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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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Discounted + Tax free prepaid refills! Also use coupon ca3p-1207 for an extra 3% off (SEPT code)

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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Quote from calisoldier83 View Post :
Whats the best phone to have on tmobile? It seems the bands are at a really high frequency, does the high speed data cut out indoors?
I've been using a Nexus 4 on T-mobile since december and it is fantastic. Get HSPA+ and 4G LTE with a simple hack. Not to mention the phone has great specs at a great price and is guaranteed to get updates from google for at least another year or so.

Edit: Forgot to mention that I get almost no coverage drops in LTE deployed areas as it has much better building penetration. With 3G/HSPA it is a little more hit and miss depending on coverage strength and the building. Overall though I love this plan for $30 a month as I get unlimited data, texting, and phone by using the vonage app to make domestic calls.
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#6287
Quote from calisoldier83 View Post :
Whats the best phone to have on tmobile? It seems the bands are at a really high frequency, does the high speed data cut out indoors?
I have the Tmobile S4....I bought this as the unit was a pentaband compared to AT&T's quad band only....

so far, I have never seen a slowdown in data even indoors....
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#6288
Do i need to have this plan active to make calls? I've funds but unable to make calls at by pay by minute.
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#6289
Is the coupon PTELSLICK20 still works? I am having difficulties activating the coupon. Anyone?
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Quote from hotpep View Post :
Do i need to have this plan active to make calls? I've funds but unable to make calls at by pay by minute.
how did you add funds if you didn't activate this plan?

are you saying you went over the alloted 100 mins. already and trying to make a call but can't go through even if you have funds?

curious, how much funds do you have on the account?
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Quote from mitty2005 View Post :
Is the coupon PTELSLICK20 still works? I am having difficulties activating the coupon. Anyone?
didn't somebody say that this coupon code can be deactivated any time?

guess they've caught on already...
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Quote from Xenocide23 View Post :
I've been using a Nexus 4 on T-mobile since december and it is fantastic. Get HSPA+ and 4G LTE with a simple hack. Not to mention the phone has great specs at a great price and is guaranteed to get updates from google for at least another year or so.

Edit: Forgot to mention that I get almost no coverage drops in LTE deployed areas as it has much better building penetration. With 3G/HSPA it is a little more hit and miss depending on coverage strength and the building. Overall though I love this plan for $30 a month as I get unlimited data, texting, and phone by using the vonage app to make domestic calls.
I just got it too. Very fast speeds. Im using a Sprint IPhone 4S jailbroken and unlocked with GPP sim. I just can't seem to get the carrier update which enables the visual voicemail without it I have to use my cell minutes. I tried called CS she said it was enabled. i tried going to settings and about but no pop-up. I also connected to Apple nothing came up for a carrier update. Frown
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Quote from medbuyer View Post :
how did you add funds if you didn't activate this plan?

are you saying you went over the alloted 100 mins. already and trying to make a call but can't go through even if you have funds?

curious, how much funds do you have on the account?
Sorry...may be i was not clear. I had this $30 plan and it's been more than 30 days and not active but i still have $15.00 funds in my account. My area doesn't have good data coverage and hence i did not activate. Because i did not activate the plan, i was not able to use the Phone even though i had funds. I thought atleast i would be able to make calls by pay per min but not until change plan or add more funds to renew.
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Quote from hotpep View Post :
Sorry...may be i was not clear. I had this $30 plan and it's been more than 30 days and not active but i still have $15.00 funds in my account. My area doesn't have good data coverage and hence i did not activate. Because i did not activate the plan, i was not able to use the Phone even though i had funds. I thought atleast i would be able to make calls by pay per min but not until change plan or add more funds to renew.
well..since you let it go deactivated after not funding it...

you can either give them the $15 or add $15 to make it $30 to use it...
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Quote from Xenocide23 View Post :
I've been using a Nexus 4 on T-mobile since december and it is fantastic. Get HSPA+ and 4G LTE with a simple hack. Not to mention the phone has great specs at a great price and is guaranteed to get updates from google for at least another year or so.

Edit: Forgot to mention that I get almost no coverage drops in LTE deployed areas as it has much better building penetration. With 3G/HSPA it is a little more hit and miss depending on coverage strength and the building. Overall though I love this plan for $30 a month as I get unlimited data, texting, and phone by using the vonage app to make domestic calls.
n the first page I see so many different links I dont see the direct link to buy it from walmart.com for $30. I went to walmart.com and I think I found that plan - is this the one:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile...d/15443357

Also - I am understanding that I need to buy a new sim-card as well which is not included with this plan when I buy it from walmart? I see on amazon they are selling them for $3 bucks - http://www.amazon.com/T-mobile-Ca...vation+kit

Will it do the job?
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Quote from BestDealer83 View Post :
n the first page I see so many different links I dont see the direct link to buy it from walmart.com for $30. I went to walmart.com and I think I found that plan - is this the one:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile...d/15443357

Also - I am understanding that I need to buy a new sim-card as well which is not included with this plan when I buy it from walmart? I see on amazon they are selling them for $3 bucks - http://www.amazon.com/T-mobile-Ca...vation+kit

Will it do the job?
This might help explain things:

Quote from medbuyer View Post :
what I did was, I bought the sim card from Tmobile online...which doesn't come with the $30 credit..

micro sim here...
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...l-Contract

regular sim card
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...l-Contract

and activated it online following the instructions on the sim kit....I signed up for the $30 plan which can be SEEN here..http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans [scroll down, left side]...

*** you need to follow the instructions carefully during the activation and choose the $30 plan.

you can also buy the sim card from Walmart with the $30 credit...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/T-Mobil...gMethod=rr which reviewers claim it comes with a micro sim card...

3 things you need from any of those kits...

* Activation card
* Sim card number (which is on your sim card and on the piece of paper that came with it)
* Phone IMEI number

Once you have those things go to http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.co...-activate# and input all 3 in. Then you will choose a plan and you will see the $30 5GB unlimited text, 100 min plan. You will be forced to get a new number though since that's what the plan requires.

looks like the activation site is bonkers right now...after choosing either iphone or android...https://www.t-mobile.com/shop/pla...Codes.aspx
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wow haven't taken the Bart in quite a while, but I'm surprised that I finally get full connection underground. it used to be totally dead.
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Ahhh I'm running out of minutes quickly with this plan.

Are you guys using VOIP to save minutes?
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Quote from C47V3770 View Post :
Ahhh I'm running out of minutes quickly with this plan.

Are you guys using VOIP to save minutes?
uuhmmm...yes if I have a strong signal...

no, I add money to give me more minutes if need be.

so far haven't gone over yet...
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