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    Default How do I try out T-Mobile's network?

    Hi,

    I want to reduce our phone costs. We have 2 phones currently on Verizon and it running us about $170/mo. It looks like we can get a similar plan (ie same 2 GB data cap) for $100/mo with TMobile. Sounds great, but I want to ensure that there is coverage where we go. To test this out I was thinking about getting a SIM an plugging it into a deactivated (AT&T) iPhone 4 I use for app testing. Can I get a month long plan for this device? If so, can I just run over to t-Mobile and pick up a SIM?

    Thanks,

    Jerry
    Last edited by NotJustAPhone; 01-16-2014 at 12:43 AM.
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    T-Mobile has a $3/day PAYG plan that comes with a nominal amount of data. I'm not sure if you can use this plan with smartphones, but I don't remember seeing any exclusions. As far as using the iPhone 4 for testing, that may not be a good idea because it likely doesn't have the UMTS 1700 band, and IIRC it doesn't have LTE either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    I want to reduce our phone costs. We have 2 phones currently on Verizon and it running us about $170/mo. It looks like we can get a similar plan (ie same 2 GB data cap) for $100/mo with TMobile. Sounds great, but I want to ensure that there is coverage where we go. To test this out I was thinking about getting a SIM an plugging it into a deactivated (AT&T) iPhone 4 I use for app testing. Can I get a month long plan for this device? If so, can I just run over to t-Mobile and pick up a SIM?
    Is the iPhone 4 unlocked? It won't work with T-Mobile unless it is. If your Verizon phones are LTE with a SIM card, you can use one of those. All Verizon LTE phones are SIM unlocked and work with any SIM card. You may not get LTE, but otherwise everything will work, including data.
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    Thanks guys. I want to ensure that voice and voicemail work These are more important than data. Since the Verizon phone (droid DNA) uses a SIM will I be able to make calls? If not I can try of the Unlock phones I have from the UK/Europe?
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    DNA will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    Is the iPhone 4 unlocked? It won't work with T-Mobile unless it is. If your Verizon phones are LTE with a SIM card, you can use one of those. All Verizon LTE phones are SIM unlocked and work with any SIM card. You may not get LTE, but otherwise everything will work, including data.
    All verizon 4GLTE phones are unlocked but not all have gsm radios besides b13 lte. Also, my Droid razr maxx although unlocked, specifically blocks tmobile. So it would depend on the device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jec11718 View Post
    DNA will work.

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    Great. So to summarize i need to get a t-mobile SIM and $3/day plan and I should be good. Correct?
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    Or you can get one of the 30-day pre-paid plans.

    I went out and bought a used HTC Sensation 4G off eBay ($150), put a 30-day pre-pay SIM in, and tested that way.

    I liked the Sensation well enough to keep it, buy another for my wife, and changed us over to a $70/mo. post-paid plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Great. So to summarize i need to get a t-mobile SIM and $3/day plan and I should be good. Correct?
    The Droid DNA may not necessarily work on TMO's high speed networks, if at all. It certainly won't work on TMO LTE (if that's available around you.) It may or may not work on 3G/"4G"--if you are in a refarmed UMTS 1900 market, it will; if you are in a UMTS 1700 market, it won't. Then all that's left is 2G, and even that may not be guaranteed if your phone blocks access (see dpham00's post above yours.)

    The ideal test would be one done with a phone that has all of TMO's GSM/UMTS/LTE bands, like a Nexus 5, a BlackBerry Z10 or a Q10, and others. If you don't want to buy one for testing (I wouldn't either,) try to borrow one from someone, or figure out a way you could test and return the phone, if needed, within the 14-day window.

    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    All verizon 4GLTE phones are unlocked but not all have gsm radios besides b13 lte. Also, my Droid razr maxx although unlocked, specifically blocks tmobile. So it would depend on the device.
    Didn't work even on 2G?
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    Quote Originally Posted by raino View Post
    The Droid DNA
    Didn't work even on 2G?

    DNA should get up to 4g speeds on tmobile, but no lte.


    Nope no 2g or voice on the Droid razr maxx even with the latest update that enabled global capabilities. My other devices didn't have this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Stoneface View Post
    Or you can get one of the 30-day pre-paid plans.

    I went out and bought a used HTC Sensation 4G off eBay ($150), put a 30-day pre-pay SIM in, and tested that way.

    I liked the Sensation well enough to keep it, buy another for my wife, and changed us over to a $70/mo. post-paid plan.
    I'll give the 30 day a try since I want to make sure I have enough time to try before I make the switch. BTW, I assume you like T-Mobile enough to switch permanently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    I'll give the 30 day a try since I want to make sure I have enough time to try before I make the switch. BTW, I assume you like T-Mobile enough to switch permanently?
    Definitely.

    We were with Sprint. Had been with them for 15 years. Coverage, voice coverage, no less, was getting worse-and-worse. Coupled with the fact that their data plans were really no less expensive, for a couple, than Verizon or "at&t": When T-Mobile came up with their "uncarrier" initiatives, plus the fact their coverage was mostly better in my area, it was an easy choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Stoneface View Post
    Definitely.

