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    Question What's the advantage?

    I have a T-Mobile ONE plan which is $70, but I've found that the hotspot feature is throttled to "512kbps" although my tests say it is far slower. I temporarily got the $10 add-on to increase my hotspot speed and it was really nice and fast, but I was paying $80/month so I cancelled the add-on and I am back at $70/mo. and now hotspot is extremely slow. Sometimes emails don't send or pages don't load. I don't use hotspot extensively, but when I use it I want it to work.

    Now, I am looking at Simple Mobile which for $60 gives me unlimited everything plus 10GB of LTE speeds on the hotspot and unlimited LTE data on the phone. I checked their coverage and it is basically the same as T-Mobile's since they use the same network, except that it looks like T-Mobile can roam in more places when traveling. The other thing is that T-Mobile has visual voicemail on the iPhone whereas Simple Mobile does not. Those two things are not a big deal to me. I can't think of any other differences between T-Mobile and Simple Mobile.

    So, aside from that, can anyone tell me why I shouldn't switch to Simple Mobile, and pay $10 less than I pay now and get LTE speed hotspot, whereas with T-Mobile I have to pay more and get a very slow hotspot?

    Also, does anyone know if MVNOs like Simple Mobile can use the new T-mobile band 12 (700Mhz)?
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    It sounds like a good deal from what you describe.

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    And yes, MVNOs on TMO can use Band 12 (and VoLTE, if your phone has it).

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    Simple Mobile is part of the Carlos Slim phone company family. There's a lot of ferocious anecdotal evidence of terrible customer service from the Carlos Slim, TracFone company. However they don't come across as being so terrible when you look at more objective comparisons.

    And on top of that, the process for the TracFone companies is pretty much automatic for the vast majority of people.... only a small minority encounter customer service, which can minimize the impact of it being awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito View Post
    I have a T-Mobile ONE plan which is $70, but I've found that the hotspot feature is throttled to "512kbps" although my tests say it is far slower. I temporarily got the $10 add-on to increase my hotspot speed and it was really nice and fast, but I was paying $80/month so I cancelled the add-on and I am back at $70/mo. and now hotspot is extremely slow. Sometimes emails don't send or pages don't load. I don't use hotspot extensively, but when I use it I want it to work.

    Now, I am looking at Simple Mobile which for $60 gives me unlimited everything plus 10GB of LTE speeds on the hotspot and unlimited LTE data on the phone. I checked their coverage and it is basically the same as T-Mobile's since they use the same network, except that it looks like T-Mobile can roam in more places when traveling. The other thing is that T-Mobile has visual voicemail on the iPhone whereas Simple Mobile does not. Those two things are not a big deal to me. I can't think of any other differences between T-Mobile and Simple Mobile.

    So, aside from that, can anyone tell me why I shouldn't switch to Simple Mobile, and pay $10 less than I pay now and get LTE speed hotspot, whereas with T-Mobile I have to pay more and get a very slow hotspot?

    Also, does anyone know if MVNOs like Simple Mobile can use the new T-mobile band 12 (700Mhz)?
    Wow dude welcome back. Haven't seen you on these forums in years. I remember the Cingular Indystorm days....

    But yes this sounds like a decent plan for anyone wanting a hassle free BYOD plan.
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    Yeah, Tracfone does have awful customer service. But aside from the actual switch (which they’re somewhat competent at), you probably won’t have to deal with anyone. Just set up autopay.

    I had Straight Talk for a couple of years and aside from a few minor things like I visual etc, they were fine.

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    I thought all One plans had 10 gig of LTE hotspot and then throttles after that? Or was that a limited promotion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by obeythelaw View Post
    I thought all One plans had 10 gig of LTE hotspot and then throttles after that? Or was that a limited promotion?
    That was a limited time promo T-Mobile ran in the first half of 2017. I believe the promo ended back in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito View Post
    I have a T-Mobile ONE plan which is $70, but I've found that the hotspot feature is throttled to "512kbps" although my tests say it is far slower. I temporarily got the $10 add-on to increase my hotspot speed and it was really nice and fast, but I was paying $80/month so I cancelled the add-on and I am back at $70/mo. and now hotspot is extremely slow. Sometimes emails don't send or pages don't load. I don't use hotspot extensively, but when I use it I want it to work.

    Now, I am looking at Simple Mobile which for $60 gives me unlimited everything plus 10GB of LTE speeds on the hotspot and unlimited LTE data on the phone. I checked their coverage and it is basically the same as T-Mobile's since they use the same network, except that it looks like T-Mobile can roam in more places when traveling. The other thing is that T-Mobile has visual voicemail on the iPhone whereas Simple Mobile does not. Those two things are not a big deal to me. I can't think of any other differences between T-Mobile and Simple Mobile.

    So, aside from that, can anyone tell me why I shouldn't switch to Simple Mobile, and pay $10 less than I pay now and get LTE speed hotspot, whereas with T-Mobile I have to pay more and get a very slow hotspot?

    Also, does anyone know if MVNOs like Simple Mobile can use the new T-mobile band 12 (700Mhz)?
    You also have MetroPCS which uses T-Mobile's network. They have a plan at $60 for unlimited talk, text, and LTE data with 10GB hotspot at full speed.

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    1) In congested areas, T-Mobile will prioritize T-Mobile postpaid customers with less than 50 GB used over MVNO users.
    2) No domestic data roaming, most MVNO's also loose domestic Voice and SMS roaming.
    3) Billing cycle is often 30 days (not a full calendar month).
    4) You will loose In flight GoGo Wi-Fi, T-Mobile Tuesdays, Canada, Mexico, and International roaming perks.
    5) Customer support is far less than T-Mobile should you actually need it.

    I think MetroPCS is the better option FWIW, but much of the same issues as above.

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    If I'm you I stay with T-Mobile, or call to cancel and see if they'll put you on Simple Choice.

    And yes it's good to see a longstanding familiar face around here.
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