10-29-2015 10:06 AM
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  1. Almeuit's Avatar
    If you're using T-Mobile then FI is a great option because FI uses both Sprint and T-Mobile so you will have better coverage than T-Mobile alone. I'm on AT&T because T-Mobile and Sprint are crap where I live and travel and two piles of crap are just a bigger pile of crap, but if I lived in a big city where T-Mobile worked well I'd certainly give FI a try.
    I get coverage wherever I go with T-Mobile and Fi would cost me a lot. With T-Mobile I pay $50 for my line and can use my average of 100+ GB a month.
    10-25-2015 01:23 PM
  2. wunderbar's Avatar
    Project Fi, as nice as it sounds, would be too expensive for a family like mine.

    I pay $100 (total) for 2 lines w/unlimited data and everything else + $50 for phones on T-Mo's Jump.

    Based on current usage (with one week left in cycle), I would pay $160/mo on Fi for my line alone - w/o accounting for financing of phone - b/c I stream music for 3 hrs per day (daily commute) and also stream movies and shows for myself and my son.

    As badly as I want a 6P, I'm SOL.

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    So, don't take this the wrong way, because we all have the specific ways we use our devices, and I use a lot of data as well: but honestly if you would just cache some of the streaming music to your phone ahead of time when you commute, you would probably cut your data usage in half and that'd take care of a good chunk of the extra costs you think you'd incur on Fi.

    But I do get your reasoning for not being able to buy it outright or use a financing option that is available. imo buying outright is the way to go, but I also know that not everyone can or wants to do that, and that's fine. It is unfortunate for you, but I get it.

    But no, I don't see carriers in the US offering it, which is too bad. In Canada our carriers are offering it, because they've always played ball with Google, which is nice.
    10-25-2015 02:59 PM
  3. mogelijk's Avatar
    So, don't take this the wrong way, because we all have the specific ways we use our devices, and I use a lot of data as well: but honestly if you would just cache some of the streaming music to your phone ahead of time when you commute, you would probably cut your data usage in half and that'd take care of a good chunk of the extra costs you think you'd incur on Fi.

    But I do get your reasoning for not being able to buy it outright or use a financing option that is available. imo buying outright is the way to go, but I also know that not everyone can or wants to do that, and that's fine. It is unfortunate for you, but I get it.

    But no, I don't see carriers in the US offering it, which is too bad. In Canada our carriers are offering it, because they've always played ball with Google, which is nice.
    Actually, with T-Mobile he'd likely still use the same amount of data -- since T-Mobile doesn't count the most popular music streaming services against your data (see Music Freedom). In my case, my data usage may go up a bit from using T-Mobile, because of music streaming not counting; to compensate I will be downloading music, when possible, when on WiFi.

    It comes down to two issues, that I can see: amount of data a person uses and family plans. There are many people on family plans that have discounts greater than the savings they'd receive if they went to Project Fi, even if they don't use much data.
    10-25-2015 03:50 PM
  4. wunderbar's Avatar
    Actually, with T-Mobile he'd likely still use the same amount of data -- since T-Mobile doesn't count the most popular music streaming services against your data (see Music Freedom). In my case, my data usage may go up a bit from using T-Mobile, because of music streaming not counting; to compensate I will be downloading music, when possible, when on WiFi.

    It comes down to two issues, that I can see: amount of data a person uses and family plans. There are many people on family plans that have discounts greater than the savings they'd receive if they went to Project Fi, even if they don't use much data.
    Ah right, forgot about Music Freedom. Stupid Zero Rating stuff. Though net neutrality is a discussion for another thread.
    10-25-2015 04:00 PM
  5. nrfitchett4's Avatar
    Don't know if this helps or not, but I'm assuming you wanted to go through T-Mobile so you could make payments rather than the total cost upfront, correct? You do have three options that i can think of. If you switch to Fi as your carrier, I believe you can make payments through them, Huawei allows you to make paymentts if you go through them, or buy it with a credit card. In terms of total cost, the cheapest options in order would be Fi, Huawei, and finally credit card (although that depends on the rate you're getting through your CC company). Otherwise it'll be full price upfront.
    I'm sure he would still owe jump a bunch of money.

