Well HERE'S what's happening with me. (<click link)
Originally Posted by The Hulk
I will probably be leaving MetroPCS soon. OK, change that to definitely leaving MetroPCS this next week.
I'm tired of waiting for a good spec/large screen/major name brand LTE phone for my wife, and I want more than Gingerbread single-core early 2011 specs (LG Revolution clone) for myself. ICS has been out since October 2011, Jelly Bean this year, and all of Metro's phones still have Gingerbread?
MetroPCS promised 5 or 6 LTE Androids in 2011 alone, and they only released TWO the entire year. Overall (through mid-2012), they've still only released 4 LTE Androids. They still have not hit the mark of the "handful", half dozen", "5 or 6" LTE Androids they repeatedly promised for 2011. (And before anyone calls me on this, have your facts straight. MetroPCS is touting the Huawei Activa as their "5th LTE phone", but it's NOT their 5th LTE Android. They are counting the crappy LTE feature phone Craft in their LTE total, when their promises to customers, share holders and the media said specifically LTE Androids all to be released by end of 2011.)
They also promised to finish their LTE rollout (completely overlaying their CDMA coverage) by END of calendar year 2011. Then, they delayed the rollout finish to Q1 2012, and the latest "promise" is by end of Q3 2012.
My wife keeps begging for a better phone than her old LG Optimus M, and I kept waiting for Metro to keep their promises. Why lay down $300 or so on a "new" phone if Metro is going to release something great (ICS, Jelly Bean, dual core, 1GB RAM, etc) soon?
I finally got tired of waiting.
I found a way to get latest phone I want for (pre-paid) $45 per month (plus a dollar or two tax) for unlimited talk/text/data. (and yes, the "unlimited" data will probably be throttled after 2GB, but so what).
It's still a freakin' Galaxy Nexus for $46 or $47 per month, with HSPA+ speeds. (around 5mbps) and nationwide coverage (on AT&T's network, but it's through Straight Talk's BYOD plan). The "device" I'm bringing is a new Galaxy Nexus, actually two of them.
I've ordered two Straight Talk sim cards (specifying the AT&T network), I've ordered two Galaxy Nexus phones for me and my wife. Comes with ICS and Google provides an OTA Jelly Bean update.
I'll update my Howard Forums profile AFTER everything is changed over. Until then, I still have an LTE LG Esteem and a CDMA-only LG Optimus M on MetroPCS. After that, I'll have two Galaxy Nexus on another pre-paid service...
I've been with MetroPCS for over a dozen years. I appreciate the escape they gave me when Verizon was molesting my wallet every month. But now the relationship is over. If they had kept their LTE rollout and LTE phone promises, maybe it would be different...
But I'm tired of always waiting on them. And suddenly through the information from hellojustinr, my eyes were opened that I don't have to wait anymore. I can have the phone I want NOW. I can have the same speeds at Metro's LTE NOW (maybe slightly faster); I don't have to worry about 1x roaming on Sprint with no data. And best of all, I'm actually saving a couple of dollars per month over the $50 plan my wife and I are on; I'll be paying LESS than $100 per month. MORE for less money. WOW.
Anyway, go read that post link at the beginning of this message, and you'll see how it all took shape.
I knew about Straight Talk, and I knew about their BYOD plan... But I did NOT know it included both AT&T's and T-Mobile's HSPA+ speeds. OK, with AT&T's Straight Talk plan, it seems to be capped at 7mpbs. But that's like saying you're only going out with every one of the AFC teams' cheerleaders of the NFL, but not ALL the NFL team cheerleaders. At some point, it doesn't matter. 7mpbs is faster than anything I got with Metro's LTE, and much faster than anything we got with the CDMA LG Optimus M (which my wife still uses).
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- one of the best phones there is except for the new Samsung Galaxy S III.
Google provides an OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus to Jelly Bean 4.1. Currently, the ones bought through Google Play will have Jelly Bean already installed. No need for OTA update.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 07-08-2012 at 01:47 PM.
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