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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    Right. If you have a contract, one of the perks is some data roaming (the amount depends on what tier of service you have). If you're prepaid, however, no data roaming for you. It's just one way they keep costs down.

    (And yes, Sprint's data roaming on Verizon's network is terrible/next to worthless, and sucks battery. Personally I feel better off without it now!)
    In a lot of parts of the country, the only other GSM carrier is AT&T, though, and their network is generally barred with a T-Mo SIM. Unless you have a GSM carrier other than AT&T in your area (or there's a roaming agreement still in effect from a GSM carrier now owned by AT&T), there's nothing onto which you can roam.

    I had T-Mobile postpaid for years; the only places I saw data roaming were a few oddball spots in northeastern California and somewhere along US189 and 191 in Wyoming. 95% of the time, when you're in an area that T-Mobile doesn't cover but AT&T does, you see the dreaded "emergency calls only".

    As for Sprint, I'm not sure what their deal is--my old employer switched from Verizon to Sprint, and my Sprint BlackBerry showed "no service" standing in the very same spot where I'd had fast 3G data with my Verizon BB a couple months prior. It was an area that Sprint's network doesn't cover at all, FWIW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ View Post
    The problem I am having is that I am not receiving all the mms being sent to me. Anyone else having this problem or know how to fix that?

    I don't know if it is applicable or not, but I just set up my Nexus 4 on Solavei and initially didn't have mms. The SIM card had a generic default T-Mobile APN on it when I put it in the phone. Per instructions I added my own default APN, and a separate APN type:mms instead of one big combined one. I just left the old default APN not realizing it also had mms setting and mms listed as an APN type. Even though I had already added an new default APN - and set it as default, it was apparently taking the mms setting from the old APN. When I deleted the mms settings and type from the old APN everything worked fine. Hope that makes sense.

    BTW in the discussions of prepaid plans I think Solavei is a great value at $49 per month for unlimited talk/text/data unthrottled to 4GB - assuming you get good T-Mobile coverage, and you can't make due with one of the $30 T-Mobile plans. The only problem I've had so far is described above and is clearly my fault. If you look into Solavei you'll see they do the affiliate sign up thing.

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    Sorry for a sidebar but when I checked the Tmobile sight it declared that my zip code was not in a service area. When I went on the Simple Mobile site
    they stated that I was in fact in a service area and I could order their service. Seems odd as Simple Mobile uses Tmobiles coverage. I would prefer
    Tmobile because of the actual unlimited component. I also question the coverage maps somewhat as I cannot verify the signals when I check them independently.
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    Does anyone know of you can cellular roam with either Solvaei or Simple mobile or Tmo as far as voice calls?

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    Default Re: N4 and Simple Mobile?

    Quote Originally Posted by MJ View Post
    Does anyone know of you can cellular roam with either Solvaei or Simple mobile or Tmo as far as voice calls?
    I know you can with T-Mobile. I'm not sure about the other two.

    As for coverage, I would trust T-Mobile's zip code based decision over whatever Simple Mobile told you. You may very well get coverage with either, but it could be awful to a degree that T-Mobile just says don't bother. You might be better off with Straight Talk or AT&T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ View Post
    Does anyone know of you can cellular roam with either Solvaei or Simple mobile or Tmo as far as voice calls?

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    As far as I know, the Solavei map is the same as the T-Mobile prepaid map. There is a limited amount of service partner "domestic roaming" that is supposed to be 2g/voice.

    As an example, I have Solavei and I had a strong service partner signal in Kremmling, CO. You just need to examine the map (while zoomed in enough to see the details. It's important to be zoomed in almost all the way.)

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    If you're considering simple mobile, I'd look at too. They operate on T-mo's network, have the same plans as simple mobile and it looks like they have more coverage than simple mobile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boparunsxc View Post
    If you're considering simple mobile, I'd look at Ptel too. They operate on T-mo's network, have the same plans as simple mobile and it looks like they have more coverage than simple mobile.
    It looks like Ptel is just showing T-Mobile's prepaid 2G/Voice coverage, and Simple Mobile's coverage map is just showing the 3G/4G coverage area for T-Mobile. I'm not sure why both of these MVNO's don't show both coverage maps?

    Here are the prepaid maps from T-Mobile directly:

    I'm not sure why, but T-Mobile splits the 2G and 3/4G coverage maps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    I know you can with T-Mobile. I'm not sure about the other two.

    As for coverage, I would trust T-Mobile's zip code based decision over whatever Simple Mobile told you. You may very well get coverage with either, but it could be awful to a degree that T-Mobile just says don't bother. You might be better off with Straight Talk or AT&T.
    Thanks. I was worried about the need to voice roam in emergency if I was out of network since I do a lot of camping.

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