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T-Mobile Announces Rollover 4G LTE Data for Uncarrier 8.0

T-Mobile unwrapped Uncarrier 8.0 this morning with the announcement that they will let customers rollover their high-speed 4G LTE data from one month to the next. They are calling it Data Stash, but it’s really just rollover for data. The idea is that you might only use 2GB of your 3GB plan this month, so you should get to keep that extra unused 1GB and use it in the next month. Get it? It’s rolling over to the next month. Well, in T-Mobile’s case, they are allowing you to “stash” it and then use it next month. 

So here is the deal. Starting in January of 2015, Data Stash (data rollover) will be automatically available to new and existing customers who are signed up for a Simple Choice plan of either 3GB or 5GB (also, tablet plans with 1GB or more). To kick start Data Stash, T-Mobile is also banking all customers on these plans with an extra free 10GB of data.

Each month, as you use up the data that you pay for in your plan (the 3GB or 5GB), you will then be kicked over to your Data Stash, assuming you have some left, so that you can continue to use high-speed data. Keep in mind that even though the Data Stash kicks off in January, because T-Mobile has given you 10GB of free Stash, you won’t start banking any extra data until you use up that initial 10GB.

Data in your Data Stash is good for up to a full year.

Here is the fine print from T-Mobile’s website that talks about not banking until your free 10GB is used:

* Data Stash: On-network data from past 12 months carries over to next billing cycle for as long as you maintain qualifying postpaid service. Free 200MB Mobile Internet data and roaming allotments do not carry over. Not combinable with Match Your Data offer; other promotional offers and discounts may also be excluded. Data does not begin carrying over until after free 10GB runs out. Free 10GB: Limited time offer; subject to change. Once per customer. Qualifying service required. Data available beg. 1st full Jan bill cycle; available until 12/31/15. Unused data has no cash value.

All make sense? The basics are this – if you have a 3GB or 5GB Simple Choice plan, you will start banking unused data come January 2015 that can be used in the next month, but only after you use up an initial 10GB Data Stash that T-Mobile is providing you.

Via:  T-Mobile
  • mikeR

    How do you start using the 10gb data stash, rather using my paid data? I use YouTube and netflix and the data is being used from my paid data not the free data.

  • mattzweck

    I switch to t-mobile a couple of years ago so glad.

  • Spencer Walker

    Does this apply to the Tmobile 30 dollar 5 GB plan

  • CapnShiner

    I wonder what AT&T thinks of this. It’s pretty much copying their Rollover idea. They should be pissed off that they didn’t do it first.

  • Turb0wned

    I went back to AT&T during the double data promo after being with tmobile for 2 years. I hope at&t does rollover data next!

  • CCW4ALL

    it’s getting serious up in here

  • Jerry Lovett

    I like how they “train” you to go over your monthly allotment of 3Gb or 5Gb by giving you a free 10Gb that you have to use up before the rollover kicks in. Once the 10Gbs are used up they will have you right where they want you.

    • Eric Jennings

      you’re complaining about free data because they’re trying to “train” you? oh man, you need help dude. You’re the kind of guy that complains about everything I bet and blames everyone else for your problems.

      • Ali Bazzi

        It doesn’t matter what story is posted here. The negative comments come in droves. Then it quickly spirals off into “I hate Big Red” or “Touchwiz sucks”.

  • hfoster52

    Didn’t Carriers used to do that and got rid of it?

    • TravisHannon

      I think I recall them doing this with minutes

      • Scott

        I had this on Cingular.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    git stash t-mobile_data

  • Xiria Seven

    I thought about T-Mo but with my corporate discount with AT&T I get a better deal with Big Blue.

  • vdefender

    This is really awesome. Although I was hoping for something that benefitted me on the unlimited plan.

  • Shawn John

    Time and Time again, TMO sets the standard and is the “People’s Carrier”. They force industry changes, and watch all the other carriers scurry to get a similiar offer, or risk losing customers by the droves. Brilliant!

  • scrub175

    The CEO guy reminds me of the preacher dude that killed Bernie in Weekend at Bernies…

  • pyro74boy .

