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DEAD: 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&t-mobile

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update 04/29/2013
Only available to existing out of contract t-mobile customer by calling retention department. YMMV.

update 02/12/2013
Alive from Feb 13, 2013 to Mar 23, 2013. You get free add-a-line for value plan or $5 add-a-line on classic till Jan 2014

Current Family Value Plan, get it now: Note: This deal ends March 23rd
1. If you don't want unlimited minutes, eg: 1000 shared family minutes among 5 people
2. If you only want max of 2 lines of unlimited minutes
3. If you use 2GB or more data monthly, and do not mind getting throttled

Wait for uncarrier ..rumoured to start end of March
1. If you want unlimited voice minutes for 3 lines or more, then definitely wait for the new uncarrier plan.
2. If you don't want contract

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T-Mobile’s Back-To-School Promotion Begins July 1st
TMobile upcoming back-to-school promotion beginning July 1st offering promotional family plans with $5 Classic and $0 Value add-a-lines. This promotional offering will offer savings of $5 per month, until January 2, 2014.

The promo offer is good for all Classic and Value plans that have shared limited buckets of minutes and the 500-minute AAL on unlimited family plans. Free nights and weekends, and other t-mobile.

Notes/Fine prints:
  • Good for both new and existing customers, and of course it requires a two-year contract. Existing customers will be required to change their existing rate plan and extend their contract on all lines to take advantage of this promo. A quick reminder that a contract extension for a rate plan change does not affect your upgrade date for a new phone
  • No grandfathered features (no myfav, no tzone, no web2go, no ...etc).
  • Tax+fees depending on your location, +12% in CA. Some military or corp -5% to -20% discount. Also tax on migration fees, and smartphone.
  • You do NOT need to get all 5 lines, but current promo gives you 3rd, 4th and 5th discount until Jan 2, 2014. Pricing will not change if you only get less line. After Jan 2nd, 2014, you will have to pay $5 extra for each 3rd, 4th and 5th.
  • Once that line/number are on Value plan, current t-mobile policy will not allow you to get back to plan which offer subsidy in future. So once you are in value plan, you will always have to buy devices yourself.
  • One account can have upto 5 lines. One person if qualify can have multiple accounts.

Best deal on value plan. Corp, military discount can be applied.

UNLIMITED MINUTES WITH DATA VALUE PLAN:
add $25 for 3rd, 4th, 5th each for unlimited talk. Add $10 for 3rd, 4th, 5th each for 2GB high speed. Add $25 for 3rd, 4th, 5th for 5GB high speed, $10 per line mobile to/from mobile (skype, google voice is not consider as mobile). Add $20 for unlimited nationwide un-throttle
5 lines for $80: (2 unlimited talk/text) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB, $25 for unlimited voice
5 lines for $100: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $110: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (1 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each) + (2 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $110: (2 unlimited talk/text) + (3 lines unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $120: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (2 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each) + (1 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $120: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with unlimited nationwide, un-throttle data) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $130: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (3 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $130: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 5GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)

1000 SHARED MINUTES WITH DATA VALUE PLAN:
5 lines for $80: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 2 lines with 2GB at 4G each)
5 lines for $90: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 3 lines with 2GB at 4G each)
5 lines for $100: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 2 lines with unlimited nationwide, un-throttle data)

VOICE WITH TEXT VALUE PLAN, NO DATA:
5 lines for $60: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, no data) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB
5 lines for $80: (2 lines unlimited talk/text, no data) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each, no data)
5 lines for $105: (3 lines unlimited talk/text, no data) + (2 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each, no data)

VOICE ONLY VALUE PLAN, NO DATA, NO TEXT: ... update: 10/15/2012 thanks to npatel3c
5 lines for $50: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, no text, no data) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB
.....

I have worked hard to pull info from different official sites to create this deal...rep me if you find this a good deal hug

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Classic plan also have this promo benefit, but monthly will be slightly more, BUT YOU GET BETTER DISCOUNT on smartphone. Value plan customer needs to buy smartphone at "retail price". In my location, costco retail price on smartphone is cheaper than t-mobile retail store.

