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As for why- We've had them for at least the past 10 years, and I'm still on the family plan.

Their improved LTE has just gone live in my home area, so the unlimited data doesn't hurt either.
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Started with Sprint, customer serviced sucked, so I left them. Went with MetroPCS because I now needed phones for my daughters (2 of them, 4 phones total) so they could keep in-touch when waiting for the school bus, etc, but started with cheap (inexpensive) phones. Now that they (Metro) are on T-Mobile towers, everything has improved tremendously. Let my daughters and wife buy what they would be happy with and I sold my SG3 for the Nexus 5...never been happier!
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I use AT&T Gophone and have since 2009 (on a Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic) when there weren't that many practical ways in the US to have data on a non-contract phone. While they are far from the only option anymore and they aren't the cheapest, I like them, they suit my needs and their customer service is actually amazing. I don't use a lot of data as I work in a building with no signal whatsoever. That's 9 hours a day with no voice, data or wifi, which is why I never had a contract plan. For me, the $40/month plan is perfect (and they are bumping i to 500MB data when I still don't use up my 250MB I have now). Their coverage is great for most places I go. T-Mobile is not that good where I am (or at least wasn't a year ago when I tried out the $30 pre pay plan).
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T-Mobile USA because the $30 prepaid plan is awesome.
100 talk minutes - a great excuse to text, hangout, whatsapp, skype instead
(never gone over 80 minutes in a month)

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unlimited data - first 5gb is at LTE speed which I get at 20-30mbps up and 15-25mbps down
(never gone over 2.5gb in a month)

Side note: I dual wield a work phone on the AT&T network. Never lost a signal on either phone in any location and AT&T is overall very slightly faster data. t-mobile is occasionally significantly faster data.
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AT&T Family Share plan because they have the best signal in my area.

Nothing like going to the grocery store and knowing you forgot something on the list written on a piece of paper you LEFT on the kitchen table and not being able to call home on your verizon phone cause there is NO signal in that area...
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Metropcs, so I can make phone calls.
Kidding aside for unlimited data on a prepaid carrier. Switched from boost, they throttle down to 2g speed after 2.5GB. On metro i pay more for unlimited but worth to me as I use my phone exclusively for everything.
Also easiest to tether.
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Sprint i have been with them for awhile and i use my unlimited data and the coverage in my area is pretty good!
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Straight talk with an AT&T sim. T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile either don't work or don't work well in my area and the ST is the next cheapest.
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Aio. Cheaper than Boost Mobile, and the data can actually be used.
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Gophone. Had Sprint for 12 years but the signal just all but disappeared the last year (current maps still show "acceptable") which isn't, in my area. Tried T-Mobile but not any better. Moved to ST ATT and is was better. Moved to Gophone because of better signal/service overall. One son has LTE on T-Mobile's $30. 100 minute plan with nexus 4. Options are pretty varied. Choose reception first, then prioritize based on other needs. I'll never go contract again although I don't have a problem with post pay if the price is right.
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Three 3-2-1 PAYG. Definitely the best option for a low user.
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Aio. Cheaper than Boost Mobile, and the data can actually be used.
interesting but do they give you unlimited data for that price? after 2.5 GB boost gives you shitty speed but unlimited data. i used over 20 GB a month with them.
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interesting but do they give you unlimited data for that price? after 2.5 GB boost gives you shitty speed but unlimited data. i used over 20 GB a month with them.
AIO limits LTE to 8Mbps maximum and according to their site throttles you to "a maximum 128Kbps for the remainder of your monthly billing cycle."
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interesting but do they give you unlimited data for that price? after 2.5 GB boost gives you shitty speed but unlimited data. i used over 20 GB a month with them.
That's amazing. I couldn't even get 50 MBs from them.
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AIO limits LTE to 8Mbps maximum and according to their site throttles you to "a maximum 128Kbps for the remainder of your monthly billing cycle."
As I said, it's way more than I could get from BM. All I got from BM was the myth that they actually had data.
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I have had Att back when rollover minutes were revolutionary then to verizon for the coverage and now sprint for ultd data
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I have had Att back when rollover minutes were revolutionary then to verizon for the coverage and now sprint for ultd data
I was just thinking about those rollover minutes this past weekend, just a weird random thought that went through my mind. It sounds like a lot of posters in this thread are in areas where Sprint's network works, which is great.
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As I said, it's way more than I could get from BM. All I got from BM was the myth that they actually had data.
it was a little tricky. you could be in an area with bad sprint service. if you have low strength signal, using any kind of social networking app is a big no-no. that goes for BM apps and google apps too. all will hog your tiny bandwidth. leaving you with unusable internet.
root your phone, install a minimalistic custom rom with no bloatware, it will also have minimum google apps and a light aosp browser, use the browser to log on to all social network sites etc. most useless thing in a boostmobile phone is their app. it is 100 times easier to go to internet in a computer and log on their site. so flip the bird to those pesky apps, boost, google and enjoy your tolerable internet.
i have a retired galaxy prevail sitting in my house with gingerbread, that is almost as smooth as my nexus 5. i was using it like 4 months ago. used it for internet exclusively for last 2 months of boost mobile service. about 20 GB a month. most of my internet use is video streaming which is impossible with boost. so i used to download them overnight. voila.
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I was just thinking about those rollover minutes this past weekend, just a weird random thought that went through my mind. It sounds like a lot of posters in this thread are in areas where Sprint's network works, which is great.
I've dealt with the terrible data speeds (100-200kb/s on a good day, 0.5 KB/s on a bad one ) for years, and network vision is finally coming to fruition here.

