I’ve been a proponent of T-Mobile’s network and services for the last few years. Living in an area that’s been one of T-Mobile’s biggest markets has its benefits. I used a BlackBerry 9700 with T-Mobile for several months before the release of the BlackBerry 9900. Eventually, BlackBerry’s struggle to adapt had me tweaking for more, and I wasn’t a fan of T-Mobile’s Android offerings at the time, so I inevitably ended up back in my comfort zone on an iPhone with Verizon Wireless. As much as I’ve tried, I just don’t think I’ll ever be an Android kind of guy. When T-Mobile finally landed the iPhone 5, I wanted to switch, but I wasn’t sure how T-Mobile’s network had progressed or regressed since I had last used it. Unfortunately, T-Mobile is one of the few companies in wireless that I don’t have a partnership with, so I’ve been unable to try T-Mobile devices for review to get a feel for the network.
Last week, T-Mobile held its Uncarrier 5.0 press event and announced “Test Drive.” T-Mobile CEO John Legere encouraged potential customers to “cheat on” their current carriers and have a “7 night stand” with a T-Mobile iPhone 5s free of charge. When the program became available, I signed up immediately and my iPhone 5s arrived this afternoon. I’m going to document my experience with T-Mobile in the Philadelphia region. Of course, your mileage may vary, but if you live in an area that T-Mobile focused on improving, I hope you can take something away from this.
I’m going to have a series of three or four posts over the next seven days, detailing my experience. This weekend, I’ll be at the NHL Draft in Philadelphia, so I’m looking forward to putting the T-Mobile network to the test in the Philadelphia sports complex where all networks usually struggle with connectivity when it’s full of people. I also have a lot of traveling and driving to do in the next 7 days, so I’ll be able to test the network from Philadelphia to New Jersey and all the way to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
If you have any questions about what I’ll be testing or any suggestions for things to test, leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to address them.