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Space Shuttle Endeavour

During a recent trip to the West Coast I had a chance to stop by the California Science Center and see Space Shuttle Endeavor. Endeavour is the newest of NASA's Space Shuttle Fleet, and was retired in 2012. Endeavour was build to replace the Challenger after it broke up shortly after launch.

It was very cool to see this magnificent ship resting on it's pedestals. When you walk into the exhibit, it's breath taking! It's displayed in such a way that you can walk all around the Shuttle, and under it. They've also got cameras inside the shuttle showing a live feed, not that it seems like it ever changes.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

I Really Want to Love T-Mobile... But Can't

I've tried. Many times. I really want to love T-Mobile. But I can't. Their customer service is above-average for the industry. Their data speeds are good. Their unlimited plans are really nice to have. Their pricing is amazing. Their international plans are out-of-this-world. But their overall coverage sucks.

I used both voice and data on iPhone 5 two different times - both times in Dallas/Ft. Worth, once in LA, once in Santa Barbara, once in Detroit, and once in Ontario, Canada.

Dallas/Ft. Worth has awesome coverage - I found that I could generally get a strong signal with good data speeds everywhere I went, but that changed quickly as I left the DFW Metroplex. 

Service was hardly useable in California - I either couldn't get a signal, or got super slow data speeds, if anything, when I could get a signal, both on 3G and LTE. When I tried a call in Santa Barbara, the voice quality was lacking.

Detroit didn't have signal issues, but didn't have impressive speeds either. I was getting around 1 Mbps on 3G most of the time, and only saw an LTE signal for a split second.

I did enjoy the unlimited roaming in Canada, even at a max of 128 kbps (think airplane wifi). It was nice to iMessage and check email, but it wasn't enough for me to keep service.

AT&T is definitely more expensive, but as momma always said: "You pay for what you get."