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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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http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans

$30 per month—Unlimited web and text with 100 minutes talk
100 minutes talk | Unlimited text | First 5 GB at up to 4G speeds
This plan is only available for devices purchased from
Wal-Mart or devices activated on T-Mobile.com


T-Mobile Prepaid (micro, standard and nano) sims [t-mobile.com]
**THIS IS FOR NEW ACTIVATIONS ONLY** YMMV as existing customer.

This offer is only for NEW Customers.
If you are no longer tied to tmobile contract, To get around "new customer only" restriction, port your existing number to Google Voice $20 one time fees. Then get this new offer from t-mobile with new number. Then forward all calls from your Google Voice to your new t-mobile number. All these will be invisible to all your friends since they still call the old number, and you still get their calls on your mobile handset. This is seamless for making and receiving calls on Android. (For iPhone keep in mind this isn't fully seamless when making calls using the native phone app, texting, etc.)

To activate the new tmobile plan you can go to the following URL
Code:
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/ActivateCodes.aspx

When signing up online, specify that you need a new number. After you're done, call 877-789-3106 and tell them you want to transfer your number. The process will be much faster/smoother.

Running out of minutes?...
If you need more minutes you can use VOIP service
30 and 35MB per hour
use google voice via VOIP....

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about this plan: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1646755

(Tip... when Activating, a single invalid Activation Code / SIM serial / IMEI serial may display all three as invalid. Enter 15 "1"s as your IMEI to get around having a valid IMEI.)
Setup for Dummies guide for this plan:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1646755

Will my phone work with 4G/3G?

AT&T branded (bought from AT&T or has logo on phone):
Quote :
Maybe T-Mobile's 3G/4G network requires the 1700 band in many areas, which means only 2G / EDGE speeds will work. But some areas are starting to get 3G on the 1900 band: http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-turns-on-3G-coverage-for-unlocked-Apple-iPhone-models-in-some-areas_id24870
Iphone/ipad:
Quote :
Maybe T-Mobile's 3G/4G network requires the 1700 band in many areas, which means only 2G / EDGE speeds will work. But some areas are starting to get 3G on the 1900 band: http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-turns-on-3G-coverage-for-unlocked-Apple-iPhone-models-in-some-areas_id24870
Tmobile:
Quote :
Yes Use any handset with 4G in the name if you are unsure. 3G handsets can be purchased on tmobile.com/prepaid like the Optimus T.
Where to buy a 4G/3G supported phone?

Just a Tmobile SIM card:
Quote :
YMMV... the T-mobile store will give you a card and activation kit for free. Or just buy online, currently on sale for only $0.99.
Quote :
Buy any Tmobile prepaid phone at a retailer ~$20 and activate online. Buy a SIM card from Tmobile.com for $8.
Craigslist or ebay. Find a Tmobile branded 4G handset like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G or MyTouch 4G.


Look here to see at supported phones: Phone Arena [phonearena.com]

Rule of thumb: If it's not sold by T-Mobile, it most likely will NOT support the 1700 band. The 1700 band is pretty rare in the rest of the world, so most phones simply just don't support it. Rare exceptions are phones like the Nokia N8, which is a pentband phone, that support the 1700 band but is not officially sold by T-Mobile. Another rare exception is the Motorola Atrix HD, which was sold on the AT&T Network but supports the 1700 band, including LTE.


Best Phones for this plan: Please add more to the list!

High End (>$500):

Google Nexus 5 (high end phone from LG at mid range prices - $349 for 16gb, $399 for 32gb)
LG Nexus 4 [4G] [$299-$349 + shipping]
Galaxy Nexus [4G][regular price at Google Play Store for $349.99 +shipping]
Galaxy Note (ATT) [4G]
Galaxy S II [4G, HSDPA+ 42.2]
Galaxy S III [4G, HSDPA+ 42.2]
HTC Amaze [4G, HSDPA+ 42.2] Is pentaband. 4G on Tmobile, 3G/4G on AT&T
HTC One S [4G, HSDPA+ 42.2]
Nokia N9
Sony Xperia ZL [4G, HSDPA+42.2] supports LTE
Sony Xperia Z does not support LTE
Skyrocket (ATT) [4g]
(The skyrocket/note require a radio flash to work on t-mobile 4g but are pentaband also)