    This won’t effect me because I’m on T-mobile’s truly unlimited plan with 5GB of hotspot and don’t have to worry about hotspot only having 5GB because I hardly ever use the hotspot feature. But I do see how people without an unlimited data plan will benefit from this. I’m rocking a Note 4 [THE BEST SMARTPHONE 0F 2014]

    • Keith

      Edit: THE BEST SAMSUNG SMART PHONE OF 2014 😉

      • pyro74boy .

        No Edit It’s the best smartphone of 2014 in my opinion and the opinion of many others. It’s also already voted in as having the best display vs everything else that’s out at this time right now.

        • M3D1T8R

          And the worst speaker of any 2014 flagship. And still Samsung’s obsolete buttons. Too bad, otherwise that Dev Edition Verizon Note 4 might have won me over with its awesome display and good battery life.
          Hopefully next year they’ll finally fix those two problems. If they do, Samsung just might win me back (had a preordered 32GB S3 which was mostly great but soon ditched Samsung due to their awful buttons).

          • pyro74boy .

            Now even I will admit that Samsung speakers are not anywhere near as good as say something like boom sound from HTC but you are still the very first person that I have heard claim this about Samsung smartphone having bad speakers but to each their own. I would understand much more if you wanted to leave Sammy because of touchwiz, LOL I was dead set on buying the LG G3 but after using it and comparing it to the Note 4 side by side these two phones are words apart in my opinion. Let’s also not forget who the real bad guy is here that would be Apple and the most overrated phone of all time the iphone that is full of all kinds of misleading hype. So as long as we are arguing over what Android phone is best and knowing that the Android robot is here to save us from the bad nasty Apple I will not lose any sleep. LOL

    • JoshGroff

      I’m rocking the 3, that price discount they had the week before black Friday was awesome.

  • punkroyale

    T-mo is really killing it with their aggressive marketing and pricing–I love it. The other carriers must be very annoyed. Can wait to see what they do next!

  • KonnivingKiwi

    Someone needs to create the award for ‘Most Consumer Friendly Carrier’ and give it T-Mobile. True, coverage is not as good as ATT/VZW, but they are head and shoulders above them when it comes to plans/features/cost. Bravo T-Mobile you keep being awesome. FYI: I have ATT.

    • Defenestratus

      This is why the FCC/SEC should never let T-mo get acquired.

  • JSo

    I couldn’t have a 3 or 5 GB plan. I’m already at 6 GB this month and I don’t even know how. Especially since they started to not count Google Music towards your data. I hardly ever download or stream any video.

    • jimt

      Maybe you should try to use some wifi when available.

      • JSo

        The only place I have WiFi is at home. I have unlimited data so it’s not a big deal. I’m just wondering what’s causing it. But that’s why I can’t have a 3 or 5 GB data plan.

  • Matt

    So they give you free 10GB and get you used to using over your plan amount because “I’ve gotta use that free 10GB”, then when it runs out you get an overage and never actually rollover anything because suddenly you need a bigger plan…..

    EDIT: I’ll keep my unlimited…

    • Adam Barrett

      I personally would never have roll over… I use every last bit. Usually within half a month… but I can’t stomach the $80/mo for unlimited (currently paying $45/mo on Tmo backed Net10).

      • Jeremy Turnley

        If you can get a buddy to split the cost, you can go to two lines of unlimited for $100. Best deal out there if you use a lot of data.

      • Spencer Walker

        How about cricket wireless 55 bucks a month for 10gbs or 45 bucks for 3gb

    • jimt

      At least an overage doesn’t cost you any money, it just slows your data.

    • meliaant

      no, when the 10GB runs out then you begin building up your rollover data…

      • Matt

        You can’t build up any rollover of you’ve already gone over your plan amount

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Which unlimited? The one of the legacy ones where they throttle you before the point where you would run out of data on a current plan of the same price, or the one that only costs slightly more and you don’t need this feature?

      • Matt

        Oh, yeah, that was kind of a throwaway comment… I’m still on VZW unlimited data, which is looking less appealing with the new T-Mo unlimited plan…. but that Network tho.

