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Old 01-25-2008, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was with TMO and had to switch to ATT because I was unable to get a signal where I was living. Now ATT seems to nickle and dime me on everything that was included with TMO, costing me almost $60 more per month!

Which service is better and is there any way to cancel my contract because of all the hidden charges and contract requirements that were not disclosed when I switched?
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are a set certain amount of days you have to get out of a contract without early termination fees. How long has it been since you signed with AT&T?

Not sure what kind of plans you have set, however my AT&T bill is about $75 a month for unlimited data, 500 sms, unlimited mobile to mobile, unlimited nights and weekends and 900 anytime minutes.

I would verify that you are getting the best pricing on all of your plan details. I know that Tmo couldn't offer the plan I have at $60 less than what I'm paying.
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Tethering is free with tmobile but not at&t. If you want to tether its $30 more and I don't think you get unlimited data anymore.
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Please see this thread regarding tethering on AT&T:

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If you can get around it then i stand corrected. I dont have at&t, i have tmobile so it doesnt really affect me.

Tmobile is still cheaper however not to the extent that the OP is implying.
You can get unlimited data, email, sms and 1000 minutes for $60 from Tmo.
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Do you really want to pay for service you can't get? Why would you switch to T-Mo and not have service? Makes no sense to me.

Picking a carrier is all about service first. Pick the carrier that provides the coverage when and where you need it - where you live, work, play and travel. Then worry about features, phone selection and price. As for any of us helping you make the decision, we can't. Only you know where you need it.

As for the nickle and dime issue, you should have done your homework before you switched. However, going back to my first point, it is all about coverage first and not about price.
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I agree with Dubdub. You said in your original post you had to leave Tmobile because you couldn't get a signal. Have you moved? If so, you can try them for 30 days to see if you have a strong signal, otherwise, stay with the provider that gives you coverage and look for ways to cut costs. I don't see how they could be $60 cheaper than AT&T.
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T-Mobile is generally regarded as the cheapest for data plans, but is also generally considered to have a lesser network than AT&T. Personally, here in the NYC area I get the same reception that my AT&T-using buddies get.

As a rule, coverage should be the number 1 priority when choosing a provider. Bargain rates don't help if you don't get a signal.
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As a rule, coverage should be the number 1 priority when choosing a provider. Bargain rates don't help if you don't get a signal.
Agreed.

If you wants some tips about cutting costs, PM with the details of the service you have and I'll take a look at it for you. There is no way that it should be $60 a month more, something isn't adding up (pun intended )

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I am rarely at the location where service was limited so now its a non-issue. I have the Anytime 1350 mins, unlimited BB domestic plan, intl. txt. plan, discounted intl. roaming plan and pay about $150 per month and thats with a 19% corporate discount!

Regarding the nickle-dime issue...I wanted to add the intl. BB plan but was told that a 1 year contract is required, whereas with TMO you can add and remove it everytime you travel overseas, which I do every month. They also charge $6 for discounted intl roaming rates that brings down the rates to what TMO charges, and the txt msgs cost more too.

While the ATT service seems to be more reliable in some locations, its definately more expensive than TMO and the customer service sucks!

I wish I stayed with TMO but had to get phone covereage for the summer where my TMO didnt get signal.
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No One is ever satisfied 100% with any company. Jumping too quick results in the issues you have. But has many have said, the service quality should be the number one consideration. Reguardless of the cost , if it don't work it's just a hunk of metal and plastic
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