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Early Reports Indicate GoSmart Mobile's 3G is Throttled at 910 Kbps

T-mobile's recently launched GoSmart Mobile brand advertises unlimited voice and messaging and 5 GB of data at "3G" speeds for $45/month. That's $30 less than T-Mobile's $70 Monthly 4G plan which promises unlimited voice and messaging and 5 GB of "4G" data.

Because it's advertised as "3G" rather than the "4G" that T-Mobile labels all its other data plans, we knew from the start that GoSmart Mobile's data would be throttled. But we didn't know how how much. Today one of the first users to actually receive a GoSmart SIM ran speed tests in two locations and reported the results on HowardForums.

According the user, whose handle is jaybeeunix and who uses a Nexus 4:

In a location where he gets 2.6 Mbps with Monthly 4G, he got between 0.8 and 0.9 Mbps with GoSmart.
In an area where he gets 26 Mbps with Monthly 4G, he got between 0.89 Mbps (910 kbs) with GoSmart.

This is just one user but he's using a very capable phone that gets an amazing 26 Mbps unthrottled on T-Mobile. I suspect we will see speeds of about 900 kbps or less everywhere on GoSmart Mobile. And that's not a bad thing. 900 kbps is a  solid 3G speed, anything over 236 kbps is too fast to be anything but 3G.

900 kbps is plenty fast enough for video streaming, VOIP and app downloads. It's also generally faster than Sprint's EVDO 3G which has a theoretical top speed of 3.1 Mbps but rarely tops 500 kbps in real world use. That leans credence to my theory the GoSmart Mobile's primary target is Sprint's Boost and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands.

If anyone is using GoSmart Mobile's, $35/month for unlimited voice, messaging and "2G" data plan, please run some speed tests and let us know what you get. I'm guess about 128 kbps but I'm hoping it's faster as 128 is just painfully slow for even basic web browsing, although it's fine for email  updates without attachments.

Update: a Prepaid Phone News reader has reported getting speeds of 118 Kbps down. and 185 Kbps up with the $35 plan.

Source: HowardForums

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  1. Wouldn't it be better to pay just $4 more and get 5G of *full* speed data with Solavei?
    Plus you would get roaming on AT&T for voice and sms.

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    1. I should have said 4GB, not 5G. And I think they give 2G data roaming in most AT&T areas.

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    2. I agree completely, Solavei is a much better deal, that's what I currently use. I switched from verizon lte, with t-mobile full speed HSPA+ I don't notice a real difference, if I was forced to go back to 900kbps, it would really bother me. 900kbps is acceptable, that's about what I got on Verizon 3G. But the overall experience is degraded considerably compared to today's 4G, even web pages load much faster on 4G

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    3. Actually with Solavei they say $49, but with taxes, and local state fees it brings you to around $60. I have the GoSmart 2g plan its around $37 with change, including taxes. I average about 100kbps, I have got up go as high as 180kpbs, and as low as 14kpbs, on average 100kpbs though. The Service is good, at least for what you pay for,and you don't break the bank. If your planning on getting 4g speed, your better off going with Straight Talk Tmobile. I heard after taxes its around $47 and change. Oh and did I mention your not capped? Cause thats kind of important. Data is not capped on Tmobile Straight talk or GoSmart 2g,everything is unlimited talk, text web. The difference is Straight Talk Tmobile, your speed is not capped, you get 4g speeds, with GoSmart, you can get 2g (what I have), or 3g speed which is rumored around 910KPBS. But it costs same thing as Straight talk Tmobile (and your only getting 3g). Plans include taxes for these purposes.

      Solavei 4gb 4g speed(then throttled 2g speed)= $60 (Features allows Roaming huge+ and allows Tethering).

      GoSmart 2g Unlimited plan= $37 and change (features allow Tethering although pointless on 2g, but it is capable of doing so, and I've tested on a different ROM and IT WORKED Weird.. GoSmart Says they dont support tethering, does not allow roaming.)

      GoSmart 3g (5gb Capped then Throttled 2g. assuming tethering on working rom, but not verified,(it did work on 2g), does not allow roaming)= $47 and change

      Tmobile Straighttalk 4g( Unlimited no cap or throttle) (features Roaming where straighttalk has allowed, Tethering within certain limited and possibly mobile hotspot (which avoids tethering issue)and users have reported 25gb+ of usage without being cutoff= $47 and change.