        • jimt

          What new Tmo plan? The 2 lines for $100 Unlimited or the $80 for one line which isn’t new.

          • Matt

            2 lines for $100…

          • jimt

            Yes, that really is a deal. I would do that except my wife has a Moto G so LTE doesn’t do anything for her. She has the 3 gig (cheapest plan) oddly enough for that phone she has Unlimited everything with the cheapest plan. I found that an interesting point because she cannot use the 3 gig of data she pays for each month at all.

  • ThePanduuh

    So I have the 5GB 100 minute unlimited text $30 “Walmart plan”. I have it for the data. Does rollover still apply? It’d be cool to have like 6 GB of data when I don’t use it all.

    • Adam Barrett

      It has to be their Simple Choice plan (so no, Walmart Plan wouldn’t work)

      What customer plans are eligible for Data Stash?
      Simple Choice customer paying for extra 4G LTE data
      Voice customers: 3GB‐21GB of 4GLTE data
      Mobile Internet Plans of 1GB – 21GB data
      Hearing and Impaired Data‐Only Plans of 1GB‐21GB
      Simple Choice No Credit Check, 3GB – 21GB of 4G LTE data

    • Spencer Walker

      There faq look at last question they state there looking into adding prepaid so maybe

  • schoat333

    Meh. Just make it 100% unlimited, and quit the gimmicks.

    • Adam Barrett

      Totally agree, or at least make the unlimited a reasonable price. $80/mo is insane. Get rid of the 5GB/mo plan and make it Unlimited. Is their unlimited for $80/mo truly unlimited, or is it capped and throttled?

      • JSo

        $80 for unlimited everything is better than a little over $100 I was paying at Verizon. It’s not a huge difference but I switched for the Nexus 5. lol

        • That extra $20 is for the coverage 😉

          • jimt

            The coverage is on the way, beware!

          • Lol. All you Tmo fanboys sound like Mets fans with all that “wait till next year” talk. 😉

          • jimt

            I’m fine with the coverage myself, yes more would be better. We will see what a year brings when the 700 mhz spectrum is put to use. Tmo hasn’t let me down yet in what they say they are going to do. I think it would be funny if Verizon ended up with less than Tmo.

      • jimt

        Yes, it is truly unlimited except if you use p2p such as frostwire.

        • Mike

          Frostwire isn’t P2P, Bittorrentesque programs on the other hand are.

          • jimt

            FrostWire is an open source Peer-to-Peer (P2P) application based on the Gnutella network, and is a popular alternative to the now defunct Limewire.

          • jimt

            FrostWire is an open source Peer-to-Peer (P2P) application based on the Gnutella network, and is a popular alternative to the now defunct Limewire.

  • Daniel Richardson

    this would be great, if for some reason it pushed verizon to do the same.. but this probably wishful thinking..

  • Droid Ronin

    Sounds like T-Mobile is taking a page out of AT&T’s “rollover minutes” playbook from years ago.

    • Daniel Richardson

      ahh.. Rollover Minutes.. I remember those fondly from my days as a Cingular Sales Rep..

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      Exactly what I was thinking. It’s smart though.

    • I think that’s when they were going under the “Cingular” alias for a while 🙂

  • argeebee99

    Really wish they had better coverage. That’s the only reason why I haven’t switched from VZW.

    • Godzilla

      they improve yearly, just keep your eye on it i guess

      • Nate Webb

        This is what I’m doing.

      • MichaelFranz

        agreed. i’d be willing to do a test drive, but not with an iPhone. I’d want a nexus 6 and a 14 day test drive. while 7 days may be ok, 14 will be long enough for me to do some traveling to places i frequent and give me a better understanding if its worth it for me or not.

        • Adam Barrett

          I completely agree with the non-iPhone part… but 14-days with a phone… really the point is they want to show you that your everyday is covered perfectly by the phone. Not that you can go to Bozeman, MT and never lose your coverage, no matter how many tunnels, or mountains you traverse.

