I read with some amusement a warning Ben (Lucky) from One Mile at A Time received from T-Mobile. My unsolicited recommendation is simple: switch to Verizon.
Let me start with this disclaimer. I am not a Verizon cheerleader and only begrudgingly switched from T-Mobile last year after multiple service failures. I take no joy in paying the premium for Verizon, but do so for the reasons I will outline below.
Going back to Lucky, he signed up for T-Mobile’s Global Plus Plan, which gives you:
- 15GB high-speed data while roaming in a Simple Global country
- 5GB monthly high-speed, international tethering in a Simple Global country
- Unlimited free Simple Global to Simple Global calling + messaging
- Unlimited Stateside International Talk and Text
The cost of this is $50/month on top of the prevailing service rate.
He’s been traveling a lot lately and recently received the following text message from T-Mobile:
The majority of the last two months of T-Mobile usage on your line has been roaming internationally. If this line continues to roam extensively abroad over the next month, the use will violate our terms and conditions, and your roaming usage will be blocked on February 26 2019. See details: t-mo.co/roaming
In other words, an invitation for him to stream Netflix while he sleeps in order to balance out the usage. Is T-Mobile really that dumb? Does 15GB/month really not mean 15GB?
Buried in the fine print of the contract is the following provision:
Unless explicitly permitted by your Rate Plan or Data Plan, you are not permitted to use your Device or the Services in a way that we determine results in more than 50% of your voice and/or data usage being Off-Net (i.e., connected to another provider’s network) for any 2 billing cycles within any 12-month period.
Thus, “unlimited” doesn’t mean unlimited and “15GB” doesn’t mean 15GB.
My Experience With Verizon
Verizon is not cheap. I just returned from 23 days in Europe and paid $10/day for up to 500MB of high speed data on my phone. $230 is not chump change and I would rather not spend that kind of money.
But it’s worth it. Oh my goodness, is it worthwhile. The internet is fast wherever I go. I can tether wherever I go. If that’s the price to stay connected without playing these annoying games, then fine. I’ll pay. Just leave me alone and ensure I am always connected. Some months I spend more time in Europe than in the USA. I don’t want to switch SIM cards. I don’t want to fear being throttled.
Stateside, my rate of dropped calls has plummeted and I was pleased to enjoy reception for the first time during my annual trip to Green Lake. Tethering also works well and data speeds have been faster than what I was clocking in on with T-Mobile.
> Read More: I Just Divorced T-Mobile
I’m not extolling Verizon. They’re too expensive and I hope that T-Mobile continues to improve and puts downward pricing pressure on Verizon. But Lucky, don’t waste your time. It’s not worth the hassle to deal with threatening text messages and intermittent connections. Google Fi is also not all its cracked up to be. And no, there is no way I am giving up my iPhone. I hope we both end up back at T-Mobile one day, but for now I’m a happy camper with Verizon. Time is money.