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So i'm seriously considering ditching sprint and trying a different company. My internet speed is just pathetic and I cant even stream my sirius app without it cutting out after a song or 2 because its trying to find a connection. Im getting about .5k for download and .1 for upload on 3g. On 4g I have problems until I get out of the 4g range. I dont make a lot of calls so not worried about minutes, just want to have decent speed at a good price. After some research I am leaning towards t-mobile as in every article they always show over 2mb for 3g for chicagoland. What are you personal opinions for those of you who have have been with multiple companies and can do some comparing?

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I have Tmobile and at work where the signal is weak I'm getting 1.2 down and .5 up on Vibrant S. (3g). Outside of Chicago area I'm happy if I can read my email
At BHF, I'm lucky if i can send a text ... after few attempts

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I have Tmobile and at work where the signal is weak I'm getting 1.2 down and .5 up on Vibrant S. (3g). Outside of Chicago area I'm happy if I can read my email
At BHF, I'm lucky if i can send a text ... after few attempts
Your more then double my speed lol.

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if you want tmobile prices lemme know. we're running a campaign for them at work and i can get you free activation ($35 off), up to $150 in reimbursed cancellation fees from sprint (or any carrier for that matter), no taxes on devices, and usually about $50 off the online device prices. the only catch is that we only work with businesses so i gotta have it shipped to you at work.

i also know a couple sneaky ways to get you a minimum of 10% of your monthly bill.

my tmobile galaxy S is on the way and i can't wait to finally drop sprint. horrible internet speeds and dropped calls all the time.

tmo also has wifi calling on the newer phones. it's pretty awesome at work in office buildings where no one can manage to get a signal. a lot of people that live 20-30 miles outside of champaign use it in their homes bc there's no signal from anyone out there. verizon works sometimes.

if you just want an individual plan and own your own business, i can get ya a pretty sick little deal too... including unlimited 4G data - none of that throttled back stuff when you hit 2gb/5gb/10gb. 70 buckaroos.

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Ryan, i switched from a sprint laptop card (speed sucked big time and was paying close to 75./mo) to verizon with their 4g lte mifi portable wireless router.

they were running a special, 19.99 for the unit, waived the activation fee, and best of all its 51.99/mo.

i could do a lot with 25/mo savings.


speed is MUCH faster, no buffering, pages load up much quicker.

i have the 5gb plan though (only use half of that each month)

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If you use 5 or less GB a month go to Verizon, get a Thunderbolt root it and use it as a hotspot. If more I would suggest Sprint and root it again with a hot spot they have unlimited.
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Sprint's 3G data speeds have been suffering since the release of the iPhone.

While I'm still fairly loyal to Sprint, LTE is the undeniable way of the future. And the only carrier with a solid LTE network is Verizon.
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with my 3g tmo phone I hit around 2-6mb on average with my wifes SG2 she gets around 12-16mb.

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I love the reliability of sprint but its just become so slow I can't even stream Sirius or Pandora radio anymore and that's my big deal for getting a smartphone. I don't download and I use the internet everyday but nothing crazy. I'm probly around 3gb a month for usage. I just want good speed so I can stream my music without interruption and do whatever else I normally do.

I know sprint is planning the 4glte but that's still gonna be another 2 years out before its readily available and had some bugs worked out. I can always switch back at s later time if they improve enough.

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Are you aware that Sprint just rolled out a new Network Upgrade Mapping feature on their website?

https://network.sprint.com/IL/Chicago/

It actually shows tower locations and what has recently, and soon will be done. Quite insightful actually.
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if you want tmobile prices lemme know. we're running a campaign for them at work and i can get you free activation ($35 off), up to $150 in reimbursed cancellation fees from sprint (or any carrier for that matter), no taxes on devices, and usually about $50 off the online device prices. the only catch is that we only work with businesses so i gotta have it shipped to you at work.

i also know a couple sneaky ways to get you a minimum of 10% of your monthly bill.

my tmobile galaxy S is on the way and i can't wait to finally drop sprint. horrible internet speeds and dropped calls all the time.

tmo also has wifi calling on the newer phones. it's pretty awesome at work in office buildings where no one can manage to get a signal. a lot of people that live 20-30 miles outside of champaign use it in their homes bc there's no signal from anyone out there. verizon works sometimes.

if you just want an individual plan and own your own business, i can get ya a pretty sick little deal too... including unlimited 4G data - none of that throttled back stuff when you hit 2gb/5gb/10gb. 70 buckaroos.

sorry, that ended up being quite a lengthy, salesmany post. haha
Too bad you dont work with verizon I would take you up on this.

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i honestly wish we did, too. but no matter what deal i can get on activations, phone prices, and all that good stuff, the tmobile recurring rates makes my wallet significantly happier every month.