Mid Range ($200-$400):

Google Nexus 5 (high end phone from LG at mid range prices - $349 for 16gb, $399 for 32gb)
HTC T-mobile G2 [4G]
HTC HD2 [3G]
HTC myTouch 4G / Glacier [4G]
HTC myTouch 4G Slide [4G]
HTC Radar [4G]
HTC Sensation [4G]
Galaxy S [4G] (make sure you get model number T959V to get 4G speeds, there is a another S (T959) that is only 3G)
LG Nexus 4 [4G] [Up to 42 Mbps]
LG G2X [4G]
LG Optimus L9 [4G] $199 [t-mobile.com]
Nexus S [4G] [Up to 7.2 Mbps]
Nokia N8[3G]
Nokia Lumia 710[4G]


Low End (<$200):

Nexus One (used? hard to find?) [4G] [Up to 7.2Mbps]
Samsung Exhibit II [4G]


Super Low End (<$100):

LG Optimus T [3G only]


4G+ (bands) phones with 42 Mbps radios:
Samsung Galaxy S™ II [t-mobile.com]
HTC® Amaze™ 4G [t-mobile.com]
Samsung Galaxy S® Blaze™ 4G [engadget.com]
Samsung Galaxy S3
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What is included in the plan?

VISUAL VOICE MAIL, CALL FORWARDING, AND YOUMAIL IS NOT AVAILABLE WITH T-MOBILE PREPAID. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN GET IT TO WORK!!!!!
Visual Voicemail now works through the official Android app, and only uses data, so a great way to save on minutes! Text transcriptions are still $3.99/month. https://play.google.com/store/app...tion&hl=en

You can get free text transcriptions from google if you hook up google's voicemail to your number. You can also get rid of tmobile's voicemail app if you do that.

Every month is $30 for:
  • 5GB of 4G data, then throttled to 2G
  • Unlimited texting
  • 100 minutes, then $0.10/min if you run out.
Free Mobile to Mobile? No
Free T-Mobile to T-Mobile? No
Free Nights? No
Free Weekends? No
Free Long Distance? Yes
Do remaining minutes rollover? No
Free Roaming? Yes, on voice and texts, no on data (regular T-Mobile plans roam on data, so data coverage will be poorer on this plan)
BingeOn? Yes, Data used by supported video services will NOT count against your high speed data: http://i.imgur.com/67hi7Fm.png http://i.imgur.com/RQx29kQ.png but data will be deducted from your 5GB until depleted. Once depleted you will still be able to stream videos at 480p without throttling. All your other data will be slowed down.
Free Unlimited Streaming Music? Yes but data will be deducted from your 5GB until depleted. Once depleted you will still be able to stream music without throttling. All your other data will be slowed down.
Will any GSM Phone work?See above.
Does any Applications work to make free and receive calls with out consuming minutes? Yes (out/in) Groove IP || Yes (outgoing) No (Incoming) Nettalk Duo --Android phones only, Vonage Mobile https://play.google.com/store/app...TimeToCall
Sprint or Verizon Phones? -- ONLY if Sprint/Verizon phone has GSM + CDMA (example: HTC Touch Pro2) && must be hacked/unlocked. Also only 2G Data
Blackberry Internet Service? ==> It works! By adding optional BIS at $10/mth. See attached picture.
Will only Tmobile's 4G phone have 4g internet speed? YES, only T-mobile USA uses AWS bands for 4G
transfer existing #?Yes
Will it work with iphone?Yes -> Only GSM iPhone (not Verizon) + Only if Unlocked (phone does NOT need to be jailbroken, but you will have to modify the APN settings)
Will this work with the new iPhone 4S? From my understanding, yes it will provided you get it unlocked. There APPEARS to be only one version of the iPhone 4S and it will be sold on all 3 carriers: ATT, Verizon, and Sprint
international text and roaming included?
Which phones for tethering? Any rootable android phone OR Galaxy Nexus directly from Google Play Store support it natively without modification
Does it skip 3g and go to 2G if 4G is not available????? No, T-Mobile 3G and 4G are the same essential technology.
Overage charge of 10 cents per minute after the first 100 minutes.
Will this work with mobile hotspots supporting the 1700mhz and 2100mhz bands?only if you can replace IMEI with a generic one (i.e. galaxy tab)

