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Old 12-30-2005, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering switching from Cingular (7280) to T-Mobile (7105t) but have no experience with T-Mobile coverage. I travel all over the country but always fly from one city to the next. Does anyone using T-Mobile have similar travels? If so, how has coverage been? I have been reading this forum along with other sources and there seems to be equal complaints of Cingular and T-Mobile. I have considered staying with Cingular and upgrading to the 7100g but Cingular wants to charge me $199 to do so. My Cingular contract expires next week and I told Cingular I could switch to t-mobile and get new equipment for free. The sales rep at Cingular offered no additional discounts nor did she ask what they could do to keep me as a customer. I have been a Cingular Blackberry user who always pays on time and has no serious complaints about service. I have found several carriers offering the 7105t for free (letstalk.com and wirelessbuy.com) which makes t-mobile more attractive but i know nothing of their coverage. I appreciate any information.

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I know nothing about their coverage either, I am not sure how much help you will get withe the generic "I travel all over" request as I believe their service may be great in areas and not in others. From what I have heard, they are ok in large cities and interstates, I don't know about their roaming policies, but their unlimited BB plan seems great, price wise, it is half Cingular. Just looking at their plans, my bill would drop by 50% and their BB plans include voice, so you don't have to buy them seperate.

I am ready to switch too, but I need to wait until Cingular refunds my money for the swap out of my 7290/8700 and I have 18 months left on my agreement, which can be broken for a fee.
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My travels are mostly to larger cities but include nearly every part of the country. I agree the t-mobile pricing is extremely inticing but not if the coverage is lousy. I also like the fact t-mobile only requries a 1 year contract where Cingular requires 2 years.
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I was just at the t-mobile site and their coverage maps look at a sci-fi night vision thing, by their maps, my area would generally be "weak". Maybe you can check the areas you travel to and see what they claim verses experiences received here.
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I never had problem with their coverage in big cities and I don't expect them to give me coverage on Mt. Rushmore. I do travel a lot and even in remote cities like palm Springs CA and even I got good connection over there too..
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I had T-Mobile for a while down here in Orlando, as did a few friends and family members scattered all over the country. Every one of them have left T-Mobile due to voice coverage issues. It seemed as though everywhere I went (regardless of the device) I had two bars of service or less. I would not consider Orlando a big city -- it's more of a semi-urban sprawl, so I was disappointed in T-Mobile's coverage. I cannot comment on the data services, but I've heard nothing but good things -- especially about their BIS.

My lil bro lives out on Long Island and his T-Mobile service was painfully bad only a few minutes from the Nassau Queens border, so being near a Borough did not help things out either.

You couldn't pay me to leave Cingular right now even though their prices are high and their customer service agents are bewildered at best. When I reach for my phone, it always seems to work.
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[quote=mrod7280]I am considering switching from Cingular (7280) to T-Mobile (7105t) but have no experience with T-Mobile coverage. I travel all over the country but always fly from one city to the next. Does anyone using T-Mobile have similar travels? If so, how has coverage been? I have been reading this forum along with other sources and there seems to be equal complaints of Cingular and T-Mobile. I have considered staying with Cingular and upgrading to the 7100g but Cingular wants to charge me $199 to do so. My Cingular contract expires next week and I told Cingular I could switch to t-mobile and get new equipment for free. The sales rep at Cingular offered no additional discounts nor did she ask what they could do to keep me as a customer. I have been a Cingular Blackberry user who always pays on time and has no serious complaints about service. I have found several carriers offering the 7105t for free (letstalk.com and wirelessbuy.com) which makes t-mobile more attractive but i know nothing of their coverage. I appreciate any information.


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From what I have seen, heard, read and from personal experience, Verizon has perhaps the best voice coverage and Cingular the best over all voice and data coverage. Take a look at the coverage maps at each wireless site and do your own comparison with where you travel and make your decision based on that. Sprint/Nextel is the worst IMHO. Verizon data with EV-DO is faster but is only in selected cities, however the major ones are connected.

If you also travel overseas, you will need GSM and that means Cingular or T-Moble. I think TMO is the best for international right now, however. My BB worked great inthe Caribbean recently, data worked great on the Royal Caribbean Line as did voice.

I use Cingular as my primary (BB 8700c) and also carry a Verizon cell phone (Motorola E815) just in case. I also have a Verizon EV-DO card for the laptop. Have found Cingular works pretty well just about everywhere I go (US wide) and in the Caribbean.
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T-Mobile is a good carrier (GSM is the way to go) and will have coverage in the major cities. They will not have as big a footprint however. Cingular is getting to the point where their coverage is just about everywhere.

Also Cingular has better data coverage (EDGE) and has launched their version of 3G (HSPDA) in several cities. This won't help the current Blackberry but you can bet they will be first with the next revision.

If I had to leave Cingular, Tmobile would be my choice (great prices and GSM) but I wouldn't do it over paying $199 for a phone.

$199 seems fair to me for a 7100g on a renewal.
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Tmobile has lots of roaming agreements with cingular but they will only go into effect if there is no signal at all, or if you do a manual network selection from the options menu.
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I have better luck in the twin cities on T-mobile than my folks on Cingular. I was recently in Billings Mt. In rural areas you better be near an interstate if you have any form of GSM cingular or T Mobile. I was watching a woman *****ing about service with a cingular nokia while i was placing a call at the airport. That said cingular has a much larger network. If you do extensive travels in the US, only Verizon is the surefire way to go. They are the only network that will provide decent coverage in rural areas. If your and international traveler you need to stick with GSM
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my sincere thanks to everyone who responded to my question. Your fdedback has been very helpful. I have checked tmo coverage in the cities i plan to travel to in '06 and tmo's coverage looks good in all of them. I have until the end of next week to make my final decision but i am leaning towards tmo. If it doesn't work out, at least I'm only stuck for 1 year and not 2. Since my company pays for my blackberry, this is not a matter $199 but as the person in charge of the $ in the company I hate to waste it.

Thanks again to everone and if I indeed go with tmo I will post my experience in this forum.
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