          • Steve Ciszewski

            Ha, I used to live in Bozeman, not too often you hear of Bozeman.

          • Aaron C

            I flew into Bozeman when we visited Yellowstone for a week. God it was beautiful….

        • jimt

          I think you can take the sim out of the iphone and put it into the Nexus 6 you buy, if you can ever buy a Nexus 6, that is. I have been trying since day one with no luck.

    • SA_NYC

      Anyone on here have comments on T-Mo’s coverage in New York City (Manhattan), versus Verizon?

      • Andrew Klinger

        I was just in the city this past weekend for a trip. My personal is a LG G3 on TMo and my work is a Galaxy S4 on VZW. They were equal as far as 4g signal strength. Both had latencies from the Santa bash and the marches. My TMo even held a 4g signal on the 2nd floor of ToysRUs in Time’s Square.

        • SA_NYC

          Thanks. How strong was your signal?

      • SDotNYC

        you should have NO problem with T-Mo in NYC.. I go between NYC and Long Island often and I don’t have a problem with either. Even inside my house where I had an issue with vzw getting even just 1x I’m able to get 4G with T-Mo..

        • DanSan

          Yea you shouldnt have a problem at all, that place is glowing it probably has so much coverage. I use to live on long island and coverage was almost everywhere. friend of mine use to bust my chops because sometimes his t-mobile speeds were faster than my verizon speeds.

          • Aaron C

            Even before T-Mo rolled out LTE here, their HSPA was faster than Verizon’s LTE. Ya, it’s all glowing pink here, I assure you.

          • SA_NYC

            OK thank you.

          • SA_NYC

            Thank you.

        • SA_NYC

          Thanks.

    • PoisonApple31

      Gotta love the 2G Service Partner coverage!

    • Jon

      You may want to check again on that. T-Mobile network has improved drastically. It may be that you can get great coverage now. When was the last time you checked their service in your area?

      • Mike

        I know I personally tried it a couple months ago around Pittsburgh and while being able to get moderately decent data around the city, everything even just 10 miles outside was basically 2G or nothing. Even Sprint has better coverage here than T-Mobile does.

    • DanSan

      you, me and tons of others here all in the same boat. For me the thing that happens first will make me switch, either T-Mobile coverage gets better or Verizon takes my unlimited data. Sign up for new service, port my numbers and at the same time issue new numbers to my verizon account. sell the 2 unlimited data plans through AoL and profit.

  • jerflash

    I really like what Tmo is doing but in reality there network does not hold up. They can talk all they want but its just not there yet. Big city sure its awesome with crazy speeds but outside the city it nothing but edge. unless you are the kind of person who never travels and uses your cellphone as your only internet source and tether the crap out of it then Tmo still does not make sense over Cricket. 8mb capped speeds on Cricket is more then enough for me as a tech junkie…and it works in way more places. I recommended it to everyone

    • Godzilla

      Maybe in your area, in my area, outside the city is mostly HSPA+

      • jerflash

        yes im in nyc and Tmo worked well for me even in the suburbs for the most part but i really dont like the idea of if i go on a road trip or even just upstate ny i have zero service. I will totally back Tmo as soon as they spend the money where they really need to…on towers. Yes he did say they will refarm edge but much of the edge you see is roaming still

        • Godzilla

          most rural places i drive to and on road trips offer LTE along major highways or at least HSPA+. Yeah i do see the dreaded E once in a while.

        • TSON1

          That is where their money is going. They’ve gone from 0 people covered by LTE to like 270 million POPs in 2 years. He also said all EDGE will be LTE by mid next year.

        • SA_NYC

          You’re in NYC? Manhattan? I’m wondering about the Tmo coverage here, specifically versus VZW.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            All GSM carriers have issues in NYC (and other big cities) because of the canyon effect from the buildings – this includes Verizon and Sprint now that they have gone to LTE. It’s going to vary a lot based on where you are vs the tower locations. 700MHz has better object penetration and will help, but it’s still only in a few areas and on a few phones.

          • SA_NYC

            Thanks.

