Moving to Bay Area. What wireless carrier?

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May 4 19 Comments

Moving to the Bay Area to work for FB. How are the networks in terms of reliability and speed?

T-Mobile seems cheapest but I'd assume that's more to compensate for a worse network than out of the goodness of their hearts...

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  • Apple castigator
    I switched to T-Mobile one year ago and I don’t have connectivity issues
    May 4 1
    • Intel latherslat
      T-Mobile is great ! I switched from Verizon and saw no difference in service but almost 100% reduction in my bill.
      May 4
  • Google InternShip
    How easy is it to relocate from UK to Bay with FB?
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      Well I'm a US citizen living in UK so pretty straightforward but probably an edge case
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    T-Mobile is great until you go out of Urban areas (Highway 1 etc). Google Fi switches over to Sprint in those areas.

    Facebook gives you a phone with a corporate plan when you join.
    May 4 1
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      Yeah but I'd like to keep work and personal life separate (to the extent one can these days)
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  • Salesforce / Eng ragnarr
    I’ve had T-Mobile for 4 years now in the bay. Haven’t had any issues
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      Good to know t-mobile is okay in the bay. I haven’t had issues in LA but I’m moving soon to the Bay too. The free unlimited international texts and data is a great selling point if you travel or have family overseas.
      May 4
  • Nutanix akulki
    I use project Fi and am quite happy with it. Works great for international travel.
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  • Google gredo
    I use project Fi. Enjoyed it so far esp for international travels
    May 4 1
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      This is useful for me. I'm moving from the UK and anticipate going back a lot!
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  • New bmmC14
    ATT or Verizon. T-Mobile was crap a couple years ago.
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      Yeah I remember it being crap a couple years ago when I lived there. Been gone for 3 years and wondering if it got any better!
      May 4
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    +1 Google Fi. I love it.
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    What about Google's project Fi?
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  • Google əๅɓoo⅁
    I used TMobile for years. Coverage outside of cities is poor, but OK in bay area.
    Using Fi on iPhone now which is basically TMobile.
    May 4 0
  • Google OyIL54
    T Mobile or Google Fi all the way - especially if you poke traveling internationally
    May 4 0
  • Square tXCe42
    I use mint mobile, dirt cheap and pretty good connection. Pretty sure the use t-mobiles network.
    May 4 0
  • SAP johndoe
    I highly recommend you getting att prepaid with the 8+8gb(=16gb) plan which just costs 40$. https://www.att.com/prepaid/double-data-offer.html

    It's unlimited phone calls and texting and due a promo you get 16gb instead of 8gb data when you sign up until July. It also has data rollover so that in some months you can use even more than those 16gb. Most importantly the speed is unlimited (full LTE) AND all of the data can be used for tethering. Imho this is both cheaper and better than a lot of those ~80$ "pseudo unlimited" plans where you can just use a subset of data for tethering, and where they compress videos / pics etc.
    I use the att plan quite a lot as tether Hotspot for my laptop when I'm in a Café and in many places I get 70Mbit/s+ down.
    I tried t mobile a year ago and it really sucked compared to att, especially in caltrain. Also used Google fi before att which is ok, but it turns out more expensive if you use more than 2gb and the coverage / speed with att is usually better, despite fi using 2 networks.
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