06/22/2012, 04:04 PM
I'm looking to come back to the Pre3 after having gone to Android almost a year ago. Allow me to quickly describe my phone usage and plan, because that's going to be key to my questions.
- I almost never talk on the phone. Something like 100-200 minutes a month. I do use the data for email, web browsing.
- I left my Sprint Pre- because it was clear that it would be webOS dead end. There was no need to pay $70 a month when I could get a Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile for $25. Since I don't use my phone that much, price of the plan is a key consideration. I wouldn't consider even paying $50/mo just to use a Pre3.
- I'm looking at the T-mobile/Wal-Mart $30 plan which is 100 minutes of talk plus 5GB of data on a pay as you go plan. I realize that is only officially EDGE speed because the Pre3 doesn't have the T-mobile 4G frequency. However, in my area, northern California, there are reports that T-Mobile is refarming 1900mhz spectrum and transitioning over to it everywhere in the next year or two. There's no official word on this from T-mobile though.
- Driving force for the change is that I can give my wife my Virgin Mobile grandfathered plan and phone when her contract exits (she's going pre-paid too) leaving me with the need for a new phone.
- Does anyone know of a place where one can look up T-Mobile 1900mhz spectrum? (No I don't have any friends with T-mobile or the right phone to check in my area.) Has anyone else looked into this or is everyone going with AT&T MVNOs?
- What are my navigation options on the Pre3? I used Sprint navigation extensively and I use the built-in Android one as well. It occurred to me that if I'm getting an unlocked Pre3 and put in a Tmobile sim in it (it would be my first non-CDMA phone) I might not necessarily have a turn-by-turn navigation option. I know there's some solutions out there that you download the maps to the device, but I am pretty spoiled by just having it ready to go when I need it, without any prep work.
Are there any other gotchas with going to a Pre3? I hadn't even considered the navigation issue until just recently. It's the kind of thing that I figured would be stock on every phone with every carrier, but in this case, it might not. So I wonder if I missed anything else.