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    10-25-2015 11:45 PM
  6. nrfitchett4's Avatar
    Yes, you are indeed delusional, which is a form of koo-koo. Here is how I know they are likely to never sell it, or at least in the near future:

    I was actually at my local Tmo store yesterday, switching my family back from the evil demon-spawned Cricket, and of course was getting my 4 phone numbers ported over to Tmo. The only phone I had with me was my phone, the original Nexus 5. One of the kids (all young 20's, so kids to me) working there said, "Did you know they are releasing a new version of your phone? It's called a 5x" I said yep, I've got one in a box waiting for my son for his birthday in a month. Jaws dropped, one of them grumbled something, and then the same kid said, "And did you know they also are releasing a bigger version called the 6p?" I said yep, that one is for me and it should be delivered to me in about a week and half at most. At that point they all said versions of "Aww man!" and shook their heads, and the guy who had been talking (the store manager) said, "Can I ask you just one favor please? When you get the 6p, can you bring it by so we can see it?" When I said yes, they practically squealed in delight.

    They are all expecting me to show up two weeks from yesterday at around 5 pm, and will be severely disappointed if I don't. These are people not expecting to have this phone in their store anytime soon to play with, and obviously with the discounts they probably get on buying Tmo phones won't run out to buy their own unlocked phone.

    Oh yeah, and the manager said he has been told the 5x and 6p will definitely have wifi calling on Tmo.

    There, I think we stick a fork in this thread now, you are welcome.
    What are your problems with cricket? I have at&T and was thinking of switching to cricket for prepaid if its cheaper than my at&T plan when contracts expire. Is it worse than at&T? I've been disappointed in their LTE speeds so far.

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    10-25-2015 11:48 PM
  7. mogelijk's Avatar
    What are your problems with cricket? I have at&T and was thinking of switching to cricket for prepaid if its cheaper than my at&T plan when contracts expire. Is it worse than at&T? I've been disappointed in their LTE speeds so far.

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    Cricket is fine, the same network minus roaming, and limited to 8 Mbps LTE speeds -- which is fast enough for most anything people do on a phone. Of course, since AT&T only averages LTE speeds of 9 Mbps, the 8 Mbps limit doesn't really slow most people much.
    10-26-2015 12:20 AM
  8. nrfitchett4's Avatar
    Cricket is fine, the same network minus roaming, and limited to 8 Mbps LTE speeds -- which is fast enough for most anything people do on a phone. Of course, since AT&T only averages LTE speeds of 9 Mbps, the 8 Mbps limit doesn't really slow most people much.
    I wish I got 8 down, most of the time I'm in the 0.5-3 range. San Antonio was early on for LTE and I doubt they've done much with the network here since.

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    10-26-2015 01:09 AM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    I wish I got 8 down, most of the time I'm in the 0.5-3 range. San Antonio was early on for LTE and I doubt they've done much with the network here since.

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    Wow that sounds horrible. I average around 30-50 Mbps on T-Mobile. Certain areas are even more crazy with 80-100 Mbps constant. Not saying I need that (I don't) but it is nice to have. If I have around 20 Mbps on average I will never complain. That way I can stream to my hearts content (HD video/music/etc.)
    10-26-2015 01:21 AM
  10. redhawk24's Avatar
    I'm in a similar boat as the OP. I am eligible for my JUMP upgrade on 10/29, but the only 2 phones that I really want are the 6P or Moto X Pure Edition. I currently have a Note 4, and I have more left on my EIP than I could get for selling the phone, so I'd have to take a loss and put up 1100 or so bucks to have both phones before I could resell the Note.

    I have a crazy idea, but I'm not sure if it would work. Could I use my JUMP upgrade to buy a cheap/free phone, pay it off, then just buy a 6P out of pocket and get a SIM for that?
    10-26-2015 01:43 AM
  11. CincyGuy's Avatar
    What are your problems with cricket? I have at&T and was thinking of switching to cricket for prepaid if its cheaper than my at&T plan when contracts expire. Is it worse than at&T? I've been disappointed in their LTE speeds so far.
    Long story, but you asked. My wife recently went on a business trip to Jamaica for 5 days (so rough). I went in to my local Cricket store to see if we could get international calling added for a month to her cell plan so she could call/text back home to communicate with the kids (me too I guess!). The 4 staff people in the store had no clue about international plans, because I think the clientele coming into that store don't do a whole lot of international travel - they are more the prepaid type. After about 30 minutes of clicking around their website, they do a one-time international Jamaica add-on to her plan for $15. I leave the store, and within 5 minutes the guy I worked with is calling me and tells me he did more research and thinks the plan should have been added to my line and not hers, so I could call her. They credited her line (but left the international on it for some reason, he said it was easier just to leave it on), and charged me $20 to add it onto mine (why mine cost more I don't know). So we both had it on our lines...should have been covered.

