T-Mobile’s amped up Test Drive lets you try out the network for 30 days


It feels like it’s been a little while since T-Mobile made a new Un-carrier announcement, but that’s exactly what it’s giving us today.

T-Mobile is amping up its Un-carrier 5.0 move with an updated Test Drive. Starting today, anyone on a different carrier can sign up to receive a free Coolpad Surf mobile hotspot that they can to try out T-Mobile’s network for up to 30 days or 30GB of data usage. Once you’re done , just return the Coolpad Surf to a T-Mobile store, hand it off to a friend, or recycle it.

If you’re interested in taking a T-Mobile Test Drive, just go to this page and fill out your name, phone number, and email to get started.

The Coolpad Surf is a small mobile hotspot device that connects to T-Mobile’s network and spits out a Wi-Fi signal that can connect up to 15 devices simultaneously. It connects to LTE bands 2, 4, 12, 66, and 71, which means you can even try T-Mobile’s 600MHz (LTE band 71) coverage that the carrier talks up as reaching twice as far and penetrating buildings four times as well as mid-band signals.

With its previous Test Drive, anyone interested in trying T-Mobile got a free iPhone 5s to use for seven days. This amped up version of T-Mobile’s Test Drive gives you much longer to try out T-Mo’s network, which is great news because it gives you lots of time to try out the network at home, work, and anywhere else you might regularly go. One downside of the new move, though, is that a hotspot won’t let you try out the voice calling performance on T-Mobile. Lots of folks out there probably make fewer phone calls than when the first Test Drive launched, but it’s still something to keep in mind when you’re evaluating T-Mo’s network.

What do you think of this amped up T-Mobile Test Drive? If you’re not already a T-Mo customer, are you going to sign up for it?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Michael Elkin

    Any way for existing customers to get or try this. My performance has been horrible for me and my family for at least the past 6 months. Would love to know if it is just me, my plan or Tmobile with issues.

    • EF

      I was able to sign up using my work/office credentials (phone, email, address) that are distinct from the home contact information linked to my T-Mobile account.

      • Michael Elkin

        Thanks, that is brilliant. I will do the same.

      • Acdc1a

        I tried my home. Seems like it is going to go through.

    • Jared van Rossum

      Hey Michael – out of curiosity how old of a phone are you using? Especially if its an older iPhone it might not be able to fully access all of the bands on T-mobile. Just some things to consider. I bet if you asked CS they might send you a device to test with.

      • Michael Elkin

        I have an S8 which has everything but band 71, we also have a OnePlus 6T which should have all bands. My goal is to try the hotspot and compare speeds to the phones, then swap the sim cards and see if anything changes.

    • Alex Pilaia

      Just call Tmo and they will give you a 4G LTE Cell Spot you can install in your home for free. Connects to your home internet, and produces a near 100% cell phone reception while in or around your house. Cant beat that… for free…

      • Michael Elkin

        I already have a CellSpot router at home and it works great. The problem is that away from home, even with full bars speeds are slow and unreliable.

  • JW

    It’s nice to be able to keep the hot spot device. I wonder how else we can use it after the trial period. I don’t have an extra line. Can I put in my phone sim? Any other usage?

    • riverhorse

      I’m hoping for dev work to do other things with it. The 30 GB I’ll probably use up in a week or two. Will be nice to give phone a break from simultaneous use and Hotspot.

  • 30gb of hotspot is really generous. I hope this means they’re considering repricing their hotspot plans. I currently use 10gb and would happily bump that if the prices shifted a little. Beyond that, I’m waiting for the home internet service to come to my area.

  • Nobody Special

    My Test Drive Coolpad hotspot just arrived today… It works great..

  • Michael Elkin

    How is the performance so far. I did get mine as well and will try it tonight.

    • Michael Elkin

      Mine works, but is slightly worse than my phone. At home I can barely get over 1 mbps with the hotspot, about the same with the phone. At work I can get 10-20 mbps, which is more reasonable, but I still get more with the phone. At least nothing seems to be wrong with my phone. The hotspot has 2.4 and 5 Ghz, but only one works at a time, and only up to N.

  • John De Leon

    Luckily I’m traveling for the next two months, and will be able to give it a good run through. So far, I get a signal every where like my Spectrum/Verizon phone. My phone is usually faster.