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Re: 3G vs. Edge Data speeds testing
Jan 31, 2010, 7:32 PM
in the BlackBerry Bold 9700 forum

R u T-M or att?

Re: Can unlocked Tmobile 9700 get 3G speed in AT&T Network???
Jan 31, 2010, 7:30 PM
in the BlackBerry Bold 9700 forum

No. T-Mobile's 3g uses diff. frequencies. (1700 and 2100) att uses 850 and 1900. You can operate on 2g.

Re: UMA vs. Femtocell
Mar 12, 2009, 9:48 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

UMA allows you to connect anywhere in the U.S. AND the rest of the world where there is wifi access.

Re: UMA international - No one else has a problem
Mar 12, 2009, 9:46 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Dozens of us on HowardForums have reported using UMA overseas w. no problems. (Only exception seems to be, sometimes, in So. Korea where a user simply has trouble connecting. Billing is never an issue. I am sure the user in this case wound up connecting via cell tower. Most UMA phones ddon't give you the option to only connect via UMA. It is very easy for the phone to jump out of ...

Re: No Comments? - I signed up
Feb 20, 2009, 11:12 PM
in the Article: San Francisco Gets $50 Unlimited Plan from T-Mobile forum

Before switching had 3 lines on account (Oakland, LA, Miami) All unlimited voice and SMS - $100+50+50 = $200. Also had/have 3 BB addonss +60. Now have unlimited voice for $130. Did add $5 SMS pkg. for one line. Still have BB pkgs. Saving over $60/mo. That is LARGE - like getting a couple months a year free. I have been a heavy user in the ...

Re: 8830 on Sprint will be SIM LOCKED!
Jun 25, 2007, 4:57 PM
in the Sprint forum

I did write a followup email to CS copying that info that is on their own web site. Supposedly, this is supposed to be available for business accounts by July 4th and for everyone else by the middle of the month. I'll take my T-M, ATT, and one of my foreign SIMS and check it out for myself. My original question to CS assumed that the phone was unlocked. I had simply asked if I ...

8830 on Sprint will be SIM LOCKED!
Jun 25, 2007, 3:27 PM
in the Sprint forum

Although various news releases and Sprint's own website (see full posting below) says a major feature will be that the phone will be unlocked so you can use cheap prepaids when roaming internationally - this is NOT the case. Immediately below is a repsonse from CS at Sprint. Being as I travel overseas, this would have been a great phone and feature. This does nothing to encourage the GSM users (T-M and ATT) to even consider ...

Re: South Korea
Feb 24, 2007, 6:28 PM
in the Around the World forum

I think a 3G GSM phone will work. Verizon is CDMA - so it doesn't use SIM cards. I do think, tho, I read about their being a combo CDMA/GSM phone, but not sure. Best bet is to call Vz CS and ask. They do have a method of allowing roaming on "regular" GSM systems w. a GSM phone. ...mike

Voice dialing - any work around to enable more "slots"?
Jul 26, 2006, 10:20 PM
in the Motorola L6 forum

I just bot 2 of these quad band phones. It didn't occur to me they would have a crippled voice dialling system. My 4 y.o. SEr520m has room for tons of entries. The Moto V330 a friend uses has at least a dozen stored. The L6 limits you to FIVE! Before I took a loss on at least one of these phones (can do w.o. VD on the other) - is there any ...

Re: Is old $99 unlimited calling plan worth anything?
Feb 1, 2006, 12:27 AM
in the AT&T forum

Me2 said: Ermmm... But its probably TDMA no? TDMA phones are an issue..... These were/are GSM plans/phones. It was started as an inducement to get ATT customers to switch from TDMA to their then new GSM. I haven't been able to give it away - so i'll cancel it in a few days. I posted here because people on this forum are knowledgeable. W. Craig's List i'd probably get a whole bunch ...

