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Long story short..... Due to some crazy crap my company has decided to pull I may be moving to Costa Rica for a year or traveling back and forth multiple times a year.

I am going to want to keep my US phone number and cell phone plan and also get a phone number on a plan with the local carrier Kolbi in Costa Rica. I currently have Verizon and their international plans are awful and ridiculously expensive. Only US carrier with free international roaming is T-Mobile.

My plan is to buy the OnePlus3 phone which supports dual sim cards and then switch my number to T-Mobile. I will then have a T-Mobile and a Kolbi sim in my phone while I am down in CR.

I am just not sure if I want to be stuck with T-Mobile though before and after I go down to CR... I had ATT and switched to Verizon because I was unhappy with the ATT coverage in my area. Seems like T-Mobile is worse than ATT in general so I would think that once I get back to the states I am going to be un satisfied with T-Mobile. I also have a bunch of people on my Verizon plan so switching would not be easy so I don't really want to switch back and forth.
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T Mobile is much better than they were a few years ago. If you have any issues indoors, call them and they will send you a cell spot to provide LTE coverage.
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In the metro areas here in FL they are fine. But their coverage is much more narrow than say Verizon's. If I had to travel a lot for business, I would not consider T-Mobile. I've had a lot of people here at work try T-Mobile only to bail once they went anywhere other than work / home.
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In the metro areas here in FL they are fine. But their coverage is much more narrow than say Verizon's. If I had to travel a lot for business, I would not consider T-Mobile. I've had a lot of people here at work try T-Mobile only to bail once they went anywhere other than work / home.

Yeah that's what I worry about. I tend to travel a lot and take road trips and now it looks like I am going to be traveling a lot outside of the country. ATT was ok but there were a lot of places that I had no service. When I made a trip from CO to Montana through Wyoming ATT was awful. Most of the little communities I visited only had a Verizon cell tower. I would assume TMobile would only be worse.
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Outside of the US, I've found the best provider to be British Telecom. I've been in some crazy places where the local providers couldn't keep a signal but BT would have full bars and work just fine.
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They're actually the best provider in my area, beating Verizon, ATT, and Sprint by a rather large margin. I currently own both a Verizon and T-Mo phone, and despite the T-Mo being 3 generations outdated, it is the phone I carry when I only have enough pockets to carry one device, because it is the one I can rely on having reception.

Now, that said, I'm on the East Coast, so my experience could be totally irrelevant for you.
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Switching to TMobile from AT&T is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Massively better data plans aside, the rates are much more reasonable too, and coverage is good in Florida and Texas for me.


It's true that TMobile cuts out more in undeveloped areas, but it's not really an issue for me. I can go without coverage for a few minutes on the road, and coverage is fine in the big metropolitan areas I've been in
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I've been with Tmo for over a decade. Naver had complaints. And if CR is one of the xountries on the list. No roaming charges for text/interwebs.
My sister and hubby are on my plan, living in JP and they have txt and 4g for no additional charge. If you buy your phone outright you are not locked in at all. Otherwise, you must pay off your phone if you terminate service.

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