In December 2015 I posted that I had left Verizon Wireless for T-Mobile. It’s now December 2016 and almost a year later. In short I’m still pretty happy with the switch. The big concern in switching to T-Mobile was cellular coverage, thankfully I don’t travel too much but in the first two months of 2016 I definitely got around, more than I usually would in six months or a year. In that short time I’ve traveled to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Newark Delaware, Reno Nevada, San Jose, Santa Clara and Dallas Fort Worth. While some of those cities were just stopovers for connecting flights I didn’t have any problems with coverage in any of those locations. I did end up needing to enable data roaming while I was in Santa Clara for Networking Field Day 11. The family is generally happy with their devices. Interestingly enough the oldest has become somewhat of a critic of Apple now that she has an iPhone 6, apparently she’s found a few software bugs and related issues and occasionally misses her Motorola Moto G. I was originally excited about T-Mobile’s Binge On program only later to learn the disappointing facts behind the program. I’m really happy for two reasons;
- I’m essentially paying the same monthly fee I was paying for two smartphones on Verizon with five smartphones on T-Mobile [Note: I purchased all the smartphones up front],
- I don’t have to worry about the girls going over data or text messaging limits and ending up with some crazy overage billing.
Interestingly a lot has changed in the past year – Verizon and AT&T have gotten much more competitive with their plans and fees, not so much that I would entertain switching back… but if you really like Verizon or AT&T you can likely make the numbers work much easier than you could have a year ago.
I also recently returned my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to Samsung for repair under the manufacturer’s warranty and was really pleased with the whole process. Samsung repaired the phone and returned it to me within 6 calendar days. That was an awesome customer experience!
If you’re looking to shave a few $$$ off your monthly mobile bill then you might want to give T-Mobile a call.
Now what to-do with my exploding cable bill? Is it time to cut the cord? That’s my next hurdle with Verizon FiOS and Comcast.