Re: Buy new phone, but keep AT&T Charter plan?
Feb 1, 2006, 12:14 AM
in the AT&T forum

There have been posts saying our long expired unlimited $99 plans will go away "soon". These all expired a couple years ago - and are still working fine. You can put the SIM into any unlocked phone w. no problem. (We only use our phones as phones. We don't use them as a substitute computer to connect to the internet etc. - so this may have a bearing on what you can or ...

Is old $99 unlimited calling plan worth anything?
Jan 26, 2006, 8:22 PM
in the AT&T forum

Am ready to give up one of our unlimited plans. Has a 714 number (Orange Co. Ca.) Number can be changed, but area code can't. If it is worth something, I'll sign it over to a present Cingular customer in exchange for a contribution to a charity - as long as it isn't the NRA. The last time i did this it involved a 3 way conversation w. CS. ...mike

Anybody want unlimited $99 plan?
Dec 29, 2005, 2:35 PM
in the AT&T forum

For a $50 donation to either The Alzheimer's Organization or the Brain Tumor Soc. - I'll turn over my unlimted ATT (Cingular) plan. It has a 714 number (Orange Co., Ca.) and while the number could be changed, they will not allow a new number outside that area. What would be involved, I believe, is a conf. call w. CS. I would need to send you the SIM. I sure wish we still ...

Re: cingular in mexico
Sep 11, 2005, 10:02 PM
in the Around the World forum

Cingular charges 79¢/min. to roam in Mexico. That includes calling back to the U.S. For some reason, prepaid cards there won't be much cheaper. Best way to call U.S. is from a landline and using a phone card. Can't recall what that would cost. This would avoid charges on your host's phone. Phone cards are available all over when you get there. An idea - do you know if ...

Re: SIM card question - ordering phone from ebay
Sep 7, 2005, 10:42 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

IF the phone is unlocked, that means you can use a SIM from any cel carrier that operates on GSM. If you sign a contract w. T-M (or any carrier) you get a SIM. W.O. a SIM all you can do is call 911. You could also get a pre-paid SIM from T-M if you don't want to sign a contract. Prepaid is much more expensive, tho, if you do more than a minimal ...

A Good Use for Old TDMA phones would be.....
Aug 27, 2005, 2:09 AM
in the AT&T forum

....to donate them to 3rd world Latin America countries that still have TDMA systems. Altho, like the U.S., most are slowly shifting to GSM, many still have viable TDMA systems that will be around for quite a while. I was just in Peru. I took my old TDMA phone there knowing I could probably give it to someone there rather than put it in a land fill here. I was right. (I ...

Re: T-Mobile or Cingular??
Aug 27, 2005, 1:50 AM
in the phonescoop.com forum

No one provider is the "best" for everyone. Each has its own dead spots. Cingular does have wider coverage than T-M. This doesn't make much diff. to most people since T-M has coverage where a majority of the people need it. That said, if you need the extra coverage, you will pay a fair sized premium to get Cingular over T-M. W. T-M, $40 gets you 1000 ...

Re: Using a "Hop" sim for three different networks
Aug 27, 2005, 1:34 AM
in the Around the World forum

For lots of info on prepaids like Hop and Riiing - go to the international forum section on www.prepaidgsm.net ...mike

Re: Don't take it with you - internationally
Aug 27, 2005, 1:29 AM
in the Around the World forum

Forgot to add that the above method works with T-Mobile as well. Simply forward ALL calls to 18056377243. That's T-Mobiles "universal" message center number. When you activate CF, all calls will instantly get your VM message and they can leave you a message. ...mike

Re: Don't take it with you - internationally
Aug 27, 2005, 1:26 AM
in the Around the World forum

Finally - After reading all the replies, saw the message yesterday that explained tha situation. You basically pay for a round trip call - one to locate you at the last place your phone registered (Jamaica) and one to send it back to your VM. This has been a well known problem with roaming intl. on GSM. As someone else mentioned, Cingular does now alert some people of this problem. They should ...

What quad bands are or soon will be available?
Jun 27, 2005, 11:09 AM
in the General forum

I tried doing a search under the "phones" listings selecting both "world" and "850" GSM as required. It mainly gave me a long list of tri-band phones. I am looking for a plain, low end PHONE. Don't need cameras, keyboards etc. As a long time T-M customer, got the Moto V188 heavily discounted. Just wonder what else might be out there. I would prefer a candy bar style phone. ...

