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    T-Mobile 3G

    Just curious if anyone here has T-Mobile and how 3G is here, if it's here yet.

    Des Moines area here.


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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    To be honest, nobody that I know has T-Mobile around here. My employer used to use it for their BlackBerry service (worldwide corporation) but they just recently switched to Verizon due to the lack of great T-Mobile coverage in several of our key business areas.


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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    My friend and his wife has this...says it's admittedly spotty coverage and if it were his only option he wouldn't have it, but he has BB on Verizon through work as well and they just use it for the price for personal use because 95% of the time they are in range.



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    I have a co-worker with t-mobile, but I'm out after back surgery. I read they were going to expand coverage around here, he has it because he's originally from African and travels oversees a lot, so easy to switch out the cards I guess. Blackberry on it is a lot cheaper than at&t I guess.



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Yeah, I think its the cheapest total smart phone package if I understand correctly. I can't speak to them improving coverage. I'll ask him and see what he's heard.



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    He said basically just got it for his wife, doesn't really know or care, she is in the main coverage all the time for the most part and hasn't really even inquired about.

    You could ask them, but remember they are sales people. :)



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Here is a reply from him:

    well, we got the ultra basic package with only 300 minutes. it has the pick-5, so the minutes don't matter. all incoming text and calls are free. free nights & weekends start at 5pm. we got the unlimited data package. we just expanded it to include 1k monthly outbound texts. total damage with taxes is around $85



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    I have T-Mobile with Blackberry. Mine is not 3G capable. Their GRPS and EDGE networks are slightly smaller than ATT's.

    What they "lack" in coverage, they more than make up for in customer service. I have been with them for 6-7 years now.

    On topic, their 3G network plain sucks unless you are in the major cities.



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    I have T-Mobile with Blackberry. Mine is not 3G capable. Their GRPS and EDGE networks are slightly smaller than ATT's.

    What they "lack" in coverage, they more than make up for in customer service. I have been with them for 6-7 years now.

    On topic, their 3G network plain sucks unless you are in the major cities.
    I was under the impression that T-mobile used the same network as ATT. Or maybe ATT is using t-moblies network in iowa than?



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    I have Tmobile now, I am much happier than ATT.

    The 3G coverage is only downtown and in the drake area.

    2 things I love about Tmobile. If you have one of the new blackberries, you can tie it into your wireless network and then your calls and berry data use wireless and do not count against your minutes.

    Plus the plans are half the price of ATT.

    Ohhh and you can tether the berry to your computer and use it as a modem. ATT charges a ton for that.


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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I have Tmobile now, I am much happier than ATT.

    The 3G coverage is only downtown and in the drake area.

    2 things I love about Tmobile. If you have one of the new blackberries, you can tie it into your wireless network and then your calls and berry data use wireless and do not count against your minutes.

    Plus the plans are half the price of ATT.

    Ohhh and you can tether the berry to your computer and use it as a modem. ATT charges a ton for that.
    Yeah, what Brian said. The modem deal is priceless!



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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    I was under the impression that T-mobile used the same network as ATT. Or maybe ATT is using t-moblies network in iowa than?
    AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM networks, though they are separate from one another, my guess would be that they have agreements in place to share each other's coverage when necessary (ala Verizon/Sprint in the CDMA world).


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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM networks, though they are separate from one another, my guess would be that they have agreements in place to share each other's coverage when necessary (ala Verizon/Sprint in the CDMA world).
    That's how I understood it when we were comparison-shopping, though T-Mobile's material makes it appear that their network will not work outside of the U.S., or will work in very limited areas, whereas AT&T's network covered places the material said it did not cover very well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    That's how I understood it when we were comparison-shopping, though T-Mobile's material makes it appear that their network will not work outside of the U.S., or will work in very limited areas, whereas AT&T's network covered places the material said it did not cover very well.
    The beauty of a GSM network is that all you have to do when you travel overseas is just swap the SIM card in your phone with a new one and you're up and running. You can get a pay-as-you-go SIM card for traveling overseas that will work just fine with your phone (though you obviously have a different number then).

    Overall, GSM is probalbly a better solution than CDMA. Unfortunately, the biggest companies in the states chose CDMA instead, and so if you want the best coverage, you have to go with a CDMA provider, which has CDMA cell phones, of course.


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    Re: T-Mobile 3G

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    That's how I understood it when we were comparison-shopping, though T-Mobile's material makes it appear that their network will not work outside of the U.S., or will work in very limited areas, whereas AT&T's network covered places the material said it did not cover very well.
    T-Moblie is more international than ATT, although everywhere I have been both phones have worked with the original SIM cards, my work phone is ATT.

    I think T-Mobile is a German company.



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