I was complaining to Dave Rees last Friday about my flaky LG G3 and telling him that I was torn between upgrading now to a Samsung Galaxy S6 or waiting to see what the LG G4 might be like. An upcoming vacation had me thinking about upgrading sooner rather than later in order to get a better camera. But I told him that the place we’re going to is supposed to have pretty poor coverage because it’s in a forest. He then started talking about the WiFi calling feature that he’s used with T-Mobile, which got us talking about their latest family plan deal that is $100 for two lines of unlimited data. That would be a savings over what I pay now with Verizon. But I told him that we don’t have T-Mobile coverage in Columbus, IN or even a T-Mobile store for that matter. Just for kicks, while we were chatting, I pulled up T-Mobile’s site and clicked on their coverage map. I typed in my home address and almost fainted when it showed as having full 4G LTE coverage. When the heck did that happen? I was completely shocked and told Dave who told me to go sign up for their Test Drive, which I immediately did. Dave wrote about his experiences last year when he made the switch. Now I’m checking into it.
I signed up for the T-Mobile Test Drive which consists of them sending an activated iPhone 5s to me use for seven days for free. Before the seven day period is done, I have to return the phone to an actual T-Mobile store. All I had to do was enter my address and give them a credit card number. The credit card info is used to charge me $350 if I fail to return the Test Drive phone at the end of the 7-day trial. They will also charge $100 if the returned phone is damaged. I was a little freaked out that as soon as I hit the submit button, I received a text message on my phone with a fraud alert message. T-Mobile goes ahead and adds a pending transaction for the phone and I had to approve it, which I did.
After I submitted the Test Drive request, I received an email saying that my estimated date to receive the phone would be Wednesday. But this morning I received a UPS notice that it’s actually arriving tomorrow. That’s fast service. Ordered Friday, receiving it Monday. Nice!
The only very slight bummer is that I’ll have to make a special trip to return the phone, but the nearest T-Mobile store is only about 40 miles away, so it isn’t a huge deal.
I’m excited to see what their service will be like at my house compared to Verizon’s service where I usually only have 1-2 bars. Right now my LG G3 is only showing 1 bar. It will also be fun to use an iPhone for a few days since it’s been awhile.
I’ll be sure and post updates after I get the Test Drive phone tomorrow. This should be interesting!