I recently bought a LG Nexus 4 and because it is unlocked I wanted to use it on a prepaid phone plan. I had previously been using PagePlus, but because this is not a Verizon phone they do not support it. So I had to find a new carrier. After considering my options I went with Straight Talk because they have unlimited data and talk for just $45 a month. However Straight talk uses either T-Mobile or AT&T and I had to choose one before I could use it
The choice was a difficult one because I could not find anything that set them apart from each other. So I went with the bigger name and choose AT&T. From the moment I activated my phone I was disappointed with the data speeds. As you can see below the speeds rarely went above 2000 kbps. While this is fine for some lite surfing it is good for little else. In addition the reception in my house was fairly bad, I would usually only have one bar and sometimes none. So after using AT&T for a couple months I decided to switch.
The process of switching to T-Mobile was not difficult, order a new sim card, cut it down so it will fit in the LG Nexus 4, and then go on the straight talk website and request a transfer of my number. After a few hours the AT&T sim card stopped working and I put in the T-Mobile card. After the phone connected and I entered the APN settings I immediately noticed that I had much improved reception and speed. As you can see below the speed is much better (about 7x) and sometimes got as high as 14000 kbps. Also the reception as better all around and especially in my house. I am not getting about 3 bars in my house, even in my basement.
I am much happier with the T-Mobile service and will probably stick with them for the near future. If you are in the same situation I recommend you try them out and see if you also get a big improvement like I did.
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