I'm almost always on their LTE now, which is plenty fast.

The good news is Sprints always had solid voice coverage near me, its just the data that has struggled.
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T-Mobile USA because the $30 prepaid plan is awesome.
How does that work? I pay $88 a month includes cost of phone. I'd love to lower my bill.
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And in my opinion, tmobiles signal is far from great, and I'm in Houston, a major city.
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How does that work? I pay $88 a month includes cost of phone. I'd love to lower my bill.
Its unlimited text and data for $30/month. The limitation is its only 100 minutes, but if you use WiFi calling it may work for you.

I brought my own phone when I tried it for a month, so I'm not sure how the payment plan factors into it.
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it was a little tricky. you could be in an area with bad sprint service. if you have low strength signal, using any kind of social networking app is a big no-no. that goes for BM apps and google apps too. all will hog your tiny bandwidth. leaving you with unusable internet.
root your phone, install a minimalistic custom rom with no bloatware, it will also have minimum google apps and a light aosp browser, use the browser to log on to all social network sites etc. most useless thing in a boostmobile phone is their app. it is 100 times easier to go to internet in a computer and log on their site. so flip the bird to those pesky apps, boost, google and enjoy your tolerable internet.
i have a retired galaxy prevail sitting in my house with gingerbread, that is almost as smooth as my nexus 5. i was using it like 4 months ago. used it for internet exclusively for last 2 months of boost mobile service. about 20 GB a month. most of my internet use is video streaming which is impossible with boost. so i used to download them overnight. voila.
It is great, if you're in an area they're good. I didn't have social apps on my Hydro and the first month and a half I did go through maybe 3.5 GBs. That was 11 months ago. The 2nd month before I reached 2.5 my data was getting even slower and through the 3rd month barely usable. I fixed my WiFi and then I never got data at all. If I switched off the WiFi to try the data literally nothing would happen. No 4g, and nothing was happening on 3g (I tested that too).

But before then, I also downloaded any videos I wanted to see before I could watch them. But only little short ones.

If they work in your location, that's great.
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I've dealt with the terrible data speeds (100-200kb/s on a good day, 0.5 KB/s on a bad one ) for years, and network vision is finally coming to fruition here.

I'm almost always on their LTE now, which is plenty fast.

The good news is Sprints always had solid voice coverage near me, its just the data that has struggled.
Yes, even when I couldn't use the data, the voice was good.
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And in my opinion, tmobiles signal is far from great, and I'm in Houston, a major city.
I'm wondering when you last tried T-Mobile? There may be some areas of the city where it isn't great but I've had few issues with T-Mobile in Houston -- ranging from Clearlake, up to Hockley, and the Woodlands. From my experience, overall coverage (at least where I've used it) tends to be similar strength as AT&T's signal.
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When I shop at target in humble and have hspa only, yeah, that sucks.

And tmobile is my current provider
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But then again I came from Verizon, so any carrier would be a downgrade in signal strength. But I had to have a nexus. I told the Verizon guy, "when Verizon and Google can get along, I'll come back"
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I have T-Mobile due to wanting unlimited data without a two year contract. Sprint's call reception was poor and their data speeds were as slow as dialup. They have recently improved their data speeds but there call reception is still the same. Verizon was the best service but it was too expensive for only 2GB of data. No Nexus 5 on Verizon either.

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My family and I are on MetroPCS for about 4 years now. We moved from T-mobile because my dad and I were using phones for work too and we went over the limit on minutes which resulted on insanely large bill. By that time, Metro's unlimited talk, txt, and data were truly wise choice.

We live in philly, have 4 lines total. Never had problem as far as staying in touch.

I finally got a Nexus 5 few weeks ago and i truly have no complaint. I had LG L9 before this which was a bad decision, but only choice i had then.

My family has 4 lines:
1st line - $45/m 2.5Gb 4G LTE, unlimited talk and sms.
2nd & 3rd lines - $35/m 500Mb 4G LTE, unlimited talk and sms.
4th line - $25/m 250Mb 4G LTE, unlimited talk and sms.

The 1st line is mine and I never go over 2.5Gb. I try to use wifi as much as I can.
The 2nd and 3rd lines are my brother's and my mom's. My brother is a college student and he always have wifi at campus, so yeah...My mom uses facebook and kakao talk to talk to her friends in other countries.
The 4th line belongs to my dad who....does nothing else but calling and...very little txting....very little.

My parents still have CDMA phones. Planning on getting them GSMs before T-Mobile shut them down in philly for good.
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AT&T family share plan with three phones. In a rural area and in order to get fairly solid coverage pretty much limited us to AT&T or Verizon. Got N5s, so....
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The Nexus 5 is the 2013 handset release in Google's long line of Nexus phones. The device features a 4.95-inch 1080p HD display, and is heralded as the fastest Nexus phone yet. It gets that title due to the 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon ... Read More



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