How does the roaming work with t-mobile? I know it covers voice , but does it cover text as well? Im assuming it roams on at&t right? So if I were to go somewhere were t-mobile doesn't have coverage would it just switch to at&t towers for voice and text? I know it's not data roaming but was just curious how it worked and it may make choosing t-mobile easier for me, because if it roams it's more reliable then Virgin. Thanks for the info!
In my experience, I can get voice and text on AT&T, but no data or MMS.
While prepaid T-Mobile might roam on AT&T in some places. That is pretty rare in my understanding. Unless you have a way of verifying that it works where you need it, I would not assume it works anywhere you need it.
Voice roaming on TMo prepaid is not rare, but does vary geographically. The prepaid coverage map is quite accurate for my area of the country, FYI.
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I'm interested in hearing more about the roaming coverage too.
According to chat sessions, I either (a) have roaming as good as Post Paid roaming, or (2) don't have any roaming at all.
According to phone calls, I either (1) have roaming as good as Post Paid roaming, or (b) don't have any roaming at all.
According to in person at T-Mobile conversations, I have roaming as good as Post Paid roaming.
In a real life example, a guy that had Tmo Prepaid did not have coverage, while I did have coverage on a Post Paid ATT account. This was in Flamingo, Florida, deep in the Everglades.
Anyone else have empirical data on this?
This includes the village I live in now (population ~ 500), and the hamlet where my parents live (population ~ 250), both of which have very weak AT&T signals that I could catch occasionally, more often in the winter when there's no sap in the trees. I'm also a pilot, and I don't recall ever not being able to use voice or text anywhere I could pick up an AT&T signal. The only times I couldn't get any signal at all were in places where no one could get a signal on either T-Mo or AT&T.
I should mention that when I had T-Mo prepaid, I had their BlackBerry plan, but none of the data services worked on AT&T towers. This is something to consider if uninterrupted data connectivity is important to you. The phone was smart enough to queue outgoing MMS and email messages until it caught a T-Mo signal, so this limitation obviously is by design.
I have no idea whether postpaid T-Mo accounts get data connectivity on AT&T towers. I was told by the salesman who sold me the phone that postpaid T-Mo accounts do get data roaming on AT&T, but prepaid T-Mo accounts only get voice and text roaming. That turned out to be exactly my experience. The salesman, by the way, is a younger man who's a sort of adopted nephew of mine; so I completely trust his advice.
Roaming on T-Mobile (both post and prepaid ) is terrible.
It based on specific locations. You could be in an area with no coverage but yet beaming with AT&T and your phones useless other than a 911 call.