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  1. #1


    MD
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    I live 20 - 30 minutes north of DC in southern MD.

    T Mobile gives a lot of perks especially 3 GB data for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
    Verizon has fewer perks and 1 GB data for the same money and has the Lumia Icon.

    It seems Verizon has the greater area but T Mobile the fastest 4G and LTE.

    The coverage maps are fuzzy.

    I may ask for a test drive 30 days to see.

    What is your opinion on just the choices on the board?

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  2. #2


    Hi there again, Peter. As you know I've been cell phone since the first bags and worked construction, so it's been very beneficial for me. I've been through the gamut of carriers.

    You shouldn't have problems in your area with reception. There should be towers galore. The test drive for 30 days is a good idea. It really depends on if you do any traveling to remote areas. Vz does have the biggest area, followed by AT&T then I believe T Mobile.

    I was with Vz for about 7 or 8 years with contracts, but bought my AT&T branded Lumia via the MS online store and went AT&T prepay. I don't know if the president signed the "unlocking" bill that was passed by both houses, but if he does we will be able to unlock our branded phones and go to any carrier any time we choose. Now the competition is on to keep customers. Things will get better. Most of them are offering sweet deals.

    Three of my children have T Mobile with that family promo going on. The more people you get to sign up reduces the monthly payment. One of them is down to $20/mo with unlimited everything. Not a bad deal if they're still offering that.

    Hope that helps you again on your decision.
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  3. #3


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    ATT prepay


    Could you clarify the ATT prepay for me? I did look it up.
    I think you buy the phone outright then use the ATT plan but am not sure.
    If you get a high end phone it might be a strain to pay for it up front and would want to put it in with the plan - if that is the case.
    How is your coverage compared to Verizon?
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  4. #4


    It's actually called GoPhone: GoPhone - Manage Account

    Buy a phone that will work on there system. Bought my Lumia via MS online store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...&WT.medium=cpc I went to a local AT&T store to get the SIM card and GoPhone prepay plan.

    I live in the Chicago metro vicinity. Never have problems with reception. Plenty of WiFi hotspots here also.
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  5. #5


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    You can look at the coverage maps at 3G and 4G LTE Cell Coverage Map - OpenSignal Personally I would go with Verizon, since they have a larger coverage area, and better data packages, than T-Mobile. T-Mobile shares towers with ATT. So in reality, they are just using ATT's marketing in trying to make people think that they have faster speeds.

    If anyone has the fastest and best data coverage. Once again, it would be Verizon.
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  6. #6


    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    carriers


    Thanks alot for clarifying things for me. Location, location.
    I am now leaning toward the Icon with Verizon but i want to try it first.

    T Mobile seems to entice you but when it comes down to it they may fall short in coverage.

    AT&T does not have the Icon 8.1.

    With all the research i have done i have not much respect for any of them but tin cans don't do it.
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  7. #7


    Central IL
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    Windows Mobile 8.x devices are disappearing quickly. Due to Microsoft is getting to where they are not really supporting the manufacturers and the OS after 2014. Too many losses in that division. Because of people not purchasing phone's that have their OS on it.

    Only one you can find out there, is the Nokia, if you are lucky to get one. But personally I would steer away from Windows mobile and stick with either the Android or iOS platforms.
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  8. #8


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Windows


    It took me a long time to reach the same conclusion. thanks for putting a lid on it.
    I am gin to get the Samsung Galaxy S5, learn the different OS and then get a Chromebook for my wife.

    Carriers are still in the air but Verizon keeps sticking it to me until I remind them there is competition in town then they give in and offer another GB data.
    T-Mobile has been showing the most integrity so I'll give them a try and if I don't like it I will give it back -this is on their grace period.
    Thank you for a solid opinion.
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  9. #9


    On the contrary. More OEMs are getting into the Windows phone. https://www.eightforums.com/windows-8...one-shown.html

    Although 4g is quicker than 3G, it's actually a bunch of BS marketing tactic. If living around a populated area, one is going to use more WiFi hotspots than carrier data. That's what they want to sell you, for they make more money with it.
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    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    I notice the iPhone 5 and now 6 has 64 bit processors.
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