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PlatinumTel's Bring Your Own Phone Plan Will Be on T-Mobile!

Last week Sprint MVNO PlatinumTel annouced that they would allow customers to bring their own phone (BYOP) to the service starting in December. I think everyone assumed that meant that Sprint phones only just like the other Sprint MVNO including PrepaYd, EcoMobile and Kajeet started doing recently.

Today, PlatinumTel dealer ACRS posted on their forum that the BYOD would be on T-Mobile not Sprint! Quoting ACRS;

All New GSM Service Starting December 2012!

Beginning December 2012, PlatinumTel will begin offering nationwide GSM service under the brand PTEL. The new service will be on an all digital 3G/4G network, reaching 96% of Americans. Customers will love all the great features of this service:


Up to 4G Data Speeds

Bring Your Own Phone
Unlimited Everything Plans 

Ptel will be introducing 2 new Unlimited Everything plans, starting at just $40 a month. Customers will still get the great U.S. based customer service they're used to, but be able to bring their own phone and take advantage of these great unlimited plans.


$40 Plan Includes


Unlimited Talk, Unlimited Text, Unlimited Web*, Unlimited 411, Unlimited Int'l Text, Unlimited MMS

*3G/4G Web, speed throttled at 250MB

$50 Plan Includes


Unlimited Talk, Unlimited Text, Unlimited Web*, Unlimited 411, Unlimited Int'l Text, Unlimited MMS

*3G/4G Web, speed throttled at 2GB

The new plans are virtually identical to Tracfone owned T-Mobile MVNO Simple Mobile's monthly plans. PTEL does have the advantage of (excellent in my experience) US based customer service. I'm hoping that PlatinumTel will also bring it's Real Paygo pay as you go option to the T-Mobile side. Pay as you go at reasonable rates, especially for data, is something that's sorely needed in the US prepaid GSM market. Update: Germain, the owner of ACRS Wireless, says in a comment below that pay as you go will be available on PTEL GSM.

Ultra Mobile, another T-Mobile MVNO says they will launch a pay as you go plan later this month with rates of 4.9¢ per minute, text and MB of data. Until that happens, PlatinumTel's Real PayGo has the best pay as you go rates of any US carrier at 10¢/MB, 5¢/minute and 2¢/SMS. I'd love to see PTEL meet or beat Ultra's data pricing.

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  1. Now we know why there was a SIM card in their announcement graphic. I thought maybe it was LTE...

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  2. The fact that they didn't mention PAYGO at all, coupled with the mixed messages coming from Ultra, makes me wonder if T-Mobile just doesn't want reasonable paygo rates on their network. That said, for light usage even 10c/min wouldn't be too bad.

    The customer comments on Ultra's facebook page are not so encouraging. Hopefully they will get things sorted out. Still, having an established player like PlatinumTel come into the T-Mobile MVNO market might not be a bad thing.

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    1. Ultra has some CS issues, almost all their reps are in the Philippines and frankly totally useless. They also have problems with porting numbers, I guess they are submitting the wrong forms with missing info for porting numbers. However they have a $29 unlimited talk/text plan with pay as you go 500MB of 4G data, for an additional $10 a month, that no one offers so far.

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  3. We will come with Paygo on GSM, also will be High Spiff for dealers , we are working on the GSM side of the website (ptel.ws) to be lunch on 2 weeks, i will be doing a special price just for December on new activations....sim cards will be FREE for the next 30 days if are ordered via ptel.ws , also i will be doing a deal for who want to migrate from Ptel CDMA to Ptel GSM , keep the eyes on ptel.ws ..... Simple Mobile will be on trouble soon.......

    Thanks
    ACRS Wireless
    Platinumtel - PrepaYd Wireless Master Dealer

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    1. Germain: Have you heard whether Ptel will also keep Sprint service?

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  4. Finally one MVNO got wiser and dumping a very restrictive CDMA carrier in favor of a true, anything goes BYO device, which can be only AT&T or T-MO. Hopefully, AT&T MVNO's will start offering the $40 unlimited everything Plan which Includes Intl text.

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    1. AT&T MVNO's used to have free International text until a few months ago, but AT&T cut them of so they can offer it exclusively on their $50 unlimited everything plan.Also AT&T MVNO's are not really unlimited anything, they will first warn you, than cancel you if you go over certain amount of minutes/text, something that AT&T itself doesn't do. I don't know how restrictive T-Mo is with their MVNO's, but so far there were no complaints about being dumped for using too many minutes/text.