What quad bands are or soon will be available?
Jun 26, 2005, 11:50 AM
in the Rumor Mill forum

Mainly would be interested in basic phones without cameras, and other unused features. (Just use a phone as a phone. I have a camera and a computer) I prefer bar phones over "fold-up" phones. I thought I had read that a couple of the major mfrs. are going to come out with basic phones - but didn't see what bands they will operate on. I just picked up a Moto V188 fm. T-M ...

Re: T-Mobile and roaming?
Jun 26, 2005, 10:43 AM
in the T-Mobile forum

All depends where you will be driving. From Boston to Miaimi - fine. From NYC to Chicago, fine. From Seattle to San Diego, fine. However, if you often travel way off main highways and really rural areas you will need to pay the premium prices charged by either Cingular or Verizon. Their prices are about double on many plans. Don't by service because of phone design, buy service from someone who ...

Re: New International long distance rates ???
Jun 16, 2005, 8:46 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Most of us who make any amount of intl. calls use a dial around like: www.onesuite.com www.click4prepaid.com www.tel3advantage.com These, and others, are now set up so you don't need to enter a PIN number. The total delay in placing a call is less than 5 seconds compared with dialing direct. Instead of paying over 30 cents to call a lst world country, you pay 10% of that - 3 cents/min.!! ...

Re: International calling question
Jun 11, 2005, 2:47 AM
in the T-Mobile forum

As someone else pointed out, these are not roaming rates, but simply (EXPENSIVE) LD calling rates. I am grandfathered in under old roaming rates. Incoming in Australia last month was about 30 cents/min. Doesn't matter which carrier i was on. This is ONE FIFTH of what customers since fall of 02 pay. Calls back to the states cost as little as 70 cents/min - depending on carrier - half of T-M's rates. Local ...

Re: International calling question
Jun 10, 2005, 1:59 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

< Why don't you just activate WorldClass Roaming service and use your phone in Austrailia for only $1.49/min. It's not that expensive but T-Mobile has a new price list because they are changing there rates on Aug 1,2005 so after Aug 1 the new rate will be $0.34 cents. What is the "authority" (source) for the new pricing? If that's the case, then it would appear everyone would be getting the same intl. roaming rates we old ...

Re: Unlimited Voice Rate Plan
Jan 17, 2005, 11:05 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

They do offer a 3000 anytime min. regional plan for $50. Best deal around. Region includes your state plus a couple of neighboring states. Before going w. Nextel, make sure you can put up w. their voice quality. Also, make sure that people who call you won't be annoyed in delayed call delivery. They will, about one in five times, get a recording that says "please hold while we attmept to ...

Re: Nationwide Plans
Dec 8, 2004, 5:44 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Unless you are a brand new user, you can get unlimited N&W and 1000 anytime min. for $39.99 by calling T-Mobile and asking for "retentions". (With their new automated CS system not quite sure how to get them. Act as though you want to cancel service. Under the old system you pressed option "3", as i recall.) When you get retentions (you do not want the regular CS people), tell them you have heard ...

Re: Voicemail text alert. Why this way? Annoying!!
Nov 24, 2004, 2:14 AM
in the T-Mobile forum

When T-M took over the old Powertel market in the Southeast they kept the std. VM notification method. Everywhere else in the country the awful text message method is used. There have been many threads about this at: http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?s =&postid=4124387#post4124387 Everything else being equal, I would switch because of this. Obviously T-M has other features that keep us with them - coverage where we need it, better pricing etc. ...mike

Re: Voicemail text alert. Why this way? Annoying!!
Nov 24, 2004, 2:10 AM
in the T-Mobile forum

I think having one greeting for when you aren't available and one for when you are on another line is an excellent feature. ATT has this as well. T-M doesn't, as far as i know - unless you are only offered it when you turn off call waiting. ...mike

