Testing T-Mobile: Round 2
After last year's horrid experience with T-Mobile, I was pleased to see that T-Mobile updated their coverage map for my area, which hopefully meant that T-Mobile finally bothered to upgrade the local towers to use Band 71. Based on this info, I called T-Mobile support, listened to some foul hold-music interjected with T-Mobile ads, and finally managed to speak with a human who could help me try out the improved service.
A few days later, the T-Mobile hotspot arrived.
Challenge Accepted!Yes, I will put you to the test...
UnboxingThe hotspot is a Franklin T9, and it shipped with battery, SIM card, and USB charger. No, it is not USB-C :/
On the Hill?Nope, no signal on the hill :(
Keep Trying?Nope, still no signal; just roaming :(
At the "sweet spot"?Nope, still unable to get a signal :(
On the roof?
Unsurprisingly, even on my roof it was not possible to connect to T-Mobile's signal
Just like last year's test, T-Mobile hardware fails to pick up T-Mobile's signal in an area where T-Mobile's coverage maps claims there should be "fair" signal.
A mobile phone carrier should be able to provide service where the coverage maps says service is available; perhaps T-Mobile's failure in this regard is why the company refers to itself as an uncarrier :)