T-Mobile 23 Months and Counting
It was right around this time in 2019 when my wife and I moved our personal cell phone lines to T-Mobile. I wanted to give you an update as to how it is going nearly 2 years later. The summary version is — we have no regrets. I will explain some potential pitfalls, however. As you know I have never tried to oversell T-Mobile to clients. I’ve always said — the choice is yours. When we first signed up with them, we got in on their standard 2 line plan — $120 / mo — no taxes. This was a small savings over Verizon (which would have been $150 per month plus tax). The other key factor was that their international plan was $5 / day vs. $10 / day for “Big Red.” T-Mobile paid off our phones as well. I have shared all of this before. A few months into the whole deal, we realized that we could sign up for their Magenta 55 plan by putting my wife’s name on the account (she is over 55 y.o.). At that point it became a steal — 2 unlimited lines for $70 and no taxes. I do think there have been situations where Verizon or ATT would have had better cellular internet, but I don’t think it’s 2x the price better.
I can’t say that there have been few instances where T-Mobile calling was lacking. In October 2019, I made a trip out to the airport via the local roads. There was a cellular dead zone at the state border for about a mile. I remember on the way back I made a phone call while I was traveling for about 25 minutes on a state road through rural and sparsely populated areas. There were no issues. There have been numerous instances such as on side streets, in large big box stores, or other random areas when my cellular internet seemed slow. I may not have been able to do a Google search, check or send email, or download a podcast — which is something I do regularly. These are typically just momentary inconveniences.
The 2018 and later iPhone models allow for a second phone line. On my iPhone 11, I also have my business line. I have made sure to have it set up with a provider that is not T-Mobile. This way I have the best of both worlds. Trouble calling with T-Mobile? No problem, call with the other line. Trouble accessing cellular internet on T-Mobile? I just switch the cellular data to my other line in the Settings. I rarely have to do this, but I am glad I have the second line a backup.