Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by HereComesTheRooter » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:27 am

@Springer I'm also in MD, but closer to the PA line. We ditched ADSL earlier this year to go with a MOFI-4500* on T-Mobile's $75/month "unlimited" One plan. It's working OK for us. Where we were only getting 1.5 Mbps on the ADSL line, we're now getting 15-25 Mbps with two 6' Yagi antennas mounted on the roof of the garage. By default, T-Mobile throttles streaming video back to 1.5 Mbps. That means one device connected to the router gets 1.5 Mpbs when streaming, and 2 devices have to split the 1.5 Mbps. However, this is easy 'nuff to get around by using a VPN, or potentially setting the HD option as I just read here:

http://ltehacks.com/viewtopic.php?f=32& ... 45429cb117

To get to your question about the data caps though, we live in a very rural area, and we don't seem to be throttled in any way. I'm assuming that may be due to relatively uncongested towers in the area. My household regularly downloads XBox and PC games and updates that are tens of GB, and now we stream video in 1080p often and on multiple devices. Monthly we regularly blow through 300 to 500 GB.

*- I know I made a mistake on the MOFI. I recently discovered this site and the error of my ways. Preparations and research is ongoing now to fix it.

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by gscheb » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:19 am

Hello,
Been using T-mobile Myself. Wasn't able to get the best streaming picture. Found a fix in my T-mobile account Settings.
Don't know if this is your issue but could be.
Here is a link to the post written about it.

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=579&p=3499#p3499

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by BillA » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:28 am

Nowadays, there's really no need paying $79 for unlimited un-throttled service, the same exact Tmobile service can be had for less than $45 or less. For those interested in a rundown of the various less expensive options, check out this post > viewtopic.php?p=4592#p4592

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by gscheb » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:51 am

Well I am paying $95 for T-Mobile plan unlimited hotspot and HD video streaming. TV picture looks great!
When I look at simple mobile this is what i see.
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How do you get around the 480p streaming?

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by BillA » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:47 am

gscheb wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:51 am
Well I am paying $95 for T-Mobile plan unlimited hotspot and HD video streaming. TV picture looks great!
When I look at simple mobile this is what i see.
How do you get around the 480p streaming?

Normally most prepaid plans do not work for tethering (it's blocked once the hotspot data has been used up), but using an OpenWRT flashable router with the TTL set to 65, makes it work perfectly. SimpleMobile uses the Tmobile network, and at my location I get an average speed of around 150Mbps down, 50Mbps up, course your mileage may vary due to the modem's CAT#, antennas used, location, congestion, and other factors, like the phase of the moon. (jk!)

There are a couple of methods to bypass the 480p video restriction.
One is by using a regular proxy which works perfectly at high speeds.
Here's more info about the proxy method > viewtopic.php?p=4706#p4706
Another method is by using a VPN, but unlike a simple proxy it slows down the overall connection significantly, to less than half of normal speeds. I can also disable it on the account via my dealer portal at the time of a new activation only, without having to use a proxy or VPN.

You can buy a sim card activation kit at your local Walmart, Target, BestBuy, Dollar General, or a SimpleMobile dealer (https://www.simplemobile.com/findastore). The $45 auto-pay price after they add a bunch of taxes and fees, comes out to be about $50 bucks/month total, which is one of the cheapest high speed data plans out there.

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by joeyf » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:09 am

First post. Thread looks relative and old enough to jump in on...T-Mobile is my best option for any chance at good speed where I am at in rural Maine. I ordered a T-Mobile Test Drive kit off eBay to evaluate. I currently have Google Fi mobile service and showing -86/-88 dBm signal from a (new) tower about a mile away. I also have a Wilson 460103 DB Pro booster kit that was used to improve my former Verizon service that I can resurrect to perhaps improve this signal.

Anyhow, if all goes well and I proceed with obtaining the appropriate gear I will most likely start out trying the Simple Mobile plan reference by BillA above. I see one seller on eBay offering 90 days for something like $47 to start. Just curious, I also see there is a Simple Mobile $75 2-line plan - is it possible to bond these if greater speed is desired?

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Re: Is anyone using T-Mobile Rural with good results?

Post by BillA » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:35 pm

joeyf wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:09 am
First post. Thread looks relative and old enough to jump in on...T-Mobile is my best option for any chance at good speed where I am at in rural Maine. I ordered a T-Mobile Test Drive kit off eBay to evaluate. I currently have Google Fi mobile service and showing -86/-88 dBm signal from a (new) tower about a mile away. I also have a Wilson 460103 DB Pro booster kit that was used to improve my former Verizon service that I can resurrect to perhaps improve this signal.

Anyhow, if all goes well and I proceed with obtaining the appropriate gear I will most likely start out trying the Simple Mobile plan reference by BillA above. I see one seller on eBay offering 90 days for something like $47 to start. Just curious, I also see there is a Simple Mobile $75 2-line plan - is it possible to bond these if greater speed is desired?

I've tried that share line option and they cut me off after about 200gigs of usage since it's a shared plan:( It's best to go with two $50 truly unlimited lines, or for the second line just tether your existing phone to the router's usb port and bond the two channels together in settings using Modem Manager, better yet using OpenMPTCP
https://ltehacks.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1078

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