Affordable or cheap refill option(s): What data coverage can I expect?

Prepaid:
vs

Postpaid/Contract
Quote :
Click "Data coverage"
http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx
See attached pictures.



To check your minutes/data on the go

Use this web address from your mobile (doesn't works over wifi)

http://ma.web2go.com/myaccount/home.do
Code:
http://ma.web2go.com/myaccount/home.do


Restriction:
If your account does not contain sufficient fund for next month's payment, you have 60 days to add it or else Tmobile will convert it to "pay as you go" and you will not be able to get this plan back.


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Discounted + Tax free prepaid refills! Also use coupon ca3p-1207 for an extra 3% off (SEPT code)

http://www.callingmart.com/products/wireless/wirelesscards.aspx

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For those needing family plan, T-Mobile Value Plan:
http://slickdeals.net/f/4793292-t-mobile-Value-Plan-100-for-5-lines-2-unlimited-talk-text-data-2GB-at-4G-3-lines-500-minutes-each-via-add-a-line-0-value-5-classic-free-nights-weekends-to-other-t-mobile?v=1

Best deal on value plan. Corp, military discount can be applied. Free Nights & Weekends, and to other t-mobile
5 lines for $100: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $80: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 2 lines with 2GB at 4G each)
5 lines for $130: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 5GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)

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SETUP YOUR GOOGLE VOICE w/SIPDROID FOR EASY FREE VOIP CALLING ON ICS/JB. THANKS TO microkelvin
Yes, you are right. It took me the whole night to figure it out. pbxes setup is very complicated. I dont want to get into it. Luckily that we just need to sign in once, setup the password for your username-200 extension and you are done.

Assume you are completely new to sipdroid/pbxes. First, install sipdroid app, create a brand new pbxes account with your google voice credentials. Then you are done. That very first step of 'creating a new pbxes account' will do all the dirty work for you. No need to do any further setup. Just write down your pbxes username (without -200) and password (which is your google voice password, generate a new application specific password if you use 2 factor authentication). Then you can safely remove sipdroid forever. No need to keep it or run it on the background anymore.

Next, go to pbxes.com website, sign in with your pbxes username (without -200), and the google voice account password. It sounds weird but it took me like an hour scratching my head to figure this out. Once you sign in, click on your personal info, go to extension setup, you will have your username-200 extension ready. Make sure to click on that username-200 extension and fill in your COMPLETELY NEW PASSWORD for that extension. Then apply/save. Done. This is a very important step that took me the whole night to figure out. I thought that username-200 should use your pbxes password by default, but no. It's not set until you manually enter a complete new password just for that. It sounds crazy but you must do this to get your pbxes account to work on any SIP app.

Thats it. Now you can load up your ICS Call/Internet call Settings (or any SIP app), fill in your username-200 (no pbxes.com), password (the crazy password that you just manually entered earlier, any other pbxes.com password or google voice password will not work), then the sip server is "pbxes.org". That's it. Leave everything else as default.

If you want to receive incoming call with your google voice account, make sure to tick that "Receive incoming calls". You can either set your phone to intercept your dial pad with either "Internet calling" or use it everytime.

Enjoy unlimited google voice calling/receiving without any 3rd party app running (if you use your ICS built in internet calling). Or you can use your favorite SIP app with those 3 credentials (username-200, password, server: pbxes.org).

