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Old March 5th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking about coming to tmobile for this plan but I was wondering how is it for you guys who have it. I was also looking into but can an unlocked s3 or note 2 work on the service. I was thinking about s3 or nexus 4 but I would prefer the s3 as it can run stock or cyanogen mod so you can get the best of both worlds.plus the buttons on bottom of nexus 4 screen take precious resources. Anyway and recommendations are appreciated. Also can you only use unlocked phones or tmobile phones. Thanks

Also if the galaxy s 3 comes out will price of s3 drop ?

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I think if you scroll thru a page or 2 here you will find some of your answer.

I didnt want to do mod anymore. Too much time. I use Nova Launcher with my stock N4 and I like it.

You mean the price of s3 will come out after the s4 drop? Yah sure. If there is any stock on s3 left. I think s2 is still around as a free contract phone.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The international S3 and Note 1/2 will only get better than edge in refarmed areas. I'd get the TMobile version or at least a pentaband phone.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the $30 plan but you have to remember its only 100 mins of talk time, if this was my only phone I would not have the $30 plan, one conversation with my grandma could burn all those mins plus some.
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save yourself the headache of using other branded phones or get yourself a pentaband phone that works with any carrier any where on all bands. if you want try to get a cheap android phone that is for tmobile ive seen decent ones for 80-100 bux if you look around and try the $30 plan along with groove ip on 4g to make free calls.
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The international S3 and Note 1/2 will only get better than edge in refarmed areas. I'd get the TMobile version or at least a pentaband phone.
This can't be true because I have a Canadian Telus HTC amaze and I'm on tmobile and it has hspa+ and I'm in a refarmed area and get 7-10 megabytes per second on average. This phone does not use the 1700 band it uses the 1900 band for 3g.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So the s3 unlocked wont work ?
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This can't be true because I have a Canadian Telus HTC amaze and I'm on tmobile and it has hspa+ and I'm in a refarmed area and get 7-10 megabytes per second on average. This phone does not use the 1700 band it uses the 1900 band for 3g.
i dont think tmo 4g/hspa runs on 1900mhz band i think 3g is the most for it on 1900 which is the refarm band i believe hspa runs on 1700mhz for tmo
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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So the s3 unlocked wont work ?
which s3 the international version? or att?
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So I have to get a tmobile branded s3 ?
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which s3 the international version? or att?
International but I could go either way I'm not sure which is better if tmobile is bad international would leave other options
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if you want to save youself the hassle yes just get a tmo s3 if your stuck on using that only you can use an att or international version s3 but depending where you are located you may or may not get their 3g coverage because of the mhz band so if your in a location where they have not refarmed their area then you will only get edge which is slow. if you dont want to woory about where you go and what not either get a tmo version or get a pentaband phone or a nexus 4
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I'm in Newark NJ which is pretty close to New York but I don't know I might still just go to metro not sure yet
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Old March 5th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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30 bux is tough to beat when u can use an app to make calls over data ive not come close to using 5gb and i use my phone a lot
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So to get 4g and 3g i need the t mobile version ? Also im seeing that to get prepaid 4g plan they want you to buy 4g prepaid s3. isn't the on contract s3 the same as prepaid 4g s3 or are they somehow different. Or they just don't want you getting the on contract s3 for cheaper.
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no you dont, an att or internaional version will work fine where they have refarmed their network on the 1900mhz band but outside of that refarm area you will only get edge speed. you can just buy a sim and activate it online to one of the 4g monthly plans you would need a phone as well obviously from somewhere craigslist is a so/so place to start but you can get a good deal if you look enough
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The only reason they would not want you to get a s3 contract phone for prepaid is because they subsidize the contract. so if you go that route you will be locked into the contract and not have the prepaid.

Other then that they should be the same phone.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The only reason they would not want you to get a s3 contract phone for prepaid is because they subsidize the contract. so if you go that route you will be locked into the contract and not have the prepaid.

Other then that they should be the same phone.
No I was saying what if I can get a contract s3 for cheaper online
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So to get 4g and 3g i need the t mobile version ?
It depends on if T-Mobile in your area has been refarmed. If the area has been refarmed, then you are fine with an AT&T phone; if the area hasn't be refarmed, then you will only get Edge speeds.

