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My hate for T Mobile has grown to the point that I needed to make a video explaining why they have been a terrible cell carrier for me and why I will be paying the Early Termination Fee in order to switch to Verizon.
So here’s my story with T-Mobile in a nutshell.
My girlfriend and I joined T-Mobile under their value plan (Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web w/ a 2GB Cap for $50 per-line) two-years ago and were told to pay about $150 up front for each of our phones. Since then we have had to pay an additional $15 per phone every month to pay off the rest because we’re on a “value” plan according to T-Mobile. What makes no sense is that we have to make these $15 payments with our bill for 21 months of the total 24 months on the contract. Making our total bill along with the other expenses just under what Verizon would be charging us for the same exact plan but with far better coverage, customer service, and data speeds. Now the price isn’t the only issue, we also receive poor cell coverage, slow data speeds, and terrible customer service from the company. Now in regards to our coverage, this has occurred across the state for us. There are only a few key areas that are considered acceptable in regards to coverage. Overall I constantly am told I have no service, calls are dropped, and the only time I can really access the internet is via WiFi even though I’m paying for 4G that runs slower than Sprint’s 3G data speeds.
The last thing I want to add is that the customer service has been the worst I’ve dealt with since having an old website of mine hosted by 1and1 (another terrible company). I know the customer service representative and their supervisors aren’t to blame but the company and its policies are to blame. Every time I call in about the issues with our phones or bills, I am forced to go through the same steps even though the issue continues to reside with T Mobile, their awful coverage, and just an awful company overall.
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Over the past six months or so the buzz of AT&T possibly taking over T-Mobile through a buyout has been off the charts. Some have agreed with this attempted buyout and others oppose it. Initially, I agreed with the potential massive-merger because in my mind (as a T-Mobile customer) I would get better coverage once AT&T attained the T-Mobile satellites. But now that the merger was blocked and reading other articles. I have formed a new opinion regarding the buyout.
Im glad I get to keep the same T-Mobile I know and love. AT&T would force higher rates upon me that I don’t think any T-Mobile customer wants to inherit. One reason why people love the current T-Mobile is because of the amazing deals they have along with some pretty good coverage and data speeds. By keeping both T-Mobile and AT&T on the market, it will force both companies to push themselves and create better products for the consumers.
AT&T’s several press releases stated how they were disappointed with the decision to block the merger. They went on to state how the merger would have helped improve AT&T’s coverage, service, and data speeds. Really AT&T? The only reason you wanted to buyout T-Mobile was to knock out one more competitor. I recommend you use that money to just improve your current network (frankly it sucks). Everyone I know under AT&T complains frequently regarding the coverage/service. It’s not like your prices are cheap either. They are about the price of Verizon’s ridiculous prices. How can you charge so much for your service but yet be labeled as the worst carrier?
Facebook recently partnered with Skype (owned by Microsoft) to introduce video-chat features to Facebook. The announcement was a feature many have already known and expected. What we all expect next is some sort of partnership between Facebook and Microsoft. It’s even been speculated that Microsoft will buy Facebook for somewhere around a $250 million price-tag.
Verizon recently got rid of their unlimited data plans and to usher in their “new” set of data-caps, they released a new phone, the Droid 3. In all honesty the Droid 3 isn’t all that it was hyped up to be. It boasts a 1Ghz dual-core processor, a 4” qHD screen, an 8MP camera, and a slide-out keyboard. These are features seen on just about every Android phone released this year. Some even come equipped with a 10MP camera. So I wouldn’t say the Droid 3 is big news at all, it’s not really a phone to draw in any new customers to Verizon even.
Space Shuttle Atlantis made it’s final voyage to the International Space Station this morning. It carried four passengers to the space station without any hiccups or flaws. NASA will now be sending United States Astronauts on rides with other countries due to the cut-backs the government forced upon NASA late last year. The goal now is for NASA to save-up funds for a manned flight to Mars within the next decade.
The internet has blown-up with iPhone 5 rumors over the past few days as people await some sort of announcement from Apple regarding the new phone. What is almost guaranteed is an increased screen resolution, a better camera, a new phone design, and an increase in processor strength. The biggest news is the possible availability of the phone. AT&T and Verizon are already confirmed carriers for the iPhone 5. But its speculated that Sprint and T-Mobile customers could possibly get their paws on the phone as well.
Twitter has blown up into one of the biggest websites on the internet today. Last year, 65 million tweets were posted everyday. One year later, present-day, that number has mire than tripled to over 200 million tweets per-day.
Technology can help us in so many ways, but heres one I bet you’ve never heard of. A 71 year-old Chinese woman say a by-passer with an iPad and requested that they take a picture of the 71 year-old shoeshiner. She wanted the picture posted on Twitter in hopes of her daughter finding the picture and thus finding her mother whom she hadn’t seen for 5 years. In a few hours the picture spread to over 100,000 Twitter accounts and the daughter was reunited with her mother.
The Wii U is the first console considered to be part of the next-generation of gaming. A quarter 2 release date is scheduled for the console meaning sometime shortly after April 1, 2012 we can expect to see this mysterious console.
Could you imagine watching HD Netflix movies on your phone? Well that technology is on it’s way. With the recent implement of 4G speeds, its now possible to stream HD videos to your Android phone.
Verizon is the next cell carrier that is terminating its “unlimited” data plans. Anyone looking to get a smartphone must pay $30 for a 2GB per-month allowance. The plans go all the way up to 10GB per-month.
Have you ever heard of a monkey that takes pictures of itself? Well this monkey does! A photographer was taking pictures of primates and letting them experiment with his equipment. Well, one of the monkeys came by, grabbed the camera, and began to snap pictures. Amazingly, he took some beautiful self-portraits of himself.
Technology has always been my passion in life. I love reading, hearing, and seeing all of the great advancements we constantly make within technology. From the improvements of our cell phones to the “Large Hadron Collider” near Geneva, Switzerland. It’s amazing seeing what we can do and awaiting what we one-day could do.
Through all of the research I do regarding anything “Geek” related, I figured I should share my favorite stories of the day with all of you. So let’s begin.
Mac OS X Lion, May Be The Last OS X
Apple has been developing Mac OS X Lion. for sometime now. The goal of Lion is to become an all purpose operating system. Something to work seamlessly with iMac’s, MacBook Pro’s, and iPad’s. The new Mac OS X has been built from the ground-up to ensure it can be built on throughout the future. It’s meant to work perfectly with touch-screen interfaces, keyboards, and mice. Does this mean we could MacBook’s with some sort of touch-screen? That’s an unlikely proposition. Apple has reported before the only touch capabilities their MacBook’s will ever have is the trackpad.
Decoy Drones to Protect Fight Jets
MALD’s (missile air launched decoys), is a new technology our enemies could expect to encounter on the battlefield. Defense contractor Raytheon, has developed a way to launch literally hundreds of drones from a cargo plane. Making it almost 100% impossible to come near our fighter jets.
BlackBerry PlayBook Headed to Sprint
You can expect to see the BlackBerry PlayBook at Sprint locations at the beginning of next-week. The only PlayBook available is the 16GB Wi-Fi only version for $499. I would expect higher end models with more memory, 3G, and 4G models to be released within the near future.