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    4. Actually with Solavei they say $49, but with taxes, and local state fees it brings you to around $60. I have the GoSmart 2g plan its around $37 with change, including taxes. I average about 100kbps, I have got up go as high as 180kpbs, and as low as 14kpbs, on average 100kpbs though. The Service is good, at least for what you pay for,and you don't break the bank. If your planning on getting 4g speed, your better off going with Straight Talk Tmobile. I heard after taxes its around $47 and change. Oh and did I mention your not capped? Cause thats kind of important. Data is not capped on Tmobile Straight talk or GoSmart 2g,everything is unlimited talk, text web. The difference is Straight Talk Tmobile, your speed is not capped, you get 4g speeds, with GoSmart, you can get 2g (what I have), or 3g speed which is rumored around 910KPBS. But it costs same thing as Straight talk Tmobile (and your only getting 3g). Plans include taxes for these purposes.

      Solavei 4gb 4g speed(then throttled 2g speed)= $60 (Features allows Roaming huge+ and allows Tethering).

      GoSmart 2g Unlimited plan= $37 and change (features allow Tethering although pointless on 2g, but it is capable of doing so, and I've tested on a different ROM and IT WORKED Weird.. GoSmart Says they dont support tethering, does not allow roaming.)

      GoSmart 3g (5gb Capped then Throttled 2g. assuming tethering on working rom, but not verified,(it did work on 2g), does not allow roaming)= $47 and change

      Tmobile Straighttalk 4g( Unlimited no cap or throttle) (features Roaming where straighttalk has allowed, Tethering within certain limited and possibly mobile hotspot (which avoids tethering issue)and users have reported 25gb+ of usage without being cutoff= $47 and change.

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    5. Actually with Solavei they say $49, but with taxes, and local state fees it brings you to around $60. I have the GoSmart 2g plan its around $37 with change, including taxes. I average about 100kbps, I have got up go as high as 180kpbs, and as low as 14kpbs, on average 100kpbs though. The Service is good, at least for what you pay for,and you don't break the bank. If your planning on getting 4g speed, your better off going with Straight Talk Tmobile. I heard after taxes its around $47 and change. Oh and did I mention your not capped? Cause thats kind of important. Data is not capped on Tmobile Straight talk or GoSmart 2g,everything is unlimited talk, text web. The difference is Straight Talk Tmobile, your speed is not capped, you get 4g speeds, with GoSmart, you can get 2g (what I have), or 3g speed which is rumored around 910KPBS. But it costs same thing as Straight talk Tmobile (and your only getting 3g). Plans include taxes for these purposes.

      Solavei 4gb 4g speed(then throttled 2g speed)= $60 (Features allows Roaming huge+ and allows Tethering).

      GoSmart 2g Unlimited plan= $37 and change (features allow Tethering although pointless on 2g, but it is capable of doing so, and I've tested on a different ROM and IT WORKED Weird.. GoSmart Says they dont support tethering, does not allow roaming.)

      GoSmart 3g (5gb Capped then Throttled 2g. assuming tethering on working rom, but not verified,(it did work on 2g), does not allow roaming)= $47 and change

      Tmobile Straighttalk 4g( Unlimited no cap or throttle) (features Roaming where straighttalk has allowed, Tethering within certain limited and possibly mobile hotspot (which avoids tethering issue)and users have reported 25gb+ of usage without being cutoff= $47 and change.

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  2. In Vegas I can confirm that we're only getting about .80Mbps down... I can't use ATT because it just doesn't work at my house. So T-Mobile is the way to go for me!

    One of the reasons I went with GoSmart was the extreme amount of bad press about Straight Talk everywhere on the net.
    It was nice to have up to 9.0Mbps down with TMo PP but $60 a month was a bit much for the amount of downloading I really do in a non wifi setting.


    I really love the fact that it's actually a PrePay company with customer service people in the U.S.! (for the time being)

    So far for $45 it's fine. And I can leave whenever I want!

    Steve in Vegas

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  3. GoPhone always gives me good customer service. Much better then regular ATT, Sprint, Virgin, TMobile and Straight Talk\Net10. Unfortunately they are on of the more expensive prepaid services.

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  4. The $35 plan I get 118kbps down. and 185kbps up. In florida

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    1. Thanks for sharing your speed test result. This is the first report of actual speeds on the $35 plan that I've seen yet.