Sorry, I forgot how (or if) I setup the ICS internet calling using 3g/4g as default. But as long as I select "internet calling" on my dialpad, it will use whatever faster speed (ie. Wifi if it's connected to wifi, 3g/4g if it's not connecting to wifi).

EDIT:

The title says "Walmart" in it, however this offer is for all "new customers" that activate a new line of service using a T-Mobile micro-sim card purchased from any retailer that sells this item. Purchased mine for $5.99 with an included $3.44 credit offer and activated the phone without a problem.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Micro...&cp=1&lp=9
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#5176
Quote from johnanderson View Post :
I ported out of page plus and it took forever. Make sure they have your account number (which is your telephone number) and your pin number. They also need to verify your address. You have to keep following up because t-mobile doesnt do it and page plus doesnt like to release numbers.
How long is forever? 1-2 weeks? So let me make sure i have this correct, first i activate T-Mobile SIM, call T-Mobile and let them know i want to port a number over, then call page plus and request the port. Done and wait?
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#5177
I've been using this plan with my Samsung S 4G since they announced it. Yesterday I dropped the phone and the screen cracked. I'm looking for a new phone for this plan. I've been looking HTC One S and it seems like a decent phone. anyone knows any other phones work well with this plan and have a good battery life? My budget is under $350, and Nexus 4 is no go for me. Thanks
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Quote from homeless76 View Post :
I've been using this plan with my Samsung S 4G since they announced it. Yesterday I dropped the phone and the screen cracked. I'm looking for a new phone for this plan. I've been looking HTC One S and it seems like a decent phone. anyone knows any other phones work well with this plan and have a good battery life? My budget is under $350, and Nexus 4 is no go for me. Thanks
New Nexus 4 straight from Google for $299 - 8BG - but currently sold out and $349 for 16 GB.

I'm currently using this plan Nokia 710, and happy with battery life after 18 months with Motorola Atrix... seems comparable. There are a lot of Nokia 710's available right now on craigslist/ebay as folks are upgrading to WP8.
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#5179
Quote from uEih View Post :
I'm wondering this too as i'm going from PP to T-Mobile.


Also anyone with the answer, which wireless refills should i get in order to get this plan?

http://www.callingmart.com/produc...nthly-Plan

It says 1500 talk/text and 30 MB data so that's making me question myself, if i just buy that $30 and load it i should be able to still get my unlimited plan right?
Any tmobile prepaid refill will work. It just adds to your balance. You need at min $30 each month.

Quote from PennStateFan View Post :
So essentially you can put as much as you want as long as money is being taken out of your account.
IIRC, the max balance is $1,000
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#5180
Hmmm. To all the people who are having issues with VOIP like Talkatone/Groove IP, I want to just throw my two cents out.

I first got the $30 WM plan when I got a Samsung Exhibit II. It was not the best quality at all. Groove IP was literaly echoing and huge delays and distorting words while Talkatone was less terrible but it wasn't great. (A few of my friends told me they would rather text me because my cell phone reception always seemed to be bad) I ended up using my regular minutes because @ 10 cents a minute, I don't mind going over my my monthly limit with the plan.

However, I bit the bullet and bought the Nexus 4 during its launch and I have to say... the quality on Talkatone is borderline amazing. I now have a 30 minute convo and things might get distorted 1-2x in that timeframe. Other than that, no one can tell that it is VOIP.

So in closing.... if your calls are terrible, it may be your phone as opposed to the app...
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#5181
So, right now I have the "SHARED PLAN: Even More Plus for Families 750 Talk" for 2 lines.

I just called the 616 number, and tell them that I want to switch both lines over to the 30 prepaid plan, the CSR submitted the request, and said within 72 hours, my phone line will stop working and I will received a text message asking me to call the prepaid department, which then I can choose whatever prepaid plan I want and add money to my account. Hope it works out...will keep you guys update.
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So, right now I have the "SHARED PLAN: Even More Plus for Families 750 Talk" for 2 lines.

