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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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http://www.callingmart.com/products/wireless/wirelesscards.aspx

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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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#5746
Quote from shizlefonizle View Post :
Where are people getting the news that this plan might be cancelled?
the uncarrier changes and other stuff Tmobile has announced recently. We really have no knowledge about prepaid changes, but anything goes...it's better safe than sorry if you wanted to sigh up for it
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#5747
Quote from SDRebel View Post :
the uncarrier changes and other stuff Tmobile has announced recently. We really have no knowledge about prepaid changes, but anything goes...it's better safe than sorry if you wanted to sigh up for it
Thanks. Im already signed up. My family is in the process of dismantling the family plan and my brother still hasnt signed up for the $30 plan despite already using the Nexus 4. Lol looks like he might get screwed.
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Quote from SDRebel View Post :
the uncarrier changes and other stuff Tmobile has announced recently. We really have no knowledge about prepaid changes, but anything goes...it's better safe than sorry if you wanted to sigh up for it
I'm thinking of getting a sim card today to signup for it. I do worry that they will still take the plan away anyway (Not grandfather it in) which would be a waste of $40 bucks.
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#5749
I accidentally bought this "Broadband" tmobile card, will it still be ok to refill my account?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/T-Mob...&cp=1&lp=3
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Quote from uEih View Post :
I accidentally bought this "Broadband" tmobile card, will it still be ok to refill my account?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/T-Mob...&cp=1&lp=3
When I bought a Tmo hotspot it came with a "broadband refill card" and I had no problems applying it to my $30 prepaid phone plan.
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#5751
Will T-Mobile's LTE be included in this plan? It sounds too good to be true if LTE is in the plan as well.
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Quote from pthomas1991 View Post :
Will T-Mobile's LTE be included in this plan? It sounds too good to be true if LTE is in the plan as well.
From what I hear Every plan will be LTE capable. We won't know for sure until they officially announce the new plans in the next few days.
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Quote from pthomas1991 View Post :
Will T-Mobile's LTE be included in this plan? It sounds too good to be true if LTE is in the plan as well.
4G LTE for the first 5gb, then essentially useless.

I don't think this plan will change as most people don't want to pay full price up front for a phone.
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Quote from cuthroat View Post :
From what I hear Every plan will be LTE capable. We won't know for sure until they officially announce the new plans in the next few days.
Well Tmobile's LTE seems to be good and if LTE is not available then HSPA+ 42 should be available instead. Either way the data speeds are way better than the data speeds I get now with Sprint.

Quote from epik View Post :
4G LTE for the first 5gb, then essentially useless.

I don't think this plan will change as most people don't want to pay full price up front for a phone.
I can see why most people do not want pay full price up front, but in the long run, paying full price and going with a cheaper prepaid plan is more cost effective than signing up for a contract and paying a subsidized price for a phone.
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#5755
Quote from pthomas1991 View Post :
Well Tmobile's LTE seems to be good and if LTE is not available then HSPA+ 42 should be available instead. Either way the data speeds are way better than the data speeds I get now with Sprint.


I can see why most people do not want pay full price up front, but in the long run, paying full price and going with a cheaper prepaid plan is more cost effective than signing up for a contract and paying a subsidized price for a phone.
For people vacation in places like Hawaii and Alaska (cruise ship ports), how is the coverage over there from real life experience?

For Sprint, I remember reading form somewhere that said....

- Ketchikan, Alaska, Sprint only has roaming signal.
- Juneau , Alaska (Alaska's capital), Sprint has good voice and data signal
- Skagway, Alaska, Sprint has NOTHING. No signal at all.
- Honolulu, Hawaii, Sprint seems to have pretty good signal.
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Quote from MozartA View Post :
For people vacation in places like Hawaii and Alaska (cruise ship ports), how is the coverage over there from real life experience?

For Sprint, I remember reading form somewhere that said....

- Ketchikan, Alaska, Sprint only has roaming signal.
- Juneau , Alaska (Alaska's capital), Sprint has good voice and data signal
- Skagway, Alaska, Sprint has NOTHING. No signal at all.
- Honolulu, Hawaii, Sprint seems to have pretty good signal.
Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to visit those places myself yet. So, my guess would be that their signal would be higher in more visited places like Honolulu. I wouldn't expect much signal at all in Alaska though.

Sprint is currently in the middle of upgrading many of their towers to provide LTE in the 1.9 Ghz band. Eventually they will also move LTE to the 800 Mhz to provide better coverage.
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Quote from pthomas1991 View Post :
Well Tmobile's LTE seems to be good and if LTE is not available then HSPA+ 42 should be available instead. Either way the data speeds are way better than the data speeds I get now with Sprint.


I can see why most people do not want pay full price up front, but in the long run, paying full price and going with a cheaper prepaid plan is more cost effective than signing up for a contract and paying a subsidized price for a phone.
Oh yeah, no question it's the better deal in the long run but most people can't or are unwilling to do that. So I really don't think we need to be worried. But if anyone has solid info on a change of the plan, please feel free.

Anyways, I've ordered two Galaxy Note 2's off ebay--550 per--and two Nexus 4's directly from Google--325 per.

I was going to use the Nexus 4's but the more research I did, the more I knew I wouldn't be happy without the Note 2. Might have to just sell the Nexus 4's on craigslist for as much as I can get.
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Quote from MozartA View Post :
For people vacation in places like Hawaii and Alaska (cruise ship ports), how is the coverage over there from real life experience?

For Sprint, I remember reading form somewhere that said....

- Ketchikan, Alaska, Sprint only has roaming signal.
- Juneau , Alaska (Alaska's capital), Sprint has good voice and data signal
- Skagway, Alaska, Sprint has NOTHING. No signal at all.
- Honolulu, Hawaii, Sprint seems to have pretty good signal.
I was on an Alaskan cruise last year. T-mobile has only roaming signal in Ketchikan and Juneau, we didn't port in Skagway (I don't think..) Honolulu had pretty good coverage several years ago.
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Quote from pthomas1991 View Post :
I can see why most people do not want pay full price up front, but in the long run, paying full price and going with a cheaper prepaid plan is more cost effective than signing up for a contract and paying a subsidized price for a phone.
Quote from epik View Post :
Oh yeah, no question it's the better deal in the long run but most people can't or are unwilling to do that.
Not if you work it right. I bought five family lines with five Galaxy S III. The phones were all free with no rebates. No tax even. Kept two of them and sold three of them for buy it now prices of $490 each. Then I migrated to value plan and did ETFs for $200/line. So I got two free Galaxy S III +$200 after migration/ETF fees. Not sure how this strategy could be beat, but if it can I'd love to hear how.
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Quote from namlook View Post :
Not if you work it right. I bought five family lines with five Galaxy S III. The phones were all free with no rebates. No tax even. Kept two of them and sold three of them for buy it now prices of $490 each. Then I migrated to value plan and did ETFs for $200/line. So I got two free Galaxy S III +$200 after migration/ETF fees. Not sure how this strategy could be beat, but if it can I'd love to hear how.
How were you able to sell three of the S III's did you pay ETFs on them as well?
So essentially you were on the classic plan and then did ETFs on two lines for a total of $400. How long were you on the classic plan before you switched over to the Value plan?
Just trying to figure out the details is all.
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