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    T-Mobile coverage in Rural Indiana

    Just was curious how you guys think T-Mobile is in a rural Indiana.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hamradio View Post
    Just was curious how you guys think T-Mobile is in a rural Indiana.
    The coverage map of Indiana used to look like someone squashed a big spider on Indianapolis. In addition to CellMapper.net (which is posted above) I suggest you look at the RootMetrics.com coverage maps, with the caveat that you need to zoom way in on their maps to see the details.

    If you are thinking of switching to T-Mobile I recommend you find a way to actually test their service hands-on, rather than relying on anyone else's maps, particularly T-Mobile's.

    What carrier are you currently using, what phone do you have and is it unlocked?
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    Cellmapper paints a pretty accurate picture, at least in the northern part of the state.

    That being said B71 is started to show up which will *finally* start giving coverage some reach into places it's been sorely lacking.

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    I currently use Atnt. I tested t-mobile with the cool pad hotspot When they offer they offered the
    test drive program but it seem to struggle in Delaware County. Maybe it was just because the cool pad did not have very good antennas. Has anybody else used T-Mobile in Delaware county Indiana


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    There are currently about a dozen folks who hang out here. There are 3007 counties (or the equivalent) in the USA. The chance of finding anyone here who has extensive knowledge of a specific rural county is rather slim. I can tell you that T-Mobile has band-12 (700 MHz) service in Delaware Co but in Blackford Co, to the north, USCC holds that license. So your iPhones 6s & 7 have the bands necessary to give you a good idea of T-Mobile's coverage in your area. Assuming your phones are unlocked, just get a throw-away MetroPCS SIM for a month and test it for yourself.

    If you do decide to switch to T-Mobile and you travel much to the north, you might want to get new phones that have band-71 (600 MHz).

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    My only experience of Delaware County is Muncie itself and that's pretty limited.

    As DRNewcomb said if your phone is unlocked get a Metro SIM and give it a test drive. It's the only way to be sure the service will be acceptable for the places you go.

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    Ok thank you guys


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    Quote Originally Posted by hamradio View Post
    I currently use Atnt. I tested t-mobile with the cool pad hotspot When they offer they offered the
    test drive program but it seem to struggle in Delaware County. Maybe it was just because the cool pad did not have very good antennas. Has anybody else used T-Mobile in Delaware county Indiana


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    While the Coolpad is certainly not close to the strongest radio receiver in T-Mo's lineup, it works well enough to give a pretty good idea of coverage. For example, I'm currently in an area with very week T-Mo coverage. My kids' iPhones and my Moto stay connected most of the time near a window in any exterior room. The Coolpad only works in the windows if the second floor exterior rooms. Not a night and day difference; more night and dusk.

    Short answer; if you don't get acceptable service with the Coolpad, I wouldn't expect miracles with better devices.


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    Quote Originally Posted by elecconnec View Post
    While the Coolpad is certainly not close to the strongest radio receiver in T-Mo's lineup, it works well enough to give a pretty good idea of coverage. For example, I'm currently in an area with very week T-Mo coverage. My kids' iPhones and my Moto stay connected most of the time near a window in any exterior room. The Coolpad only works in the windows if the second floor exterior rooms. Not a night and day difference; more night and dusk.

    Short answer; if you don't get acceptable service with the Coolpad, I wouldn't expect miracles with better devices.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Assuming your phones are unlocked, just get a throw-away MetroPCS SIM for a month and test it for yourself.
    Why are you recommending a Metro throwaway SIM instead of a SIM from T-Mobile Connect like on the $15 plan? Is a Metro SIM quicker or cheaper to use for a test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet1000 View Post
    Why are you recommending a Metro throwaway SIM instead of a SIM from T-Mobile Connect like on the $15 plan? Is a Metro SIM quicker or cheaper to use for a test?
    They're about the same. Both charge $10 for the SIM and have $15 plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    They're about the same. Both charge $10 for the SIM and have $15 plans.
    Another even cheaper option to test T-Mobile these days is the Mint Mobile Trial SIM available at Target.

    $5 gets you 7 days of service, with 100 minutes, 100 texts, and 100MB data.



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    Quote Originally Posted by elecconnec View Post
    Another even cheaper option to test T-Mobile these days is the Mint Mobile Trial SIM available at Target.

    $5 gets you 7 days of service, with 100 minutes, 100 texts, and 100MB data.



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    I might look into that mint plan just to try out t-mobile.


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