I just called the 616 number, and tell them that I want to switch both lines over to the 30 prepaid plan, the CSR submitted the request, and said within 72 hours, my phone line will stop working and I will received a text message asking me to call the prepaid department, which then I can choose whatever prepaid plan I want and add money to my account. Hope it works out...will keep you guys update.
It should work since it's consider as new activation when you switch from postpaid to prepaid.
I went through the same process, didn't even need to swap sim card.
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Quote from uEih View Post :
How long is forever? 1-2 weeks? So let me make sure i have this correct, first i activate T-Mobile SIM, call T-Mobile and let them know i want to port a number over, then call page plus and request the port. Done and wait?
My port was completed in 8-12 hours.
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Quote from uEih View Post :
How long is forever? 1-2 weeks? So let me make sure i have this correct, first i activate T-Mobile SIM, call T-Mobile and let them know i want to port a number over, then call page plus and request the port. Done and wait?
That's what you should do but how smooth it goes depends on if you get a competent cs person. I had to call 3 times and wait a week before I got someone decent.
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Quote from johnanderson View Post :
That's what you should do but how smooth it goes depends on if you get a competent cs person. I had to call 3 times and wait a week before I got someone decent.
Thanks i'll probably do it this week so my transfer will be smooth since my month ends the 21st. That'll give it about 2 weeks, i rather lose a week of my plan than lose a month at the start of the plan.
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#5186
Quote from macallik86 View Post :
Hmmm. To all the people who are having issues with VOIP like Talkatone/Groove IP, I want to just throw my two cents out.

I first got the $30 WM plan when I got a Samsung Exhibit II. It was not the best quality at all. Groove IP was literaly echoing and huge delays and distorting words while Talkatone was less terrible but it wasn't great. (A few of my friends told me they would rather text me because my cell phone reception always seemed to be bad) I ended up using my regular minutes because @ 10 cents a minute, I don't mind going over my my monthly limit with the plan.

However, I bit the bullet and bought the Nexus 4 during its launch and I have to say... the quality on Talkatone is borderline amazing. I now have a 30 minute convo and things might get distorted 1-2x in that timeframe. Other than that, no one can tell that it is VOIP.

So in closing.... if your calls are terrible, it may be your phone as opposed to the app...
not true. i wish you can test it out a little longer. both grooveIP and talkatone are hiss and miss on wifi. sometimes i can talk very clear, sometimes, it's very bad.
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Quote from johnanderson View Post :
That's what you should do but how smooth it goes depends on if you get a competent cs person. I had to call 3 times and wait a week before I got someone decent.


I am out of contract and think move to this plan. but keep my original T-Moblie #

what should I do? pls advise if u have experience, that will be greatly appreciated~

1. go to Walmart to get this plan. will walmart give me a new simcard with new #?

if not

2. I might need to buy an activation kit (with new sim) to activate via my original T-Mobile phone
---> if I got some activation kit from t-mobile like recent Free simcard offer, can I use it to save little buck?

3. after activation via new simcard kit, call T-Mobile to port my old # to this new # plan? then new # will be no longer available after porting finish?

4. some ppl above said porting take less than 1 days, some said more than 1~2 week...so Does it mean I have chance to loss of use my old # for a long time

pls help or share your valuable experience

great thanks~
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#5188
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?
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Quote from FlyingDragon View Post :
So, right now I have the "SHARED PLAN: Even More Plus for Families 750 Talk" for 2 lines.

I just called the 616 number, and tell them that I want to switch both lines over to the 30 prepaid plan, the CSR submitted the request, and said within 72 hours, my phone line will stop working and I will received a text message asking me to call the prepaid department, which then I can choose whatever prepaid plan I want and add money to my account. Hope it works out...will keep you guys update.

Received a text message this morning, but they switch me over to the 1500 minutes and text plan, so I had to call, and the CSR had to talked to a supervisor, but he was able to change the plan for me, with the same sim card, and same old phone number, everything went smoothly....

wootwootwoot
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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?
For T-Mobile, 4G (faux-g HSPA+) is 3G. If you're capped, that means it's to EDGE.
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