    • Defenestratus

      In my area of BFE Alabama I get great T-mo coverage, but I know what you’re saying – when I go home to Maryland of all places, I get stuck on edge. This is why I have a dinky prepaid Cricket nanoSim in my wallet that I can pop in when I need to get data when I’m in the rural places – but half of the time when I do the switch, I still don’t have any data on cricket…

    • Aaron C

      I’m the type who rarely travels (as you say) and in my case, my speeds with Cricket in my day-to-day work and home travels were about .5 down and .2 up. It was awful. So was their customer service. If they have horrible speeds where I work and live,…

  • Godzilla

    By the way, he did say all EDGE will be refarmed into LTE by mid next year. Awesome

  • Godzilla

    Im gonna build up about 10 gigs and then have one hell of a fun pornhub watching night.

    • Scott

      LOL

    • tomn1ce

      you could do that with the 10GB they’ll give you in January….

    • Dr_Buttballs

      You touch yourself a lot don’t ya?

      • Godzilla

        no actually my wife does it while we watch the porn together

        • Dr_Buttballs

          Sure sure

  • T S

    if you have t-mobile coverage where you live and where you travel to, then i don’t see how you can beat this carrier. hopefully this gets more customers on board so they can expand their coverage.

    • Godzilla

      yup exactly. If i go camping and dont have signal, just buy a 20 dollar verizon flip phone pay as you go if you need emergency contact

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Nice. I am on a 3GB plan so I can tether my work laptop in case the power goes out, so I don’t actually use much. This should work nicely for me, although I need to burn through that 10GB initially to get the most of it. Time for some Netflix streaming!

  • Godzilla

    I have the 3GB but only use 1GB per month cuz im on wifi so much. This is awesome

  • Maxim∑

    ah if it was with the pre-paid $30 plan that would have been perfect. Still great though, I’m sure by uncarrier 15 we will all just get free unlimited data

    • Spencer Walker

      If you look there faq they say there looking into adding prepaid in the future so maybe

  • BillyGardiner

    I wonder if the 4 lines for $100 with 2.5GB each qualifies for this promotion. Anyone have any fine print that says one way or the other?

    • Jeremy Turnley

      You have to have 3GB or 5GB plans to take advantage of it, so no.

      • BillyGardiner

        Yep. Just looked on T-Mobile and they make you choose the 4.5GB or 5GB plans to take advantage.

    • TS50

      Could be wrong but fairly certain anyone who had 2.5gb was bumped to 3gb. So it should qualify. Call customer care.

      • BillyGardiner

        That was on an individual line basis. The 4 line plan keeps you at 2.5GB so does not qualify. Oh well…

        • TSON1

          If you pay the extra 10 dollars for the data upgrade per line you’ll be eligible.

          • BillyGardiner

            Yeah. I’ll have to try and decide if it’s worth the 120/year.

  • jhjr24

    Sweet more data for MEEE!!

  • leetusername

    I switched from Verizon to T-mobile, and even with less coverage I am more happy.

    • Justin Foster

      That more less coverage argument depends on where you live in the country really lol. I have coverage where some of my verizon friends don’t

      • TSY87

        When VZW kicks me off unlimited data, I’m jumping to T-Mobile.

        • Keith

          This. Well… T-Mo or AT&T.

          But what about Sprint? LMAO, yeah…

          • Jeremy Turnley

            The soon-to-be-last-place carrier need not be mentioned. 🙂

          • Keith

            If T-Mo is the un-carrier, Sprint will soon be the non-carrier.

          • sgtguthrie

            Sprint wouldn’t be bad if they’d just work on their data coverage, and keep a plan for more than 4 months. I’m getting screwed with their “Framily plan”. The amount of discount is based on the number of people in your Framily. Problem it, now that they don’t offer the plan anymore, they won’t allow you to add anyone unless you’re adding a line to your account. Basically, as people leave the framily the price rises by $5 each line! Sprint can go shove their “unlimited data” (it’s really limited by bandwidth) where the sun doesn’t shine!

