HSVBamaBob Posted January 9, 2017 Report Share Posted January 9, 2017 Just saw the new T-Mobile marketing campaign - the "T-Mobile One" plan. On the surface, it sounds like a absolutely killer plan. $70 flat rate (taxes and all other charges included) for one line, unlimited text/voice/data, coverage in Canada & Mexico (and Europe!) at no additional cost, 1 hour of free GoGo WiFi when you fly on planes so equipped, cellular over WiFi, so-called binge-on where a good number of the streaming video and audio services are independent of the data plan (which is good because they state that "During congestion top 3% of users (>28GB/mo.) may notice reduced speeds" In fact, the per-line rate drops to $40/line for 4 lines or $60/line for 2 lines. Not bad - that is about 1/2 what our current Verizon plan is charging our family of 4. So, what's the catch? Well, coverage of course! So here is where I am reaching out to the community to open up a discussion. We are fulltimers but also are still working fulltime until we retire this December. Thus, it is tough for us to get a sense of where the holes in T-Mobile's coverage are (sure you can look at the coverage map but that thing is always notional) We are in Huntsville, AL and for where we are, the T-Mobile coverage is 5 bars (I have rented a T-Mobile hot spot to check this out and the service is very very good *in* Huntsville. When you look at the coverage map for AL however, you can see some pretty significant no-service areas. Also, when we retire in Dec, we will head for Florida - again it seems FL has really good coverage as well. The problem will be in March 2018 when we head north to join our caravan on the Alaskan Highway. When you get up to the SD/MT/ND areas, there are currently BIG no-service areas -- although if you want to believe T-Mobile, they are saying that by the end of 2017 they will greatly expand their network and currently they are at 99% of Verizon's coverage. When we lived in Germany, T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) was the best service out there - so now I am looking for opinions and hopefully actual usage reports on how T-Mobile stacks up to the competition (AKA Verizon). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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