1. Krishna Ram's Avatar
    Just wanted to confirm what works and what doesn't here in the states. I'm looking at a T Mobile prepaid sim for 50 USD a month. Does that give me 3g/4g etc?

    Got stuck with a wrong band/sim in Thailand and plans here in the states are too expensive to take a chance.


    Posted via CB10
    04-18-14 01:01 PM
  2. raino's Avatar
    With an STA100-2, you are not going to get LTE in the US at all. Let's get that out of the way.

    Now, for 3G/HSPA+, I would recommend an AT&T prepaid or an MVNO SIM card. The STA100-2 has both of AT&T's 3G/HSPA+ bands (850 MHz and 1900 MHz,) but has TMO's secondary 3G/HSPA+ (1900 MHz,) and not their primary (1700 MHz.) So unless you know you are going to a place(s) which is what's called a "UMTS 1900" market for TMO, I would suggest you get an AT&T network-using SIM.
    04-18-14 01:25 PM
  3. edh2860's Avatar
    I can get 4G with my STA-2 z30 with tmobile

    Posted via CB10
    04-18-14 01:47 PM
  4. Krishna Ram's Avatar
    Whew confusing. Thanks for the detailed info raino, so 4g is out of the question, no big deal really hspa+ works fairly well for email and Skype. I don't watch videos on phones.

    Att prepaid then gives you guaranteed 3g on their primary bands, t-mobile gives me 3g buy only on the secondary. In 2014 one really wonders why we don't have true world phones, without thinking about bands etc. It's just a chip.

    Posted via CB10
    04-18-14 02:01 PM
  5. Krishna Ram's Avatar
    I saw a mvno card at target, net+ I believe, 50 USD unlimited. Thing is it said it used both att and t-mobile networks and I wasn't sure if it'd work.

    Forgetting Lte then, what I'm getting out of this thread is that 3g and hspa+ works on all networks ?

    Posted via CB10
    04-18-14 02:18 PM
  6. raino's Avatar
    Forgetting Lte then, what I'm getting out of this thread is that 3g and hspa+ works on all networks ?
    Well, with a Z30 -2, you're more likely to get 3G/HSPA+ on AT&T than you are on TMO, because TMO does not have a UMTS network on the 1900 MHz band everywhere. I don't know how exhaustive this list is, but here is a list of TMO's UMTS 1900 markets: T-Mobile Says Its 1900MHz UMTS Covers 142M People (Phone Scoop)

    So if you are going to be in those places, getting a TMO SIM is a no-brainer (in addition to the $50 plan, they have a $30 plan which has 100 minutes of talk, unlimited texts domestic and I believe international, and 5GB high speed data. This is a very popular plan for those who need more data than talk time.) If not, or you're going to be driving a lot, you would want AT&T coverage.

    I haven't heard of net+ (maybe you meant Net10?) but some of the more popular AT&T-network using carriers are: GoPhone (AT&T's direct offering, probably the most expensive,) Aio Wireless (an AT&T owned subsidiary,) Straight Talk, H2O Wireless, and Net10.
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    04-18-14 03:13 PM
  7. Krishna Ram's Avatar
    I ended up going with att, thanks guys. Realized I was obsessing too much over networks and plans, it's a month long trip, 30 bucks extra is not worth mental stress the phone works, 60 bucks 2 gig, unlimited calla and text. Probably not the best plan out there but no big deal for now.

    Posted via CB10
    04-19-14 12:06 AM

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