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Any reason to get an AT&T Note 3 over T-Mobile?

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By Fallon, Senior Member on 3rd March 2014, 04:21 PM
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I'm thinking about picking up a used Note 3 to use on my AT&T account. Is there any reason to get an AT&T branded note over T-Mobile branded?

I can SIM unlock the T-Mobile, but would have to deal with locked bootloaders with AT&T. All the supported bands are there using the T-Mobile on AT&T, right?

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3rd March 2014, 04:45 PM |#2  
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I used the T-Mobile Note 3 for a while. I unlocked it using Chanfire's app. When using my AT&T sim card in it, I found the LTE to be horrible, despite supporting band 17 (700mhz) In places where I had average LTE on the iPhone, the TMO N3 would be on H+ or have the worst LTE signal. This was frustrating. I took it back. It was fun to flash roms and kernels though.

I got an awesome deal on a new AT&T note 3 where I couldn't pass it up haha. At first I noticed my AT&T LTE signal was not as good as it should be. I then created a thread about it. I cleared the cache in my phone and did a full factory reset. Now my LTE seems fine. Constantly sitting on -93db on my desk where my iPhone gets the same.

I'm pretty happy now with my AT&T Note 3. Rooting was so easy and gives me everything a custom rom would.
3rd March 2014, 08:37 PM |#3  
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Yep, the LTE (band 17) on my N900T is horrible. My neighbor has N900A and we compared them side by side (with punching *#0011# and monitoring signal on both devices) and my N900T was always showing signal that was ~15db lower than the N900A. Gonna sell it. Will wait for Xperia Z2.
3rd March 2014, 09:09 PM |#4  
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I agree completely with Matt and bormasina.

I just sold my N900T and bought a N900A and have noticed a dramatic improving, specifically in LTE bandwidth.

Hands down, the AT&T version performs better on an AT&T network. Go figure.

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3rd March 2014, 09:30 PM |#5  
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Yeah. Is it a coincidence that the ATT version perms better on the network it designed for? I'm sure ATT optimizes their signals in their phones for the proper frequencies.

I'm actually sitting in a place where my N900T would sit on a -105dbm signal and right now my N900A has been locked on a solid -89dbm. Night and day difference.

Go with the At&T version. The T-Mobile version is fine though if your on their network. But AWS still does suck in general when it comes to signal strength.

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3rd March 2014, 11:57 PM |#6  
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