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Old 16-03-2016, 05:49   #31
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Re: Internet in the Pacific North West?

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Check into it they say they have coverage in many cities in Montana now as of Oct 2015
T-Mobile confirms new Extended Range LTE coverage in Montana » TmoNews
I will have to look a little further into that.

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Old 16-03-2016, 11:52   #32
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Re: Internet in the Pacific North West?

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Bill definitely let us know how it goes up there pm me as I'm not on most of the time from April thru October but once a week or so.

Our schedule is about like yours for coms during the summer...

I did a little research into T-Mobile specifically due to this discussion and their ads touting 'unlimited' data and unlimited movie and music streaming that doesn't subtract from the 6GBs...

Some quick findings [which will undoubtedly change as time goes on...]:
  • Unlimited data means your device will not get LTE speeds once you hit your high speed quota. Fair enough, but should be understood.
  • Some high Speed service offerings only apply to T-Mobile networks [i.e., not on partner networks they have associated with...] Therefore, access is geographically more limited than might first appear.
  • Unlimited movie and music streaming has caveats, but would be worthwhile if that is what you want. Read fine print carefully.

e.g., Since we have a WiriePro that can also take a Cell SIM card for data only, that is what I was researching.

The current T-Mobile plan that includes the services listed above is the "Simple Choice Plan. For US$35/month I could get 6GB and unlimited movie and music streaming. [I'll let you read the specifics on the T-Mobile site linked above...]

That would be worthwhile to us when in areas where there is coverage for that plan... unfortunately, while T-Mobile does have coverage for the Simple Choice Plan in BC and WA [confining this discussion to the PNW...] in SE AK there is no coverage for the above plan; only standard cell service. [My conjecture is this is because they are partnering with AT&T for SE AK coverage, and AT&T has not put LTE everywhere, but I have not confirmed that, and don't need to... I chatted with a T-Mobile rep and they confirmed this.]

Here is a link to the T-Mobile coverage map. As you drill-in on specific areas, what you are looking for is the dark maroon Simple Choice Plan coverage areas...

I would buy a SIM and test this out if I were in your area, and may next time we travel through BC [possibly this summer...]

In hopes this is helpful.



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Old 16-03-2016, 22:25   #33
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Re: Internet in the Pacific North West?

Bill thanks for the update I'm sure it will help nick as well. Rob

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