T-Mobile Finally Inks Deal to Sell iPhones. Launches 4G LTE Network

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Opm2

I refuse the support these colluding monopolies. I bought a $20 pre-paid phone and a tablet. You'd be surprised how easy it is to find an unpassworded wifi in most towns.

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vrmlbasic

I don't trust my data on such a network.

Is it a smartphone? Because there is no life without a smartphone. Does not exist. The neanderthal mocks the simplicity of he who lacks a smartphone.

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Spiral01

Maybe I missed it but if i'm not under contract, what happens in six months when I realize their crappy service and want to move on. Would I have to pay the difference for the phone? One would assume yes but if it's not written then it's not true.

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vrmlbasic

So 80 bucks a month (100 if the phone is financed) for unlimited 4g via iPhone5?

Do the non-unlimited data plans retain the hyped "always unlimited, but if you go over X/month we'll throttle your speed" feature?

I'm not sure T-Mobile is quite up on things: they've listed Baltimore as being a major metropolitan area. I wonder where they define the DC area to end and the B'more area to being? According to a recent propaganda bit, Baltimore is the 3rd world, an honorary part of the "global south".

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eastbayrae

Baltimore is two cities in one: inner harbor and the toilet that is not the inner harbor.

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vrmlbasic

I'd say that the inner harbor itself, the water, isn't much different from a toilet. I'm not sure if the land part of the inner harbor is much better TBH, with such features as the nigh-bankrupt, poorly constructed (as the downpour last summer showed),city-built (since Hilton wouldn't) Baltimore Hilton, site of a shooting right after an Otakon a few years back.

Given how often a water main bursts and floods the streets, I'm thinking that any part of the city can become a toilet at the drop of a hat lol.

I'm convinced that Baltimore is undergoing the reverse of gentrification...

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eastbayrae

Wow, it sounds like it fell off then. I lived in Arlington, VA up until '02 and hit up the Harbor/Fells Point area a few times.

Paul, you should add in a link where the T-Mobile CEO blasts the cell industry for raping their customers for years.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

The City that Bleeds has been falling off for many, many years now. As a Baltimore native, it's incredibly sad to see what a mess that whole State has become. Whether it's the crime, the taxes, the traffic, or urban sprawl, there are a million reasons not to live there anymore.

I know the people of south central PA are really appreciating the urban sprawl as disaffected Marylanders are pouring into the state for the "lower" cost of living and subsequently are bringing all of their problems with them. It won't be long until there's a third major city between Philly and Pittsburgh called Little Baltimore that will be fed by the light rail like they did in Hunt Valley.

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vrmlbasic

If it is fed by light rail it'll take a day and a half to get there; it has taken me 3 hours to ride the entire length of the light rail before lol. US train travel fails as a general statement, but Baltimore's takes it to new lows.

Harrisburg and York don't count as major PA cities already? Also, with B'More at 600,000 people and falling, I'd think that the PA city would become B'more and Baltimore itself would be renamed L'il B'More if enough ppl emigrated to PA.

Fells Point is still somewhat civilized, as is Harborplace, but with the possible exception of the 2 stadiums, if you're west of Howard St (separates the Hilton from the convention center, parallels light rail) or north of Pratt street it's pretty crappy. There are some diamonds in the rough, sure, but they're few and far between.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

It takes 3 hours to ride the length of the light rail because they have to keep cleaning up the mess after they smash into BWI.

Harrisburg and ESPECIALLY York are shit stains in PA's underwear since they're both broke and a joke as far as anyone else in the rest of the world is concerned. York County as a whole only has 250,000 people and their joke of a city is becoming just as deserted as Baltimore. However the trailers are getting cheaper outside of the city and no one can afford to live inside the city since the taxes have shot through the roof to pay for the city government's ridiculous downtown revival initiative. The biggest influx is in the Shrewsbury/Stewartstown area since they're closest to the Mason-Dixon. I haven't checked H'Burgs population levels recently but I do know at last glance they're falling drastically since all of the jobs have moved out of the city. From what I hear, Lancaster is becoming the new hotness since the crime skyrocketed in both York and Harrisburg in the past couple of years.

The last time I was in Harborplace, I watched a guy get mugged in front of me. I have absolutely no desire to enter Baltimore unless I'm riding in a tank since that's the only way I could ever feel safe there anymore. There's a 150 mile radius that has Baltimore as the epicenter which can now be considered America's butthole. It took a lot of years to take that distinction away from New Jersey but somehow they made it happen.

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Engelsstaub

I'm lucky to live where I do. I have a concealed carry permit but hardly ever actually carry. If I lived in a place like this (and I know you're not bullshitting or exaggerating) I'd be armed daily with a spare magazine to boot.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

I knew of certain people, not saying I'm one of them, that would carry illegally in Baltimore (since it's frankly impossible to get a carry permit in MD) because they feared for their lives on a daily basis. Each one of them would carry at least two spare mags because if it's gang violence, you could be fighting off more than one or two people.

I also have my concealed carry permit but I also now live in a state that permits open carry. However, I can't tell you the last time I actually carried since I've never felt the need to do it for safety reasons where I live now.

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tony2tonez

Im working on the 4g/LTE project in NY Metro area right now. So more tmobile users should start seeing the 4g. Also Tmobile didnt have the iphone til now because it didnt have the frequency for it to work on til recently.

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Goolashe

No, they didn't have it mainly because of how much it would have cost them on the back-end after being subsidized. The iPhone on sprint really hit them hard when they took it on.

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tony2tonez

We are right on both accounts. T-Mobile did not have the network for the iPhone.

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Hey.That_Dude

HERE HERE T-Mobile... now start rolling out that LTE in my area! OH, and if you could stick that LTE on a LOWER frequency, that'd be great!

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Engelsstaub

I would rather pay $579 upfront for a good smartphone than get locked into some contract that is twice as much per month than pre-paid.

...but that's just me. Maybe some people think paying $90 or more per month (instead of the 40 I pay for the same thing NOT locked into a two-year contract) is a fantastic deal. "Wow, I can't believe you paid that much for your phone! Are you nuts?" Me: "No, YOU are...and very bad at math as well."

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mh15216

I got T-Mobile and my service is fantastic, no call drops 4G a bit spotty but only in dumb areas I shouldn't be using it anyways. Customer service is remarkable, and they've sent me a post card labeled "random act of kindness, this month because we appreciate you as a customer we'll pick up your phone bill." It was already paid that month, so I called in and they credited the following month and thanked me personally over the phone for being a customer.

"Special Service department" is for anyone having issues that has been with T-Mobile longer than 2 years and it's like a platinum customer service plan where you truly ARE always right. I can trade my phone in, and upgrade to the newest smart phone with the best features every 12 months and pay nothing but my continued 20/mo. and a freshh 100 dollar deposit.

You should check T-Mobile out they are truly an amazing company. I've said goodbye to Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Cricket Wireless for this service and haven't missed them one bit. I didn't like paying 600 up front for a mediocre phone, and then paying for it again if I broke it. 2 phones a year on prepaid costs the same as my stuff, and that doesn't even include your actual cost monthly to use the services.

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Engelsstaub

I'm using Virgin Mobile right now...not bad IMO. I may look into T-Mobile soon though based on your recommendation and availability in my area.

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