1. Eli Rush's Avatar
    Hello!

    So I have a few questions regarding T-Mobiles' various plans.

    I recently switched from AT&T to Straight Talk (with a Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM), and the coverage is TERRIBLE. In LA (where I am primarily), the coverage is OK but not great. Driving anywhere renders my service useless.

    My question is: is this how T-Mobiles service is in general? Is there a difference in T-Mobile coverage on their $50/$60/$70 plans and their $30 100min/Unlimited Text/Data plan?

    Also, does anyone know if I would get better service with Straight Talk if I were to purchase an AT&T Straight Talk SIM card from eBay or Amazon?

    Thank you!
    08-15-2013 08:04 PM
  2. zorak950's Avatar
    Your coverage should not be different depending on your plan; I believe this includes MVNOs. Some people claim MVNO and prepaid customers get throttled first, but that shouldn't affect coverage. One thing that might have an impact is T-Mobile's upgrade to LTE; while it's happening some towers may be temporarily offline, and thereafter if you don't have an LTE device you may get less HSPA coverage depending on how they're handling the rollout.

    If you get an AT&T SIM on Straight Talk, you should get coverage comparable to what you had on AT&T before.
    08-15-2013 09:51 PM
  3. tgp's Avatar
    Hello!

    So I have a few questions regarding T-Mobiles' various plans.

    I recently switched from AT&T to Straight Talk (with a Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM), and the coverage is TERRIBLE. In LA (where I am primarily), the coverage is OK but not great. Driving anywhere renders my service useless.

    My question is: is this how T-Mobiles service is in general? Is there a difference in T-Mobile coverage on their $50/$60/$70 plans and their $30 100min/Unlimited Text/Data plan?

    Also, does anyone know if I would get better service with Straight Talk if I were to purchase an AT&T Straight Talk SIM card from eBay or Amazon?

    Thank you!
    Is there a reason you're not getting a Straight Talk AT&T SIM card? The only difference is that AT&T service has a soft data cap.
    08-15-2013 10:08 PM
  4. Eli Rush's Avatar
    The only reason that I haven't gotten an AT&T Straight Talk SIM is that they no longer offer them so you have to buy them from a third-party at inflated prices... even though the coverage wouldn't necessarily compare to what I had with AT&T, do you guys think this would make a difference?

    Also, if I were to purchase an AT&T ST SIM, would I need to buy a new plan to attach to that SIM card and activate it separately?

    Thanks for your responses!
    08-15-2013 11:03 PM
  5. Pkt_Lnt's Avatar
    The only reason that I haven't gotten an AT&T Straight Talk SIM is that they no longer offer them so you have to buy them from a third-party at inflated prices... even though the coverage wouldn't necessarily compare to what I had with AT&T, do you guys think this would make a difference?
    No you don't, they are back on Straight Talk.
    Choose Your SIM card
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    08-16-2013 12:42 AM
  6. gtt1's Avatar
    Straight talk info

    Use your own compatible or unlocked GSM phone on America's best nationwide networks. Select a SIM or SIM bundle to get Unlimited* Data, Talk & Text. It's that easy.

    Unlimited* GSM service on the best nationwide networks
    $45 per month - Unlimited* Data, Talk & Text
    No contracts, no bills, no credit checks
    Use any compatible or unlocked GSM phone - including smart phones
    Keep your phone number
    Works with SMS, IM, social networks, email, web
    Micro SIM card size is about 1/2 inch long

    So unlimited data? At what point do they throttle and is it at LTE speeds?
    08-16-2013 12:09 PM
  7. Eli Rush's Avatar
    No you don't, they are back on Straight Talk.
    Choose Your SIM card
    WOW! How have I never seen this? Did this just recently come back up for sale?

    If I buy one of these, do I have to buy a new Straight Talk plan? If not, how can I transfer it to this new SIM card?

    Does anyone have any insight into whether this is worth trying for better service than the T-Mobile SIM card?