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so this is kinda funny, i just took a picture of the tmobile tab with test results (for 3G, not 4), and other than one dud at 1.5something, they were all around 2.5 and 4.5ish - mostly 3.5+. the only problem is that my sprint phone doesn't wanna connect to anything and upload it to photobucket. coincidence, i think not ahah

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I had T-mobile for 10 years. 4G speeds have been excellent and the coverage is very good.

Had Sprint for 6 months and hated it.

T-mobile has a unlimited talk, text and web (5gb before throttling) plan for $70 + $5 taxes. No contract.
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Is there a way to avoid the throttling?

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If u had your own business or have someone that does and trusts you enough to use their taxid, then yeah

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Greeny just looking at there 5gb a month with whatever minutes. Dont really care if they only gave me 100 as that would be enough. Samsung galaxy s2 il be getting.

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While I'm still fairly loyal to Sprint, LTE is the undeniable way of the future. And the only carrier with a solid LTE network is Verizon.
Not exactly on the 3G comment! The sprint network WAS the bomb until the prevalence of Android. They had the least congested 3G network in chitown. My 3G equipped latitude was the shiznit on the train back in the day. As soon as the first EVOs hit the streets it was all over. I believe Android destroyed Sprint's 3G network like iphone destroyed ATT's. Sprint's 3G network was already crap and almost unusable here before the iphone even hit. On 3G I would be lucky to pull 200k down and 10-20K up! It was pretty much unusable.

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Greeny just looking at there 5gb a month with whatever minutes. Dont really care if they only gave me 100 as that would be enough. Samsung galaxy s2 il be getting.
500 min and unl text is 49.99. i'd suggest starting with 2GB at $20 and upgrading if you go over. if you're lasting towards the end of each month, even if you go over, there aren't any other fees - they just slow you down to where emails and light browsing would still be fine. but if you're super sure you need the 5GB, it's only $10 more at $30/month.

so after taxes and fees, and after i find you a corp discount of 10% or so, it would be around $73 for 2GB and $84 for 5GB. the handset protection bundle is $7.99 and covers everything including theft, but the deductible on the GS2 is $130. kinda lame.

unfortunately, the GS2 isn't a phone we get a big break on. it's the same price as online, 229.99, but you don't need to send in a $50 mail in rebate to get that price (and wait months for the stupid check to come in), and you don't have to pay the $20 or so in sales tax or $35 in activation. new prices come out every week, so i'll double check for you on monday.

do you have an existing contract we're gonna buy you out of?

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500 min and unl text is 49.99. i'd suggest starting with 2GB at $20 and upgrading if you go over. if you're lasting towards the end of each month, even if you go over, there aren't any other fees - they just slow you down to where emails and light browsing would still be fine. but if you're super sure you need the 5GB, it's only $10 more at $30/month.

so after taxes and fees, and after i find you a corp discount of 10% or so, it would be around $73 for 2GB and $84 for 5GB. the handset protection bundle is $7.99 and covers everything including theft, but the deductible on the GS2 is $130. kinda lame.

unfortunately, the GS2 isn't a phone we get a big break on. it's the same price as online, 229.99, but you don't need to send in a $50 mail in rebate to get that price (and wait months for the stupid check to come in), and you don't have to pay the $20 or so in sales tax or $35 in activation. new prices come out every week, so i'll double check for you on monday.

do you have an existing contract we're gonna buy you out of?
Actually I just found out my company gets a discount with t-mobile. Free activation, 10% off, free 2 day shipping. No discounts on the phones tho, just the bill.

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I can get you 22% off sprint, let me know just the service, the phone is the normal 2 year contract price
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Actually I just found out my company gets a discount with t-mobile. Free activation, 10% off, free 2 day shipping. No discounts on the phones tho, just the bill.
cool, which company? we can apply the discount to your bill or you can just go through them if you like.

shoot me your number and i'll give you a call on monday when the new prices come out for the week.

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what we'd normally do is get in touch with your boss and see if he wanted to set it up through the company. then you and all your coworkers would be able to get unl talk, text, and 4G data (no throttling) for $70/month/line and have it deducted from your check.

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mich, galaxy s2 is still 230 for me this week.

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Good link but unfortunately nothing near me besides recent network upgrades and upcoming are for voice. Just seems to get slower and slower everyday.

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Well my contract is up in march and it's a 50 dollar termination fee. How do you get out of the contract without paying? I feel I shouldn't have to pay this since the reason im leaving is because of there service just getting worse and worse.

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if you're serious about switching to tmo, i can definitely hook you up. just gimme a call. our company usually works with businesses, but as long as we get your new device shipped to your job, it's not a problem. the sprint termination fees are something our office does and it's credited to your tmo bill once you fax in proof of your extra fees from sprint.

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