Seen a few articles on One Mile at a Time about Lucky switching to T-Mobile this summer and how he likes it for his travels and even coverage in the USA. While I loved T-Mobile for my summer travel around Europe, most of my time is spent living in the USA and I have a contrarian view to the quality of T-Mobile service in California.
I think T-Mobile sucks in California where I live and travel.
What stands out to me about T-Mobile?
- Prior to switching, people warned me that T-Mobile’s service wasn’t as good in the US. I’ve noticed zero difference in my service in the US compared to when I had AT&T (which isn’t to say that will be the case for you, but it has been the case for me).
One Mile at a Time – Should You Switch To T-Mobile? (August 26, 2016).
While I love the lower T-Mobile bills (about $110 compared to $175 for Verizon), I find my phone useless a good deal of the time in California with absolutely no access to email and websites much of the time and even difficulty making phone calls from many places in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties where I spend a good deal of my time. At my wife’s work, I have to stand out on a little rise outside about 10 feet in elevation to make phone calls or send texts.
I think last night might have been the final straw to send me back to the much more expensive Verizon service we abandoned at the beginning of summer. After arriving to LAX from London, I could not get any web access on my phone, text messages were not going out and even iPhone maps failed, giving me the message it was unable to locate LAX. All I saw on my phone screen maps was an empty gridlines pattern. I could make phone calls and that was it, until I got to the motel I am staying and was able to connect to their WiFi.
My new cell phone approach is get service that works in California in the places I live and where I travel. And I’ll pay for T-Mobile service or some other local service only when I travel international.
Next trip is New Zealand in six weeks. I’d appreciate some advice about good options for texting and data roaming plans in New Zealand.