Is my phone cursed or is this normal?
October 8, 2013 2:44 PM Subscribe
I just moved over to T-Mobile US from Sprint to take advantage of their $30 prepaid plan. I bought a used iPhone 5 from a reputable reseller of phones on eBay. So far, I've had incoming calls go straight to voicemail, had my data connection suddenly stop dead, accompanied by "No Service", and my signal level seems to vary wildly just while sitting at one location. Is this par for the course with T-Mobile or is this phone a dud?
posted by zsazsa to technology (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Sure, T-Mobile certainly doesn't have a reputation for good coverage like, say, Verizon, but I'd expect it to be roughly in the same neighborhood as Sprint, which I never had problems with as long as was in an area with decent coverage with my old iPhone 4S. I'd get slow data sometimes, sure, but never missed calls and total dropouts.
When this phone has good signal, it's actually quite fast, but I'm usually hovering around 1 bar, and if I put my phone in my pocket, I risk missing calls.
So, others with T-Mobile, especially those in the south Bay Area where I am, is this what you experience or did I buy a bum phone?