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T-Mobile is bringing back the ability to test drive its network

What you need to know

  • T-Mobile Test Drive allows you to use your existing smartphone on TMO regardless of your current carrier.
  • Service is provided via a mobile hotspot.
  • You'll get 30 days or 30 GB of data, whichever comes first.

Switching mobile carriers is not easy, even with so many cloud services to help the transition. Although carriers offer switching incentives and the out of pocket cost is little to none, there is still resistance. Switching is a pain, and the unknown of how the service will work for you is what keeps many people from taking the plunge. T-Mobile hopes to change that with their latest Un-Carrier move.

Back in 2014, T-Mobile launched an Un-Carrier move called Test Drive — allowing you to try T-Mobile by carrying a second phone (which at the time was an iPhone 5S), using another phone number, and having just seven days to do so. Well, today it is getting amped up with hopes to gain the carrier more customers.

The new Test Drive allows you 30 days or 30 GB of data, whichever comes first, to see how the coverage works for you. A bonus of the new version is that you get to keep your existing smartphone and number, and testing is done via a Coolpad Surf Device hotspot that will connect to the T-Mobile LTE network.

Signing up is straightforward to get your hotspot shipped to you, and after the trial period ends, you can return it to any T-Mobile store. Alternatively, you can give it to a friend to test and they can then go to T-Mobile's website to sign up by indicating they have a device from a friend.

Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.
  • So I have to carry around a hotspot with me and then connect it to my phone via Wi-Fi. Everywhere. Yeah makes sense.
  • Hey, I'll give it a whirl. I see T-Mobile has improved their services in my area and I've been wondering how it'll work out. No cost so if it's doo-doo, no worries for me.
  • Yea there's no way to mess with the speed through that.... The hotspot works great and then the network is throttled all of a sudden. Shady.
  • Why would it be shady? You aren't paying for it during that time.
  • I switched to TMobile a few years ago and never looked back they will be the biggest and best carrier in a few years.
  • I know what TMobile service is like at my house. I have outdoor service if any at all. It's by far the worst carrier in my area. Even Sprint is way better. I'll stick with Verizon prepaid.
  • Shockingly Sprint and T-Mobile are both the better carriers where I live.
  • Guess thats good for people who live in areas where they removed hspa support & dont have a band 71 device