    We were with Sprint. Had been with them for 15 years. Coverage, voice coverage, no less, was getting worse-and-worse.
    Ugh Sprint. That is what we left to go to Verizon. I was never so happy to change carriers. What is the use of unlimited 4G data when they never built out the 4G (non-LTE) network. The final straw was when I start missing calls in areas that were perfect a few months earlier.

    Verizon is very solid in the San Francisco Bay Area and after that Sprint experience I don't want to end up with a fast phone and no coverage again, so I am going to test T-Mobile thoroughly before I commit.
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    Verizon also has a loyalty plan for 60 a month unlimited talk/text and 2gb data me and my father pay 60 dollars a piece well after taxes 68.23 a piece you can see from previous balance this bill my father went over by 2 gb so i got Verizon to give me a credit of 20 dollars since each gb over is $10 Verizon also gave me and my father a $300 credit off of any phone each so 2 $300 dollar credits $300 per line ive only been a customer since oct 2013
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    Just go to store and ask to test drive the network, buy phones of your choice, you have 30 days to return everything, total cost $0. That's how I test drove the network on the latest LTE capable phones.
    Their plans go like $50 for first line, $30 for second line, any additional lines for $10/MO all with UNLIMITED talk/text/data but by default, only first 500mb is 4G/LTE then throttled down to 3g speeds. Additionally, $10 for 2gb 4G/LTE data, $20 if you want everything unlimited including 4G/LTE data and WiFi hot-spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Hi,

    I want to reduce our phone costs. We have 2 phones currently on Verizon and it running us about $170/mo. It looks like we can get a similar plan (ie same 2 GB data cap) for $100/mo with TMobile. Sounds great, but I want to ensure that there is coverage where we go. To test this out I was thinking about getting a SIM an plugging it into a deactivated (AT&T) iPhone 4 I use for app testing. Can I get a month long plan for this device? If so, can I just run over to t-Mobile and pick up a SIM?

    Thanks,

    Jerry
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    Just go to store and ask to test drive the network, buy phones of your choice, you have 30 days to return everything, total cost $0. That's how I test drove the network on the latest LTE capable phones.
    Their plans go like $50 for first line, $30 for second line, any additional lines for $10/MO all with UNLIMITED talk/text/data but by default, only first 500mb is 4G/LTE then throttled down to 3g speeds. Additionally, $10 for 2gb 4G/LTE data, $20 if you want everything unlimited including 4G/LTE data and WiFi hot-spot.

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    There probably will be a restocking charge. Verizon I know charges $35 per returned phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    you have 30 days to return everything
    That's pretty much just in California. Almost ever other place is 14 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    There probably will be a restocking charge. Verizon I know charges $35 per returned phone.

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    Not even a dime, that's how I tested it with 2 lines, almost a year ago. That's how my dad tested it few months back. Got full refund.
    If you keep the phone/service, good. But if you return and say "I just feel like returning it" then they may, but tell them the real reason "network/service is not good enough yet"
    I Know a lot of people who tested it on Brad new phones for $0

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    Quote Originally Posted by raino View Post
    That's pretty much just in California. Almost ever other place is 14 days.
    Everyone else is 14 day, TMO is the only one giving 30d. Plus there is no contract that will lock you in after 30 day period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    Everyone else is 14 day, TMO is the only one giving 30d. Plus there is no contract that will lock you in after 30 day period.
    To receive a refund or to exchange a device (less any discounts or rebates), or to cancel your service without incurring an early termination fee (for service contracts of 1 year or more), return your Device in its original package with all original contents undamaged and in good working condition with no material alterations to the Device’s hardware or software to any T-Mobile retail store within 14 days of the purchase date of the original device. You may have to pay a restocking fee. The restocking fee is $75 for advanced, data-focused devices that are designed for Web browsing (e.g., tablets, netbooks); the restocking fee is $50 for “smart phone” devices, which are high-end phones that are designed for Web and social media use in addition to standard phone features such as voice and text messaging; and for all other devices, the restocking fee is $25 (e.g., basic phone devices, data sticks).
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    Again depends on the reason you return the device, seen it 3x in 2013, still didn't get charged a dime

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    Everyone else is 14 day, TMO is the only one giving 30d. Plus there is no contract that will lock you in after 30 day period.

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    Say that you got a note 3 for $0 down, after the 30 day period, could you return the phone for a full refund, if you were having connectivity problems? Or would you have to pay the $600+ for the balance of the phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    Say that you got a note 3 for $0 down, after the 30 day period, could you return the phone for a full refund, if you were having connectivity problems? Or would you have to pay the $600+ for the balance of the phone?

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    Yes, no charge if you return the device within 30 days. My dad is on Verizon, his contract ending in a month, a couple months ago he tried tmo with a new # and GS4 and returned it on day 28...no charge. That's how I tried tmo last year with 2 HTC ones and New #s then returned. And ported my #s over with a brand new account

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    Yes, no charge if you return the device within 30 days. My dad is on Verizon, his contract ending in a month, a couple months ago he tried tmo with a new # and GS4 and returned it on day 28...no charge. That's how I tried tmo last year with 2 HTC ones and New #s then returned. And ported my #s over with a brand new account

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    So basically just make sure to return within 30 days. Else you will be stuck paying the balance of the phone should you decide to cancel service

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