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HOW TO GET THIS DEAL

STEP 0: Check t-mobile coverage in your area: http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx
If you are new to t-mobile or getting a new plan, please do the activation in person, do NOT use t-mobile chat. This will save a lot of grief and human error, a wisdom from many experienced t-mobile customers.

A.If you are still in contract t-mobile customer, call t-mobile directly for the add-on promo. If you are interested in value plan, they will have to check if you qualify for value plan. Check migration fees below. For NEW customer, I would recommend going personally to costco or tmobile retail store. Update, just learn this myself on 7/5: You can get this online. Put the package into the cart first and then customize each line at checkout, http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Pack...kages.aspx. Update 7/6: if you cannot get unlimited plan via t-mobile website, you can call t-mobile directly or goto retail store (t-mobile, costco, best buy...etc). It's still available, t-mobile website is just missing lots of features and plan.

B. IF you are interested in value plan and planning to get a smartphone at costco, eg Samsung S2, do steps below:
1. First make sure you qualify: out of t-mobile contract or qualify for upgrade (not value plan) or less than 6 months left on t-mobile contract (not value plan) or new t-mobile customer or currently value plan customer wanting add-a-line, AND (access to costco membership and data plan)
2. Goto local costco. Tell them that you wanted value plan and wanted smartphones as well. Do your transactions. New activation is free, not sure about existing add-a-line customer. Sim is free.
3. Go home, make sure everything works and happy. If you have corp/military/eduction discount..etct, then call t-mobile CS. They should be able to apply for you.
UPDATE 7/23/2012: Costco will NO longer sell S3 with value plan.
UPDATE 8/07/2012: Costco now require phone purchase with all value lines activated. Thus I would recommend ONLY activating value plan lines for smartphones (first two line) or (add-a-line). Costco smartphone are decently priced but all their dumb phone are really really expensive! Then goto t-mobile stores to add/activate the rest. Remember to ask for free activation.

C. You DO NOT need to goto costco to get the value plan and classic plan deal. You can get value plan or classic plan along with smartphone anywhere, eg: t-mobile store, amazon wireless, walmart, ...etc. Major differences is the pricing of the smartphone. You can always buy at independent market like google nexus at google play or ebay or craigslist or amazon store. Costco is only mentioned here because they have great smartphone price when u activate/signup there. Where and when you activate/signup the value plan will determine the cost of your smartphone. So if you signup/activate at costco, then you get costo smartphone pricing. If you signup/activate at t-mobile store, you get t-mobile store smartphone pricing, you cannot go back to costco to get costco smartphone pricing later for that line. Lesson here: signup/activate plan or line where the smartphone is cheapest, and get the smartphone for that line at the same time.

D. If you don't want to buy smartphones for value plan, then just goto t-mobile store. It'll be free sim and NO activation fees. Note that once you are already in value plan, in future, you will NOT be able to buy smartphone for those lines at value plan prices, not in costco and not with t-mobile. Those lines will not be able to transfer back to a subsidized t-mobile plan (eg: classic, ...etc). This is the current t-mobile policy. It may or may not change in future. You can buy phones at ebay, craigslist, google play or get pre-paid phones, ..etc. Note that phone prices trend is dropping like crazy.

E. If you decide to buy smartphone, remember that tax on smartphone is based on retail price. If you pay migration fees, there will be tax on that too.

My experience shows that being nice to the salesperson or cs makes getting the deal easier, especially retention laugh out loud
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MIGRATION FEES for existing t-mobile customer still in contract and wanting to move to value plan. Depending on when you get your phone subsidized, there maybe a migration fees going to value plan PER LINE. Tax on migration fees. Official doc from t-mobile: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3282. Use this if anyone tells you differently.

