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    Quote Originally Posted by obeythelaw View Post
    From the looks of this thread, this is only validating people NOT having T-Mobile service. Not sure this is the publicity they need. The fact that so many people here claim there is no coverage or very slow speeds makes me wonder how good band 71 really is. Is there lower spectrum than 600 that T-Mobile can invest in that would travel miles and miles????


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    Nothing for Cellular, nope, the only things I know of mobile related that run on even lower frequencies are pagers and CB Radios.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POCSAG

    The IMTS (Improved Mobile Telephone Service) did, the predecessor of cellular.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improv...ephone_Service

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    I didn't qualify for this since I had T-Mobile several years ago. So I'm giving it a new trial the old fashioned way, porting my number over.

    I've had pretty good luck the last year using it in my iPad. But use cases are different, since I don't use the iPad while driving (no hands free mode for that).
    iPhone X is my current primary phone. I have older model iPhones and Moto phones available on other lines. Currently prepaid, though would consider postpaid on right plan.

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    T-Mobile Is Giving People A Free Hotspot To Test Drive Its Network

    Quote Originally Posted by obeythelaw View Post
    From the looks of this thread, this is only validating people NOT having T-Mobile service. Not sure this is the publicity they need. The fact that so many people here claim there is no coverage or very slow speeds makes me wonder how good band 71 really is. Is there lower spectrum than 600 that T-Mobile can invest in that would travel miles and miles????...
    Well, it certainly IS a calculated risk on their part. It would be interesting to know what percentage of people they expect to get as new subscribers and how close to their estimates they get. I had T-Mobile years ago. Obviously, their coverage is not as good as AT&T or Verizon, but it probably is better than it was even a few years ago. If they can get enough subscribers away from their competitors, then it is a win for them.

    I am probably a bit unusual in that I have something on Verizon, through Total Wireless and AT&T. It is worth it to me to have coverage. It isn't worth it for many people, though. As far back as I can remember, T-Mobile has pretty much focused their coverage on where most people live; they never really pretended to have coverage in as many places as their two competitors.

    I have to give credit where credit is due, however. I really think T-Mobile has helped the other two be a bit more competitive.

    As far as lower spectrum goes, you can look at the FCC Allocations and see where television broadcast, public safety, amateur radio, etc, bands are. Essentially, no, 600 MHz is likely to be the lowest frequency band for some time to come.

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    This saved me money. I'm using Lycamobile (T-Mobile) and I have coverage everywhere I go except in one building. My phone doesn't have bands 66 and 71 but this hotspot does. I get the same coverage I do with my phone which means this doesn't have reception in that same building.

    Now I know I don't need to update my phone to something with 66 and 71.


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    I get LTE 66 at my house but so far no LTE 71 ,

    if they wanted to get data customers they need to advertise the price for the 30GB or Unlimited ,

    if AT+T has a $20 data plan , Tmobile needs to match it.....
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    I'm getting 75/10 in my home in Brooklyn NY.

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    At my work, it is decent-I get around 15. At home, I also get decent speed up to 20. But, it is not consistent as it bounces as low as 5 to a high around 20. The signal indicator goes from green to yellow to green.

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    Unlike the last time I tried T-Mobile, the MVNO market has got really competitive. The ability to have a $5/month plan (with 100 minutes) on the Verizon or ATT network in case of emergency is a feature I didn't have back 3 years ago. And in the areas I live, the T-Mobile I have on my iPad seems to work well. So I'll give it another try.

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    T-Mobile Is Giving People A Free Hotspot To Test Drive Its Network

    Quote Originally Posted by obeythelaw View Post
    From the looks of this thread, this is only validating people NOT having T-Mobile service. Not sure this is the publicity they need. The fact that so many people here claim there is no coverage or very slow speeds makes me wonder how good band 71 really is. Is there lower spectrum than 600 that T-Mobile can invest in that would travel miles and miles????


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    I think a lot of folks will find T-Mobile works much better than they recollect and they will be put in touch with T-Mobile sales so there will be a benefit there.

    I think the idea that you test drive a car but you can’t test drive a cell phone is a really good premise. (Of course HoFo Geeks test drive MVNO’s).

    So if you test drive and it doesn’t work out , no problem just keep the device or send it to someone else. (Much better than Carrier Satisfaction Guarantees where you have to return all the equipment and bite your nails hoping you are not billed for the service you returned and have no bargaining rights after you send the phones back.)

    I think most people will see this as a painless experience and breaking the mold.

    BTW I think Shortwave Radio is like 2-30MHz and can travel around the world.


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    Driving around the South Seattle area with the hotspot I did a speed test at every stoplight. Downloads rarely exceeded ten megs and many times they were less than 3. Also a few times the upload was faster than the download indicating the network was misconfigured or overloaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techfranz View Post
    I think a lot of folks will find T-Mobile works much better than they recollect and they will be put in touch with T-Mobile sales so there will be a benefit there.

    I think the idea that you test drive a car but you can’t test drive a cell phone is a really good premise. (Of course HoFo Geeks test drive MVNO’s).

    So if you test drive and it doesn’t work out , no problem just keep the device or send it to someone else. (Much better than Carrier Satisfaction Guarantees where you have to return all the equipment and bite your nails hoping you are not billed for the service you returned and have no bargaining rights after you send the phones back.)

    I think most people will see this as a painless experience and breaking the mold.

    BTW I think Shortwave Radio is like 2-30MHz and can travel around the world.


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    When I worked for U.S. Cellular Cellular up here in the Ukiah, CA area in the late 90's, you could test out the service for 30 days, all we required was a DL, and we gave you a loaner phone already activated to use. We were all analog here back then, so other than Cellular modems, it was just a, well, phone.

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    No coverage in my area...... even though their maps say I have service.....

    Scratch that.... lets start over. It's a ***** to setup but after I got it setup I do have a signal at my home (-119) not great but working. Now onto further testing

    Signal -118 but can't surf on internet this morning. I can get status screen on pc but can't open any web pages. My phone can't get past first screen
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    I got one for the hell of it, and the GUI frankly sucks. Without a debug menu or any kind of detailed info there's no way to tell if I'm on band 71 or not. However it does show almost full bars at my house while AT&T and Verizon show much less, but it's possible they have a closer tower. I do live in a pretty middle of nowhere area and all the towers are about 3 miles away.

    I did a review on youtube as well so you can see all about it if you want.
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    Tmobile is also giving out its home internet service to try to a month. Regular $50/month and supposedly no caps, 12 devices. I'll do the free for a month trial. Supposedly it's locked to your location (tower)

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    Quote Originally Posted by formercanuck View Post
    Tmobile is also giving out its home internet service to try to a month. Regular $50/month and supposedly no caps, 12 devices. I'll do the free for a month trial. Supposedly it's locked to your location (tower)

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    How about caps? Comcast has a soft 1 TB cap up here, we're on Blast! Pro 250/10 (provisioned 300/12), that's the fastest broadband available up here, from anyone. We get the 300/12 24x7, no issues at all.

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