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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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#5626
Quote from myka316 View Post :
Haven't been in this thread in a while but has anyone figured out a way to use the 4G/wifi to get free minutes as opposed to using the 100 given with this plan?

*edit* nvm, should have checked the wiki. Any tips on setting up grooveip with Gvoice?
On my LG Optimus L9 I just turn on wifi calling
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Quote from fyu View Post :
they can. you just tell them you lost the phone and give them the imei.
same with ATT's list.
in fact they share their lists now.

I did a tmobile chat they said there were no blocks on their system with that imei
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Quote from FusiveR View Post :
On my LG Optimus L9 I just turn on wifi calling
Wifi calling on my S3 still uses my tmobile minutes. I think that feature just allows you to make calls over wifi when you don't have actual signal.

The vonage app is working great so far.
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Quote from FusiveR View Post :
On my LG Optimus L9 I just turn on wifi calling
WiFi calling on prepaid will still use up regular minute pool.
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#5630
Quote from FusiveR View Post :
On my LG Optimus L9 I just turn on wifi calling
its been mentioned earlier but youre still charged for minutes using tmobiles wifi calling app. You have to use Vonage or Groove IP/ talkatone or other apps like those
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#5631
Quote from chong67 View Post :
Dont be a freak ...

Use your phone to sent out Wifi signal so all your other device can use the data!

SEE? Think outside the box ok?
I know that is an option but I was just wondering if they'd ban me or something...
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#5632
If i buy a new phone from say target. Doesn't that come with a new sim? I could than activate online to get this plan? or do i have to order a sim from tmobile.com and use that i am just wondering how they would know the differance. In my head its the same as me going to walmart grabbing a phone and coming home... Flame on
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#5633
Sadly I have let go of this plan Frown

I kept paying overages on the minutes and I wanted to tether legit so I signed up on the 5GB value plan but I get nights and weekends which helps out a lot.

Hey, anyone notice that the 100 minutes doesn't seem to be a 1:1 ratio? I swear I made a call for 15-20 minutes and it seemed to deduct closer to 30 minutes!

It was a good run, I probably saved close to $600 since I've been using this plan. Great plan if you don't talk that much, but sadly I have been having to make appointments and this is a terrible plan if people put you on hold all the time Frown I probably spent over 100 minutes just on hold last month lol.
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Quote from myka316 View Post :
Wifi calling on my S3 still uses my tmobile minutes. I think that feature just allows you to make calls over wifi when you don't have actual signal.

The vonage app is working great so far.
Wow. This explains how I burned through my minutes so quickly this month when I thought I should have used just a few.

The vonage app does work great though.
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Quote from methodz View Post :
Sadly I have let go of this plan Frown

I kept paying overages on the minutes and I wanted to tether legit so I signed up on the 5GB value plan but I get nights and weekends which helps out a lot.

Hey, anyone notice that the 100 minutes doesn't seem to be a 1:1 ratio? I swear I made a call for 15-20 minutes and it seemed to deduct closer to 30 minutes!

It was a good run, I probably saved close to $600 since I've been using this plan. Great plan if you don't talk that much, but sadly I have been having to make appointments and this is a terrible plan if people put you on hold all the time Frown I probably spent over 100 minutes just on hold last month lol.
Should have looked at all the VOIP stuff out there before just giving up on the plan. Not saying it would or wouldn't work but it's worth trying before getting rid of it...
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Quote from obloxeon View Post :
Should have looked at all the VOIP stuff out there before just giving up on the plan. Not saying it would or wouldn't work but it's worth trying before getting rid of it...

I thought about it but decided that I didn't want to install this and that app for voip. I may still do voip for my house but on my mobile I didn't want to fuss with it. I needed the extra minutes and the hotspot without root so I just went value plan.

Are you noticing that 1 minute of your calls is not equal to what T-Mobile is deducting from your plan? That was the thing I noticed about this plan. I did love it for the time that I had it though. In the Los Angeles area I never had my service go out and had great speeds on my data.
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Quote from obloxeon View Post :
Should have looked at all the VOIP stuff out there before just giving up on the plan. Not saying it would or wouldn't work but it's worth trying before getting rid of it...
I try VOIP for 25 days. It is horrible. VOIP technology is just mature yet.

I get into alot of pizzing contest with callers doing "hello hello" and "can you hear me now"?

I would not do it.
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Quote from methodz View Post :

Hey, anyone notice that the 100 minutes doesn't seem to be a 1:1 ratio? I swear I made a call for 15-20 minutes and it seemed to deduct closer to 30 minutes!
After being on this plan during the first month I was also thinking that there is an error somewhere and minutes disappear faster than they should have. I really don't think they do. You have to remember that you get to loose 1 minute the moment that minute has started. It is theoretically possible to loose that 100 minutes in .... 100 seconds by making one hundred separate connections, each lasting one second long. By the same token it is more economical to talk to someone for 30 seconds in one phone call (net effect - 1 minute depleted) rather than making three separate 10 second long calls (net effect - 3 minutes depleted). I know that I am probably stating the obvious here but depending on the particulars of your calling pattern it may seem like minutes are disappearing much faster.
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Quote from Szyszka View Post :
After being on this plan during the first month I was also thinking that there is an error somewhere and minutes disappear faster than they should have. I really don't think they do. You have to remember that you get to loose 1 minute the moment that minute has started. It is theoretically possible to loose that 100 minutes in .... 100 seconds by making one hundred separate connections, each lasting one second long. By the same token it is more economical to talk to someone for 30 seconds in one phone call (net effect - 1 minute depleted) rather than making three separate 10 second long calls (net effect - 3 minutes depleted). I know that I am probably stating the obvious here but depending on the particulars of your calling pattern it may seem like minutes are disappearing much faster.
Yeah, I get that but it seemed as if more minutes were being deducted on my longer calls.

I no longer have this plan but test it out and report back the next time you have a few minute conversation. Check your phone for the time called and then check your account to see if they are deducting the proper amount of minutes. Or make a 1 second call and see if they only take 1 minute off your bill. I think it may take 24 hours to update though so hopefully no calls come in before the update.
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Quote from Szyszka View Post :
After being on this plan during the first month I was also thinking that there is an error somewhere and minutes disappear faster than they should have. I really don't think they do. You have to remember that you get to loose 1 minute the moment that minute has started. It is theoretically possible to loose that 100 minutes in .... 100 seconds by making one hundred separate connections, each lasting one second long. By the same token it is more economical to talk to someone for 30 seconds in one phone call (net effect - 1 minute depleted) rather than making three separate 10 second long calls (net effect - 3 minutes depleted). I know that I am probably stating the obvious here but depending on the particulars of your calling pattern it may seem like minutes are disappearing much faster.
Yeah. I'm on the $60 / 2GB plan, and I figure the math allows me 400 minutes, including overages, to get up to the $60 I've been paying.. and I absolutely do not talk that much. Add in the data, no brainer.
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