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  1. #1
    SMS
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    T-Mobile's prepaid service has been one of the best prepaid services due
    to their low cost (10 cents per minute) and 1 year expiration (rather
    than 30, 60, 90, or 120 days like most prepaid carriers). But a major
    limitation was the you could not roam onto 800 Mhz prepaid networks when
    outside T-Mobile's limited 1900 Mhz coverage area.

    According to "http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverageprepaidfaq.aspx"
    this situation has now changed, and roaming is available, and at no
    extra cost!

    This makes PagePlus (a Verizon MVNO) and T-Mobile To Go, the two best
    prepaid services in the U.S. in terms of price and coverage. Both are 10
    cents per minute if you buy the largest value card. PagePlus requires
    buying airtime every 120 days, but with T-Mobile To Go you can go a
    whole year once you buy an initial $100 airtime card.

    PagePlus has more coverage because it works on both CDMA and AMPS, but
    you pay a high price per minute when off of Verizon's network. If you go
    out into the boonies, where there is no GSM, then the CDMA/AMPS on
    PagePlus may be a better choice, but for urban and suburban use,
    T-Mobile would be fine.

    If you have teenagers, prepaid is a good way to give them a phone for
    occasional use without spending a fortune per year. But the prepaid
    plans from Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Virgin, etc., are not good values,
    and MetroPCS has very limited coverage and costs $40 per month.



    See More: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.




  2. #2
    (PeteCresswell)
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    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    Per SMS:
    >T-Mobile's prepaid service has been one of the best prepaid services due
    >to their low cost (10 cents per minute) and 1 year expiration


    When the year rolled over for the first time on my two tMobile prepaids, I found
    it was even better than expected.

    These are basically standby/seldom-used phones.

    The first year I paid $100 for 1,000 minutes.

    When the year rolled over, I found that the unused minutes rolled over too - and
    all I had to do was make a minimum additional purchase of something like $10
    worth of minutes per phone..... seems like these two are basically good for the
    foreseeable future at $10/year once the $100 entry fee has been paid.
    --
    PeteCresswell



  3. #3
    George
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    SMS wrote:
    > T-Mobile's prepaid service has been one of the best prepaid services due
    > to their low cost (10 cents per minute) and 1 year expiration (rather
    > than 30, 60, 90, or 120 days like most prepaid carriers). But a major
    > limitation was the you could not roam onto 800 Mhz prepaid networks when
    > outside T-Mobile's limited 1900 Mhz coverage area.
    >
    > According to "http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverageprepaidfaq.aspx"
    > this situation has now changed, and roaming is available, and at no
    > extra cost!
    >
    > This makes PagePlus (a Verizon MVNO) and T-Mobile To Go, the two best
    > prepaid services in the U.S. in terms of price and coverage. Both are 10
    > cents per minute if you buy the largest value card. PagePlus requires
    > buying airtime every 120 days, but with T-Mobile To Go you can go a
    > whole year once you buy an initial $100 airtime card.
    >
    > PagePlus has more coverage because it works on both CDMA and AMPS, but
    > you pay a high price per minute when off of Verizon's network. If you go
    > out into the boonies, where there is no GSM, then the CDMA/AMPS on
    > PagePlus may be a better choice, but for urban and suburban use,
    > T-Mobile would be fine.
    >
    > If you have teenagers, prepaid is a good way to give them a phone for
    > occasional use without spending a fortune per year. But the prepaid
    > plans from Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Virgin, etc., are not good values,
    > and MetroPCS has very limited coverage and costs $40 per month.


    The FAQ on your link says that the prepaid "tmobile to go" doesn't
    include 800 MHz roaming:

    What is 850MHz roaming?
    850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently 850MHz
    roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.



  4. #4
    SMS
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    George wrote:

    > What is 850MHz roaming?
    > 850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    > service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently 850MHz
    > roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.


    Hmm, if this isn't a typo, then I stand corrected. What would be the
    point of 1900 Mhz GSM roaming, as there is so little non-T-Mobile 1900
    Mhz GSM in the first place?



  5. #5
    Mike Schumann
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    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    If you look at NC, it is all Cingular Roaming. There's quite a bit of the
    country where T-Mobile does not have 1900 coverage, and relies on its
    roaming partners.

