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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."

Selectively Silence Text & iMessages

We've all gotten text messages/iMessages from companies or people that didn't require a trumpet fanfare text tone and a violent vibration in our pocket. With iOS 7, you can now assign a contact no text sound and no vibration for a completely silent and still (non) notification. I find this useful for things like verification codes sent via SMS from places like Outlook.com, Google, Evernote, etc. or notifications from my bank, credit card company, etc.

Using this method, you can selectively decide which sender's messages get no notification.

First you'll need to save the sender as a Contact in your phone. This can be quickly done from the text message by tapping the word "Contact" in the top right corner of the message, then tap the "i" that appears and tap "Create New Contact".

Once your contact is created, you'll need to edit the Contact. If you just created the Contact and didn't tap done you're already in Edit mode. If your contact is already saved, locate the Contact and tap the word "Edit" in the top right corner.

Now scroll down to the Text Tone entry and tap to the right.

Just under your Default text tone you'll find "None" - tap this, then the word "Done" in the top right corner.  

Repeat the previous step for Vibration, and you're now free from sound and vibration for that sender.

These instructions are for iPhones running iOS 7. You can do the same on iPad, however buttons may be located in a slightly different location.