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Wow! Lousy phone service for the price of what it is worth!

Oh, the SIM card doesn't include air time? Well, that's OK since they drop my calls so frequently that I might as well not get any air time at all. I've had much better results with smoke signals.

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These are useful for setting up iPhones on StraightTalk. Using the SIM swap method to enter the APN info. In for 2!

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@dlin91: I don't think that works for prepaid service though (at least it didn't for me).

"Just get a Micro SIM card and choose a plan."

It is $20 for prepaid and you have to go to a store (that is what they told me ~2-3 months ago when I did this)

And, I find T Mobile prepaid to be more than sufficient and a really good value $.10/min and the minutes last a year once you buy $100. I use about $50 in minutes per year.

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I don't think I've ever met a happy T-Mobile customer. My roomies have to borrow my ATT phone sometimes to make calls.

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@lparsons42: I've had T-Mobile for over a decade and do not experience dropped calls except when I'm hiking in the woods or the mountains. No carrier is 100% reliable. Usually when I have crappy service, people I'm with who have Verizon experience the same thing.
Maybe the problem isn't T-Mobile. Maybe it's where you are.

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@colbytitus: Allow me to introduce myself. I've been a very happy T-Mobile customer for over a decade. Their customer service is wonderful.
If your roomates are having signal problems, have them do what I did: I called T-Mobile and told them. (DUH) The rep apologized and three days later I got a call from their tech. He was at the main antenna for the area and had boosted the signal. He wanted to know if my signal was better. It was and service has been great ever since.

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@stone11375 Interestingly, we had very poor service from all providers on the large commercial campus where I work (old 1970's thick-walled buildings away from other commercial centers). People from all 4 carriers called to complain.

A couple of years ago, T-Mobile actually had an antenna built right next to the campus while the others did nothing.

So now, you can get full bars on T-Mobile here and have to wave any other phone in the air to get a single bar. So another happy customer here too.

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@stone11375: I live 10 miles from a city of 150,000 people. I can't drive to work without driving through a dead spot, even though the map on their website claims those areas have signal. I frequently drop calls in my own house, sometimes while just sitting on my couch. Their map claims I should get two bars at my house. Last night I was at home, talking to my wife who was in an airport (both of us on tmobile) and suddenly she could no longer hear me because the network is terrible here.

Our friends on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint have none of these problems here. Tmobile is OK if you live in a decent sized city, but is terrible if you do not. I was really hoping the TMobile - AT&T merger would go through so I could get better coverage but it was stopped. The only reason we are still with them right now is we are stuck on a contract and don't want to pay the early termination fees.

And yes, I have called support. They always say someone will look into it and then nothing changes.

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@colbytitus: I've been with TMobile since they were known as Powerstream...
Happy with them though their coverage is a little spotty.

I didn't have a signal at my house, so they sent me a Cell Tower Extender (mount one unit in the window upstairs, mount the base in the main floor, central to the house), and that's solved my connectivity problem.

If you have commercial grade (Not DLink or even AmpdRF) wifi, the wifi calling works well. Because of the WiFi calling, I was able to use my US Android (HTC Glacier) while I was in Germany (no international or anything!).

Been less happy with them lately because they've started getting "big bell" syndrome - they insist on charging for tethering (currently, I'm @ $5/month). Personal customer service is good (their automated things have a 25% chance of screwing up -- maybe that's why I can't get them to add more automated services [like forward my calls from the web if I leave my phone at home]).

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I have t-mobile for personal service, and ATT for my work phone. I get way, way better reception on ATT at both my home and at my office, on opposite sides of town, in a major city. Half the time I don't get service at all with t-mobile at my house. I think most people would tell you that t-mobile's network is the most spotty of the big four.

That said, t-mobile has some great prices on prepaid service plans, which is what this sim card is for. $30/month for unlimited texting and up to 5GB of data, with 100 talk minutes. It works out great for me since my personal phone became a backup phone for me when I got my work phone, so I don't talk on it a lot, but I do use some data and texting. If you get good t-mobile service where you live and work, this can be a great deal for you.

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Good deal, but t-moble coverage is sadly pretty sucky in my area. I don't think they have many towers in the more rural areas, at least not in Mississippi.

If you live somewhere that their coverage is good, however, I say why the heck not? Get a little prepaid time and give it a try.

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I've had T-Mobile for several years and I've often been the only one in any given group who has coverage when traveling. I'm glad the merger with AT&T didn't go through because it would have meant a much more expensive plan with no added benefit to many customers. Also, there would have been no choice of nationwide GSM networks, as far as I know.

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I am a happy T-Mobile customer, and have been since they were Powertel.

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@benyust2: I activated with the prepaid micro-sim from their website 2 weeks ago. It's also the only way to sign up for their $30 web only plan -- the SIM the store gave me didn't work for it, because there was no activation code.

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Looks like the deal just went to $.99. No longer free.