    Mike Schumann

    "SMS" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected].net...
    > George wrote:
    >
    >> What is 850MHz roaming?
    >> 850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    >> service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently 850MHz
    >> roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.

    >
    > Hmm, if this isn't a typo, then I stand corrected. What would be the point
    > of 1900 Mhz GSM roaming, as there is so little non-T-Mobile 1900 Mhz GSM
    > in the first place?






  6. #6
    George
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    SMS wrote:
    > George wrote:
    >
    >> What is 850MHz roaming?
    >> 850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    >> service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently 850MHz
    >> roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.

    >
    >
    > Hmm, if this isn't a typo, then I stand corrected. What would be the
    > point of 1900 Mhz GSM roaming, as there is so little non-T-Mobile 1900
    > Mhz GSM in the first place?


    Given their small network which means there would be a lot of roaming I
    would imagine they can't afford to offer it to the tmobile to go users.
    I would also imagine they are taking a big financial hit with roaming
    on postpaid.



  7. #7
    SMS
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    George wrote:
    > SMS wrote:
    >> George wrote:
    >>
    >>> What is 850MHz roaming?
    >>> 850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    >>> service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently
    >>> 850MHz roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.

    >>
    >>
    >> Hmm, if this isn't a typo, then I stand corrected. What would be the
    >> point of 1900 Mhz GSM roaming, as there is so little non-T-Mobile 1900
    >> Mhz GSM in the first place?

    >
    > Given their small network which means there would be a lot of roaming I
    > would imagine they can't afford to offer it to the tmobile to go users.
    > I would also imagine they are taking a big financial hit with roaming
    > on postpaid.


    Sorry, this was a mistake by me, there is no 800 Mhz roaming. Scratch
    T-Mobile To Go as a prepaid carrier.

    Stick with PagePlus, a Verizon MVNO. PagePlus uses Verizon's network,
    but allows off-network roaming. You can use any tri-mode CDMA phone, and
    E-911 capable phone is not required.



  8. #8
    Mike Schumann
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    Why scratch T-Mobile To-Go??? If it works where you need it, why not take
    advantage of the best rates available?

    Mike Schumann

    "SMS" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > George wrote:
    >> SMS wrote:
    >>> George wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> What is 850MHz roaming?
    >>>> 850MHz roaming allows T-Mobile postpaid customers to access roaming
    >>>> service in areas that previously were not accessible. Currently 850MHz
    >>>> roaming is not available for T-Mobile To Go customers.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Hmm, if this isn't a typo, then I stand corrected. What would be the
    >>> point of 1900 Mhz GSM roaming, as there is so little non-T-Mobile 1900
    >>> Mhz GSM in the first place?

    >>
    >> Given their small network which means there would be a lot of roaming I
    >> would imagine they can't afford to offer it to the tmobile to go users. I
    >> would also imagine they are taking a big financial hit with roaming on
    >> postpaid.

    >
    > Sorry, this was a mistake by me, there is no 800 Mhz roaming. Scratch
    > T-Mobile To Go as a prepaid carrier.
    >
    > Stick with PagePlus, a Verizon MVNO. PagePlus uses Verizon's network, but
    > allows off-network roaming. You can use any tri-mode CDMA phone, and E-911
    > capable phone is not required.






  9. #9
    SMS
    Guest

    Re: T-Mobile now allows 800 Mhz roaming on their prepaid service.

    Mike Schumann wrote:
    > Why scratch T-Mobile To-Go??? If it works where you need it, why not take
    > advantage of the best rates available?


    The coverage is pretty poor in many places, but if you can live with it,
    then it's a good deal. PagePlus is a better option, if you don't mind
    buying time every four months versus every twelve months.

    For example, my mother got conned into changing from AT&T TDMA to
    Cingular GSM at a Cingular mall kiosk. Her coverage at home was still
    fine, but coverage while traveling to the places she goes most often
    (South Florida to Atlanta (driving) and the SF Bay Area) went way down,
    plus her monthly cost increased by about $15 per month. I warned her
    that with T-Mobile ToGo, her coverage would be even worse than with
    Cingular GSM, including no coverage at my house, or my sister's house in
    Atlanta. But she didn't care. Her biggest concern was not getting a new
    phone (I walked her through unlocking her Nokia phone) and having to
    transfer her phonebook over!



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