sprint vs t-mobile

I've had Sprint for a very long time. The data sucks usually. Slow or not usable at all except in large cities where I don't need it so much anyway. I'm in Columbia, South Carolina, this week, and the data disappears entirely during morning and afternoon rush hour. The good thing about Sprint is that it's available in many rural areas of the Carolinas where I frequently travel.

T-Mobile has rolled out attractively priced no contract plans. I've always thought of T-Mobile as a city cellular service, not too suitable for rural travel.

Sprint = 3 lines, data on all, mobile hotspot on one, about $180 monthly plus taxes and fees.

T-Mobile = 3 lines, data on all, mobile hotspot on all, about $120 monthly plus taxes and fees.

So, keep the more expensive Sprint that has signals in the boonies but sucky, nearly useless data? Or try the cheaper, no-contract T-Mobile that might not be suitable at all outside of cities.

I'd have to lay out some bucks for the devices to try the T-Mobile. You don't get a contract price subsidy. There would be some initial financial pain just to see if T-Mobile works where I travel.

Tentative plan: get the LG Nexus 4's from Google directly. They are cheaper than T-Mobile sells them for. Use them on T-Mobile under the "bring your own device" provision.

Second plan: Get some HTC Ones, continue with Sprint, and hope the data works one day.

14 responses to “sprint vs t-mobile

  1. get the LG Nexus 4's from Google directly. They are cheaper than T-Mobile sells them for.

    And you don't have to put a down payment on it if you buy directly. If you choose the option to nab it from T-Mobile, expect to pay for the device (ala monthly payments; could range from $20/month or higher) even after you decide to cancel the plans with T-Mobile. Granted that you're without a contract, they require you pay for the device nonetheless. Good choice on buying from Google directly. :up: (If you do.)

    Get some HTC Ones, continue with Sprint, and hope the data works one day.

    Yea, the data portion of Sprint sucks around my area as well.There are tips to get Verizon 3G on Sprint's phones when roaming*. Whereas you would get 1x when roaming, load a business/corporate Verizon PRL and it should offload to Verizon's EvDo Rev. A network.Disclaimer: Using a lot of data on Verizon's towers could result in Sprint canceling your contract. Asterisk denotes that you can use Verizon's 3G instead of Sprint's even if you're NOT roaming.I've done this before.Edit: Grammar and formatting issues.This link provides additional detail: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1660740The site is down for database maintenance at the moment.

  2. Thanks, Josh, for all the info. I'm still thinking it over. I'm hoping T-Mobile has decent roaming for the little towns.June 5th is when I finally have all 3 Sprint lines out of contract at the same time.

  3. Originally posted by JoshuaPhelps:

    Granted that you're without a contract, they require you pay for the device nonetheless

    I do see people I think deliberately misunderstanding this. Just because you might quit T-Mobile doesn't mean you suddenly get a free, or discounted device. You just don't pay a standard ETF. One consumer website I read is presenting this as if it were a big fraud. It's perfectly clear to me.

  4. Originally posted by JoshuaPhelps:

    Which consumer website said that?

    http://consumerist.com/2013/03/29/about-that-un-carrier-thing-technically-t-mobile-still-makes-you-sign-a-contract/The post title is to get attention, which it did. The body of the post does, however, explain it correctly.The Consumerist was more useful before comments were swtiched off a few months ago after a data breech. It sure is taking them a long time to get reinstated.

  5. Exactly. Some people might mistake that. Which consumer website said that?It makes perfect sense.Instead of a subsidiary phone, you make incremental payments to pay off.It's not a rip off, it's something that makes since. Lol

  6. Verizon, Nuff said :love:

  7. Originally posted by operainchicago:

    Verizon, Nuff said

    That's probably sound advice but it would take the thrill out of using 3rd and 4th ranked carriers. :lol:I view Verizon and AT&T as the top two but will not willingly use any AT&T service, so that would only leave Verizon (Big Red).It gets more fun/interesting as one starts drilling down, though I would never go as far as something like USCellular due to needing nationwide service.

  8. operainchicago

    Yup AT&T sucks! :down:

  9. Originally posted by operainchicago:

    Verizon, Nuff said

    After reassessing again and again, it's looking more and more like I'll be doing "Big Red" (Verizon).Current thinking:T-Mobile: Attractive in plans and pricing, but coverage will not meet my needs for rural travel. Maybe in 2 years it will be better.Sprint: I'm overpaying by $20 a month for data that doesn't work well anyway. There's no LTE in my home city, so I'd be downgrading to get a new device. Sprint LTE rollout is dog slow.AT&T: Won't use it due to telcom immunity.Verizon: Priced better than Sprint for my needs and can get a discount through my employer. Works deep in the rural south like Sprint. Shared data will meet my usual usage. DRAWBACK: WHERE is the HTC One? I can't find a device I like with Verizon.It's fun to me to work this stuff to death.

  10. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    WHERE is the HTC One?

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/05/10/verizon-htc-one-launch-may-22nd-still-possible/Here's a link.

  11. Thanks. :up:

  12. operainchicago

    Big Red! Yes! Verizon the best :flirt:

  13. Big Red is reliable. But like all corporations, greedy and evil.

  14. I'm still having fun mulling it all over. I wish something like Google would get into wireless and offer something fun and new.I'm already eligible for device upgrades on Sprint but won't be out of contract until June 3rd. I'd almost be willing to try something weird like FirefoxOS (b2g), but it's not really out there yet and still looks quite green.I've really liked my Nexus S. It's successor, the LG Nexus 4 doesn't look as good to me.—Other weirdness:My mom probably won't live to the end of another cellular contract. She's line #3 of my 3-line family plan. I'm going to split her off onto a pay-as-you-go carrier, like Tracfone. I hate to go over there and take her Sprint phone and hand her a crappy Tracfone, but these are the sad ol' issues. It's too bad Tracfone devices are so crappy, but $80 on that network will get you almost a year.She needs a rugged flip phone with top-up minutes. The bigger the phone the better. Checking Tracfone, Net10, and some others.

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