I considered switching to AT&T, but tey cost $20/month more than T-Mobile. The AT&T person in the store said my iPhone 4S would run on 3G speeds at an AT&T phone.
Yesterday, I ordered two 32GB iPhone SEs from T-mobile. The should arrive next week. I have software from Wondershare that can transfer the settings, photos, etc. from one phone to another. I'll try that, but will first back up all phones with iTunes just in case something goes wrong. I used the Wondershare software to transfer items from the Samsung phone mentioned above to one of the iPhone 4S units. Actually, I'll first try a transfer to a third iPhone 4S that has a badly cracked screen. That will give me some confidence before trying anything on one of the devices we plan to use.
According to T-Mobile, I han just all and have the phone numbers transferred. Two will go to the new pnones and a third with switch from one iPhone S to an iPhone 5.
Martin...my sympathies on these problems. In many ways I'd say "Stuff 'em, switch carriers", but that will probably bring its own hassles. I am with a company in Australia called Spin, whose service is usually not bad, but we have had some strange problems recently phoning Zimbabwe. Only Zimbabwe, nowhere else. And in both cases they have sent a tech round to check the line (which obviously works fine), then slugged me with an incorrect callout fee which has only been waived after some pretty bitter wrangling. I'd change, but then I have to change one of my email addresses, which means changing some other accounts....so I'm biting the bullet for now. We are soon changing to NBN (National Broadband Network - fibre based network) and while I don't have to change carriers then, I might do so anyway. Voting with your feet is one of the most powerful tools you have against uncaring, greedy or incompetent companies. In your case, if they'd offered you 2G at a reduced rate, it sounds like you might have taken that?
As a humorous aside, I recently picked up a 2-sim phone for $20 at a local supplier. A couple of weeks later I found out why it was so cheap. It was only 2G and 2G is being switched off completely in Australia, there's only one carrier (of 3) still supporting it and they're closing it soon. Anyway, I've got a nice MP3 player for my $20.... If I can find the (unique) charger.... :-)
"And your daughter shouldn't have a better phone than you do. She's got more years left than you."
She's going off to college and will surely take many more pictures and such than I will. Her 16GB 5S will be fine for me. Remember that I have an iPhone 6 with unlimited high spoeed data as a work phone.
I can't seem to get a straight answer from T-Mobile about getting $200 off on the account. Is $200 per account or $200 per line? Person in the store said per line, but paper that arrived in the mail says one per customer, but does it mean that each user is a customer? Not clear. I will buy two phones from T-Mobile of each is effectively $200 off. If that applies to one phone only, then I'd but one from T-Mobile and another from eBay.
If course when you call, they tell you that you have to add another line to get anything off at all. That's not the case but that's what they want you to do.
Does anyone know if iPhone 5 and iPhone SE use the same SIM? That would make one transition easier. I know that the iPhone 4 SIMS are bigger that iPhone 5, which are bigger than iPhone 6.
When I put my wife in her iPhone 4S a few months ago, The SIM is iPhone 6 size with an adapter to make it fit in the iPhone 4.
I've been on Ting back when they were only on Sprint. Now Ting uses both T-Mo and Sprint, so your choice of phones is even better. Their support is excellent, and, unlike many MVNO's, they support voice roaming (I don't believe data roaming is supported; it's definitely not on the Sprint side, since Verizon changes way too much).
Data is a more reasonable $10/GB (used to be $20/G; the smallest tiers are 100MB then 500MB), although I try to stay under 100M and use WiFi.
However, Ting doesn't make sense if you have heavy voice, text, or data users.
I suggest getting on Ebay and finding a nice unlocked 5 or 5s at half price and put your old SIM card in it. And your daughter shouldn't have a better phone than you do. She's got more years left than you.
I ended up with TING which uses the T-Mobile network. It's more of a pay as you go plan with $6 / mo per phone for the base charge. Then you pay for minutes/text/data according to how much you use. If you have a college-age daughter on your plan, it might not be as economical as an unlimited plan through T-Mobile depending on how much she uses. You also have to pay up-front for a phone but almost any unlocked phone can be used.
It does nicely address the fewer services for less money though, since you only pay for what you use.
I've been using them for a couple years and my bill is typically less than $20 / mo but I don't use much data...