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T-Mobile.com / Walmart: Prepaid $30/month - Unlim Text, 5GB Data*, 100 Voice Mins (New Activation Only)

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Last Edited by porkrinds October 2, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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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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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.
Oops, I meant to reply to a different post..
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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.
Well you obviously need LTE in your area first. T-Mobile is still deploying their network throughout the year, but if you know for a fact that T-Mobile's LTE has launched in your area, your just need an LTE compatible phone on their network.


Any of the LTE compatible phones sold on T-Mobile should already be all set and ready to go with no setup.


The Nexus 4 is a little different though for two reasons:
1.) You need to re-enable the LTE radio by downgrading a radio.Google disabled it with the latest update as they didn't get certification from the FCC for it. If you know how to flash a zip through recovery with Android, then it'll take like a minute.
2.) It's stock Android so it receives no carrier customization: so to change the APN just go to Settings-->Mobile networks-->Access Point Names and change it to fast.t-mobile.com.


That's it.


Like I said, only applies to the Nexus 4 due to the way the radios were upgraded so it involves a few more steps; any other LTE capable phone you get through T-Mobile should be ready to go, out of the box.
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Quote from C47V3770 View Post :
Did you notice a change in speed after you edited the APN?
I thought the Nexus 4 "didn't" support LTE..
You shouldn't change the APN if you don't have LTE in your area. You won't notice a speed increase, and might actually see a speed decrease on HSPA+. However, the fast.t-mobile.com APN is required to access the LTE network on T-Mobile. It won't connect to it otherwise.


And no, the Nexus 4 doesn't "officially" support LTE, but the hardware has been there, and our Canadian friends have been using it ever since, so we here in the states can now also use it on T-Mobile since it's the only band supported by the Nexus 4 (at&t has like one tiny area in the middle of nowhere that also uses that one band that the Nexus 4 can connect to, but T-Mobile's full LTE network will be compatible with the Nexus 4).
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Quote from dzap View Post :
Well you obviously need LTE in your area first. T-Mobile is still deploying their network throughout the year, but if you know for a fact that T-Mobile's LTE has launched in your area, your just need an LTE compatible phone on their network.


Any of the LTE compatible phones sold on T-Mobile should already be all set and ready to go with no setup.


The Nexus 4 is a little different though for two reasons:
1.) You need to re-enable the LTE radio by downgrading a radio.Google disabled it with the latest update as they didn't get certification from the FCC for it. If you know how to flash a zip through recovery with Android, then it'll take like a minute.
2.) It's stock Android so it receives no carrier customization: so to change the APN just go to Settings-->Mobile networks-->Access Point Names and change it to fast.t-mobile.com.


That's it.


Like I said, only applies to the Nexus 4 due to the way the radios were upgraded so it involves a few more steps; any other LTE capable phone you get through T-Mobile should be ready to go, out of the box.

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Quote from dzap View Post :
Well you obviously need LTE in your area first. T-Mobile is still deploying their network throughout the year, but if you know for a fact that T-Mobile's LTE has launched in your area, your just need an LTE compatible phone on their network.


Any of the LTE compatible phones sold on T-Mobile should already be all set and ready to go with no setup.


The Nexus 4 is a little different though for two reasons:
1.) You need to re-enable the LTE radio by downgrading a radio.Google disabled it with the latest update as they didn't get certification from the FCC for it. If you know how to flash a zip through recovery with Android, then it'll take like a minute.
2.) It's stock Android so it receives no carrier customization: so to change the APN just go to Settings-->Mobile networks-->Access Point Names and change it to fast.t-mobile.com.


That's it.


Like I said, only applies to the Nexus 4 due to the way the radios were upgraded so it involves a few more steps; any other LTE capable phone you get through T-Mobile should be ready to go, out of the box.
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You shouldn't change the APN if you don't have LTE in your area. You won't notice a speed increase, and might actually see a speed decrease on HSPA+. However, the fast.t-mobile.com APN is required to access the LTE network on T-Mobile. It won't connect to it otherwise.


And no, the Nexus 4 doesn't "officially" support LTE, but the hardware has been there, and our Canadian friends have been using it ever since, so we here in the states can now also use it on T-Mobile since it's the only band supported by the Nexus 4 (at&t has like one tiny area in the middle of nowhere that also uses that one band that the Nexus 4 can connect to, but T-Mobile's full LTE network will be compatible with the Nexus 4).
I think Houston should have LTE? Will check but HSPA+ is quick enough..
I'm switching from the GS3 to the Nexus 4 mainly because of the PURE android experience and OS updates..

Very informative posts. Thanks..
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I think Houston should have LTE? Will check but HSPA+ is quick enough..
I'm switching from the GS3 to the Nexus 4 mainly because of the PURE android experience and OS updates..

Very informative post. Thanks..
Great choice! I love my Nexus 4. I'm going to stop by an at&t/Sprint store to check out a HTC One just to feel it, since the Android community hasn't shut up about it over the past few weeks.