        • Same. I can’t bite the bullet to switch right now, paying $69.99 for 450 minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited data, combined with my 15% discount I only pay $60/mo. on Verizon. $20 cheaper than T-Mobile, but once they get rid of my unlimited data I’m switching.

          • scoderp

            I sold my unlimited VZW plan for $600 2 weeks ago. I was paying $80 at Verizon, now $80 at T-Mo for unlimited everything. Just giving you a heads up that assumption of liabilities still work (despite Verizon’s press release in November) through sub-accounts.

          • Picaso86

            We are on the same boat, but I have 900 Minutes plus 5 numbers (on any network) to talk for free.

          • D Duffy

            how did you manage that? I hve the same plan with discounts and I’ve been paying $85/month for at least 5 years now.

          • Back in 2011 I believe, they had a not-advertised promo for “Talk, Text, and Data for $69.99”, but you had to qualify to get it. It took me 5 phone calls to Verizon and asking for the manager to get them to give it to me.

          • sgtguthrie

            It was a 20 dollar discount on your unlimited data. I had it too, but when you loose your unlimited data, you lose the discount too.

          • How did you lose unlimited data?

          • Aaron C

            That plan was the only reason I kept Verizon for so long. After a year with T-Mobile, I can safely say I should have left even sooner!

        • LionStone

          They’re doing it already for me with their dwindling data speeds… This may be my last month with VZW.

          • Daniel Marcus

            I work near a mall. T-Mobile pulls around 20/10, Verizon pulls about .2/.05. Both services claim strong 4G signals in the area. That was enough to make me want to jump ship from the Red Carrier.

          • Aaron C

            By the time I left Verizon last year, in my area T-Mo HSPA+ was faster than Verizon LTE. I never would have believed that if I hadn’t seen it myself.

    • ultravisitor

      I considered T-Mobile, but I stayed with Verizon. I pay less than I would for an equivalent plan with T-Mobile and have far better service, as well as a subsidized phone.

      • Suicide_Note

        You’re still paying for the full cost of the phone, just spread out over the length of your contract instead of all up front.

      • Pitahson

        Good, then stay there and that’s it. Nothing to it. At the end, if you’re happy, that’s what matters

        • ultravisitor

          Right.

      • BillyGardiner

        I’d like to know how you are paying less for the same T-Mobile plan unless you still have unlimited data with Verizon. Even then it seems impossible to have your plan be cheaper than T-Mobile. and as @Suicide_Note:disqus said, you continue to pay your monthly phone subsidy cost even after the full retail of the phone has been paid.

        • ultravisitor

          My plan: $60 for 2GB data, unlimited voice, unlimited text, and subsidized phone. That’s Verizon’s loyalty plan.

          Sure, on T-Mobile it’d be 2.5GB of data along with unlimited voice and unlimited text, but the plan is about the same. I’ll give up the .5GB for coverage I have with Verizon.

          And yeah, after my contract is up, I will still be paying a subsidy…but I’ll renew and get a new phone at that point, so I fail to see the problem.

          • BillyGardiner

            That’s a pretty good plan. I can see why you would stay with Verizon if you are on an individual plan. That being said, with the new Uncarrier 8.0 announcement and depending on how much data you actually use, you would possibly get far more data with T-mobile.

          • ultravisitor

            Yeah, this new promotion of T-Mobile’s is pretty attractive. I’m not too concerned with needing data, though; it’s coverage that is my concern.

            I travel to and through places where T-Mobile doesn’t have coverage at all. As a result, T-Mobile is not an option. I doubt I’d care how much money I was saving or how much data I was needing or using if I were to find myself in an emergency situation and not have coverage because I was with T-Mobile.

          • Guest

            True emergency situations (where 911 is required) roaming is free. Regardless of carrier.

          • jimt

            I would guess that a gsm phone may not roam to a cdma network. If the radios are not there it is not going to happen, but yes I agree if any signal is around that the phone can use it will with 911.

          • Jon

            What I have found traveling in the desert from Los Angeles through parts of Nevada and Arizona is that you actually maintain phone service for most of the trip, what you loose on T-Mobile is data. But who seriously expects to have a data connection traveling in the middle of nowhere? Making a phone call though for emergencies would not be a problem.

