Originally Posted by SeaFox
Considering that almost all iPhone buyers are getting them subsidized, and T-Mobile isn't carrying the iPhone itself, is there any big reason for them to rush to get Micro SIMs now
It's a two-year wait before anyone will be free of their contract and able to switch to them with one.
T-Mobile USA has serviced iPhone users on its network since the very first iPhone (jailbroken devices plus unlocked handsets purchased internationally). Since the iPhone 4, Apple has sold factory-unlocked USA handsets at full retail price. Apple commenced selling the unlocked, full-retail iPhone 4S about a month after the initial launch (and will likely do so with the iPhone 5). There are literally millions of iPhones on T-Mobile USA's network right now.
Moreover, there are plenty of iPhone 4 and 3GS users who are now off contract and could easily move to T-Mobile USA. With their 1900MHz 3G refarming project, it would be an attractive alternative for many users.
Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat
I'm picking up T-Mobile's HSPA+ with my iPhone 3GS here in Santa Clara, CA. Apparently T-Mobile flipped the switch on my tower the afternoon of Sept 12.http://www.airportal.de/
I used this tower yesterday with my iPad 2 and noted download times of 3.0Mbps which is the maximum the device can do.
I will note that I wasn't using an T-Mobile-branded SIM in my iPad, but a Tru SIM, so it appears the 1900MHz 3G refarming is automatically carrying over to MVNOs.
I'm thinking of switching from Straight Talk (AT&T MVNO) to T-Mobile USA's 4G Monthly $30 prepaid plan (100 min. talk, unlimited text, unlimited data/first 5GB at 4G speeds) once T-Mobile USA turns on HSPA+ at the towers that service my town. It would be great to save the fifteen bucks a month. I'd consider trading AT&T's better coverage map for less talk time, more data, and a faster network (restricted mostly to metropolitan areas).
However, I'm sticking with my iPhone 4S, sitting out the iPhone 5.Edited by cvaldes1831 - 9/15/12 at 9:02am