    So my wife agreed to text me when her plan lands in Jamaica, and we agree I will call her at 9 pm her first day there. Well, nothing. No texts, phone calls go right to VM. I get online with Cricket customer support and chat with someone, explaining the whole situation. He types that Cricket has no cell network in Jamaica, so there is no way to take your cell there and make phone calls. The international plan is only for a Cricket customer to call a Jamaican phone number. Makes sense, the store people screwed up, okay. I ask for the $20 to get refunded to my credit card, and he types the $15 credit was applied to my wife's line. I ask him if he sees the $20 charge to my line, and he types that I was already refunded. We do this twice and then he ends the chat session. I have never, ever in my life been "hung up on" by a customer service person, and I wasn't cussing or anything.

    So I go back to the Cricket store the next day and tell all this to the original guy I dealt with. He feels horrible, and gets on a chat, just like I did. Even Cricket store employees have to chat with customer service. When I noted this, he said "Yeah, and you just have to find one in a good mood. I often have to close out of 2-3 chat sessions to get a decent answer from one of them." He is also unsuccessful in getting a credit for my $20, and at this point I have mentally decided I'm done with Cricket and want to go back to Tmo before my next bill is due. I tell him I don't want a credit to my account but a refund on my credit card. He gets on his cell to call his boss (the store manager) and she says she has to create a ticket that get's bumped up to her regional manager.

    To make this ridiculous story shorter, I had to check in with this guy via text messaging every day for the next 5 days, because a ticket was never created. He actually texted me that "Cricket has a no refund policy" and eventually he had me come in to the store so he could give me $20 out of their cash drawer. He was cool about it, but I have no doubt I would have not gotten the refund if I hadn't been persistent and spent about 4 hours of my time staying on the issue.

    Here is the point. The store personnel sold me a service that couldn't do what they said it could, clearly admitted their fault, and couldn't get official approval for a refund. What if they made a bigger mistake, like double-billed my account one month? What the hell happens then? I get to chat with an angry customer service rep again? No thanks. I have activated phones with Tmo twice now, and it has been a wonderful in-store customer service experience for me. When I was with Tmo the first time I also had an issue and had to call in one night from home, and it was a great experience.

    Oh, and a side note but one worth noting. At least here in Cincinnati, on Cricket you need to dial the 1-513 (area code) before you call any land line. I have not been able to find a way to make the stock dialer app do that, so I have to edit my frequently called numbers (by changing it to 1-513) so it dials the area code. Major PIA. Tmo does not require you to do this.
    10-26-2015 05:52 AM
  12. redhawk24's Avatar

    I have a crazy idea, but I'm not sure if it would work. Could I use my JUMP upgrade to buy a cheap/free phone, pay it off, then just buy a 6P out of pocket and get a SIM for that?
    Talked to T-Mo on twitter. They confirmed that I could use my JUMP upgrade on any phone available for financing and then pay it off and get a SIM for the Nexus 6P in store. So, I pulled the trigger on the 6P (64 gb, Aluminum), and once it arrives, I will be using my JUMP on a $60 flip phone.
    10-26-2015 05:59 AM
  13. AnthonyRyan's Avatar
    I actually went with the financing with Huawei for the 128GB. I currently have the N6 on Tmo I can't wait for late November for it.
    10-26-2015 08:02 AM
  14. nrfitchett4's Avatar
    Wow that sounds horrible. I average around 30-50 Mbps on T-Mobile. Certain areas are even more crazy with 80-100 Mbps constant. Not saying I need that (I don't) but it is nice to have. If I have around 20 Mbps on average I will never complain. That way I can stream to my hearts content (HD video/music/etc.)
    T-Mobile has zero coverage inside my hospital. That's why I'm trying Fi. Sprint has signal boosters inside and T-Mobile hopefully is better than they were several years ago.

