizon is too. The only reason we’re with T-Mobile is because of there pricing, as long as T-Mobile continues to grow so to will their prices. There’s no denying that, we should all want T-Mobile to stay at #3. Go Panthers!

        • Spanky

          Perfectly stated. Both Verizon and AT&T have T-Mobile beat (by a long shot, at that) in terms of coverage. I don’t have allegiance to any one carrier and will give my money to the company whose service works best for me. As I’ve mentioned many times, I find it somewhat absurd that a utility company has a cult following.

      • Anon

        T-Mobile flying monkeys are as bad as Apple fanboys.
        The truth hurts them too much to accept………….

      • YABD

        Those guys get paid by tmobile to praise the magenta mecca or religion or whatever it is and fight anybody who say something against.

      • Romdude

        Nope, I use it to keep track of all events, good and bad. At least it’s all reported and I often get a scoop on new things that will affect my service. Oh btw, I stick with my t-mobile service because it’s the best in my area along with tons of free stuff like free overseas roaming text and data. If the other carriers can beat them and their package, I’d easily switch. Just got to say that I’ve enjoyed all the recent improvements and all the free services from the uncarrier releases and I’ve had my service when it was still Voicestream. You really should just use the service that’s best for you. If you have the extra cash, then loyalty is a luxury for paying something that’s inferior.

    • Louis Farraher

      Well Plow Rox..
      Since I still pay on T-Mobile..I am not considered a troller..unless limited intelligence says otherwise. So my input is valid. So I have device,say, and service in this matter..Sorry to burst your fan club bubble..Any other useless input you would like to add?

  • riverhorse

    What was the Debby Reynolds line in “In & Out”…
    I Love This!

    Brilliant marketing.

  • Ember Dawn

    I used to be a Verizon customer for over 6 years but then switched to Tmobile because i got fed up with my service at home and work area…i wanted to switch but AT&T and Sprint also had poor service until my brother who had Metro PCS told me had no troubles with his service when he would visit..so i switched and have not been happier…i get amazing LTE service as well as VOLTE with my T-METRO service in my area…in fact because i am in an area where both carriers were providing LTE service before the merge i now have extremely fast LTE that was so fast that i dumped my $100 per month Verizon FIOS internet because it was slow compared to my LTE service. also the best thing is i get all this from T-Metro for half the cost of Verizon or AT&T