I was just in USA on a road trip for 8 days. I have to say that whatever coverage we are getting with T-Mobile in USA is absolutely horrible. I was there with 2 other family members. We had an iPhone 14 Pro Max, a Galaxy S23 Ultra and a Pixel 6 Pro. The Galaxy seemed to fair the best as far as signal but the Pixel and iPhone basically had no signal when inside any sort of structure and even when outside in the open it was pretty spotty. I specifically bought CAN-US plans so that I would have piece of mind coverage when in the US but this did not do that in the least.
Curious if anyone else has similar experience when roaming with T-Mobile?
That's shocking! As a T-Mobile USA customer with an S23 Ultra purchased from T-Mobile running the U1 non-carrier specific firmware of Android 14 beta 2 as of this morning. I haven't had any coverage issues. I regularly travel up and down the east coast.
Most of T-Mobile's 4G LTE coverage is on bands 12, 41, 66, and 71 with some areas still using band 2 and band 4. For 5G, bands 41 and 66 are probably the most likely because Canadian devices do not support mmWave.
Are your devices purchased from Telus? When I was a Telus customer. I got lots of text messages stating that because my device was not model sold by Canadian carriers, Telus would block my device from roaming, even if that device was purchased from their roaming partner.
Hey thanks for the reply. Yes my devices were all purchased from Telus. I just found that whenever I was inside a building (Costco for example) it was basically dead. When I would try to send messages on Signal it would just spin and spin and maybe eventually go through. At one point I tried to send a picture and it would not send at all until I left the building. When I was in Chicaco at Northerly Island (where the Bears stadium is) mine and my daughter's (iPhone) were super slow and spotty at best. I just find it frustrating that I have these CAN-US plans with tons of data and no roaming fees but I still need wifi to compensate.
Yes, I had terrible connection issues when I was in Houston and San Francisco. My OnePlus 6T wouldn't hold a data connection for more than a few seconds at a time. I thought it might be phone related as my wife's OnePlus 7T had no issues using my SIM in Houston. However I bought a prepaid AT&T SIM for my trip to Maui and it worked just fine in my phone so I really don't know if it's phone related.
I have since upgraded my phone to a Pixel 8 Pro and replaced my SIM. I am heading to Seattle tomorrow so we'll see how this goes. I was actually in Seattle last year in October and don't recall having any issues but at that time I was using the daily roam plan and not the Can-US plan. Fingers crossed...