    Also, any ideas about how service would compare between Straight Talk with a T-Mobile SIM and T-Mobile's $30/month plan?

    Thank you!
    08-16-2013 02:05 PM
  8. Eli Rush's Avatar
    Is there a reason you're not getting a Straight Talk AT&T SIM card? The only difference is that AT&T service has a soft data cap.
    You say the only difference is the soft data cap... does this mean that service between AT&T and T-Mo SIMs will be the same?
    08-16-2013 02:06 PM
  9. Pkt_Lnt's Avatar
    You say the only difference is the soft data cap... does this mean that service between AT&T and T-Mo SIMs will be the same?
    At&t sims came back about two weeks ago. At&t and T-Mobile are two separate cellular networks. Straight talk is an mvno on both, but coverage will be different.

    galaxy nexus / cataclysm jb 4.3 / tapatalk 4
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    08-16-2013 06:31 PM
  10. Eli Rush's Avatar
    Okay, well I think that I might as well give the AT&T SIM a try.

    Anyone have any insight into how Straight Talk T-MO SIM will compare to the T-MO $30/mo plan? It sounds like it would be exactly the same.
    08-16-2013 11:38 PM
  11. tgp's Avatar
    You say the only difference is the soft data cap... does this mean that service between AT&T and T-Mo SIMs will be the same?
    No, I meant that there's no difference in allowances. Both have unlimited minutes, text, and data, except data is soft capped if you have AT&T's service. The price is the same.
    08-17-2013 12:59 AM
  12. tube517's Avatar
    Okay, well I think that I might as well give the AT&T SIM a try.

    Anyone have any insight into how Straight Talk T-MO SIM will compare to the T-MO $30/mo plan? It sounds like it would be exactly the same.
    What kind of phone are you using? Do you know anyone else with TMobile or Straight Talk in your area that you could ask how their service is?
    08-18-2013 07:55 AM
  13. Eli Rush's Avatar
    What kind of phone are you using? Do you know anyone else with TMobile or Straight Talk in your area that you could ask how their service is?
    I am using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I don't know anyone else with Straight Talk, but my girlfriend uses T-Mobile and her service seems to be better than mine, but still pretty bad in rural areas.
    08-19-2013 02:30 PM
  14. gtt1's Avatar
    No, I meant that there's no difference in allowances. Both have unlimited minutes, text, and data, except data is soft capped if you have AT&T's service. The price is the same.
    Can you or someone explain what soft capped means. Does your speed drop when you reach a certain level?
    08-30-2013 10:41 PM
  15. tgp's Avatar
    Can you or someone explain what soft capped means. Does your speed drop when you reach a certain level?
    Yes that's basically it, except a soft cap means that the limit is not set in stone. One month you might get throttled at <1GB, and the next month you use 3GB and not get throttled.
    08-30-2013 10:55 PM
  16. anthony1117's Avatar
    Do you get hspa speed with at&t? I feel like sticking with the 30$ t mobile if I have coverage is fine.

    But another question. Does the at&t penetrate buildings better? I don't get very good service in certain buildings

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    08-31-2013 06:55 PM
  17. Pkt_Lnt's Avatar
    The cellular frequencies are the same, so building penetration is the same. If one carrier has more cells closer, that will help, but each carrier frequencies, being the same, behave the same. There is no magic, just physics of radio propagation.
    09-01-2013 12:04 AM
  18. marieb001's Avatar
    I have had a prepaid Att phone for several years. I live in a rual area and my service has been excellent!!! A month ago I bought a HTC S ONE with tmobile, also prepaid, and I have not had ANY SERVICE period!!! Unless I drive to the nearest town. I am getting my new HTC phone unlocked and going back to At&T. At&t's customer service is 100% better than tmobile also. They speak in CLEAR english. I had so much trouble understanding everyone I talked to at tmobile. It's been a very frustrating experience! If I were you I would go with At&t. Just saying.
    09-20-2013 04:32 PM

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