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Also im seeing that to get prepaid 4g plan they want you to buy 4g prepaid s3. isn't the on contract s3 the same as prepaid 4g s3 or are they somehow different. Or they just don't want you getting the on contract s3 for cheaper.
The phones are exactly the same, contract or no contract. The difference is, the contract plan is subsidized -- basically about $400 of the price of the phone is built into the contract. In exchange for getting the phone "cheap", basically they are giving you a loan and charging you interest for most of the phone cost.

It is very possible that you can find the phone cheaper online, just be sure it is not a contract price and, to ensure it works across T-Mobile's network, that it supports the 1700 Mhz band. As an example of a cheaper price online, the best way to buy the Nexus 4 is directly from Google's Play Store. You then would purchase the SIM Activation Kit from T-Mobile (which is free today) and use it to sign up for the $30 plan.
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This can't be true because I have a Canadian Telus HTC amaze and I'm on tmobile and it has hspa+ and I'm in a refarmed area and get 7-10 megabytes per second on average. This phone does not use the 1700 band it uses the 1900 band for 3g.
Same thing as I said.
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I get "4g" (technically 3g) and I am in a refarmed area. It never drops to 3g and I have an HTC Amaze which is from TELUS originally and it's unlocked so that's why. It supports the GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, and UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz bands. It's hard to tell but I'm probably on the 1900 Mhz band for 3g.
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u get 4g cause you have 1700mhz as well
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Km probably gonna wait for the tmobile lte s3. So that I get the best of everything.
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Km probably gonna wait for the tmobile lte s3. So that I get the best of everything.
The problem with waiting for the LTE version of the S3 is, if you wait an extra month or two, you'll be able to get the S4.
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The problem with waiting for the LTE version of the S3 is, if you wait an extra month or two, you'll be able to get the S4.
The s4 is gonna cost way more I think
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I thought I'd chime in and say I love my Nexus 4. My brother has the S3 and there's no way I'd pay the price difference for it. It might be different if I needed the SD card slot, but I don't.

You don't need the T-Mobile "branded" S3, you need the right version for their network which is the T999. There are various unlocked phone sellers who carry the model. But at this point you might as well wait for the S4 announcement - it could drive the S3 price down or it might cost less than you expect if they think they need to compete with Google.

I like the pen concept of the Note devices a lot, I don't know why they can't do that with a better screen. I wouldn't give up the HD screen for anything.

That $30 plan is a great deal if you can make the 100 minutes work. I couldn't which is why I went with Solavei.
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Right now the S3 is selling for around $450 and the Note is selling around $600 new.

I like my N4. I didnt know Google subsidized this phone.
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  • Depending on where a tower is at in the 4G life cycle, theoretical maximum download speeds range from 21 Mbps – 42 Mbps.
  • T-Mobile's HSPA+ network operates on the same band as our 3G network, Band IV, which uses 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies to transmit voice and data services. The 1700 MHz frequency sends information to cell sites and the 2100 MHz frequency receives information.
  • As with our 3G network, both 1700 MHz frequency and 2100 MHz frequency are required for a device to function. If a device only has one of these frequencies, it cannot use T-Mobile’s 3G and 4G networks.
  • T-Mobile is switching some 1900 MHz frequency from EDGE to HSPA+. This will allow devices that work on 1900 MHz, such as AT&T devices, to use our 4G network.
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  • Depending on where a tower is at in the 4G life cycle, theoretical maximum download speeds range from 21 Mbps – 42 Mbps.
  • T-Mobile's HSPA+ network operates on the same band as our 3G network, Band IV, which uses 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies to transmit voice and data services. The 1700 MHz frequency sends information to cell sites and the 2100 MHz frequency receives information.
  • As with our 3G network, both 1700 MHz frequency and 2100 MHz frequency are required for a device to function. If a device only has one of these frequencies, it cannot use T-Mobile’s 3G and 4G networks.
  • T-Mobile is switching some 1900 MHz frequency from EDGE to HSPA+. This will allow devices that work on 1900 MHz, such as AT&T devices, to use our 4G network.

