Tampa/St Petersburg T mobile users
I'm in Tampa/St Pete area and just finished my contract with Sprint. Sprint LTE is actually decent here except that LTE doesn't work too well indoor and the 3G speed is simply horrific. When LTE works, it is anywhere from 3 to 25 Mbps, but 3G is like 98k to 1200kbps with 100-300 kbps being the norm.
I have the Note 2 and thinking of jumping over to T Mobile and buying the Note 3. I don't see a lot of LTE coverage using Sensorly so I was wondeirng how good is the 3G especially the HSPA+. What speed are you getting most of the time? Is there a lot of really bad spots or is the coverage pretty uniform? If not for the paltry 3G speed, I would not be leaving Sprint.
I did the math and with a family plan that is essentially unlimited, I am paying $52/line with Sprint but you have to remember that the phone is subsidized. Taking the $400 subsidy and average that over 2 years, we are basically getting $17/month per line. So our net cost is about $35 per line(tax included) for unlimited everything.
If we all jump over to T-Mobile(4 lines), I will be looking at the $100 + $40( for four 2.5GB(that is the average amount of data we use on Sprint). With tax, it is looking like $170/4 = $42.50/month per line.
I don't mind paying the extra $7.50 x 4 since I prefer the flexibility of a GSM phone. I'm thinking if the coverage is bad, I can always jump to a throttle AIO wireless once they have a family plan. The nail in the coffin is that the Note 3 on Sprint is a uniband LTE phone and not dual band like the T Mobile one.
So how good and consistent is T Mobile 3G/HSPA+ coverage in this area. Sensorly shows that 4G LTE is just being built around here. It is essentially already built out with Sprint.