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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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#5866
I just got this plan. I transferred from a Tmobile contract plan to this plan. I did everything online. My online account now has no trace of the old contract account. The phone number was ported immediately to the new SIM card, the account shows the prepaid plan activated, and everything works on the phone. Did I luck out with not paying the ETF to get out of the contract? Can I also get a new phone and transfer the SIM card over, or do I have to give the IMEI to Tmobile to do this? Thanks!
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#5867
Quote from juventus7777 View Post :
I just got this plan. I transferred from a Tmobile contract plan to this plan. I did everything online. My online account now has no trace of the old contract account. The phone number was ported immediately to the new SIM card, the account shows the prepaid plan activated, and everything works on the phone. Did I luck out with not paying the ETF to get out of the contract? Can I also get a new phone and transfer the SIM card over, or do I have to give the IMEI to Tmobile to do this? Thanks!
Were you on a classic or value plan? You'll get a bill for the ETF usually.
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Were you on a classic or value plan? You'll get a bill for the ETF usually.

I really don't know. I know the contract expired on Feb 2014. I had 500 mins, plus unlimited data, plus a message pack (not unlimited). It sucked and I paid $86 total with tax a month for this. Even if I get $200 ETF, it'll still be OK. I will wait and see if anyone at Tmobile realizes what I did.
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#5869
Quote from juventus7777 View Post :
I just got this plan. I transferred from a Tmobile contract plan to this plan. I did everything online. My online account now has no trace of the old contract account. The phone number was ported immediately to the new SIM card, the account shows the prepaid plan activated, and everything works on the phone. Did I luck out with not paying the ETF to get out of the contract? Can I also get a new phone and transfer the SIM card over, or do I have to give the IMEI to Tmobile to do this? Thanks!
Nooo, you just insert the current SIM into a new phone. While you talk, T-Mobile will assign the new IMEI automatically. You will see your new phone under your account online in a few.
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#5870
Carrier update for iphone is out. Getting 4G speed in iphone 4s now Smilie
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#5871
I got this plan in november. Works great on my iphone 3gs. But I'm not getting good speed. I went to the store. And he said Chicago HSPA spectrum reallocation or whatever it is called was complete around middle of December when I went to the store. About 1.5 mile from my house at the library I get "3g". Even half a mile down the road I get "3g" also. But my house only "E" no "3g". Very slow.

The store guy said it was my phone. I need to upgrade from 5.1.1. to 6 or whatever the latest is. But 6 is still lots of bugs, maps, etc.

At macrumors they all said that bogus its the phone never the OS. Any ideas??
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I got this plan in november. Works great on my iphone 3gs. But I'm not getting good speed. I went to the store. And he said Chicago HSPA spectrum reallocation or whatever it is called was complete around middle of December when I went to the store. About 1.5 mile from my house at the library I get "3g". Even half a mile down the road I get "3g" also. But my house only "E" no "3g". Very slow.

The store guy said it was my phone. I need to upgrade from 5.1.1. to 6 or whatever the latest is. But 6 is still lots of bugs, maps, etc.

At macrumors they all said that bogus its the phone never the OS. Any ideas??
You should just get an iPhone 5 if you want better 3G/4G coverage. I have a 3GS with a T-Mobile sim on iOS 6.1.2. iPhone 4/4S/3GS etc. don't have support for T-Mobile's AWS band and only their PCS 3G bands which they've been refarming slowly since December.



Here in SoCal there are a few small patches where I've seen 3G light up on my 3GS but 80% of the time it's on EDGE (2G). My Nexus 4, which does support AWS, sees T-Mobile's 4G coverage almost everywhere compared to the 3GS.


Your iPhone should have gotten a little pop-up the last day or two ago that a carrier update was available though. I got it on my 3GS a day or two ago and it applied automatically.


You should go to Settings-->General-->About. and under "Carrier" it should say "T-Mobile 14.1". That is the latest update.


Also if you go to T-Mobile's website here..
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/?capcode=ios
...scroll down to the iPhone 4/4S and if your area doesn't have the refarming bands you'll see the error:
Quote :
"The iPhone 4 and 4S are not available in your area. Please select the iPhone 5 [t-mobile.com]to fully experience T-Mobile’s advanced nationwide 4G network."


So if you like iOS then just get an iPhone 5 to get T-Mobile's full 3G/4G and 4G LTE network (stores may be out of stock though. I heard it was madness in T-Mobile's stores today as everyone got their iPhone 5s.) Otherwise get a Nexus 4. Or just keep waiting until the end of the year when they finish refarming.
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#5873
For carrier mine says 12.0. By popup you mean text or email??
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For carrier mine says 12.0. By popup you mean text or email??
No it was a push notification. It should have looked like this..
http://cdn.iphonehacks.com/images...ttings.jpg


Maybe you need to update to a newer version of iOS? iOS 6 is definitely slower, but I just jailbroke it and overclocked it and it runs decently enough now.
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#5875
I also jail broke 5.1.1. Not moving to 6 any time soon. Still lots of bugs.
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#5876
I just went to the store and he said the update is only for 4 and 5. Not 3g.
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#5877
will this plan get lte speed when they complete refarm?
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#5878
lte works for me on this plan

might sign up for the family postpaid for the S4 150 down though
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will this plan get lte speed when they complete refarm?
It already does. LTE has been available on this plan if you have a compatible phone and (if you're using something like a Nexus 4) you just need to change your APN from epc.t-mobile.com to fast.t-mobile.com.


This is why I love T-Mobile. No BS from them.
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#5880
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Quote from mrtasan View Post :
will this plan get lte speed when they complete refarm?
It already does. LTE has been available on this plan if you have a compatible phone and (if you're using something like a Nexus 4) you just need to change your APN from epc.t-mobile.com to fast.t-mobile.com.


This is why I love T-Mobile. No BS from them.
How would you do that? I haven't used android in years since i got a free windows phone butwant to know since im switching to this plan soon.
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