I may misunderstand but I believe T-Mobile's plan is to eventually move all their 3G (including HSPA+) to the 1900 Mhz band, freeing up the bandwidth for LTE. It would also make T-Mobile compatible with most international (and AT&T) phones. Of course, the problem for now is that they still need to support their phones which do not support the 1900 Mhz band.
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I may misunderstand but I believe T-Mobile's plan is to eventually move all their 3G (including HSPA+) to the 1900 Mhz band, freeing up the bandwidth for LTE. It would also make T-Mobile compatible with most international (and AT&T) phones. Of course, the problem for now is that they still need to support their phones which do not support the 1900 Mhz band.

You may be correct. I can't remember for sure. There was a roadmap within the last few months showing what and how they were going to do it with their frequencies. I've looked but I can't find it now.
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Anyway im probably gonna go for the note 2 so ill have to go with Tmobile anyway. also to get that $30 4g plan would the note have to be unlocked or just the Tmobile branded one ?
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either unlocked or tmobile but im not sure if when you first activate the plan you would need a tmobile phone i do know that after your activated you can use any phone you like. the $30 plan is for new activations only.
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either unlocked or tmobile but im not sure if when you first activate the plan you would need a tmobile phone i do know that after your activated you can use any phone you like. the $30 plan is for new activations only.
You can activate with any compatible phone. There are many here who have activated their plan with a Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus 4.
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I may misunderstand but I believe T-Mobile's plan is to eventually move all their 3G (including HSPA+) to the 1900 Mhz band, freeing up the bandwidth for LTE. It would also make T-Mobile compatible with most international (and AT&T) phones. Of course, the problem for now is that they still need to support their phones which do not support the 1900 Mhz band.
I do not believe so. Their 1900mhz band is to supplement their 1700/2100 band, so they can use the iPhones mainly.

Also all T-Mobile phones support the 1900 mhz band, so am not understanding your second comment.
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either unlocked or tmobile but im not sure if when you first activate the plan you would need a tmobile phone i do know that after your activated you can use any phone you like. the $30 plan is for new activations only.
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You can activate with any compatible phone. There are many here who have activated their plan with a Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus 4.
im a metroPCS client and was thinking about switching to t-mob as well with their $30 100min.unlim text/data plan and wondering if the purchase of a t-mob phone was required inorder to get the plan as i would be a new activation or would an unlocked phone work?
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im a metroPCS client and was thinking about switching to t-mob as well with their $30 100min.unlim text/data plan and wondering if the purchase of a t-mob phone was required inorder to get the plan as i would be a new activation or would an unlocked phone work?
I have the 30 dollar prepaid plan 100 minutes and unlimited data and text activated on an unlocked phone.

You just need a new sim card to get it since it's a new activation. The phone doesn't matter. Older customers can just buy a new sim for free and then activate on that plan.
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im a metroPCS client and was thinking about switching to t-mob as well with their $30 100min.unlim text/data plan and wondering if the purchase of a t-mob phone was required inorder to get the plan as i would be a new activation or would an unlocked phone work?
As SuperAfnan said, an unlocked GSM phone works, you do not need to purchase a phone. The only caveat I'd add is that you likely want an unlocked phone that works on T-Mobile's 3G frequencies (1700 and 2100 Mhz). There are areas where T-Mobile has refarmed their network so that 3G speeds work on 1900 Mhz, outside of those areas the best you can do (if the phone doesn't support 1700/2100 Mhz) is 2G speeds.

Personally, I am using a Galaxy Nexus (I believe all the Nexus GSM devices support T-Mobile frequencies) that I purchased from Google, and have never had a T-Mobile phone.
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Sikesr, I am using both an unlocked Galaxy Nexus (Wife's phone) on the plan you are going to get and a Tmobile phone, HTC Amaze 4G (my phone). Separate accounts/lines. They both work fine.

I highly recommend this plan if you don't need unlimited minutes or can use Google Voice with an app like Talkatone or GrooveIP.

If you know that the Tmobile service is fine or if you can find out, then it's really a no brainer.
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