Months Completed on Contract, per t-mobile official doc 3282, lasts modified Mar 8, 2012 10:38 PM by tmo_ryanm
0-7 months completed $200
8-11 months completed $150
12-15 months completed $100
16-17 months completed $50
18+ months completed $0

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Data Add-on Features:

Data Add-on Classic Plan Value Plan 4G Speed Allowance Details
Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data $30 $20 Unlimited Not compatible w/Smartphone Mobile Hotspot
Simple 200MB ??? $5 up to 200 MB, then 10 cents per MB ???
Unlimited Plus 2GB $20 $10 Up to 2 GB, then throttle Compatible w/smartphone hotspot for additional charge
Unlimited Premium 5 GB $35 $25 Up to 5 GB, then throttle Free hotspot/tethering
Unlimited Ultra 10 GB $65 $55 Up to 10 GB, then throttle Free hotspot/tethering

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For moving regular SIM to micro SIM info, technique..etc: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=51448826&postcount=305

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Quote from slickdakine View Post :
How well does the Wifi calling work? And is it a pain to use? Would I be better off getting a signal amplifier? We do have stable interenet at our house....but we only get one bar of signal.
it works great, i do notice that sometimes ill miss a call sumtimes outta 10 calls or so, it works really good.
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#1802
Quote from kema View Post :
got a deal a little over 90 for 3 lines w/ 100$ credit this month
unlimited talk/txt for all 3?
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#1803
Quote from green_key View Post :
Phone prices has dropped like a rock recently.
Choices:

4. Try costco. They have good pricing on value plan smartphone IF YOU ACTIVATE the new lines with costco. Do NOT get dumb phones from costco.

Anyone have any idea of what phones they offer and what prices for the value plan?
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#1804
Quote from slickdakine View Post :
How well does the Wifi calling work? And is it a pain to use? Would I be better off getting a signal amplifier? We do have stable interenet at our house....but we only get one bar of signal.
First of all you need a T-Mobile branded phone that supports wi-fi calling. If you pick up a T-Mobile branded Nexus 4 for example, this will not work. A T-Mobile branded Galaxy S III will work fine. The international version of the Galaxy S III won't work.

I have acceptable results (barely) with a router and WPA-2 Wi-fi security. When I use a router with WEP or WPA I've had much better voice quality. I haven't been able to do a definitive test to confirm this and there may be other factors. Others please chime in.

I have 3 phones on my value plan. The first two unlimited calling, and the 3rd - mine is 500 minutes. With Wi-Fi calling I always have plenty of unused minutes at the end of the billing cycle.
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#1805
Quote from slickdakine View Post :
How well does the Wifi calling work? And is it a pain to use? Would I be better off getting a signal amplifier? We do have stable interenet at our house....but we only get one bar of signal.
Wifi calling works great for me.

I have lousy reception at my house and first tried the amplifier - this was a bust since it only seems to help with data and not calls, and I connect to my wireless router for data anyhow.

For calls, I have zero problems. In fact, I don't think you're charged for minutes when making calls through Wifi and it will work over Wifi when out of coverage (even when out of the country).
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#1806
Thank you for the information, this really helps me look for a family plan (4 lines). Just curious does the Value Plan comes with any basic data for no add'l money, like 200MB?

Quote from green_key View Post :
If you are NOT existing customer:, goto t-mobile store and ask for "Value Plan".
2 lines for $80 (max 5 lines): (2 unlimited talk/text) + $5 per additional line for unlimited text+500 minutes each << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB, $25 for unlimited voice on 3rd, 4th or 5th line

example:
$115 for 5 lines (2 unlimited talk+text+2gb unlimited data, 3 unlimited text+500 minutes)
$120 for 5 lines (3 unlimited talk+text, 2 unlimited text+500 minutes)
$160 for 5 lines (3 unlimited talk+text+2GB unlimited data, 1 unlimited text+2GB unlimited data+500 minutes, 1 unlimited text+500 minutes)

Your 15% UPS discount will be a wash after tax&fees.
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Quote from h351 View Post :
Thank you for the information, this really helps me look for a family plan (4 lines). Just curious does the Value Plan comes with any basic data for no add'l money, like 200MB?
Yeah it also comes with no data as well. Don't listen to them when they say it doesn't work with a smartphone. It does. My dad has an iphone on with value plan and he doesn't use data...
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#1808
Quote from h351 :
Thank you for the information, this really helps me look for a family plan (4 lines). Just curious does the Value Plan comes with any basic data for no add'l money, like 200MB?

