T-Mobile

How can I use an older Android phone on T-Mobile?

Episode 1260

David from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

David has finally convinced his girlfriend to move over to T-Mobile. Now he's upgrading his Moto and is going with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. Leo says that it's essentially a Samsung Galaxy handset. And for $100, he'll also get a SIM card and removable battery. Dave has also found that it's been upgraded to Lollipop. Leo says that Dave's girlfriend is golden if that's the case.

EFF Confirms T-Mobile's Binge On Program Is Just Throttling All Video

Episode 1252

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere was caught in a lie by the EFF about its Binge On program. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream video from a number of partners without counting toward data caps. It does this by downgrading all video to 480p, but T-Mobile has claimed that the video is also being optimized in the process. The EFF investigated this claim and found out that T-Mobile is simply throttling video streaming.

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.