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Last Edited by acegolfer June 7, 2015 at 08:10 AM
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http://goredpocket.com/gsmt-all-onetime.html

Features:
1. no contract 512MB/30 days for $5.
2. T-mobile 3G/4G LTE network. no roaming, no 2G fallback after 512MB.
3. It works on any (unlocked or Tmo) phones and tablets

Instructions (updated):
1. Order $1 Redpocket SIM card + free shipping (http://goredpocket.com/sim.html must be GSMT type. Tmo brand SIM won't work. Amazon may have cheaper vendors.)
2. Install SIM on your device. If you are in Tmo area, your phone should display "RED POCKET" network with 3G signal. (If it doesn't, then add a new APN with "wholesale" as apn.) Even without paying, you can visit goredpocket.com/activate to verify 3G data.
3. From PC, go to http://goredpocket.com/activate and activate the SIM (requires the 19-digit SIM # and your email). After activation, you will get a 10-digit number.
4. Go to http://goredpocket.com/gsmt-all-onetime.html and select the $5 plan. Input the 10-digit number and pay.
5. After making payments, my 3G connection changed to LTE with internet access.


Note:
1. This plan for users who only need data.
2. There are 2 types of redpocket SIM cards: GSMT (19 digit code) and GSMA (20 digit code). You need the GSMT (Tmobile) SIM card for this plan. ATT plans cost more.
3. You can activate the SIM from the smartphone with no service by visiting http://goredpocket.com/activate. This will ensure whether you can get the data before paying.
4. You will get a text to refill 7 days and 1 day prior to expiration or close to data limit.
5. After renewal, if no data, turn off the phone for 2-3 minutes and reboot.

For more discussion, check http://www.howardforums.com/showt...G-Data-SIM
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Last Edited by gatec77 June 5, 2015 at 11:57 PM
Note:

1. Unlike PagePlus or similar, there is no PIN sent for the $5 plan; so activate SIM first and then add plan.
2. Expect long wait (e.g., 40 min) when call 1-888-993-3888 for help.


Instructions:

1. Get Redpocket GSMT SIM card
As of 3/19/2015, it's $1 + free shipping at goredpocket.com. (amazon often has cheaper GSMT SIMs)

2. Check network signal
After you receive SIM (about 3-4 day delivery), put the SIM into your phone/tablet. If you are in Tmobile area, your device should display "RED POCKET" network. In my case, I was asked to activate the SIM and it let me visit http://goredpocket.com/activate using their cell network. If you can visit this website using 3G data, then you can confirm the SIM is properly working.

3. Activate SIM
From PC, go to http://goredpocket.com/activate and activate the SIM (input the 19-digit SIM #). After activation, you will receive account login information such as 10-digit mobile number via email.

4. Order a plan
Go to http://goredpocket.com/gsmt-all-onetime.html and log in to your account. (Don't worry even if the website doesn't show your SIM #, it is already linked to your account.) Pick the plan (they have many different data plans) and pay. If you want 30-day auto renewing, then paypal is the only payment option.

5. You should be able to get the data connection. If not, turn off the phone for 2-3 minutes and then reboot (this sounds silly, but it did work for me.) If this doesn't work, then call 1-888-993-3888. You will have to wait 30-40 minutes to talk to a CSR. He can easily fix the data connection.

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As or 6/5/2015 5$ plan is discontinued

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Quote from acegolfer View Post :
http://goredpocket.com/gsmt-all-onetime.html

I searched but didn't find the $5 plan posted.

1. no contract 512MB/30 days for $5.
2. T-mobile 3G/4G LTE network. no 2G fallback after 512MB. (you can renew on the go)
3. 30 day auto renewal option
4. also offers 1GB $10 plan
5. activated SIM also works on tablets

I just switched from Tmo $30 plan to this $5 plan. Works well for me because I use Hangouts VoIP calling.
if only Americans knew the vital importance of dual Sim phones........
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Too bad my work blocks VoIP on WiFi. BTW it's been this price for a long time.
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if only Americans knew the vital importance of dual Sim phones........
Well, elaborate will you?
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Well, elaborate will you?
Sure.

Every now and then these deals pop up for people who do not need much data and don't want to commit to paying a lot on a monthly basis. On other occasions you'd find yourself with a good voice plan with a provider. Like this device is perfect for my SO - who uses less than ~200 mb of data each month and would feel lavish on a 512 mb plan Big Grin

How do you get the best of both worlds? A dual-sim phone would be best to use data and voice on 2 different networks (whatever suits you) on a single device.

Been using dual sim phone for a few years and haven't ever looked back. I get to keep my at&t data only plan for $50 unlimited worldwide data roaming.
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Does this work on Tablet only? If it works on phone too then what to with my current Att sim? Looks like if you have dual sim then this is a good plan for person like me who do not have data plan .

