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Old November 8th, 2012, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Coverage in the Phoenix Metro area?

Anyone in the Phoenix metro area? Can you tell me what the service is like? I'd like to move from Verizon to the 30$ a month pre-paid Walmart plan. Before I do I want to be sure the data/phone service will be acceptable.

Also, I want to get a Samsung Galaxy S III 32GB version, but I am not sure what the best option is for purchasing that. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to buy it?

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I am considering a switch to T-Mobile, myself. I live in Peoria which is within Phoenix. Any information on the 3G and 4G speeds there? Specifically the HSPA+?

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Start by going to t-mobile.com and checking the coverage maps. However, coverage with any carrier is EXTREMELY location-dependent. Coverage maps can only give approximate coverage areas. Signal strength within a coverage area can come and go from mile to mile, block to block or even room to room.

People are constantly asking about coverage but trying to give meaningful advice about expected coverage is almost worthless. It is. The only thing that really works is first, check coverage maps to get a rough idea what to expect. Pick a provider that shows good coverage in your area. Then actually try their service in places you expect to use it. Walk around the house, work, etc and see if it drops calls or loses data connection.

It's the only way to be sure you'll be happy with any provider's signal quality.
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I talked to T-Mobile and they said that if you purchase a phone & plan there is a 30-day money back guarantee. So if you get home and your coverage is sub-par then you can just return everything for a full refund, no questions asked.

I am also seeing miscellaneous reports that T-Mobile claims to have HSPA+ in Phoenix, however they actually do not have it. I cannot confirm or deny the truth in this statement but keep it in mind when you go to test the phones at the T-Mobile stores.

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According to this, that lists the 163 markets with HSPA+ 42, Phoenix has HPSA+ 42. Of course, with any mobile phone provider, there will be areas with weak coverage and also dead zones, so it is always best to check coverage in the areas you will use your phone the most.
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I talked to T-Mobile and they said that if you purchase a phone & plan there is a 30-day money back guarantee. So if you get home and your coverage is sub-par then you can just return everything for a full refund, no questions asked.

I am also seeing miscellaneous reports that T-Mobile claims to have HSPA+ in Phoenix, however they actually do not have it. I cannot confirm or deny the truth in this statement but keep it in mind when you go to test the phones at the T-Mobile stores.

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Tucson, AZ has HSPA+ as does the surrounding community so I'm 100% confident they have it in Phoenix.
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