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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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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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BingeOn is included to the $30 plan:
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Quote from MozartA View Post :
I guess that's why in T-mobile term and condition, it explicitly stated prepaid data got lower priority than postpaid with >2GB 4G plan (not include unlimited 4G plan).

Network Management: Data traffic of postpaid plans with limited high-speed data allotments greater than 2GB will be prioritized over other currently offered plans during periods of congestion.

So if you want to get higher date priority then other traffic, you need to get the new T-mobile postpaid plan and get +2GB data. If you want higher data priority, don't get Unlimited 4G data plan since they explicit stated unlimited 4G plan don't have as high priority as the limited high-speed data plan.
This is only if they actually enforce this. "During periods of congestion" is the keyword. Verizon, Sprint, and at&t have similar restrictions.

Verizon for example will throttle 3G for everyone (prepaid and postpaid) on congested cell sites.


At this point it's just legalese. Just note the "periods of congestion" T-Mobile brags about their bandwidth optimization, so it'll be put to the test with these new plans and their new phones.
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Kill off the $30 5GB plan and it's fixed. All the cheap bastards can flock like locusts to another provider.
Be better If they change it to 500 min unlimited text n 1-2gb data for 30$. Now that will be amazing.
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Be better If they change it to 500 min unlimited text n 1-2gb data for 30$. Now that will be amazing.
Sure, if tmobile wanted to drive down ARPU. Data is the only reason to upgrade to higher priced plans. The 5GB plan did two things. One, it filled an empty network and got people to talk about data speeds through word of mouth. Two, it got people addicted to data, specifically 4G data.

I don't know how high the minutes should be increased but 500MB 4G should be the max for data @ $30 i.e. so the $50 plan doesn't look bad in comparison.

April 12th (iphone launch) is another date that may see the 5GB plan killed or modified. The only way it's sticking around is if people are paying 10c/min in overages consistently i.e. $35-$40/month including overages.
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Sure, if tmobile wanted to drive down ARPU. Data is the only reason to upgrade to higher priced plans. The 5GB plan did two things. One, it filled an empty network and got people to talk about data speeds through word of mouth. Two, it got people addicted to data, specifically 4G data.

I don't know how high the minutes should be increased but 500MB 4G should be the max for data @ $30 i.e. so the $50 plan doesn't look bad in comparison.

April 12th (iphone launch) is another date that may see the 5GB plan killed or modified. The only way it's sticking around is if people are paying 10c/min in overages consistently i.e. $35-$40/month including overages.
True but tmobile network is so empty they might use it to catch more customer instead. I don't like the new simple plan, the previous plan with 60dollar 1000min family plan was cheaper and most ppl will be good with 1000min. Just saying if tmobile wants to step up it needs to push the price down a little more.
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Quote from ak11228 View Post :
True but tmobile network is so empty they might use it to catch more customer instead. I don't like the new simple plan, the previous plan with 60dollar 1000min family plan was cheaper and most ppl will be good with 1000min. Just saying if tmobile wants to step up it needs to push the price down a little more.
If you price it out with other networks, T-mobile is already cheaper than AT&T/Verizon, etc. If they want to improve their network, they will need to make extra money to do it. Verizon and AT&T have money to improve their network (and buying up all the best wireless spectrum) because they are charging a lot more. So how can T-mobile improve their network if they don't have the money to buy the spectrum they need and money to build more towers?

And if you want something cheaper, there are MVNOs which use T-mobile network (without data/voice roaming and also lower data priority which is why cheaper). Someone else using their T-mobile network (only) already drive down the price for them. Also, if t-mobile tower is congested, they can just limit the traffic for MVNOs without making their own brand looks bad by giving priority to their own postpaid and then their T-mobile prepaid services.
I think that is what happened to Straight Talk AT&T sim which sometime the speed become pretty bad when using certain congested towers. People just blame Straight Talk instead of AT&T.
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By FAR the best plan in mobile in the US. 5gb of LTE for $30 a month? Awesome. My Nexus 4 is loving the speed bump from LTE as well:
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By FAR the best plan in mobile in the US. 5gb of LTE for $30 a month? Awesome. My Nexus 4 is loving the speed bump from LTE as well:
drool Damn it. I'm going to hunt down an LTE signal tomorrow.
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drool Damn it. I'm going to hunt down an LTE signal tomorrow.
Its the latency that makes it absolutely amazing for me. I can actually run VOIP while out and about and the calls sound exactly like I am on wifi. Made several test calls today and everyone said it sounded perfect. Complete change from HSPA+, where the speeds were high, but the latency caused it to be unusable for VOIP.

So essentially for $30 a month I have unlimited calls through VOIP, unlimited texts through Google Voice, and 5gb of LTE with unlimited capped HSPA afterwards. . .
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Its the latency that makes it absolutely amazing for me. I can actually run VOIP while out and about and the calls sound exactly like I am on wifi. Made several test calls today and everyone said it sounded perfect. Complete change from HSPA+, where the speeds were high, but the latency caused it to be unusable for VOIP.

So essentially for $30 a month I have unlimited calls through VOIP, unlimited texts through Google Voice, and 5gb of LTE with unlimited capped HSPA afterwards. . .
Which VOIP service are you using?
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I will be on a trip early next month. Plan to stay in hotel for 3 nights, not too hot about paying for WiFi. Is there a safe way to tether from this plan? I will have a macbook with me on the trip if that helps.
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Quote from Rtard View Post :
Its the latency that makes it absolutely amazing for me. I can actually run VOIP while out and about and the calls sound exactly like I am on wifi. Made several test calls today and everyone said it sounded perfect. Complete change from HSPA+, where the speeds were high, but the latency caused it to be unusable for VOIP.

So essentially for $30 a month I have unlimited calls through VOIP, unlimited texts through Google Voice, and 5gb of LTE with unlimited capped HSPA afterwards. . .
I thought they restricted you to EDGE speeds after 5GB?
Or am I wrong?
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Does FoxFi change the user agent (so T-mobile doesn't detect)? I just need to tether for a few days while I am on a trip.
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I thought they restricted you to EDGE speeds after 5GB?
Or am I wrong?
You are right. I'm pretty sure is 2G edge speeds after 5GB.
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Quote from ihaveaquestion View Post :
Does FoxFi change the user agent (so T-mobile doesn't detect)? I just need to tether for a few days while I am on a trip.
Honestly, it's quite easy to detect if you don't put your data through an encrypted VPN.
I don't believe there is any tethering app that will encrypt your data.
However, I am not too sure about the legality of checking your data for tethering.
Privacy laws may protect you here, but again, I am unsure.
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By FAR the best plan in mobile in the US. 5gb of LTE for $30 a month? Awesome. My Nexus 4 is loving the speed bump from LTE as well:
My guess is that you flashed the .33 radio over 4.2.2? Notice any software problems or side effects from the older radio? I haven't rolled back yet in fear of messing something up...
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