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Old 05-10-2019, 04:39 AM
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Need to switch carriers at the new house. Sprint doesn't have great coverage here. The Google Fi coverage map shows I'd have 4g here. Anyone use it? What's the deal?
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:46 AM
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It's an MVNO. Basically they buy bandwidth from other physical carriers at bulk rates and resell to give you a cheaper monthly cost. Sprint and Verizon still use CDMA where the other carriers and the rest of the world is using GSM.
So any carrier other than Sprint or Verizon may help you.

If you live in a well-covered area, an MVNO like Mint makes sense. A guy here has 3 phones (him/ no-pics wife/ kid) and pays $45/month for unlimited talk & text, and 3gb data each. Excellent option as long as T-mobile coverage is good.
Google Fi, also an MVNO, (used to be Project Fi) uses multiple carriers (US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile) and is about $20 for 1st phone, $15 for additional phones with unlimited talk & text, and $10/gig. Another coworker uses it, but it's for him and his wife and they use little data.

Make sure you are using a phone that can take full advantage of all 3 carriers.
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I used it and really liked it. I wasn't saving money so I went to tmobile. $55 military plan is nice.


I might switch back.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
It's an MVNO. Basically they buy bandwidth from other physical carriers at bulk rates and resell to give you a cheaper monthly cost. Sprint and Verizon still use CDMA where the other carriers and the rest of the world is using GSM.
So any carrier other than Sprint or Verizon may help you.

If you live in a well-covered area, an MVNO like Mint makes sense. A guy here has 3 phones (him/ no-pics wife/ kid) and pays $45/month for unlimited talk & text, and 3gb data each. Excellent option as long as T-mobile coverage is good.
Google Fi, also an MVNO, (used to be Project Fi) uses multiple carriers (US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile) and is about $20 for 1st phone, $15 for additional phones with unlimited talk & text, and $10/gig. Another coworker uses it, but it's for him and his wife and they use little data.

Make sure you are using a phone that can take full advantage of all 3 carriers.
Verizon is no longer supporting CDMA and will phase it out completely by the end of the year. They haven't allowed dealers to activate new CDMA devices since last year. They use Voice over LTE (VOLTE) now. Sprint and US Cellular, the other two major CDMA users are following suit.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Verizon is no longer supporting CDMA and will phase it out completely by the end of the year. They haven't allowed dealers to activate new CDMA devices since last year. They use Voice over LTE (VOLTE) now. Sprint and US Cellular, the other two major CDMA users are following suit.
Yes, you are absolutely right. I debated whether or not adding that part in, but was afraid I'd confuse everyone. I've used the same Samsung phone on Verizon and AT&T, even though techs at both stores swore it wouldn't work. Verizon will end CDMA earlier than Sprint, at least from what I had read on it earlier.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:32 AM
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This is great info. Thanks! I'm rather rural here in NH and a lot of people use verizon and say they have good results. I found out about google Fi when I was researching the Pixel. I am still running a Galaxy S6 and its getting a bit long in the tooth. Time for an upgrade. I think I may give it a shot. Now I just need to decide which version of the Pixel to get.

Thanks again for the help.
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I run it - have for 4 years or so. My average bill is $40 ($20 base charge for unlimited talk/text and $20 for 2gb of data). I have wifi at my office and at home and phone calls go over wifi when you have a good signal. When I'm traveling, I've gotten up to $40 of data ($60 total bill). Data charges are capped at $60 ($80 total bill).

Intl. Roaming - Awesome, they charge you your US rates for most countries. Mexico and Costa Rica are on that list (the two countries I've tried it in). Talk included and data is still $10/gb. I've used maps and navigation down there and not worried about overages. I also use Google Hangouts for my texting so that's via data too - no per message charge.

Tethering - Included at same rate as other data, $10/gb.

Free extra SIM attached to your account - Put it in your tablet, extra phone, etc. and your still charged $10/gb. I have an extra SIM and an unlocked t-mobile hotspot I'm going to try it in this summer for on the boat (hotspot is arriving next week). I plan on hitting the $60 data max charge this summer while overnighting on the boat. They will slow you down at 15gb supposedly.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Basketcase View Post
This is great info. Thanks! I'm rather rural here in NH and a lot of people use verizon and say they have good results. I found out about google Fi when I was researching the Pixel. I am still running a Galaxy S6 and its getting a bit long in the tooth. Time for an upgrade. I think I may give it a shot. Now I just need to decide which version of the Pixel to get.

Thanks again for the help.
I'll make it easy - the Pixel 3a. Seriously.
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At this point, if you are looking at a Pixel, it would be really difficult to justify anything other than a 3a.

1) Even with a 600 series Snapdragon, it's still faster than the Snapdragon 820 in the Samsung S7.
2) Sizewise, coming from a G6, the 3a is smaller than the 3, 3xl, and 3axl
3) Cost wise, the 3a is half the cost of the Pixel 3
4) You still get a ballsy camera, and even get a headphone jack back!
5) Unlimited storage of photos, so storage isn't as issue for most people
6) All you'll be giving up is glass case (3a has polycarbonate) and IP rating.

So as long as you don't try to take underwater pictures with it, you're good.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
At this point, if you are looking at a Pixel, it would be really difficult to justify anything other than a 3a.

1) Even with a 600 series Snapdragon, it's still faster than the Snapdragon 820 in the Samsung S7.
2) Sizewise, coming from a G6, the 3a is smaller than the 3, 3xl, and 3axl
3) Cost wise, the 3a is half the cost of the Pixel 3
4) You still get a ballsy camera, and even get a headphone jack back!
5) Unlimited storage of photos, so storage isn't as issue for most people
6) All you'll be giving up is glass case (3a has polycarbonate) and IP rating.

So as long as you don't try to take underwater pictures with it, you're good.
6) polycarbonate = no wireless charging
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Personally I'm so so on Google Fi. I don't know what carriers cover your area but Google Fi is a combo of Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. If you know people with those carriers it should give you an idea of the coverage. My experience was coming from T-Mobile which I was borderline happy with and I thought that since I'd add the Sprint network I might cover the dead spots. No Us Cellular around South Fla that I know of. I am basically at the same point as I was with T-Mobile but a bit cheaper, I do notice a bit better when I travel domestically. International travel has been very good with all the carriers but I tend to stay in business areas when I travel.

If I used my phone for business, I would have dropped Google Fi bu now if that says anything to you.
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