            T-Mobile network has drastically improved over the years and it still gets some lagging criticisms that haven’t quite caught up with the reality that it is a much different and far better carrier than it was 5 years ago, and that for a strong majority of people, T-Mobile coverage works out just fine when it comes to coverage. There will always be those that live way outside of population centers in the vastness of the US that won’t get great coverage.

          • jimt

            Also as to coverage, if you check a world coverage map I bet Tmo would beat the other two with the free coverage in over 200 countries. How much coverage do you get with the big two for free around the world?

          • CapnShiner

            What percentage of Americans do you think care about international coverage?

          • jimt

            I used it in canada , it worked. I would guess mexico is another place people might go. But there are those that travel to europe, etc.

          • CapnShiner

            I meant overseas. I think some carriers include Canada and/or Mexico in the normal coverage, without charging international roaming rates.

          • jimt

            Which carriers would that be, not Verizon, maybe at&t, I doubt it. Why do you suppose Tmo is doing it in over 200 countries, answer, the others are not.

          • CapnShiner

            That wasn’t my point. I don’t think very many people(from the US) travel overseas often enough for global roaming coverage to be a deciding factor. There is also the option of buying a prepaid SIM from a local carrier in whichever country, which may end up being cheaper. I just don’t think many people care about global roaming.

          • jimt

            You miss the point, free is better than buying a sim in whatever country. I had to pay big bucks to verizon from mexico, and Belize, and the Cayman Islands when I went scuba diving. And like I said I was just in Canada and it worked for free, I didn’t have to buy anything. Yes it is a perk not a game changer. Who said it was a deciding factor. No it is the mark of a company that wants my business, that’s all.

            Disqus Home
            , that’s all.

          • CapnShiner

            It’s a nice perk, yes. Free is certainly cheaper than buying a SIM. But for people who are already paying less with their current carrier than if they switch to T-Mobile, the overall cost of buying a prepaid SIM might be less than switching to T-Mobile or paying whatever their current carrier charges for global roaming. I’m not saying you’re wrong, you have a valid point. I’m just saying that I don’t think many people care as much as you do.

          • jimt

            I pay $120 for 3 lines, I assume you have Verizon unlimited that I just dumped a year ago. So far I have saved $1200 since I left in December. So how much do you save with your Verizon.

          • CapnShiner

            I never said I’m saving on Verizon over T-Mobile. I never said I was referring to myself(I wasn’t). But I’ve been on a contract the past two years, so it’s not like I could have switched. When I renewed my contract, T-Mobile didn’t have the plans they have now. I’m on a single line plan, as well. I think I would probably pay a little bit less on T-Mobile and I really am tempted to switch if I can get a Nexus 6, but I don’t know if I want to give up the excellent coverage I get from Verizon where I live.

          • sgtguthrie

            Ya, switched to sprint and that was an effin mistake. Now I have to choose, switch to t-mobile and loose all coverage in northern Michigan, or go back to VZW and deal with locked bootloaders, and All the other quarks, with no unlimited data 😐

          • sgtguthrie

            I don’t care about the rest of the world. I can’t carry a gun in other countries, so have no desire to go there 😉

          • ultravisitor

            I assure you that in the midwest, there are plenty of places where T-Mobile literally has zero coverage. Even making a phone call would not be possible. That includes stretches of major highways.

          • sgtguthrie

            Add northern Michigan to that list. The upper half of the lower Peninsula has no T-mobile coverage.

          • Aaron C

            Then I guess it’s the same with AT&T? When I was in NH the tower-sharing agreement was what let me make phone calls (no data though).

          • CapnShiner

            Most US highways have coverage, at least on Verizon, for data. I don’t know about other carriers because I’ve never had a smartphone on any other carrier. Some of it may still be 3G but that’s good enough when you’re on the road. I think streaming music in the car is pretty damn common and that requires a data connection.

          • Curtis

            “But who seriously expects to have a data connection traveling in the middle of nowhere?”

            Verizon customers!

