Should I wait the for new S3 with LTE?

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I'm currently under contract with AT&T but was going to switch to T-Mobile as early as this weekend and get a S3. But after hearing the news from CES about T-Mobile now planning on releasing a revamped S3 to support LTE, I'm thinking should I wait a few weeks for that now. Seeing how I can be impatient though I was thinking of still getting it in a few days and just hope T-Mobile release the LTE version withing 30 days so I can return the older version for that one. Does this sound like a logical plan or should I deal with AT&T for a few more weeks?
 

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I'm currently under contract with AT&T but was going to switch to T-Mobile as early as this weekend and get a S3. But after hearing the news from CES about T-Mobile now planning on releasing a revamped S3 to support LTE, I'm thinking should I wait a few weeks for that now. Seeing how I can be impatient though I was thinking of still getting it in a few days and just hope T-Mobile release the LTE version withing 30 days so I can return the older version for that one. Does this sound like a logical plan or should I deal with AT&T for a few more weeks?


I don't think you should wait at all. They won't have a lot of coverage in the beginning anyway. Plus T-mobiles 4g HSPA+ is fast. I don't think you'd see a difference. People complain about speed sometimes cause they run these stupid speed tests but real world use is that the pages load just as fast and you have no issues. Don't get stuck into that hype.
 

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I noticed that under network mode our phones say: LTE/GSM/WCDMA (AUTO MODE) . Does that mean we also will get LTE...
 

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I noticed that under network mode our phones say: LTE/GSM/WCDMA (AUTO MODE) . Does that mean we also will get LTE...

I know right? A large discussion about LTE happened when TMobile's S3 got the 4.1.1 update. Samsung, T-Mobile, CNet all said that T-Mobile indeed had the LTE chip and that all it needed was an updaate to use it. A lot of people did not believe it due to the unknown information of which band LTE would be on T-Mobile. Now that we know what bands or at least a band then will use for LTE, shouldn't the original S3's get LTE also?
 

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I know right? A large discussion about LTE happened when TMobile's S3 got the 4.1.1 update. Samsung, T-Mobile, CNet all said that T-Mobile indeed had the LTE chip and that all it needed was an updaate to use it. A lot of people did not believe it due to the unknown information of which band LTE would be on T-Mobile. Now that we know what bands or at least a band then will use for LTE, shouldn't the original S3's get LTE also?

That's been the question I've been trying to figure out for the last 2 days now. I'm probably just gonna get the original S3 this Saturday and hope for the best.
 

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That was something I did think about somewhat. I'm just ready to cut my bill and get unlimited data again, Thanks.

Nothing wrong with wanting to cut your bill. I came from Verizon in late August and glad I did. I'm paying the exact amount for 4 lines with t-mobile as I was with 2 lines from Verizon. I wouldn't be concerned about LTE this and that. As long as they have coverage I don't think there is going to be much of a difference. If there is no coverage I just roam off AT&T network. Yes I realize there is a limited amount of data I can use according to the plan I have but it's available
 

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I'm currently under contract with AT&T but was going to switch to T-Mobile as early as this weekend and get a S3. But after hearing the news from CES about T-Mobile now planning on releasing a revamped S3 to support LTE, I'm thinking should I wait a few weeks for that now. Seeing how I can be impatient though I was thinking of still getting it in a few days and just hope T-Mobile release the LTE version withing 30 days so I can return the older version for that one. Does this sound like a logical plan or should I deal with AT&T for a few more weeks?

In addition to what's been said here about LTE deployment being sparse initially, also keep in mind that T-Mobile will be ending device subsidies in 3-4 months. So phones will have to be purchased at full cost. The LTE S3 probably won't be out then, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.
 

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If the original S3 would work with LTE, then there would be no need to come out with a new one that would support LTE. Just saying.
 

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How fast is the 4g with t mobile? I am with att and I get up to 20 mbs, but I can't even enjoy it because of the data limit to only 3 gigs. When I had my s2 with Sprint, I would get on average 6mbs which was enough for me. So does T-Mobile get around 6mbs? I don't care if I can get 30mbs with att since I can't even use my phone without me going over my data in 3 days.
 

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I live in San Antonio and I pull average of 18 mb down on hspa + on tmobile. The fastest I've gotten here is 28mbs down. PLENTY fast enough.

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In addition to what's been said here about LTE deployment being sparse initially, also keep in mind that T-Mobile will be ending device subsidies in 3-4 months. So phones will have to be purchased at full cost. The LTE S3 probably won't be out then, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.
Wouldn't worry too much about the subsidies. The savings you get from a T-Mobile plan will more than make up for paying less up front and paying more every month with ATT. They also offer the ability to pay in installments so you pay less up front.. but pay about as much as ATT each month. The difference is your plan goes back down after the phone is paid off, unlike AT&T or Verizon where you will continue to pay more forever.

Also, not sure what area you're in, but maybe you're in one of the areas where T-Mobile refarmed the 1900Mhz spectrum. If that's the case, you can keep your current AT&T phone to use on T-mobile (as long as it's sim unlocked), and wait it out for the phone you want.
 

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Update: I did went ahead and got the S3 last Friday. Loving it so far. Only problem I'm having to issues with WiFi which seems to be common as I'm reading about. I've doen what most ppl say (dial that #0001*) number or whatever. It seems to work at first but still at times it'll take some pages longer to load than needed. I'm probably gonna do a full restore right now to see if that'll help. Thanks guys for the comments and help.
 

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