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Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by coco3133, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    That is still WAY better than my previous garbage virgin mobile speeds lol. I have the HTC amaze which has hspa+ but it is unbranded and unlocked yet still a T-Mobile phone. :D


  2. epp

    epp Well-Known Member

    Once the cell site goes live with 1900 UMTS, I don't know if the phones will automatically use it (the Prism and Galaxy Exhibit 2 both include 850 and 1900 UMTS), or if they will continue to use 1700/2100. The only network settings in the phones, are either 'Use 2G Networks' (checked or unchecked, which will/will not use EDGE exclusively), or the network selection: 'GSM-only/GSM-WCDMA (auto)/WCDMA-only'.
  3. whatsitsname

    whatsitsname Android Enthusiast

    It will continue to use the native 1700/2100 band. We have the 1900 and 1700/2100 band where I live. I didn't even know we had it till I tried it few months ago. Coverage isn't you good but at least we have it.

    You can try find out how to enter service mode in your phone to change the band. Mine for example is " *#2263# ", wcdma band preference, wcdma1900
  4. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    its way way better then my boost mobile phone, when im out 1/2 mile from my house I can get up to 2.2Mbps on it but at my house im lucky if I see 500kbps :(
    But I like the unlimited, truely, everything which im now paying $35 for. My t mobile plan is the $30 100 mins talk unlimited messaging and unlimited data but only the first 5gb are at high speed.:mad:
    I could switch it up to the $70 plan and actually have unlimited everything but at over twice the price I can keep both phones :rolleyes:
  5. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    It's a good phone if you don't need the latest and greatest. Specs are still very respectable and I like the way they built it.
  6. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    I recently did all the mods and now its on fire. :D

    Also because its unbranded I found out it was originally a telus amaze which runs on the 1900 band not the 1700 band. I've been getting hspa+ (aka 4g) so I guess the T-Mobile refarming project is complete in my area.
  7. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Such a big difference between TMobile and Virgin, right? :D

    I had those "garbage" speeds on Boost and Sprint and they were terrible. ;)
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  8. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    Yeah don't forget the free dropouts and spotty coverage. :p
  9. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Haha yeah horrible speeds alright me and my sprint Gnex would disagree

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  10. MT Rotor

    MT Rotor Android Enthusiast

    I get 10-12mb upload on tmobile...but that was a month ago...
  11. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Good for you that you live in a great coverage area. I was getting 50 kbps on Boost/Sprint where now I get 10-15 MBPS on T-mobile.

  12. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Good for u but in my area indoors tmo hspa couldn't penetrate a plactic bag while I get lte even in my basement YMMV :D:beer:
  13. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Penetration is all about the band frequency. Its pure physics.

    No lte/HSPA differrences
  14. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    and how close to tower you are
  15. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Sprint/Boost couldn't penetrate wax paper if I stood on the roof. :D
  16. chong67

    chong67 Android Expert

    What about pressing your phone against the side window? Did that help?
  17. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    No, those terrible speeds were from outside of the house. Inside, I was probably getting 30-40 kbps.
  18. walmart989

    walmart989 Member

    TGFWFC - that's all I have to say about that......
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