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    10-26-2015 11:41 PM
  15. nrfitchett4's Avatar
    Long story, but you asked. My wife recently went on a business trip to Jamaica for 5 days (so rough). I went in to my local Cricket store to see if we could get international calling added for a month to her cell plan so she could call/text back home to communicate with the kids (me too I guess!). The 4 staff people in the store had no clue about international plans, because I think the clientele coming into that store don't do a whole lot of international travel - they are more the prepaid type. After about 30 minutes of clicking around their website, they do a one-time international Jamaica add-on to her plan for $15. I leave the store, and within 5 minutes the guy I worked with is calling me and tells me he did more research and thinks the plan should have been added to my line and not hers, so I could call her. They credited her line (but left the international on it for some reason, he said it was easier just to leave it on), and charged me $20 to add it onto mine (why mine cost more I don't know). So we both had it on our lines...should have been covered.

    So my wife agreed to text me when her plan lands in Jamaica, and we agree I will call her at 9 pm her first day there. Well, nothing. No texts, phone calls go right to VM. I get online with Cricket customer support and chat with someone, explaining the whole situation. He types that Cricket has no cell network in Jamaica, so there is no way to take your cell there and make phone calls. The international plan is only for a Cricket customer to call a Jamaican phone number. Makes sense, the store people screwed up, okay. I ask for the $20 to get refunded to my credit card, and he types the $15 credit was applied to my wife's line. I ask him if he sees the $20 charge to my line, and he types that I was already refunded. We do this twice and then he ends the chat session. I have never, ever in my life been "hung up on" by a customer service person, and I wasn't cussing or anything.

    So I go back to the Cricket store the next day and tell all this to the original guy I dealt with. He feels horrible, and gets on a chat, just like I did. Even Cricket store employees have to chat with customer service. When I noted this, he said "Yeah, and you just have to find one in a good mood. I often have to close out of 2-3 chat sessions to get a decent answer from one of them." He is also unsuccessful in getting a credit for my $20, and at this point I have mentally decided I'm done with Cricket and want to go back to Tmo before my next bill is due. I tell him I don't want a credit to my account but a refund on my credit card. He gets on his cell to call his boss (the store manager) and she says she has to create a ticket that get's bumped up to her regional manager.

    To make this ridiculous story shorter, I had to check in with this guy via text messaging every day for the next 5 days, because a ticket was never created. He actually texted me that "Cricket has a no refund policy" and eventually he had me come in to the store so he could give me $20 out of their cash drawer. He was cool about it, but I have no doubt I would have not gotten the refund if I hadn't been persistent and spent about 4 hours of my time staying on the issue.

    Here is the point. The store personnel sold me a service that couldn't do what they said it could, clearly admitted their fault, and couldn't get official approval for a refund. What if they made a bigger mistake, like double-billed my account one month? What the hell happens then? I get to chat with an angry customer service rep again? No thanks. I have activated phones with Tmo twice now, and it has been a wonderful in-store customer service experience for me. When I was with Tmo the first time I also had an issue and had to call in one night from home, and it was a great experience.

    Oh, and a side note but one worth noting. At least here in Cincinnati, on Cricket you need to dial the 1-513 (area code) before you call any land line. I have not been able to find a way to make the stock dialer app do that, so I have to edit my frequently called numbers (by changing it to 1-513) so it dials the area code. Major PIA. Tmo does not require you to do this.
    Interesting, thanks for posting. My hope is that once line charges drop because contracts expire, AT&T will be a better deal. I think 60+150 for data before 22% discount and then taxes and fees. I can't do just T-Mobile because of no signal at my work.

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    10-26-2015 11:45 PM
  16. brgulker's Avatar
    Crazy? No. In denial? Yes.
    10-27-2015 03:21 PM
  17. AnthonyRyan's Avatar
    I just got an email saying my N6P was just shipped from Huawei

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    10-28-2015 02:23 PM
  18. cpaight's Avatar
    I just got an email saying my N6P was just shipped from Huawei

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    Which version did you get? I ordered the Graphite 64GB on 10/5 and haven't heard anything yet.
    10-29-2015 10:06 AM
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