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Old 09-04-2019, 10:06 AM
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T-Mobile is still offering their free "test drive."

Enter your address and have a WiFi hotspot mailed to you (30GB or 30 days whichever comes first)

I got mine...slightly slower (~20 down, ~2 up) than my AT&T hotspot, but hey it's free.

https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/free-trial
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T-Mobile is still offering their free "test drive."

Enter your address and have a WiFi hotspot mailed to you (30GB or 30 days whichever comes first)
Does the hotspot work with phones currently on other carrier's networks, or only with T-Mobile cell phones?

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Does the hotspot work with phones currently on other carrier's networks, or only with T-Mobile cell phones?

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The hotspot is a standalone device that will allow you to connect to the T-mobile network with any WiFi device. So you can test drive T-mobile, even if your phone is on a different company for regular cell service, by using calls and Data over Wifi. If your phone has that feature. Or you could just wirelessly connect to your laptop or computer to test out the data ability of T-Mobiles network.

My problem with this offer is you need to return the device or pass it on to someone else after the 30 day trial.
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My problem with this offer is you need to return the device or pass it on to someone else after the 30 day trial.
I think they would prefer you do that but it is not mandatory. At least according to this page…

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After the trial, drop the hotspot off at any T-Mobile store or hand it off to a friend. Hell, put it under that wobbly table leg. That’s it.
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I think they would prefer you do that but it is not mandatory. At least according to this page…



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Thanks for that. I went ahead and requested one. Have to figure out what I want to D/L with the free 30GB if it works at my place. Last time I tried T-Mobile I could not get a signal. Real pain trying to return and get my money refunded.

Heck I swore I would never have T-Mobile after that experience. But it is hard to pass up free.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:37 AM
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I got in the T-mobile test drive hotspot yesterday. Have to say it is a rather crappy device. Hard to turn off or on. It also has a marginal battery for any long time usage. To get it to work without constant drops I had to go into the hotspot settings and designate LTE only instead of the Automatic 3G/LTE it came with. It does USB tether without issue though. A rural device could really use a much better build with a external antenna connection point. The Coolpad Surf is not even close to the Netgear Unite, Nighthawk or Verizon hotspots in terms of quality.

In terms of connection I am barely getting one. A speed test shows about 1-3mbs down and a lousy .3-.6 up. With frequent drops. The new band 71 - 600mhz that T-mobile is trying to promote for rural users is not near as good as either AT&T or Verizon at my location. Too bad since their 6GB for $25/mo was something I would have considered if it would have worked.

So not quite worthless but near enough. Good thing it was free and I don't have to fight T-Mobile for a refund. I would never go there again.
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Until recently, we used a wireless broadband service such as this for our sole internet service, nothing else available. We used several companies over the years, including T-Mobile. My wife was the only one using it at that time (I had a company iPad) and she was running over on usage very month, according to them. So we found a program that would track uploads and downloads for whatever time we wanted. So when we renewed our plan, we tracked it. T-Mobile was claiming we were using almost 50% more than we actually were. Thinking somebody hacked our password, we changed the login PW several times, same result. Needless to say, we dropped them and will never go back for any reason.
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I'm t mobile client, and use my 4g cell phone often in tethering mode, being an IT guy, there are times when i need to get my laptop onto wifi to do remote work.....

i am happy with it overall....
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After about 1 hour this afternoon I have D/L about half of the open SUSE 15.1 ISO of 3.8GB using the T-Mobile test hotspot. (It is ongoing on a spare computer) It will be interesting if I can end up with a good copy to burn to a thumb drive for upgrade purposes. In the past I never had enough of a Data allotment to ever D/L a OS install and always just bought a DVD or thumb drive of them all ready setup. It should make for a interesting experience.

Not exactly a barn burner but I might be able to make use of the 30GB of free data.

Update: Well maybe not. The d/l stalled after 2.4GB and would not complete. Might retry it in a few days.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:35 AM
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I was able to complete my d/l without having to start from scratch. I did a checksum of the IS0 and it all came out good. Just got done burning it to a 8gb thumb drive and testing it out. Works.