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  5. I just got mine yesterday and activated it.
    I am in Atlanta area and with T-mobile I was getting 18~23 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up any time and with GoSmart Mobile I am only getting 0.89 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. several tests in multiple areas with full signal confirms the speed is throttled.

    I wasted $45 for a month by testing this service but I will be going back to the T-mobile monthly 4g. Main reason I dumped Simple Mobile. throttled speeds. The $70 plan on T-mobile monthly 4g is expensive but now that includes unlimited data, it's no longer capped at 5GB.

    I used to be on the $30 plan with 100 minutes and 5GB data and was using Talkatone to call through google voice but the quality was not always good.

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    1. could you tell me how much you had to pay in taxes for gosmart?

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    2. Plan refills are selling for $5-7 off face value on eBay:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/111007548031?_trksid=p2048036

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    3. Oops. It looks like the eBay listings are for new, activated SIMs. These prices do not apply for refills. These are dealers, who get 50-75% discount off face value of plan to activate new accounts depending on how many people they sign up.

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  6. Im on straight talk and I get about 1.8 to 2.5 Mps down with at&t sim...but cap is 2gb...

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  7. I used quite a few different MVNOs in Florida recently and I can say that Solavei is throttled and also adds about $10 in taxes to your bill so its $59/mo not $48 with Gosmart after taxes. My best option is StraighTalk SIM which also runs off T-Mo if you choose the right SIM and is unthrottled. I get up to 18mbps down and 3mbps up with straight talk in certain area here in south florida. That's the best option for now.

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  8. Tmobile told Fierce Wireless recently that after the MetroPCS merger they are sticking with GoSmart Mobile. They are after a different type of customer, just like Sprint does with Boost and Virgin Mobile.

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  9. ok Features and breakdowns ALL FEES INCLUDE TAXES for this purpose.

    GoSmart 2g Unlimited plan- $37 and change. Features: Unlimited 2g Data,No Roaming, No cap, or throttle, Tethering worked on my current rom(rooted htc amaze 4g,HD Revolution ROM)(Also funny cause GoSmart says they dont support tethering and I got it to work). Its kind of pointless (2g speed), but it was tested and does work. It Does NOT INCLUDE ROAMING,or call forwarding.

    Solavei 4gb @ 4g speed (then throttled to 2g speed for cycle)= $59 and change. Features: Roaming, Tethering, and unthrottled up to 4gb of Speed, throttled after at 2g speeds. They do offer call Forwarding.

    GoSmart 3g 5gb plan(then throttled 2g speed for cycle)=$47 and change
    I was able to tether with 2g speed, so Im assuming it works here as well (but is not verified also its funny cause GoSmart says They Do Not Support tethering and I got it to work on the 2g plan). GoSmart Does NOT ALLOW roaming, or call forwarding.

    Tmobile Straight Talk 4g (unthrottled, uncapped)= $47-$48
    Features: (Tethering has been rumored to be allowed Im unsure though, thats what mobile hotspot is for ! ). Straighttalk allows Roaming where they have agreements. You are unthrottled, and uncapped on Tmobile Straight talk (some users have reported 25GB+ usage for 1 month without being shut off.) StraightTalk also has Conditional Call FORWARDING yay! Google voice !.

    If your going with 2g Speed= GoSmart you can't beat $37 and change

    If your going with 4g speed go with Tmobile SraightTalk=$47 and
    change

    GoSmart 3g isn't mentioned here because for about same price you can get StraightTalk 4g.

    Solavei- They say $49 but after taxes and fees- its $59. And your capped at 4gb of speed. (Its $12 more than StraightTalk).

    If you want a truely unlimited 4g- you have 2 viable options
    StraightTalk Tmobile 4g(it is rumored to be capped)= $48 OR
    Tmobile Prepaid Unlimited 4g-$70/mo

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  10. GoSmart Mobile was a great idea for those who fit into that demographic that wants a reliable network that wants unlimited talk text and data but don't want to speed a lot of money. Consumers a spoiled now a days with this 3G and 4G/4G LTE Network stuff .9 Mbps up and down is good enough to surf the web quickly and download what you want without too much issue. I have used every prepaid and postpaid and GoSmart is a great product...you get exactly what you pay for.

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