Quote from SittingMoose :
Yeah it also comes with no data as well. Don't listen to them when they say it doesn't work with a smartphone. It does. My dad has an iphone on with value plan and he doesn't use data...
Are you saying you can get some FREE data at no additional cost? I know they have "pay per megabyte", but is there a FREE one?
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#1809
Quote from TmobileIsTheBest View Post :
Are you saying you can get some FREE data at no additional cost? I know they have "pay per megabyte", but is there a FREE one?
Call t-mobile AHEAD of time AND ask for free "t-mobile wifi calling" feature. This is feature is normally NOT free, but if you call and ask, they will add it free for you. Then you can download t-mobile wifi calling apps on your smartphone. Use this apps to call out, then your call will be free. Some find that quality is not as good as regular voice.

clarify: No free data via t-mobile's cell tower. But you get free voip calls over wifi.
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#1810
Quote from TmobileIsTheBest View Post :
Are you saying you can get some FREE data at no additional cost? I know they have "pay per megabyte", but is there a FREE one?
No, there is no free data option. The minimum is $5 for 500MB. That one may even be gone now, since they made some changes to their data plans a few months back. If that's not available, the minimum is $10 for 2GB.
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Quote from green_key View Post :
Call t-mobile AHEAD of time AND ask for free "t-mobile wifi calling" feature. This is feature is normally NOT free, but if you call and ask, they will add it free for you. Then you can download t-mobile wifi calling apps on your smartphone. Use this apps to call out, then your call will be free. Some find that quality is not as good as regular voice.

clarify: No free data via t-mobile's cell tower. But you get free voip calls over wifi.
I can't seem to find the T-mobile wifi calling app on the play store. It was on my phone originally but I have since rooted it and am running a custom rom so I lost the app, anyway to reinstall it? Thanks
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Quote from SittingMoose View Post :
Yeah it also comes with no data as well. Don't listen to them when they say it doesn't work with a smartphone. It does. My dad has an iphone on with value plan and he doesn't use data...
Sorry I meant you can do pay per megabyte as well as just restrict data to a phone and just wifi on a smartphone as opposed to the 200 MB plan.
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Quote from mces View Post :
I can't seem to find the T-mobile wifi calling app on the play store. It was on my phone originally but I have since rooted it and am running a custom rom so I lost the app, anyway to reinstall it? Thanks
Official t-mobile answer is "No" http://support.t-mobile.com/thread/33459 Since the voip quality of t-mobile wifi apps is not that great anyway, time is better spend looking for better apps that uses different codec, producing better voice quality. One promising apps is http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2057887. Since I have unlimited voice, I didn't try it out personally,
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#1814
Just looked through T-Mobile's Value Plan and it's pretty cool, much lower than what I would be paying for ATT. For 4 lines with 1000 min, unlimited text and 2 GB data totals to 109.98 + tax/fees a month, and I can also changed any of the lines to no data or pay per MB or 200 MB for $5, but I think I will stick with 2 GB, this way I don't have to worry about over usage charge ($.10 per MB for the 200 MB data plan). Now just need to look for phones. I already have an unlocked iPhone 3GS, need 3 more phones (one for wife who doesn't do much surfing, mostly just emails, and 2 for my 13 and 11 yr old kids who would probably use the phones to death), any suggestions to what phones to get? TIA
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Just looked through T-Mobile's Value Plan and it's pretty cool, much lower than what I would be paying for ATT. For 4 lines with 1000 min, unlimited text and 2 GB data totals to 109.98 + tax/fees a month, and I can also changed any of the lines to no data or pay per MB or 200 MB for $5, but I think I will stick with 2 GB, this way I don't have to worry about over usage charge ($.10 per MB for the 200 MB data plan). Now just need to look for phones. I already have an unlocked iPhone 3GS, need 3 more phones (one for wife who doesn't do much surfing, mostly just emails, and 2 for my 13 and 11 yr old kids who would probably use the phones to death), any suggestions to what phones to get? TIA
T-mobile will be having their Valentines Day sale soon. You can wait until then and see what looks good:

http://www.tmonews.com/2013/01/ru...-of-march/

The unlocked Nexus 4 from the Google store is also a good choice.
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