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T-Mobile.com / Walmart: Prepaid $30/month - Unlim Text, 5GB Data*, 100 Voice Mins (New Activation Only)

porkrinds 425 October 3, 2011 at 06:39 AM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (8) More T-Mobile Deals
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Short: NEW Activations only.
Buy sim card + activation kit/code (required).
Activate online at t-mobile.com, choose $30 plan. Done.

Any unlocked GSM phone will work. Maybe others, YMMV. NO SPRINT/VERIZON (unless they are unlocked and accept SIM cards... typically "world phones"). Also no Blackberry.

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#5191
thinking of getting this 30 PP with a galaxy note 2 . anyone has any input of which version to buy. unlocked galaxy note 2 gt n700 or the tmobile version. does the gtn700 supports tmobile 3g network?
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#5192
if you want the fastest tmobile speeds you want a phone with 42 HSPA+ radio

Nexus 4 has it, don't know about note 2 or s3

I have an S2 and it gets 15+ Mbps down on $30 plan
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#5193
I am thinking to get the cheapest possible prepaid plan (no data and messages; minimum talk time).

It appears that T-mobile has the cheapest Pay As You Go plan, where the refill is $10 (30 minutes) valid for 90 days. My total cost would be $40/year. I can only buy a phone from the link below. The cheapest phone is $50 (Nokia X2 and few others): http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...close-cart. Any comments ? TIA.

Will HTC One V (Virgin Mobile) phone work only with min $35 pm plan ? Is there any possibility to use this phone for $20 pm (PayLo) plan ? Are there any other cheaper options available ? TIA.
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Quote from unlvrebels View Post :
I am thinking to get the cheapest possible prepaid plan (no data and messages; minimum talk time).

It appears that T-mobile has the cheapest Pay As You Go plan, where the refill is $10 (30 minutes) valid for 90 days. My total cost would be $40/year. I can only buy a phone from the link below. The cheapest phone is $50 (Nokia X2 and few others): http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...close-cart. Any comments ? TIA.
Since when does a $10 reload count for 90 days? It's 30 days.
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...u-go-plans

And why do you need to buy one of their phones? Just get a sim card and stick it in a phone that accepts them. Go to Walmart of Fry's and just grab a $20 prepaid T-Mobile phone off the shelf. (at&t (if unlocked), other T-Mobile devices, unlocked phones etc.).

Also if you're looking for the cheapest with the best coverage, Page Plus is cheaper. They have $10 pins that last 120 days, so you could essentially get through a whole year with just $30.
http://www.pagepluscellular.com/O...0Card.aspx
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Will HTC One V (Virgin Mobile) phone work only with min $35 pm plan ? Is there any possibility to use this phone for $20 pm (PayLo) plan ? Are there any other cheaper options available ? TIA.
One V will only work on the $35 plan not on the $20 PayLo plan.

However, you can activate the One V on Page Plus (uses Verizon's network) like I did.
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#5195
Quote from ssudarshan75 View Post :
Was on the $30 plan for a while and then switched to straight talk. Now planning to take up the $50 plan however it says after 100MB of 4GB speed is capped. Does anyone know is it 3G or edge after 100MB?
Edge.

EDIT: If you want that $50 plan, switch to Simple Mobile and go for their $40 plan. You get a little more data and it's cheaper (and on the same network).
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Quote from highlifelight View Post :
Edge.
So much slower than EDGE. I made it past my 5GB this month and I am throttled to 0.02Mbps down and up.

Right now though I get 10kbps down 14kbps up. Luckily I still have my att data sim for data to keep me going for a few more days before my cycle renews.

EDIT: It seems it matters if I'm on GSM Only or H. On HSPA+ I get 67kbps down 62kbps up. Still slow but at least that's a little more bearable.
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Quote from dzap View Post :
So much slower than EDGE. I made it past my 5GB this month and I am throttled to 0.02Mbps down and up.

Right now though I get 10kbps down 14kbps up. Luckily I still have my att data sim for data to keep me going for a few more days before my cycle renews.
How do you use up 5GB? Thanks.
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#5198
I have the $90 plan with galaxy s and $30 Walmart plan with nexus 4. So far no difference in reception or quality. Paying the etf and dropping the $90 plan tomorrow.
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Quote from ikonoklast View Post :
How do you use up 5GB? Thanks.
Considering the insane speeds I get now I expected to use up more but I honestly don't know how I managed to use that all up so fast. I normally hover around 3-4GB a few days before my billing cycle is due but I have like half a month still left on basic 2G speeds.

I flashed my ROMs a few times so even the data counter is reset. My next month will probably be a better indication of how I used that much data.
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Quote from dap7298 View Post :
I have the $90 plan with galaxy s and $30 Walmart plan with nexus 4. So far no difference in reception or quality. Paying the etf and dropping the $90 plan tomorrow.
laugh out loud Congrats! What carrier? Verizon?

Good job Google. The more people that realize how much we get screwed by contracts in the US the better. Cool
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Quote from dzap View Post :
Since when does a $10 reload count for 90 days? It's 30 days.
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...u-go-plans
From your link itself it shows $10 plan is 30 mins and duration is 90 days.
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Quote from unlvrebels View Post :
I am thinking to get the cheapest possible prepaid plan (no data and messages; minimum talk time).

It appears that T-mobile has the cheapest Pay As You Go plan, where the refill is $10 (30 minutes) valid for 90 days. My total cost would be $40/year. I can only buy a phone from the link below. The cheapest phone is $50 (Nokia X2 and few others): http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...close-cart. Any comments ? TIA.

Will HTC One V (Virgin Mobile) phone work only with min $35 pm plan ? Is there any possibility to use this phone for $20 pm (PayLo) plan ? Are there any other cheaper options available ? TIA.
Spot Mobile (which uses T-mobile) is the cheapest prepaid plan I've found--$5 (50 minutes) valid for 90 days, or $20/year.

I purchased several Samsung/ATT GoPhones when Best Buy was selling them for $3+change so I'd have an extra phone in each car.
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Quote from dzap View Post :
laugh out loud Congrats! What carrier? Verizon?

Good job Google. The more people that realize how much we get screwed by contracts in the US the better. Cool

No I'm on T-Mobile for both phones. Wanted to test both phones in parallel before deciding which plan to go with. My etf is $200 so I'm not sure congratulations are in order. Its not slick but hopefully this is the last cell contract I get stuck in.
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#5204
Got the $30 plan using a Nexus 4 Jellybean, GrooveIP and google voice.

How does voicemail work? I can't switch the voicemail to google voice, and google voice says it can't be done with t-mobile prepaid.

Do I still get voicemails?
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#5205
Quote from arbie2 View Post :
Spot Mobile (which uses T-mobile) is the cheapest prepaid plan I've found--$5 (50 minutes) valid for 90 days, or $20/year.

I purchased several Samsung/ATT GoPhones when Best Buy was selling them for $3+change so I'd have an extra phone in each car.
I aslo bought one of those phones. What does it take to get it onto Spot? Do I have to buy a Spot sim, and what do they cost? Is there any other startup charge?

I wish you could pay the $20 at once, instead of having to remember every 90 days.
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