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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 07:39 AM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (8) More T-Mobile Deals
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Last Edited by porkrinds October 2, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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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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#5446
first numbers
618ms ping (not too shaby)
7.8 Mbps downlink, pretty good
1.9Mbps uplink, not bad at all...better than TWC...

second
746ms, 9.9Mbps, 1.6Mbps
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#5447
Quote from arsenal_fan View Post :
Worth the risk of buying from prepaid-refill.com? They have a $50 refill for $40.
I asked the same question a few pages back with no response. I'm guessing from the no response, it's kind of like buying refills on ebay... may work, may not? Sticking with callingmart for now. If I didn't port my # to T-Mobile I would try it, but since there is a chance of being kicked off this plan and losing my # ... it's not worth trying. Wish I could have transfered my # to google, but it's not available in my area Frown
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Quote from kozmo21 View Post :
I asked the same question a few pages back with no response. I'm guessing from the no response, it's kind of like buying refills on ebay... may work, may not? Sticking with callingmart for now. If I didn't port my # to T-Mobile I would try it, but since there is a chance of being kicked off this plan and losing my # ... it's not worth trying. Wish I could have transfered my # to google, but it's not available in my area Frown
>10% discount = scam, especially if they have endless supply

There are legit auctions on ebay but again, if they are selling more than 5 it's probably a scam.
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#5449
Quote from kozmo21 View Post :
I asked the same question a few pages back with no response. I'm guessing from the no response, it's kind of like buying refills on ebay... may work, may not? Sticking with callingmart for now. If I didn't port my # to T-Mobile I would try it, but since there is a chance of being kicked off this plan and losing my # ... it's not worth trying. Wish I could have transfered my # to google, but it's not available in my area Frown
What is the point of porting your number to google voice vs directly to T-mobile?

I don't really understand what happens when porting to google voice. So you keep your old number but use a new number on T-mobile? How do you receive calls with your old number that you ported then?
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Quote from JV13 View Post :
What is the point of porting your number to google voice vs directly to T-mobile?

I don't really understand what happens when porting to google voice. So you keep your old number but use a new number on T-mobile? How do you receive calls with your old number that you ported then?
GV just makes it easy to change devices or providers. Porting my landline number to straight talk took 4-5 days. Once the number is ported to GV, I'll never have to jump through those hoops again.

On Android it's really easy to configure your phone to make and receive calls with GV. Text messages were still coming from my devices number though, which caused some people to not know who the text was from. The workaround for this was to text from the GV app.

A T-mobile number will still be associated with your device. Just don't give that number out as your contact info and you won't need to worry about porting when it's time to change cell phone providers.
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#5451
So I bought the SG3. I purchased the sim card already and a top up card on eBay for $40 for $50 worth of T-mobile credit. How do I apply the top up while activating?

Quote from electrogleam View Post :
GV just makes it easy to change devices or providers. Porting my landline number to straight talk took 4-5 days. Once the number is ported to GV, I'll never have to jump through those hoops again.

On Android it's really easy to configure your phone to make and receive calls with GV. Text messages were still coming from my devices number though, which caused some people to not know who the text was from. The workaround for this was to text from the GV app.

A T-mobile number will still be associated with your device. Just don't give that number out as your contact info and you won't need to worry about porting when it's time to change cell phone providers.
Cool, thanks and rep!
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my iphone 4s got horrible speed from the data of this plan. Austin, Texas is advertised to be included in their 3G map but nope, the speed is slow as hell. Most of the time I got EDGE, 3G only shows up when I'm driving on the freeway and phone reception inside the house is 2 bar max, dropping call a lot and sometimes none at all when I'm inside a building on campus. Very bad experience so far switching from ATT to Tmobile Frown
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Quote from red_devil32 View Post :
my iphone 4s got horrible speed from the data of this plan. Austin, Texas is advertised to be included in their 3G map but nope, the speed is slow as hell. Most of the time I got EDGE, 3G only shows up when I'm driving on the freeway and phone reception inside the house is 2 bar max, dropping call a lot and sometimes none at all when I'm inside a building on campus. Very bad experience so far switching from ATT to Tmobile Frown
T-Mobile's 1900 MHz frequency for UTMS isn't fully deployed yet. So yeah, you're going to have to wait a bit before you get 3G more frequently.
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#5454
I just activated my nexus 4 and voice works but no data....is this normal, and if so, how long until data is activated?

Also my account states "Next charge date: 03/01/2013" and I have a $0 balance....just after paying for the first month. Is this normal as well?
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Quote from pennypicker View Post :
I just activated my nexus 4 and voice works but no data....is this normal, and if so, how long until data is activated?

Also my account states "Next charge date: 03/01/2013" and I have a $0 balance....just after paying for the first month. Is this normal as well?
I don't have any exact experiences with the N4 to share (haven't found the funds for it yet!), but I'd look into seeing if your APN settings are right (google for proper T-Mobile APNs).

Yes, they have some weird system of billing you for exactly 30 days, sometimes even if the month isn't even over (if it's a month with 31 days), but it's been close enough to a month for me to not worry about it.
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#5456
Purchased this plan about 20 days ago. Totally happy with my upgrade from Virgin Mobile. My reception at work/home is full bars 4g. I didn't use a lot of voice minutes a month but hooked it up to my GV number anyway with GrooveIP.

A question for those vets out there... I can hear people PERFECT but I get a lot of complaints on my own sound quality. (This is even being connected to WiFi) Any suggestions other than the obvious settings? Maybe its the hardware/software I have? LG Optimus L9
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Quote from Cheapy Stuff View Post :
I don't have any exact experiences with the N4 to share (haven't found the funds for it yet!), but I'd look into seeing if your APN settings are right (google for proper T-Mobile APNs).

Yes, they have some weird system of billing you for exactly 30 days, sometimes even if the month isn't even over (if it's a month with 31 days), but it's been close enough to a month for me to not worry about it.
you sir, are a gentleman.

repped
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#5458
Anyone uses an unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II on this plan? What is the internet speed? Is it 2G EDGE only? Thanks!!!
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Quote from jaspr180 View Post :
Purchased this plan about 20 days ago. Totally happy with my upgrade from Virgin Mobile. My reception at work/home is full bars 4g. I didn't use a lot of voice minutes a month but hooked it up to my GV number anyway with GrooveIP.

A question for those vets out there... I can hear people PERFECT but I get a lot of complaints on my own sound quality. (This is even being connected to WiFi) Any suggestions other than the obvious settings? Maybe its the hardware/software I have? LG Optimus L9
Same experience here and unfortunately no solution yet.
Here is a thread where some other folks have been able to resolve the issue but it does not work for me.
Code:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2057887
Let me know if you are able to resolve the outgoing voice issues.
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#5460
Based on information from one of the popular T-mobile prepaid refill card seller, looks like it will be very hard to find discount for t-mobile refill.

So where is the best place now to buy t-mobile refill?

https://www.facebook.com/callingm...3604081662

Dear Beloved Customers,

This is to inform you that T-Mobile dropped their discounts to all resellers nationwide as of February 1st, and unfortunately, it is down to a level that won't allow us to provide discounts on it anymore. (We have been losing on it for the past 5 days during the last promotion that ended yesterday, as we didn't want to fail our customers and cancel the promo before the announced end date).

We are actually trying our best to keep it at face value price and to not apply any extra surcharges (considering the payment processing charges and other fees we have, we might be losing on it, even when we sell it at retail value). For now you can still get callingmart points on every purchase, and it's still tax-free, of course!

We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you, but it's really out of our hands. We are currently providing it for our customers' convenience but not for profit anymore.

callingmart Team
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