I recently switched from Sprint to T-Mobile and I've been very happy with the change. I'm saving over $100 a month for a family of three.
On the data front, here's what T-Mobile does. You have unlimited bandwidth. After you reach a limit, they throttle you down to lower speeds. If you need more than 500mb per month of high speed data (the default) you can get an additional 2gb for $10 a month. When you get the additional bandwidth, they enable tethering at no additional charge.
I paid over $500 to be shut of Sprint. It's the best $500 I have ever spent!
It all depends on where you are. T-Mobile's CEO says they cover the vast majority of Americans, though not the vast majority of the geography. He says they're working on covering the geography. We'll see.
However, in the Dallas area, T-Mobile was a vast improvement over Sprint. Better coverage, better bandwidth.
On a recent trip from Dallas to Austin, T-Mobile was no worse in the boonies than Sprint. (Damning with faint praise.)
I paid over $500 to be shut of Sprint and move to T-Mobile. It will pay for itself in 5 months. And, for me where I am, the service is much better.
California did the same thing to the San Francisco Baking Institute, a world famous baking school. It was touch and go if they'd be able to stay open. I thought it was outrageous. Mostly because of the sudden and heavy-handed way the state handled it. "You're shut down. Now." was pretty much the way it went down. They had to jump through hoops and make the rivers run backwards to stay open.
On the other hand, they, and the coding academies mentioned, are charging for their services. I don't have a problem with the state of California trying to make sure that the schools are legit. In many cases, the students are paying with funds the state provided, so the question of "is the state getting their money's worth?" is a valid question.
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