tmobile can refarm all they want, but its not gonna help at the moment since many places dont have enough pcs to run hspa and gsm together.
it wont fully support pcs hspa until sometimes next year. Only places at the moment seeing it are areas where pcs is currently at 30 to 50 mhz of spectrum and it wont hurt their 2g network.
nyc cant use pcs hspa right now. my gs2 has pcs 1900 hspa support so i will keep looking here in nyc. but as of right now we as well as many other areas are exclusively aws hspa+. They are maxed out too in places with DC HSPA+ live.
Many of tmobiles early aws phones are exclusive aws hspa phones with no pcs or 850 hspa support. only recently did they start selling tri and quad band hspa device. They still sell aws hspa phones to date.
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On a related now, has anyone said what T-Mobile will use to supplement AWS LTE in markets that will only get 5x5 deployments?
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Ilvla2 has posted that T-Mobile still has not used the AWS spectrum in his area even though they sell service there. Their 3G/4G rollout has been pathetic.
I think AT&T's plan is to slowly move the whole country over to 5 (CLR markets) or 10 (PCS markets) of GSM, and leave that on for the long term to support MVNOs, ancient phones, and M2M. T-Mobile should follow suit if they are serious about PCS HSPA+.
I usually support government regulation, but It is unfortunate that the government over-regulated and killed the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
The best explanation of the pricing nutiness in the industry.
Why Sprint and T-Mo will always suck.
The only way to end the pricing insanity is to eliminate contracts and subsidies.
I want Wifi calling on AT&T.
If you text while driving, you're an idiot. End of story.
Well people d see the heated discussions here. Got my Note Q weeks ago andguess what? d I am getting 4g speeds! as high as l4 Mb down and around 5 Mb up here in Pittsburgh! For $50 I'm Sticking with Tmobile and believe It or not with thes reforming of 1900. Most rival gsm phones will work. So my question is why pay more to Att or whoever for less?
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That's excellent news! I have my UMTS 1900 device which I pop my tmobile SIM card in regularly to see if the refarm has begun in my market. No success yet but hopefully soon. Congrats to Pitt, the first major refarm market.
in all fairness though, i usually drive major roads, but all in all i rarely if ever have any issues with them
Left: Apple iPhone 5 on T-Mobile Unlimited LTE, On the right CenturyLink DSL at Home:
also, considering slacker has caching abilities then it's even less of a big deal
i'll keep my $50/mo that i'm saving with T-Mobile and deal with GPRS/EDGE the twice a year that i have too considering i do fly quite a bit anyway and any city/airport that i'd fly into has just fine HSPA+ coverage
I can always pay $50 for a one month datapass at Verizon or AT&T if i ever need too (although i've never needed it) and still save ~$50/mo for ten months out of the year.
Right now i'm paying ~$60 for T-Mobile, i have:
1,000 anytime (usually use ~500min/mo)
Unlimited M2M (have a ton of friends on T-Mobile here)
MyFaves (free addon from care)
Unlimited Messaging/5GB Data (usually use ~4gb/mo) for $24.99/mo
Free Nights/Weekends @ 9pm
15% Discount though work
for AT&T, we get the same 15%, so i'd be looking at ~111 for:
900 anytime with rollover
unlimited any mobile
5GB data ($10/gb thereafter)
Free nights/weekends @ 9pm
considering i never even come close to 1,000min with myFaves, then it makes complete sense to save anywhere from $500-$600/yr by staying with T-Mobile and just getting a prepaid sim for my unlocked hotspot if i'd ever need it (btw, the straight talk or h20 sim cards work very well for this i've found out playing around)
I am quite happy to hear of the refarm. When 1900 3G hits my market (probably distant future), I will switch back to T-Mobile in a heartbeat!! Just wish they would post which places have the new 3G, instead of leaving us to figure it out for ourselves. I have an iPhone 4s, and my only acquaintance with T-Mob around here has a Galaxy S2. Not like I can just have him pop out his SIM so I can check once in a while.
How do you get to the network menu on the Samsung phones? I know there is a menu that you can get to to choose what bands it uses.
Debug Screen -> Phone Control -> Network Control -> Band Selection.
This works on the Exhibit II
Are T-Mobile phones set to AWS-only, or does the phones just lock on to what is available in the area? Cause, I am wondering if I put the phone on AWS only, I won't know when/if the PCS 1900 is available in the area.