Edit: I found the answer on the post just above this post.
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Quote from jaslam View Post :
Sure.

Every now and then these deals pop up for people who do not need much data and don't want to commit to paying a lot on a monthly basis. On other occasions you'd find yourself with a good voice plan with a provider. Like this device is perfect for my SO - who uses less than ~200 mb of data each month and would feel lavish on a 512 mb plan Big Grin

How do you get the best of both worlds? A dual-sim phone would be best to use data and voice on 2 different networks (whatever suits you) on a single device.

Been using dual sim phone for a few years and haven't ever looked back. I get to keep my at&t data only plan for $50 unlimited worldwide data roaming.
Which dual sim phone you are using right now? I m also in the same boat. I dont wanna pay $
$20 to ATT for 300Mb of data. This one looks perfect for me.
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Quote from jaslam View Post :
Sure.

Every now and then these deals pop up for people who do not need much data and don't want to commit to paying a lot on a monthly basis. On other occasions you'd find yourself with a good voice plan with a provider. Like this device is perfect for my SO - who uses less than ~200 mb of data each month and would feel lavish on a 512 mb plan Big Grin

How do you get the best of both worlds? A dual-sim phone would be best to use data and voice on 2 different networks (whatever suits you) on a single device.

Been using dual sim phone for a few years and haven't ever looked back. I get to keep my at&t data only plan for $50 unlimited worldwide data roaming.
dual-SIM phones are usually relegated to developing countries, like India. Usually one sim is used for data, one for voice. Rates change based on region/coverage area. And all the carriers basically use GSM, so there's a lot of competition.


The problem with dual-SIM phones in the US is that they usually don't support LTE, and the second SIM slot, doesn't usually support data at all (or at the highest like 2G EDGE).


Also with coverage, it's usually more flat rates and all/nothing and our mobile plans in general are significantly higher with all-in buckets vs pay-per-use.


And then we also only have 2 GSM carriers, being at&t and T-Mobile. Both run their 3G networks on completely different bands, so you would need a device that supports one or the other for the data sim slot, and since they're usually not geared towards the US market, you're best bet is with at&t and using their global GSM bands.


You lose out on LTE and coverage using a dual-SIM phone in the US. And the cost benefit just doesn't make sense usually.


We really don't need dual-SIM devices here in the US. There's no market for it and it doesn't really make sense in the US overall since we're based on a subsidy locked model typically versus unlocked like in India.
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Too bad my work blocks VoIP on WiFi. BTW it's been this price for a long time.
1. Your work probably blocks port 5xxx. Android Hangouts app uses port 5222 to make audio/video calls. I asked Google to fallback on port 80 when 5222 is blocked (just like what PC Hangouts do).

2. Yes, it has been this price for a long time. If someone had posted this deal earlier, I could have saved $300 a year.
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Doesn't T-Mobile offer free data? Not sure if it was for a limited promotion.
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Sorry for the noobishness, but if I'm understanding this correctly, I'd just need to purchase a GSMT/T-Mobile compatible Red Pocket SIM and then purchase this separately? Or are they actually kind enough to send you one when you purchase the "plan"? Thanks in advance!

Also @acegolfer : Using the Hangouts codec, do you have any info regarding approximately how much data you consume in a month on calls/texts/MMS alone? Even a ballpark figure would be awesome. Thanks! Smilie
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Sorry for the noobishness, but if I'm understanding this correctly, I'd just need to purchase a GSMT/T-Mobile compatible Red Pocket SIM and then purchase this separately? Or are they actually kind enough to send you one when you purchase the "plan"? Thanks in advance!

Also @acegolfer : Using the Hangouts codec, do you have any info regarding approximately how much data you consume in a month on calls/texts/MMS alone? Even a ballpark figure would be awesome. Thanks! Smilie
Correct.
1. You need redpocket SIM (not sure Tmo SIM works). You can purchase it for $0.01 from amazon (free shipping). I bought 10 for 10c. Sorry don't have the link now but you can easily find it.
2. Once you have the SIM, activate the SIM card at goredpocket.com using the SIM number.
3. Select the plan and pay.
That's it.

AFAIK, Hangouts use various codecs depending on the network speed. But I heard that it's about 1MB per minute (unscientific method). (I suppose this is what you are asking not how much data I personally use.)
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Will this work on T-Mobile Hotspot or it needs to be unlocked?
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Quote from uniqueflips View Post :
Doesn't T-Mobile offer free data? Not sure if it was for a limited promotion.
I don't know what you are referring to. But if it is 200MB data for life, then it is still going but is only for tablets. And you cannot use tablet activated SIM on phones. That SIM with free 200MB is locked to the tablet.
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