T Mobile prepaid vs vm


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  1. gary93

    gary93 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've been with vm for almost 3 years now, I'm happy with what they provided and its always easy to be with prepaid. However, I'm switching to t mobile $30 web exclusive prepaid. Don't get me wrong, vm is a great prepaid, but the lack of coverage like in my area, is near impossible to send text messages in the house. Even when I got 4 out of 5 bars out door, would still get messages delay or cannot receive calls (mt and evo v). I wonder does anyone has the same thought as I do. Also, I have read that is possible to transfer number, is there anything I should pay attention or need if I want to keep my account? Thanks for reading this long post.
     

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    mogelijk Well-Known Member

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    I switched from VM to T-Mobile prepaid and have been quite happy. Coverage is similar, but I'm getting much better speeds from T-Mobile. My 3G speeds on VM were typically under 500 Kbps and too frequently under 100 kbps, with T-Mobile my worst speeds are over 1.5 Mbps and are typically double that up to about 8 Mbps on my Galaxy Nexus.

    You can transfer your number but it will cancel/close your VM account, as they use your phone number as the account number.
     
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    gary93 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks mogelijk. The galaxy s2 deal makes me think about this. Also my housemate who are having t mobile phone, they get 4 bars in the basement and with vm I only get non to 1 on the top floor..
    Btw, do I need to call VM before I transfer my number?
     
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    No, you do not need to call Virgin Mobile. If it isn't an option to transfer your number when you activate (depending on how you activate), just call T-Mobile and they will transfer your number for you.

    The Galaxy S2 looks like a good deal, though I still like the Google Galaxy Nexus since it gets the Android updates right after they are released. Of course, the Galaxy Nexus is $50 more currently, though it's replacement (which appears to be an LG Optimus Nexus) should be announced next week.

    It is one of the advantages of T-Mobile Monthly, you can use any phone that works on their network. You just need to order a SIM Card Activation Kit.
     
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    Yeah i am doing the same thing tomorrow.
    It is awful how bad the coverage is with virgin.

    I already paid for a month of service with Virgin and only had it 4 days -_-
    i'm going to try and sell my account and maybe recoup at least 20-25 dollars. Idk why i came back to them.

    Although today i was out and about in the city(I went early voting) and i did finally experience 4g coverage for once...although we were in walmart parking lot when i got it and we literally moved over 2 rows in the walmart parking lot and i didn't get the 4g signal anymore and the 3G was abysmal.

    So i guess t-mobile Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G is what i'll get tomorrow or i'll get the Nokia Lumia 710 for monthly 4G.
     
  6. MT Rotor

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    I keep seeing the commercial and they show a white s3 being held when they talk about monthly 4g, but I go on t-mobiles website and they don't show it
     
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    What do you consider abysmal? This is about as good as it gets for 3G in Vegas. 4G is alright, usually between 4mb to as high as 12mb down.
     

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    thebryceee Well-Known Member

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    I'm gonna wait til network vision rolls out here. Too hard to let unlimited data go for $35. My data for the Evo V has never been throttled even after over 4 GB of data used per month, I still get full 3G/4G data speeds.
     
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    You can buy any compatible phone and use it on T-Mobile Monthly. If you want an S3, likely the best way is to buy the phone for full price from a T-Mobile store. Then you just need a Prepaid Sim Activation Kit to set it up on a prepaid plan.

    You can buy the Kit from the T-Mobile store or Walmart (though apparently most charge between $8 and $15) but it is cheaper on the website ($1) -- it typically takes just under a week to get one from the website.

    This is one of the advantages of T-Mobile's prepaid, you can use any GSM compatible phone, regardless of where you purchase the phone (so long as the phone is not stolen or otherwise has an invalid ESN).
     
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    While I realize the $30 T-Mobile prepaid plan is not for everyone, due to having only 100 talk minutes, getting 5GB before throttling at "3G" (HSPA+) speeds that are as fast as WiMax -- without the disadvantages of WiMax) is really nice.
     
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    thebryceee Well-Known Member

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    I'm still considering that plan lol

    I don't use much mins but still go over 100. 200 minutes would be okay, so that'd be $40 at 10 cents a minute which still isn't bad considering you can use any unlocked gsm phone. Depends on how much I'd be able to get one of the new nexus models, I just might jump ship...especially if the J Butterfly based Nexus would come to fruition. -drools-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxcPR1E4_Tg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
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    I'll probably switch to the tmobile 30$ plan later on and get a galaxy nexus or Samsung galaxy s2. Maybe in a month when the price drops. I'm sorry sprint and virgin mobile but your speeds for 3g are way to sluggish in certain areas and Wimax is severally limited. :( even when you unleash the power of s off, and radios.
     
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    Another option to consider for extra minutes, especially if you are around WiFi part of the time, is to use a VoIP program. I use Google Voice with GrooveIP, but only have it connect when I'm connected to WiFi. It's a good way to "extend" your minutes without paying extra.
     
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    Nexus 4 here I come! $299 and $349 for 16 GB and 32 gb, respectively
     
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    Where's this at?
     
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    +1! Nexus phone with great specs, unlocked at a rather cheap price, and $30/month 4G service, I'm sold:D
     
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    Does the $50 plan work too?
     
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    ^Yeah, when your activating your Sim, pick the $50 plan, I'm only doing the $30 plan because of the 5gb of data
     
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    I think it's 8 and 16 GB only.
     
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    Was curious, with the price on the Nexus 4, if they lowered the price on the Galaxy Nexus. I found the Galaxy Nexus is no longer being sold from the Play Store (message on the page, "Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ is no longer available for sale." On the front page of the Play store, they do show the new Nexus devices and you can sign up to be notified when they go on sale.
     
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    Google Play

    Correct, and no micro SD card slot. I like keeping mucho music on my phone. No SD card is a deal breaker for me. Bummer.
     
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    thebryceee Well-Known Member

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    They go on sale 11/13.

    I'll just go back to using Google Music and utilize Google Drive and Dropbox. No big deal to me. Quad core will be sweet.
     
  25. lindend

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    Considering switching from VM to TMobile. For the Nexus 4, the micro SIM activation kit would be the correct option correct?
     

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