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    T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Considering getting a T-Mobile phone but was wondering if anyone had any experience with their service in and around DSM. This would be for voice as well as data, with data being as or more important to me. Thanks CF!



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by akellar View Post
    Considering getting a T-Mobile phone but was wondering if anyone had any experience with their service in and around DSM. This would be for voice as well as data, with data being as or more important to me. Thanks CF!
    We've had T-Mobile for 7 or 8 years, and have been very happy with them. Service around central Iowa is great. I don't have data, but my wife does, but I don't think she has any coverage issues. Our biggest issue is when we go to my parents in north central Iowa. Service is sketchy in some areas f you get too far from I-35. Their customer service is terrific.


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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    No complaints with them. Good around Des Moines for sure. Had them about 5yrs. I know Radio Shack, Costco & an independent store in Valley West carries their phones & contracts around Des Moines.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by gondozors View Post
    No complaints with them. Good around Des Moines for sure. Had them about 5yrs. I know Radio Shack, Costco & an independent store in Valley West carries their phones & contracts around Des Moines.
    Yeah I saw the newer Android phones at Costco and I like the phones but the service concerns me. I live in Stuart, just outside or WDM, and according to their service maps I wouldn't get data service. Kind of a necessity with an Android phone.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by akellar View Post
    Yeah I saw the newer Android phones at Costco and I like the phones but the service concerns me. I live in Stuart, just outside or WDM, and according to their service maps I wouldn't get data service. Kind of a necessity with an Android phone.
    Yeah, would be a no go without that. Only caveat is if you'd be using home wifi in Stuart, and would have data access when needing it out and about.


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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    I had t-mobile about 5 years ago or so. Unless the coverage map has expanded, the coverage was horrible. I have a friend that lives just off 63rd st in Des Moines and I couldn't get crap for signal at his house. I also used to travel quite a bit around Iowa and had zero coverage in NW Iowa. I went to Cherokee one night and lost coverage as soon as I got on Hwy 20 off of I-35



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    Yeah, would be a no go without that. Only caveat is if you'd be using home wifi in Stuart, and would have data access when needing it out and about.
    Yeah I thought about that but it would bother me too much knowing I was paying for a data plan and using my home wifi instead. I think I know my answer I was just hoping someone here would convince me otherwise.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    I had t-mobile about 5 years ago or so. Unless the coverage map has expanded, the coverage was horrible. I have a friend that lives just off 63rd st in Des Moines and I couldn't get crap for signal at his house. I also used to travel quite a bit around Iowa and had zero coverage in NW Iowa. I went to Cherokee one night and lost coverage as soon as I got on Hwy 20 off of I-35
    Being from NW Iowa and traveling to Ames alot, I have alot of experience with T-Mobile. The coverage on Hwy 20 from I-35 was horrible, but they now have a tower in Duncombe and that fixed that issue. The only trouble I have had with T-Mobile in DSM is in the extreme NW corner where I-35 curves to the east. Pockets there have been questionable.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    T-mobile is awful i dont know why anyone would consider it, verizon is the best phone company or AT&T



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by GoSTATE71 View Post
    T-mobile is awful i dont know why anyone would consider it, verizon is the best phone company or AT&T
    Thanks for that useful insight. Go back to your beer.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    I had t-mobile about 5 years ago or so. Unless the coverage map has expanded, the coverage was horrible. I have a friend that lives just off 63rd st in Des Moines and I couldn't get crap for signal at his house. I also used to travel quite a bit around Iowa and had zero coverage in NW Iowa. I went to Cherokee one night and lost coverage as soon as I got on Hwy 20 off of I-35
    That's not special to T-Mobile. I'm from that area and there's a lot of spots that are dead areas for every carrier.


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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    I used to have a T-Mobile phone, the only reason I got rid of it is work got me an iPhone.

    I carried both an ATT phone (work) and a T-mobile phone (personal) for several years, and I can tell you 100% that T-mobile's coverage is much better than ATT. Everywhere there is ATT, T-Mobile will work, they 'rent' their network. The opposite is not true, T-Mobile is partners with a lot of regional carriers, such as Iwireless.

    Oh, and their coverage map on the web is actually accurate, unlike ATT's. My house shows a strong signal level on the ATT map, yet I have to have a microcell to get signal, inside or outside...


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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by akellar View Post
    Considering getting a T-Mobile phone but was wondering if anyone had any experience with their service in and around DSM. This would be for voice as well as data, with data being as or more important to me. Thanks CF!

    I switched from Verizon (which I had for several years and really liked just for a phone) and have regretted it since. The data is particularly slow - although getting a little better. Coverage is so-so. Often lose coverage just north of Bondurant and inside buildings.

    I would avoid T-Mobile around here and go with Verizon. I plan on switching back after the first of the year when my contract is up!

    PS - T-Mobile is very good in big cities like Chicago - which obviously does you no good here.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by akellar View Post
    Considering getting a T-Mobile phone but was wondering if anyone had any experience with their service in and around DSM. This would be for voice as well as data, with data being as or more important to me. Thanks CF!
    I had T-Mobile for about 4 years while I was in college and got decent service in Ames. I would have stayed with them except for my work's cell phone reimbursement plan was only good for Verizon. They had decent service in Ames and as others have said, they rent their networks so you will be switching over to various local networks like I-Wireless where the coverage is pretty good still at no charge. I don't know what they have for data because I didn't have a data plan then.



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    Re: T-mobile in Des Moines area

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    I used to have a T-Mobile phone, the only reason I got rid of it is work got me an iPhone.

    I carried both an ATT phone (work) and a T-mobile phone (personal) for several years, and I can tell you 100% that T-mobile's coverage is much better than ATT. Everywhere there is ATT, T-Mobile will work, they 'rent' their network. The opposite is not true, T-Mobile is partners with a lot of regional carriers, such as Iwireless.

    Oh, and their coverage map on the web is actually accurate, unlike ATT's. My house shows a strong signal level on the ATT map, yet I have to have a microcell to get signal, inside or outside...
    T-mobile and AT&T use the same towers here in Cedar Rapids I would imagine they use the same ones in Des Moines too.



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