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Not to be rude, but this is flat out false

Airb330

Oct 9, 2013, 6:06 PM
"T-Mobile also offers HSPA+ across its entire network."

False. T-Mobile is stretching the truth again. Many areas in Delaware are GPRS. THink about that...GPRS! Not even EDGE.

I won't even comment on the LTE coverage since all the big 4 stretch the truth on LTE availability. Verizon claims a huge network, but I saw 1X and 3G just as often as LTE in the 5th largest city in America.
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crossedsignals

Oct 9, 2013, 6:31 PM
Agree I can point to a dozen cities in western IL that have, at best, GPRS. Large swaths of the country along I-80 - a major highway corridor that you would expect to be covered with fast data - have similar GPRS/EDGE only coverage. T-Mobile's statement is absolutely false and very misleading. Even on T-Mobile prepaid (which has limited data roaming capabilities) I get GPRS, indicating that the native network is not all HSPA/LTE.

I root for T-Mobile as a credible alternative to the other guys, but when you mislead, stretch the truth and outright lie you deserve nothing.
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johnhr2

Oct 9, 2013, 6:44 PM
Were I live I get:
LTE from AT&T
Edge from T-Mobile
LTE/3G from Sprint (Only get LTE when is a clear day)
Verizon it depends because its completely random from no service, 1X, 3G or LTE. Its very inconstant signal and quality from Verizon
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gfondeur

Oct 9, 2013, 6:53 PM
where you live?
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johnhr2

Oct 9, 2013, 6:56 PM
Atchison Kansas home of Benedictine College and Amelia Earhart
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TDBearCT

Oct 10, 2013, 7:52 AM
I do not believe the press release is flat out false, but it is as true as any other carriers claims.

My personal experience is that T-Mobile high speed coverage is spotty at best, even in large metropolitan areas like NYC. Integration with MetroPCS helps, but only if your in a covered area (and have a SIM with the MetroPCS networks enabled).

I get LTE in my office and at the theater I volunteer at regularly But at my house I am lucky to get EDGE, even though I am at the intersection of three major highways.

I'm on the fence-- my contract is up with AT&T and would like to migrate to T-Mobile because it will be less expensive in the long run. But inexpensive doesn't do much good if you don't have service.
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stevelvl

Oct 10, 2013, 8:54 AM
I think you may have misread the post. The article never used the word "Entire". The article is true. It simply states LTE is nation wide covering 202 million people. In the united states you can substantiate that claim with a relatively small foot print.

One could factually claim nation wide coverage if they only had service in LA and New York.

Don't let your phone rage blind you to what is actually being said. You use a WIRELESS phone. you have to have realistic expectations. Before any Verizon or ATT fan boys jump on this while every carrier has there amazing coverage spot as a whole they have poor coverage in much of the united states. Don't believe me? take a trip to Wyoming or Montana you might also want to bring a flair gun i...
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Jellz

Oct 10, 2013, 9:54 AM
It comes down to the fact that unless you're a professional paid to test wireless networks, all you have is wireless carrier advertising and anecdotal evidence to form your opinion on wireless network reliability/speed.

My AT&T phone is lucky to get two-three bars where I live now, but T-Mobile gets full five bars here. Oh no, AT&T is terrible?

Road trip from Atlanta to Auburn: my phone never dropped at least 4G, my girlfriend's T-Mobile phone consistently lost service or went to EDGE. T-Mobile is terrible?

Bunch of hooey is what it is. I like AT&T because it works where I need it, and that's that. Even with 1 bar at home, it still makes calls and texts.
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johnhr2

Oct 10, 2013, 12:15 PM
It did say Entire network, but it got update and entire was dropped.
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amarryat

Oct 10, 2013, 3:34 PM
Exactly. That's what I read last night. Paraphrasing it said that LTE stretches across T-Mobile's entire footprint. I know that's true with Verizon, but that's definitely not true with T-Mobile - I switched from the former to the latter in August.
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crossedsignals

Oct 10, 2013, 12:17 PM
The article was revised after Airb330's and my original comments. The quotation in Airb330's referencing HSPA+ across T-Mo's entire network was in the original article.
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Pandemic187

Oct 10, 2013, 3:57 PM
"I think you may have misread the post. The article never used the word "Entire". The article is true. It simply states LTE is nation wide covering 202 million people. In the united states you can substantiate that claim with a relatively small foot print."

Yeah, the problem is that they say because they WANT people to think it covers their entire network. This is an intentionally misleading statement. When you think about the average, abysmal level of reading comprehension, the vast majority of people are not going to read between the lines. Hence, the existence of this article. And yes, I have an issue with that.
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iamthephonemaster

Oct 10, 2013, 10:30 AM
Someone needs to tell Tmo they forgot Maine when they did the upgrade/ roll out. Cause I get GPRS in 90% of the state. The only place I would get 4g is 2.5 hours south near the NH border. Lol so nationwide it's not. Hell I'd settle for HSDPA coverage at least. Lol crap even 3G would be nice.
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Charles Bigelow

Oct 10, 2013, 11:03 AM
All excellent observations. I have had VZW, AT&T, and T-Mobile. T-Mobile by far does not even have 3G that much in the northeast except for the more major densely populated cities.
Even on its 2G voice network, venture off major highways, service gets spotty. When I call and inquire as to when there might be build-out in certain areas, I get the same answer every time. Not in the budget.
More affordable service at the price of network reliability.
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