Re: T-Mobile reception in Southern Cali???
Nov 7, 2004, 9:00 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Every carrier has its dead spots. Where are you in so. Ca.? In general, the T-M system works well in LA, W. LA, B. Hills, S. Monica etc. Haven't used it much elsewhere. S.F. Valley, where i have used it, seems fine. ...mike

Re: T-Mobo in San Francisco & 3000 Minute Local Plan
Nov 7, 2004, 8:48 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

I have had that plan ever since the day T-M began selling service here. Am in the East Bay but use well over 2000 min. a mo. on that plan all over. 70% useage in East Bay, 20% elsewhere around the Bay, and 10% useage everywhere else from here to Fresno to L.A. and Las Vegas. Virtually all my useage is during business hours. The cel phone is my main connection to my business life. ...

Re: New COR procedure...
Nov 4, 2004, 1:41 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

I wanted to transfer one of our lines to an employee since she had used the number for a long time. T-M required that we both go into a co. store -at the same time! The nearest one to Oakland, Ca. is 30 min. away! (Can't believe there isn't a store in one of the largest cities in the U.S.) I wasn't about to waste my time. She would up porting the number ...

Re: New COR procedure...
Nov 4, 2004, 1:33 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Other carriers have let users sign up over the phone ever since cellular became available almost 20 years ago now. There is no more potential for fraud than with any other kind of odering over the phone. ...mike

Metro has finally merged Sacto/Bay Area
Sep 30, 2004, 10:46 PM
in the Metro forum

The Sacto and Bay Area systems were treated separately. A Sacto user could not use it here in the B.A., and vice-versa. Now, according to their website, it appears it is now treated as one big service area. What they did before is arbitrarily draw a line half way between the two areas. They have always had coverage along the 90 miles of #80 between here and Sacto - users would just get cut ...

Re: Dropped Calls
Sep 30, 2004, 10:36 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

That's a dumb question. (Nobody ever called me discrete) Everyone is going to drop calls if they are talking as they pull into an underground garage, go thru some tunnels (some are have coverage), walk into an interior elevator etc. Also, it depends on useage. Someone who makes/receives hundreds of calls per month will have more calls than someone who uses it only a few times a day. Best advice - "every carrier ...

Re: How to reject specific incoming call automatically?
Jul 10, 2004, 7:40 PM
in the T-Mobile forum

Don't know if it can be done automatically. By hitting the "end" key (or whatever it is called on your phone) when the phone is ringing the call will immediately go to VM. A few times of this and the guy should "get the message". ...mike

Re: verizon vs t-mobile
Jun 27, 2004, 10:52 AM
in the T-Mobile forum

It used to be that CDMA voice quality was vastly inferior to GSM. Now, CDMA is pretty close to GSM and often you can't tell the diff. Verizon has MUCH more coverage in outlying and rural areas. OTH, Verizon is MUCH more expensive. Double the price on lower end plans. I am a heavy user. 3000 anytime minutes on T-M is $50. To buy that much time on Verizon would ...

Re: How to trick AT&T?
Apr 4, 2004, 9:20 PM
in the AT&T Wireless forum

moobak said: Defeat, get it through your thick skull. we DO NOT have access to the frigging unlock code! The reason is simple: PEOPLE LIKE YOU CALL UP AND REP SHOP TO GET IT! Whoa, hard to understand, isn't it? You get your phone for free from us, we're not going to allow you to take your phone from us. Name another company other then T-Mobile (who btw is a small company compared to AWS) that does it? Cingular DOES NOT. Btw I think you're ...

Re: How to trick AT&T?
Apr 4, 2004, 9:09 PM
in the AT&T Wireless forum

ragnarok79 said: Actually, the reason is that the reps aren't GIVEN the unlock codes. They are told NOT to give the unlock codes. Europe has very different phone standards. They pay much less for their monthly service and they get to keep their phones if they change carriers. Euopeons pay a LOT more than we do for cel service. Their average cost per min. is 2-3 times or more what ours is. ...

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