T-Mobile USA Coverage in your city?


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  1. Mxtc

    Mxtc Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    If you are close to a major city, your coverage should be excellent. Here's what I've experienced:

    Good:
    San Fran (BUT the hills create deadspots,experienced the same dead spots on a borrowed sprint phone, same with AT&T)

    Excellent:
    Atlanta, Denver, Washington D.C. (HSPA+ cities)

    Great:
    Omaha, Co Springs, Albuquerque, Sante Fe (Mostly 3G, sometimes back to EDGE)

    Bad:
    On the highways between major cities, most of the time roamed on EDGE, and sometimes lost all signal, but i don't care, i don't take many roadtrips :)
     

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  2. colnago

    colnago Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the Balt/DC corridor..."coverage" is good, kept 3G internet radio stream up while driving to Philly however I get no reception in certain buildings, unlike with my experiences with AT&T.
     
  3. Enndr

    Enndr Well-Known Member

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    Im in Cincinnati.

    Coverage is pretty far spread throughout the city and very far into the suburbs. LOTS of dead spots all over the city except for heavily trafficked entertainment areas. Worse on west side than anywhere else. Internet radio while taking backroads around the city can get sketchy. Fine while on highways.

    Rough Breakdown:
    GPRS: 0%
    EDGE: 40%
    3G: 45%
    H: 15%
     
  4. inaz4sun

    inaz4sun Well-Known Member

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    Never been anywhere in the entire Phoenix area without coverage, in fact can't remember not having coverage anywhere I've gone in AZ or anywhere for that matter.
     
  5. AZBear

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    I live in the far NW corner of the phoenix valley and I do not get 3G at all. i do get 4 bars of Edge. If I drive about 10 miles towards Phoenix I do finally get pretty good 3G coverage.
     
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    larryccf Well-Known Member

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    i'm in richmond, va and good 3G most places i go around the city
     
  7. Talderon

    Talderon Well-Known Member

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    I live in/near Bothell, WA, Coverage is great (T-Mobile Corporate Offices not too far away so we have extra coverage).

    I work in Bellevue, WA, Coverage is great (T-Mobile Corporate Offices about a mile away so we have extra coverage here too).
     
  8. ScuroRaven

    ScuroRaven Well-Known Member

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    Oklahoma city here, in the metro (( OKC, Moore, Norman, Del City, Midwest City, Mustang, Edmond )) 3G stays fairly strong. (( cant same the same for sprint and att have some dead zones. not sure about verizon)) head out much further than that and it goes to EDGE. 3g picks up strong again in Tulsa and Lawton metro areas. So basically if you are near the 3 main cities and the smaller ones outlining them you are good.
     
  9. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    here in Kissimmee I am now getting 5.1 downloads and .80 uploads. blistering speeds. more than double i was a few weeks ago
     
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    03machme Well-Known Member

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    here in the Dallas, fort worth metroplex I get 3G everywhere and the speeds in Dallas and its close suburbs with the hspa+ are quite a bit faster with my old g1 the best speed test I got in Richardson was 3.8m down 1.7 up
     
  11. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

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    With my moms g1, you were fine here in chicago, as long as you were outside. Anything indoors that was more solid than a house caused reception issues. An hour or so out of the city... little to no signal at all.

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
     
  12. Puddin422

    Puddin422 Well-Known Member

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    Do you travel much? Curious how the reception is in other parts of Florida, plus GA and AL.
     
  13. copter105

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    I am an airline pilot (former corperate pilot) and I have been to every state and every corner of the US. Big cities to small po-dunk towns. I have never had an issue with T-mobile coverage. A few times I have noticed that the signal strength is better with AT&T and on occaision I have forced my phone to use AT&T solely but that is very rare. Many years ago I used Verizon but they had such terrible roaming fees that I had to dump them. I think T-mobile has great coverage. I always chuckle when I get somewhere and the other crew are pissed because their iPhones cant get a data signal while I have 4bar HSPA.
     
