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Old 18-09-2015, 13:03   #1
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T-Mobile Expands International Coverage

Unlimited data and calls @20 cents in the Bahamas!

T-Mobile Expands International Coverage to 20 More Countries | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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Dam. I was in Bahamas last year and ran up a $700 phone bill. I called but they had no plan for the Bahamas at that time
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Old 18-09-2015, 14:16   #3
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Awesome for the Snow Birds or anyone doing shorter cruises outside the US. Do you think you could get away with 51% of the time in the US, or does it need to be shorter duration trips?

From their site:

"Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network."


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Let's make that 20 cents per minute.
Had me really excited for a second there lol.
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Re: T-Mobile Expands International Coverage

Also, it seems to only be 2G and not tetherable.

I could be wrong on those points - their info is sparse and confusing.

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Old 19-09-2015, 05:38   #6
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I travel worldwide and switched to T-Mobile more than a year ago and it has been great including their support. Haven't found a place I could not get 3g. The only country that was an issue was China they default to China Mobile which is a 3g but a proprietary 3g. One call and I selected China-Unicom and all has been good. Reception has been good. In most countries I can pay by the Gig and get 4G.

I have thrown away 5 sim cards and two phones. I have yet to see a $160 phone bill for two phones and we use them a lot. Prior to T-Mobile my bills averaged close to $1K. If T-Mobile makes this work it will change all the other carriers ... finally!

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Have not seen one positive review of t mobile on local Yelp results....
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Now if ATT will just follow I'm all set.
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Old 19-09-2015, 14:10   #9
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Have not seen one positive review of t mobile on local Yelp results....
I don't know what Yelp is, but when we returned to the US for a summer, we went looking for a convenient and inexpensive phone and data plan like we have been accustomed to everywhere outside the US.

T-Mobile was the winner by a LONG way. No locked in plan, no locked in phone, and the best phone and data prices around (although still more expensive than most other countries). It is almost like being outside the US - and that is a good thing in this regard.

We have been very happy with it. All our family is on Verizon or ATT and they are paying unbelievable amounts of money for their plans, and they are locked into their contracts on both service and phone. Doesn't make any sense to us at all.

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Edit, I see you are in Williamsburg VA. There is a swath of NC/VA with poor T-mobile coverage. Heck, ATT isn't even covered in much of this area. So these probably wouldn't be good carriers for you.
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I agree colemj. What really means a lot to me is their service. I go to some far flung places. When I have a connection problem they answer the phone and stick with it until I am happy. They understand timezones and keep me informed of progress and what the resolution was at my time.

Believe me they will change the other carriers worldwide. They are the first true global mobile provider. Sure they have had some challenges but pioneers do. They wisely built a great service organization to handle the challenges while they grow.

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Re: T-Mobile Expands International Coverage

When we got back to the US we chose t-mobile due to price like Mark, but we had to switch to ATT after a week or two since coverage was so bad in a lot of Florida.

We had t-mobile 4 years ago when living in Michigan and had the same issue there. Also, both times their customer service was horrible.... I just figured that was due to the low cost.

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Also, it seems to only be 2G and not tetherable.

I could be wrong on those points - their info is sparse and confusing.

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Here is the thing about 2G. Its not a specific speed... its a technology. So, the speed - while not as fast as 3G - could be fine for surfing on your iPad, sending emails, etc.

Not so good for video streaming or uploading large documents.

Here is the kicker though... the reason T-Mobile can offer this service is that no-one in the country is using that bandwidth. All the companies have moved their customers over to LTE devices. So, while your 4gLTE or 3G service slows to a crawl or completely stops working, you will find that the 2G works just fine - and may work up to about 250 kbps. If you use the Opera browser that optimizes your resources through their proxy you get really good web browsing at that speed.

No, you cannot tether but with the new ipad pro and the optional keyboard - you have almost a normal PC.

20 cents a minute is still way cheaper than 86 cents a minute using BTC.

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When we got back to the US we chose t-mobile due to price like Mark, but we had to switch to ATT after a week or two since coverage was so bad in a lot of Florida.

We had t-mobile 4 years ago when living in Michigan and had the same issue there. Also, both times their customer service was horrible.... I just figured that was due to the low cost.

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That was true until about a year ago. They have the same LTE coverage here in Florida as everyone else has now.

http://explore.t-mobile.com/4g-lte-n...g&gclsrc=aw.ds
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That was true until about a year ago. They have the same LTE coverage here in Florida as everyone else has now.

4G LTE Network w/ Fast Data | Test Drive Our 4G LTE Network | T-Mobile

Well, I arrived in the US 6 months ago and got the cell phone 5 months ago. So unless they have improved less than 4 months ago, I doubt it.

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When we got back to the US we chose t-mobile due to price like Mark, but we had to switch to ATT after a week or two since coverage was so bad in a lot of Florida.

We had t-mobile 4 years ago when living in Michigan and had the same issue there. Also, both times their customer service was horrible.... I just figured that was due to the low cost.

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I'm surprised about FL. We had good coverage from New Smyrna to Ft. Lauderdale on the East Coast while we were there.

Just got back from mid-Michigan and the coverage was good there also.

Of course, our main usage is data, and we aren't moving around when using it. So it could be that we just had cell towers close to our stationary places.

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and may work up to about 250 kbps.
I think I saw on their website that maximum speeds would be 128kbps.

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