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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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#5506
Good hell. I had no idea voicemail used your 100 minutes! I just wasted 5 minutes setting it up for my daughter...lol.
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#5507
Quote from QUESTDestiny View Post :
I got my AT & T Iphone 4 unlocked and i opted the $30 plan with 100 minutes talk time ,unlimited data and message.However the speed i'm getting is EDGE,although 3G/4G coverage is in my area, Does Iphone 4 does not support 3G band used by Tmobile ?

ALso does Iphone 4S or 5 unlocked mobile supports 3G on T mobile network ? Any one tried ?
no only att will let your iphone get 3g or hspa+. that's why it's usually better to go with straighttalk if you want an iphone.
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#5508
Quote from QUESTDestiny View Post :
I got my AT & T Iphone 4 unlocked and i opted the $30 plan with 100 minutes talk time ,unlimited data and message.However the speed i'm getting is EDGE,although 3G/4G coverage is in my area, Does Iphone 4 does not support 3G band used by Tmobile ?

ALso does Iphone 4S or 5 unlocked mobile supports 3G on T mobile network ? Any one tried ?
T-mobile is swapping towers over to the 1900MHz band which will allow AT&T phones to access 3G/HSPA+. Here is a nice resource [airportal.de] to see which areas already have 1900MHz towers swapped over; hopefully this will happen in your area sometime sooner than later.
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#5509
I'm currently on Pay as You Go with a $50.00 balance. I just purchased an L9 Optimus phone and would like to take advantage of this $30 plan using my existing number from the Pay As You Go Plan. So I guess I'll need to port the number to Google voice. Will I lose the $50.00 or is there a way to transfer the balance to this plan?
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#5510
Quote from 1zippster1 View Post :
I'm currently on Pay as You Go with a $50.00 balance. I just purchased an L9 Optimus phone and would like to take advantage of this $30 plan using my existing number from the Pay As You Go Plan. So I guess I'll need to port the number to Google voice. Will I lose the $50.00 or is there a way to transfer the balance to this plan?
If you port the number, then you will lose the balance. Optimally, since you bought the phone from T-Mobile.com, you could've activated straight into the $30 plan when you first got the phone. At this point, I would try contacting customer service, asking them to switch you over to the $30 plan. If you get lucky with a nice CSR, they should be able to instantly if you tell them you accidentally activated the wrong plan or something. If that doesn't work, then you should order another prepaid micro-sim (or regular) off their website, and provide that activation info to the CSR, with which they will be able to put you onto the right plan and carry over your existing balance.
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Quote from Cheapy Stuff View Post :
If you port the number, then you will lose the balance. Optimally, since you bought the phone from T-Mobile.com, you could've activated straight into the $30 plan when you first got the phone. At this point, I would try contacting customer service, asking them to switch you over to the $30 plan. If you get lucky with a nice CSR, they should be able to instantly if you tell them you accidentally activated the wrong plan or something. If that doesn't work, then you should order another prepaid micro-sim (or regular) off their website, and provide that activation info to the CSR, with which they will be able to put you onto the right plan and carry over your existing balance.
I purchased it from Target and it's still in the box. I guess I should call T-mobile to see what my options are before I do anything.
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#5512
Quote from 1zippster1 View Post :
I purchased it from Target and it's still in the box. I guess I should call T-mobile to see what my options are before I do anything.
Yes ask, but essentially if they don't let you on the plan you'll have to:


a.) Port your number out to somewhere (who cares where, if you're going to use Google Voice, it would be the best option since your number will be more flexible).
b.) Open the box, activate online with your activation code, and choose the $30 plan
c.) Port number back in to the plan from wherever you ported it out to, or just forward it from Google Voice.


You will lose your entire $50 balance if you do port to Google Voice though, so best to call T-Mobile and see what they can do to transfer the plan.
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#5513
Quote from 1zippster1 View Post :
I'm currently on Pay as You Go with a $50.00 balance. I just purchased an L9 Optimus phone and would like to take advantage of this $30 plan using my existing number from the Pay As You Go Plan. So I guess I'll need to port the number to Google voice. Will I lose the $50.00 or is there a way to transfer the balance to this plan?
I transferred from PAYG to this plan w/o losing the number and the balance I had. You may have to sweet talk the CSR but it's certainly possible. For some reason the new activation code and SIM card are needed to accomplish this transfer - make sure you have those available when you call. Worked for me at least.
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#5514
Has T-Mobile Changed this Plan yet? Their website is just awful. I can't find where it lists the Per minute overage charges. Is it still 10 Cents / minute?

Was thinking of switching another account to this plan.
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Quote from acegolfer View Post :
Close to 5500 posts but not a single mention of using asterisk or piaf to make free VoIP calls.

If you want the best VoIP quality over 3g, no app can beat setting up your own asterisk server and use G729 codec. Not to mention, it's free.

Here's my setup http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2117336
If I spend any more than 5 mins for setup I would have my own wireless carrier. I feel there are less people who are geeky enough to try such.

Also, it totally depends on data connection and coverage
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Quote from Szyszka View Post :
I transferred from PAYG to this plan w/o losing the number and the balance I had. You may have to sweet talk the CSR but it's certainly possible. For some reason the new activation code and SIM card are needed to accomplish this transfer - make sure you have those available when you call. Worked for me at least.
I also had one more question that I haven't found explained. When you initiate the SIM transfer, which SIM do you have in your phone? Is it the new one, or the old one? I'd think the old one until you get the text message? Or will it no longer work?
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Quote from Edwoods View Post :
Has T-Mobile Changed this Plan yet? Their website is just awful. I can't find where it lists the Per minute overage charges.
Checking....huh, I can't find it either.

Quote :
Is it still 10 Cents / minute?
I'm pretty sure it is...
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Quote from benjdm View Post :
Checking....huh, I can't find it either.


I'm pretty sure it is...

.10 cents a minute is correct but you have to have reserve in your account. If you don't then when your 100 minutes are gone they are gone. You will not be able to dial out.
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#5519
Does this map apply to nexus 4 as well? Im in socal in between or next to a lot of these cities.

Quote from dzap View Post :
Depends on the area. T-Mobile has deployed 1900Mhz HSPA+/4G (required for your iPhone to get 3G/4G speeds) in the following cities thus far:
  • Chicago, including the surrounding areas of: Aurora, Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wilmette and Winnetka.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Sacramento, Calif., including the surrounding areas of: Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Loomis, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Vacaville and West Sacramento.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Southern Calif., including: Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster and Wilmington.
  • Atlanta, including the surrounding cities of: Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Covington and Conyers
  • Seattle, including the surrounding areas of: Lynwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds, [B]Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kenmore, Mercer Island, North Bend, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Lake Stevens
  • Minneapolis, including the nearby cities of: St. Paul and St. Cloud
  • Additional Bay Area cites include: Fairfield, Monterey, Napa, Petaluma, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Vallejo
  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park

It's pretty much going to be hit or miss until you actually get the sim if you're not on the list yet. I think I remember they said that the 1900 rollout should be finished by halfway through this year.

Alternatively you can try this site out where users have reported sightings of the 1900 network.
http://www.airportal.de/

Lastly, there is no activation fee.
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Quote from dcmanryan View Post :
Good hell. I had no idea voicemail used your 100 minutes! I just wasted 5 minutes setting it up for my daughter...lol.
you can download the tmobile visual voicemail app for free on the play store. it uses your data connection instead of minutes to listen to voicemail
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