  14. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    i was in ATL a few weeks ago and had no issues. also have been to nyc, pa and ct. no issues. Had coverage about 90 percent of the time while driving up the east coast
     
  15. niea

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    I live in Albuquerque. I think it should include the metro area, i.e., Rio Rancho. ABQ proper is good, but RR is not good at all. Mostly EDGE, with huge dead zones, including my parent's house.

    And of course there's ZERO signal from Santa Fe on up to Colorado Springs. I don't travel by car a ton, but gees it would be nice if there was SOME signal on such a huge stretch of interstate.
     
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    Puddin422 Well-Known Member

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    Have any of you had Sprint? If so, how do they compare, signal wise?
     
  17. niea

    niea Active Member

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    In my city (Albuquerque), Sprint is horrid. I've had nearly all the carriers due to carrying work phones and pagers and Sprint is the worst here IMHO. I didn't get any signal in my living room and I live in the middle of the city. It was that bad.
     
  18. marcelo_lopez

    marcelo_lopez Well-Known Member

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    In SoFla, you'll get island coverages...what that means is you get totally inconsistent EDGE vs 3G coverage.

    No matter where you go in South Florida, you could be standing in one spot and get 3G at mid strength, walk 5 feet in almost any direction, and you're instantly on EDGE. This is drawn from experience across 3 different 3G capable phones over the last couple of years. Don't get me wrong, it was the same with the transition from straight GPRS to GPRS/EDGE.

    Yes, not every carrier has consistent strength all across the board. But I don't think even AT&T has areas where there's a sea of EDGE coverage with islands of 3G like this.

    I literally have a 3G tower that's 5 blocks away, as the crow flies, and I might get 0 3G Bars inside the house ( i.e. Just the 3G icon with the antenna ), but mostly it's EDGE. If I step outside, flip a coin Heads Edge/ Tails 3G. If I walk 50 towards where I know the tower is it'll stick to 3G, it might jump to 1 Bar of 3G. If I walk the same distance, east or south, it'll switch to an EDGE-only antenna that's actually located almost a mile away. It's that inconsistent coverage that after being with TMo 11 years, is seriously making me think of jumping. I can't see paying BigRed or Death Star tariffs, so looks like that might be Sprint. I want to see how the roll-out of HSPA+ is down here. It's supposedly running in Ft. Lauderdale, but when last I was in that area, I didn't notice any improvements in my 3G at all.

    Which leads to my point......

    You can't go faster if you don't have THE COVERAGE to go faster.

    Give me more consistent 3G coverage, THEN worry about going faster. Geez, you'd think someone would get it, given it's a total no-brainer.

    On a plus side, for making calls...TMo's marine coverage is by far the best down here. I've made calls when over water where no one's elses had signal.
    And in an area surrounded by water, that's not so bad.
     
  19. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    dont go to puerto rico! you will be stuck on edge. no 3g there. tmo is the only major carrier not to have 3g in PR. sad
     
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    I agree with this statement.Give me more consistent 3G coverage, it will do no good for me to have HSPA+ if 3g is not sufficient.
     
  21. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    check what speed i got just now!

    [​IMG]
     
  22. colnago

    colnago Well-Known Member

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    Nice. I average 950Kbs up/560Kbs down at my house...I'll have to go drive 3 miles north where I get 7Mbs down to see if its been upgraded.

    :p
     
  23. Enndr

    Enndr Well-Known Member

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    I just took the dive and decided to move my over to Verizon. I sold me wife's Nexus One and mine will be put up shortly as well. She will have her Droid Incredible tomorrow and I'll have my Droid X today.

    Its really sad. I love my Nexus One but Tmobile is just too spotty for me. Like everyone has said. If the 3G coverage isnt reliable whats the point of HSDPA+?
    I get AMAZING speeds when its on it (3-4mbps) but its too fragile and tmobile lacks
    serious coverage, even with Edge. Ive never seen so much G in my life until I took
    a handful of recent road trips.

    EDIT: Had to use my friends Droid to stream Pandora pretty much because the Tmobile connection was so unable in between cities.
     
  24. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    yeah , your right. but i enjoy my low monthly bill more :)
     
  25. colnago

    colnago Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I don't see anyone beating unlimited data, at 7Mbs+, for $10/mo. right now.
     

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