Still keeping my Nexus 4 because of the pure experience though.


And you're lucky! Houston is indeed one of the first 7 launch markets... 2x10 too! (more bandwidth; faster speeds essentially).
  • Baltimore, MD: 2x5MHz
  • Houston, TX: 2x10MHz
  • Kansas City, KS/MO: 2x5MHz
  • Las Vegas, NV: 2x5MHz
  • Phoenix, AZ: 2x10MHz
  • San Jose, CA: 2x10MHz
  • Washington, D.C.: 2x10MHz
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Great choice! I love my Nexus 4. I'm going to stop by an at&t/Sprint store to check out a HTC One just to feel it, since the Android community hasn't shut up about it over the past few weeks.


Still keeping my Nexus 4 because of the pure experience though.


And you're lucky! Houston is indeed one of the first 7 launch markets... 2x10 too! (more bandwidth; faster speeds essentially).
  • Baltimore, MD: 2x5MHz
  • Houston, TX: 2x10MHz
  • Kansas City, KS/MO: 2x5MHz
  • Las Vegas, NV: 2x5MHz
  • Phoenix, AZ: 2x10MHz
  • San Jose, CA: 2x10MHz
  • Washington, D.C.: 2x10MHz
Good to hear!

Are you running the stock room or a custom one?
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Good to hear!

Are you running the stock room or a custom one?
I'm running stock. I used to always runs custom ROMs on my old phones because of the lag and random errors, but stock is perfect for me on a Nexus. I like to use it as intended usually (except with my Nexus 7 because of how it's setup in my car). Of course, it's android, so you have your options, so there's some great custom ROMs for the Nexus 4 available.


ParanoidAndroid is great one which I use on my Nexus 7 if you want some tablet customization and some cool PIE controls.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2020336


I've heard Xylon is great too.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2046968


But you can do most of what you need on stock on a Nexus 4 with rooting and bootloader unlocked. So I've found relatively no use for a custom ROM except for some gimmicky type features, but everyone has their own tastes.


Oh make sure you use franko's kernel. Awesome guy, drastically improves battery life, and his custom color controls, bring out the nice rich blacks and colors on the Nexus 4, unlike the over-saturated colors that LG shipped it with. Otherwise, I've made no other real customization to it.
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I'm running stock. I used to always runs custom ROMs on my old phones because of the lag and random errors, but stock is perfect for me on a Nexus. I like to use it as intended usually (except with my Nexus 7 because of how it's setup in my car). Of course, it's android, so you have your options, so there's some great custom ROMs for the Nexus 4 available.
Stock with the old radio flashed for LTE? I've been meaning to revert, but I've read bad things about voice issues and don't want to bother with a custom rom so I'm still on the latest .48 with HSPA+...

How's it been working out for you?

Oh yeah, and which Franco kernel are you on.. milestone or nightly? Wondering what's the best for stable everyday use..
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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.
damn. I didn't know about this....now I need a cheap LTE phone that works on tmobile Stick Out Tongue
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drool one xperia ZL for $500 on CL [craigslist.org] though a little bit suspicious Stick Out Tongue
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LG Optimus L9 is finally getting Jelly Bean update

http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5752
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Stock with the old radio flashed for LTE? I've been meaning to revert, but I've read bad things about voice issues and don't want to bother with a custom rom so I'm still on the latest .48 with HSPA+...

How's it been working out for you?

Oh yeah, and which Franco kernel are you on.. milestone or nightly? Wondering what's the best for stable everyday use..
Correct. There were voice issues, but you just needed to edit two lines in a text file, save it , and reboot, and you're fine.


It's been fine so far. I am not in an LTE area yet so for now it's just there for "when it's ready".


Stay on .48 for now if you don't have LTE in your area.


As for franko, funny, I actually bought his app because of how stable his nightly kernels were, but his past few revisions (r122 onwards) I've had some weird bugs. First time was bootlooping, which he was aware of, and had fixed, then on r125 I had weird moments where the screen would take a long time to unlock/power on from deepsleep, he also fixed and was aware of, but now I just got another weird bug in r127, where I couldn't pull down the notification bar. laugh out loud


The guy is busy and is literally pushing nightlies out insnaely fast, so it's okay. Better to go with milestone for now if you want stability though.
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drool one xperia ZL for $500 on CL [craigslist.org] though a little bit suspicious Stick Out Tongue
I was going to say "there's no way that supports T-Mobile's LTE". It actually supports their HSPA+ network and their LTE network. Damn Sony.
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LG Optimus L9 is finally getting Jelly Bean update

http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5752
laugh out loud "Finally"? I just dealt with a Droid Bionic that got it 2 days ago. It was launched in September of 2011 with Gingerbread, and at long freaking last, was upgraded to Jellybean (4.1.2), after being delayed several times.


The L9 was launched in October last year. A 6 month delay for a non-flagship I would not be b*tching about. I'm actually surprised they gave it Jellybean, honestly. laugh out loud
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