          • Aaron C

            Same thing in northern NH. You can do phone and text, it’s just that data becomes useless. Very frustrating when you’re using Waze and such, but otherwise at least you can make a call now. A few years ago we couldn’t even make a call on Verizon where we vacation. If T-Mo is a couple years behind Verizon on data, I can live with that because I like what they’re doing to shake up the industry. Essentially, I’m happy to give them my money each month and I NEVER felt that way about Big Red, even with the coverage.

          • Check the fine print the Loyalty Plan is only good for 12 months then you have to choose a new plan. You could talk your way into an extension but 12 months is the actual limit.

          • dontworryaboutit

            No you don’t, the fine print states that you have to be with the company for another year but nothing about changing your plan.

          • I am not magically making up terms and conditions, look at the top of your bill (if you have the loyalty plan) and it explicitly states 1yr. In addition 2 coworkers, and my Mom were on this plan and it expired after 12 months. Like I stated earlier it is possible to talk your way into an extension. So mileage may vary.

          • LaFave07

            Proof? Never heard of this before. They’re not going to make you change your plan mid contract.

          • Alex Niehaus

            I get 10gb data, unlimited talk and text, and have 2 subsidized phones (mine was $100(m8), wife’s was $0(G2)) for $144 a month on vzw. Tough to beat IMO.

          • BK

            TMO just change their family plans. I changed mine earlier this week. So with 2 phones, unlimited LTE on both with 5 GB of hotspot data, unlimited talk and text, with both of us paying around $20 a piece for our phones, comes to about $156 a month. And my speed in Indianapolis is faster with T-Mobile than it was when I had Verizon.

          • Alex Niehaus

            Still $10 more and we haven’t gone over 10gb yet. We both use our phones to surf the Web, stream music occasionally and use social apps, so the speed doesn’t really matter for that.

            If it was significantly cheaper I’d have switched a few months ago, but for a little more data it was only $11 cheaper at the time for tmo and wasn’t worth me switching.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            On T-Mo, you can get two unlimited lines (data/text/voice) and do the EIP for your phones for about that price. $100 for the plan, $23/mo for the M8 (without the $100), $24/mo for a G3. They throw in a free high end router, too.

          • Alex Niehaus

            I mean that’s my point exactly, I meant to say earlier that I almost switched but for almost the exact same price it’s not worth me switching.

        • BeRoyalKC

          As far as the subsidy goes, after your contract is up, Verizon knocks off $15 or so (can’t remember the exact number) until you renew your contract and get a new phone. So you’re partially right.

          • BillyGardiner

            Isn’t this only under the Verizon EDGE program and doesn’t apply to a standard account?

          • BeRoyalKC

            If you’re on Edge they knock off $15 or $25 per month from your line fee depending on your data plan. On the More Everything plan, it’s full price until your contract expires and then they knock of $15 or so for the line that’s out of contract until you upgrade. I’m on Edge and my wife is on the More Everything plan so that’s the only reason I know.

          • aptech

            No, as long as you are out of contract, you can get the discount. You have to set it up yourself, otherwise you will just keep paying the $40 per line.

          • CapnShiner

            Please explain how to do this. I’m about to be off contract and I still have a plan with unlimited data. I want to keep it as long as I can, so I can’t use a subsidy. If I can’t use it, I’d rather not pay for it.

    • pyro74boy .

      I just did the same exact thing. I went with T-mobile’s truly unlimited plan and am paying less for more and have never been more happy.

    • jimt

      I have already saved $1200 after switching last December with 3 lines. And the dollars keep piling into my bank account. Love it and the coverage is fine for me. The speed is 4 times what I got when I was on Verizon.

      • leetusername

        I agree on the speed front, AMAZING rates.

    • creed

      Unlimited data makes me happy.

  • truth

    t-mobile can give away whatever they want. until you don’t need to play the “service search game”, I will never switch.

    • TSON1

      Try their test drive program. I have better coverage (outside of in big buildings where I primarily use WiFi texting/calling) and faster speeds in Metro Detroit than I had with Verizon.