T-Mobile

What's the best phone carrier for traveling all over the country?

William from Michigan

Episode 1236

Leo says this is difficult because it's all very geographical. If William said Kansas City, he'd say Sprint because they're really good there. If he said New York, his advice would be Verizon. Both of those companies originated in those places. William was thinking of going with Cricket Wireless, but Leo said he'd go with one of the big national carriers.

Can I use my new AT&T iPhone with T-Mobile?

Episode 1223

Evan from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Evan bought an iPhone 6s Plus on the first day. He hears there's a different phone for AT&T, though. Leo says that's true. The AT&T iPhone is different, but only in that it has an extra band. Leo says that's not a bad thing as the AT&T model has a lower frequency to pass through walls. But can it work with other carriers? Leo says that nobody has really addressed it, but with all the bands that it has, it's a question an RF engineer might be able to answer. Leo's betting if he put the SIM in it, it should work in most cases.

How can I stream music without exceeding the data cap on my phone?

Episode 1219

Albert from Henderson, NV
T-Mobile Music Freedom

Albert wants to know if there's any way to stream audio on his phone without killing his data caps. Leo says no. It'll use what it uses, but T-Mobile offers a way around this. They have deals with some of the streaming services and they don't count it against your data. T-Mobile calls it "Music Freedom".

T-Mobile is very aggressive with great packages that include stuff like this, which is one of the reasons Leo likes them.

Is Verizon a good option for International Travel?

Moe from Ridgecrest, CA

Episode 1202

Moe is going to be traveling to India in a few months and he wants to know if Verizon is a good choice for traveling. Leo says no, it really isn't. They've gotten better, since they've left CDMA behind for LTE and that means it could work in India. And the FCC requires all Verizon SIM slots to be unlocked. Moe will have to be sure that the frequencies are supported. He may also request his phone be unlocked as well. A better bet would be to get a cheap GSM compatible phone locally in India, with a local SIM card. He'll have a local number, but it'll work better.