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I have been interested in T-Mobile ever since they started rolling out their “Uncarrier” initiative. I don’t have any particularly strong grievances toward my current carrier’s service, but I appreciate what T-Mobile is doing, and thus had an innate curiosity about their service. When they introduced the Test Drive program, I was immediately interested. An iPhone 5S on their network, unlimited talk/text/data, totally free, for one week? Sign me up!
Obviously, your coverage level will depend on where you live, but in the city, I actually had really good data speeds and coverage. I probably picked a bad week to test, as I had zero plans to leave city limits, but judging by the coverage I recently got on my Nexus 7 while traveling with T-Mobile’s free 200 MB tablet data plan, data on the interstate is spotty. I wouldn’t trust it to be available for navigation purposes.
Really, the most impressive part of the whole experience was the call they make on your second day with the phone to make sure everything is okay, and the drop off process at a T-Mobile store. I was expecting to be pestered, given sales pitch after sales pitch to switch over to them, especially while returning the device, but surprisingly, it was hassle-free. I handed over the device, the associate asked how my experience was, and that was it.
The bad news is that with my grandfathered voice and data plans on my current carrier, it’s cheaper for me to stay where I am. Every major carrier these days requires you to pay for unlimited minutes, which, let’s be honest here, is a waste of money since most of us don’t talk on the phone anymore. But if you don’t have a grandfathered plan to worry about, T-Mobile’s offerings are actually pretty cheap compared to other carriers.
If you’re curious about T-Mobile, give their Test Drive program a shot. Being hassle-free, and at the low, low price of “free,” it’s hard to say anything bad about it.