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    2. PlatinumTel isn't dumping Sprint. T-Mobile based PTEL is a new product. The Sprint based PlatinumTel service is containing without change.

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  5. TMobile - YUCK! Sprint - double YUCK!!

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    1. So what you are saying is T-Mobile is better than Sprint?? how about Verizon and AT&T?

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    2. Which operator is best is highly location dependent. Where I live both T-Mobile and Sprint prepaid have equal coverage and more reliable data and calling than AT&T. Verizon's coverage is slightly better than others but T-Mobile's data is much faster.

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  6. T-Mobile and Sprint suck equally. The best prepaid service is Page Plus ... hands down!

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  7. I found a pp agent here in my town, 50 to flash any 3g/4g from sprint or 3g from vzw to pp. my virgin mobile acct is looking pretty lame at the moment. the agent said he successfully flashed a gnex and a sIII to pp yesterday. I'm really leaning towards pp.

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    1. $50 to flash a Sprint phone to Page Plus is a good price provided it includes working 3G and MMS.

      But Verizon 3G phones work without modification on Page Plus. $50 to "flash" a 3G Verizon phone to Page Plus is a ripoff.

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    2. 50 bucks to so called "flush" a working Verizon phone on Verizon network???? you cant be that stupid, tell us you are kidding....right??

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  8. Paygo on Ptel is confirmed. There is one caveat. The rates will remain the same on Tmobile gsm but the expiration data is now 60 days vs 90. But still pretty good in this day of the "monthly " cycle paygo plan...

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  9. i'm a happy monthly 4g t-mobile customer but yeswap at the end of the day going with t-mobile's monthly 4g plans are still better because they include the free roaming where t-mobile doesn't have coverage where these t-mobile mvno's only include t-mobile's naive network no free roaming, so I think people should remember that!

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  10. I hope Ptel actually does throttle at 250 mbs. The other Tmo MVNOs throttle at 120 or 128 on their less expensive plans.

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    1. Simple Mobile recently changed their $40 plan. The first 250 MB of data per month is delivered at full HSPA+ 4G speeds where available. After using 250 MB speeds are throtlled to 240 Kbits/sec.

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  11. StraightTalk's BYOD Unlimited, operating on BOTH T-Mobile and AT&T towers for $45/mo has been the best service we have tested and used.

    Unlimited 4G with free roaming between the two networks is a bargain.

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    1. Agreed, Straight Talk is unbeatable for unlimited T&T with data.

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    2. StraightTalk, or Net10 is NOT unlimited data, they will cancel your account WITHOUT warning if you go over 3GB a month, they consider that "abuse".

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    3. True it's not unlimited. Straight Talk/Net10 used to terminate accounts for using too much data. But I haven't heard of that happening in months. Now they just throttle or shut off your data if you exceed their unwritten limits, which are about 2 GB/month on AT&T, much more (no one seems to have hit the limit yet) on T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon

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  12. I have PTel PayGo.
    Will I be able to BYOD (a BB 9670 or Palm Pre, both Sprint CDMA's)?
    Will the rates for PayGo (CDMA), stay the same?
    I just wanted to know so I can start EBaying for the phones...

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    1. PTel BYOD will be GSM so you can't move the BB or Pre to it. But they should continue to work on PlatinumTel CDMA assuming that's where they are now.

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  13. The BB 9670 (or any BB) and the Palm Pre (both Sprint) DO NOT not currently work on PTel.

    Are you saying they won't allow BYOD (PayGo) for Sprint(CDMA) phones?

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    1. PTEL BYOD will be T-Mobile only. As far as I know PlatinumTel won't be offering BYOD on the Sprint network.

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  14. Ptel has stopped selling phones. May be getting ready to launch Tmob service and SIM cards.

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    1. More evidence: Germain at ACRS has stopped all phone sales too. Get ready...

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    2. ACRS may still be selling 2 phones, the Zio/$85 and Sanyo 3810/$100-1000min, even tho the phone menu link comes up blank. These two can be clicked from the scrolling banner ads on homepage only. You have to get the Sanyo from the Moto flip link (an old bug). Both phones load into the cart.

      Why buy?
      These phones will probably work on Ting or another Sprint MVNO like Kajeet after Ptel shuts down Sprint service next year.
      The Sanyo is free since you are just paying the airtime price.
      Besides, Germain will give you a special deal to move to Ptel GSM if you are a Ptel user, and you cannot buy a phone from Ptel direct anymore.

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