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Old Mar 2, 2016, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Is there any point in me keeping my Verizon unlimited?

I was grandfathered into Verizon's unlimited data years ago. I see T-Mobile has unlimited data, but do they throttle it after some minuscule amount like they used to?

Verizon upped their unlimited price $20 so now I'll be paying $120 for one phone, whereas T-Mobile is $95 for their unlimited. Is it real unlimited?
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Old Mar 2, 2016, 11:30 PM   #2
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It's really unlimited but service has holes in many areas compared to verizon. If you are thinking about switching to t-mobile its better to get a cheap prepaid tmobile phone/plan so you can test service where you use it the most. Bunch of people just transfer between companies without doing their homework and end up paying extra money on new phones/activation fees etc.
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$95 wtf.. I pay $50 for t-mobile unlimited... I thought plans are supposed to get cheaper

Anyways, there is a soft cap at 25GB with T-mobile. Some call it a throttle, but it is really a QOS de-prioritization of your data. If your area is not congested while you are over the cap, your speeds should remain the same.
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I made the switch to T-mobile from Verzion about 2 years ago. It's had it's up and downs but if I had to do it all over again I would.

The service in my area is pretty good and if I don't get service on my personal cell, I usually get little to no signal on my work cell (verzion).

The first year I had it we went to the Canton to see the pro football HOF and I would lose data service about 10 miles outside of all 3 major cities we were near (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland.)

This past summer we drove from Cincinnati to South Carolina and managed to keep LTE for the majority of the trip. So the infrastructure seems to be getting better.

Don't expect the same level of coverage, but if you're like me and sick of paying for Verizon it can be a nice change.

Jump on demand from Tmobile is also really nice if you like to try out the latest and greatest all the time, and don't buy your phones outright.
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I have a limited plan with Tmobile, 10gb per month. I've got two lines with unlimited everything except data for $100 a month. 10gb has been more than enough for me, I listen to podcasts and cloud based music, sometimes even stream whole NHL games. My music streaming doesn't cost towards my cap, and if I used Binge On then I'd be able to have unlimited video streaming. I don't stream enough video to want to use Binge On. YMMV on coverage, but Tmobile is always bragging about how their LTE is 5x faster than Verizon or something like that.
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If you're in the cities and suburbs T-Mobile is fine...go outside the cities though and you will not get a data signal at all. (At-least near Pittsburgh that is). West Virginia = no T-Mobile coverage at all. I recently cancelled my T-Mobile personal phone line, just use my work phone now (Verizon).
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I was grandfathered into Verizon's unlimited data years ago. I see T-Mobile has unlimited data, but do they throttle it after some minuscule amount like they used to?

Verizon upped their unlimited price $20 so now I'll be paying $120 for one phone, whereas T-Mobile is $95 for their unlimited. Is it real unlimited?
I have the four 10GB per phone plan for $120. I upgraded my line to unlimited for $15 per month so my bill is $135 for 3 10GB lines and 1 unlimited.

Unlimited gives you 14GB of high speed tethering which is then downgraded to 2G speeds.
For phone use you have high speed unlimited but your priority is lowered after 25GB of usage. That doesn't mean slower speeds unless a tower is saturated.

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If you're in the cities and suburbs T-Mobile is fine...go outside the cities though and you will not get a data signal at all. (At-least near Pittsburgh that is). West Virginia = no T-Mobile coverage at all. I recently cancelled my T-Mobile personal phone line, just use my work phone now (Verizon).
Within the past 3 months T-mobile lit up a ton of towers in Ohio. Coverage in Ohio is really good now and seems to match Verizon and ATT. I switch from Verizon to T-Mobile because I could get data speeds that are over 5 times faster in the place in Columbus Ohio that I hang out at.

Their coverage map is pretty accurate. I tried the network out for a month using a prepaid phone before I switched.

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I have the four 10GB per phone plan for $120. I upgraded my line to unlimited for $15 per month so my bill is $135 for 3 10GB lines and 1 unlimited.

Unlimited gives you 14GB of high speed tethering which is then downgraded to 2G speeds.
For phone use you have high speed unlimited but your priority is lowered after 25GB of usage. That doesn't mean slower speeds unless a tower is saturated.



Within the past 3 months T-mobile lit up a ton of towers in Ohio. Coverage in Ohio is really good now and seems to match Verizon and ATT. I switch from Verizon to T-Mobile because I could get data speeds that are over 5 times faster in the place in Columbus Ohio that I hang out at.

Their coverage map is pretty accurate. I tried the network out for a month using a prepaid phone before I switched.
Try I-76 from Pittsburgh to Youngstown...Coverage is spotty at best.
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Try I-76 from Pittsburgh to Youngstown...Coverage is spotty at best.
Looks like a TV station is interfering with T-Mobile Band 12 deployment there.

Did you have a Band 12 700 MHz compatible phone?

http://ae2.spectrumgateway.com/t-mob...-spectrum.html

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Really depends where you live. I have a verizon phone and a tmobile phone both s7es. Out here in ny. I've noticed that tmobile lte is actually faster in nyc. Verizon lte just isn't as fast as it use to be. The tmobile unlimited has no throttling, but the plans are really geared towards having more lines. While it might be 95 for 1 line unlimited. I have 5 lines unlimited everything for under 200 with tmobile. So go figure.
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Why pay so much for unlimited data, unless there no wifi in the places you frequent? Spend a lot of time on the road?

Also, T-Mo can be spotty if you dont live in a city, I got pretty good coverage in the areas I frequent and surrounding area, but your best bet is to study the coverage maps to make sure you won't find yourself in a dead area too often.. Was a T-Mo customer from 2005-2015 before I switched to Fi.
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T-mobile was garbage till mid point last year. You hopped off right before it got a whole lot better.
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T-Mobile has been constantly improving their network, they pretty much have to to stay alive.
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T-mobile was garbage till mid point last year. You hopped off right before it got a whole lot better.
I pay less for more now, so I'm happy to have made the switch. Fi uses T-Mo & Sprint. My phone gets signal nearly everywhere, thanks to the Nexus 6P LTE band 12. Even in the basement of my house where no one else gets signal, I do

T-Mo: Paid $55/mo for 2GB and insurance.
Fi: Pay around $30/mo for the same, and better coverage due to the dual carriers.
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Fi: Pay around $30/mo for the same, and better coverage due to the dual carriers.
I cannot imagine Sprint having better coverage than T-Mobile anywhere.
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