04-18-2013 07:52:53 PM - last edited on 04-18-2013 07:59:33 PM by Phil-101
hi all first off i am NOT an AT&T customer atm, i currently use an unlocked Iphone 4s thati s jailbroken and i use H20 Wireless as my provider, i have been using them for around 9 months (so i have more then made my money back in buying my iphone 4s outright) however there are a few things i need to address,
1. on H20 i get 4G everywhere but it never works, pages dont load, when facebook comes up i can see posts and pics but not high res versions, sending pic messages (until recently wasnt even possible without the cydia hack) takes around 5-7 minutes, apps like weather spin and spin but dont update, the internet is worthless on this phone unless im tied to wifi
2. i contacted H20 and after threatening to leave they FINALLY called me on the phone and went through all my settings, i ran a speed test on my "4G" and i recieved upload and download speeds of .10 Mbps, i had a ping of 277 ms which is disgusting. when H20 asked me what my signal was i told them i had one bar, the rep was like wow thats why you need to have three bars, i told them nowhere on this island can i get even two bars lol, so he didnt have alot to say to that
3. i am paying 60.00 for unlimited talk and text, and 2.5 gb of data at 4g, HOWEVER i found out today that ONLY 500 MB of that data is 4g, once i reach 500 mb they throttle the rest of the data to 2g speeds, who writes these plans out, im paying 60 bucks a month to be throttled????
I started looking into other prepaid offerings, the reason AT&T looked so appealing is my roommate is a full AT&T customer, she pays around 140 a month, she gets full 4g LTE anywhere on the island, and even in the house where i have no signal or little signal she zooms along, her 4g is so good she rarely hooks up to our wifi as it is slower then the AT&T signal (we use comcast or crapcast) another interesting point is when i boot my iphone the signal says AT&T for about a minute until it flips to H20 Wireless, so im guessing they are supposedly on AT&T tower, if so why does my phone suck all over the island and she gets full signal everywhere if we are supposedly on the same network.
Enter Gophone ideas, get a sim cut it down and get unlimted everything for 50 a month, sounds like a deal right, well when i visited the local store the rep gave me a different story altogether, he said the 50 is for unlimited talk and text for the 4 cheap phones on the display, no other phones, the SMARTPHONE plan is 65 a month for unlimted talk and text, and 1gb of data, so apparently there is no unlimited everything for gophone anymore, he wanted to sign me up for a plan but i walked away until i had more info
the plan would be to get a sim, and a new number, buy the gophone plan, pop the sim in and test it for a couple days to see if i got the good data and full speeds, if i did i would go over to gophone and get rid of H20 crap,
any thoughts on the validity of this idea i cant get a straight answer from the rep at the store, he says data isnt possible on an iphone at all, just talk and text, i think we all know there are ways to do this, whats the current score on what they can and cant do, or should i be looking at straighttalk instead, i live in zip code 33040 btw, about 150 miles from the mainland on an island, 4G LTE works here and AT&T has good towers
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04-21-2013 05:10:14 PM
As a prepaid GoPhone customer, you will NOT be able to take advantage of 4G LTE service speeds, despite AT&T offering them in the area. GoPhone does not operate on this type f technology yet, as it is still being developed and deployed through many other areas throughout the country. You will be able to achieve 3G data speeds on your iPhone, however.
The rep at the store you visited was right. Smartphones will not be able to take advantage of the unlimited data portion of the $50 unlimited plan. You would have to upgrade to the $65 smartphone plan with no unlimited data.
When it all boils down, coverage and monthly cost are the most important aspects of having a cell phone. If you can tolerate H20's 4G speeds, then I would just stick with them if I were you. Again, the fastest speeds you will be able to achieve on AT&T's prepaid GoPhone service is 3G. Postpaid plans can take full advantage of 4G LTE, but not prepaid plans at this time.
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