Doing some research on the Coolpad Surf, that is supplied by T-Mobile for the free test drive, I can see why my experience with it is subpar to my other hotspots. The chipset is a Qualcom MDM9207 which simply is a very low quality LTE modem. The device is also limited on memory of only 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM. It is no wonder why it is such a slow device. It lacks any serious power.

It does bring up the question of why T-Mobile is marketing this subpar device. Besides this free giveaway they actually are trying to sell the thing to be used for their regular prepaid hotspot plans. As a test drive I think it will not bring a lot of new customers to their roll out of 600mhz band 71 service.
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They seem to be targeting rural folks who lack decent isp's but have ok lte cell phone coverage...

i guess this is better that sat isp, and maybe less expensive...

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i have 1gb fiber pop into home, into cat6 gb lan, gb adapters and unifi enterprise wifi access points, i routinely nail 950/950....as we say in the IT world, porn server fast...80.00 a month....
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:19 PM
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I was able to complete my d/l without having to start from scratch. I did a checksum of the IS0 and it all came out good. Just got done burning it to a 8gb thumb drive and testing it out. Works.

Doing some research on the Coolpad Surf, that is supplied by T-Mobile for the free test drive, I can see why my experience with it is subpar to my other hotspots. The chipset is a Qualcom MDM9207 which simply is a very low quality LTE modem. The device is also limited on memory of only 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM. It is no wonder why it is such a slow device. It lacks any serious power.

It does bring up the question of why T-Mobile is marketing this subpar device. Besides this free giveaway they actually are trying to sell the thing to be used for their regular prepaid hotspot plans. As a test drive I think it will not bring a lot of new customers to their roll out of 600mhz band 71 service.
Nothing T-Mobile has is competitive to AT&T's unlimited "tablet" prepaid plan for $35/month (set it up in a tablet then move the SIM to a hotspot)
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:59 PM
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Nothing T-Mobile has is competitive to AT&T's unlimited "tablet" prepaid plan for $35/month (set it up in a tablet then move the SIM to a hotspot)
I agree. I am doing the AT&T tablet plan currently on a Netgear modem burt it's not portable. i'm on my 2nd free T-Mobile cool surf. I will say the T-Mobile is almost 2x faster download (around 24Mbs vs. 12 or so for AT&T) but the cost is prohibitive. not only is it darn near impossible to figure out what plans they even have on their website, when you do actually go in and try to buy a plan, you have to bet their phone plan with limited data and slow downs for more money....you'd think they'd make it easy to continue the service. dumb move on their part.

I tried to get the modem unlocked through a 3rd party to use the AT&T sim card (had to cut the card down) but they are locked and nobody can generate a PUK code for these things yet. a couple places said maybe after 12 mths.

they run fine on the USB power cord so no idea on the battery life, but it would be nice to have a portable modem for AT&T I figured...

at least the battery in them fits my Samsung phone so I got that as a backup...free is free...
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In the category of strange. After spotting this Thread this afternoon I get a notice on my computer that it was detected the WiFi signal from the Free T-mobile Coolpad. Considering I had powered it off 2 days ago it was odd . So I looked at it on the shelf and sure enough it had turned itself on. Freaky!

That is one thing I love about my Netgear LB1120 wireless modem. A definite on/off push button instead of these hold for 3-5 seconds and hope that it works devices.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:27 AM
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In the category of strange. After spotting this Thread this afternoon I get a notice on my computer that it was detected the WiFi signal from the Free T-mobile Coolpad. Considering I had powered it off 2 days ago it was odd . So I looked at it on the shelf and sure enough it had turned itself on. Freaky!

That is one thing I love about my Netgear LB1120 wireless modem. A definite on/off push button instead of these hold for 3-5 seconds and hope that it works devices.
I am using the Netgear LB1120 as well. nice unit. do you have an external antenna hooked up? I bought a pair of the cheapo Chinese ones from amazon ($13/pr.) but don't notice any difference in signal with or without them. apparently only one input is for 4g and the other is 3g but the antenna's are the same...
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I have the Netgear MIMO antenna. It marginally improves my signal from about 108-111db RSRP without to 104-105db with. It seems to help most with upload speed. Not sure if I had a outdoor antenna I could do any better since I am in a poor reception location.
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