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T-Mobile's New GoSmartMobile Prepaid Service Now Available


GoSmartMobile, T-Mobile's new prepaid brand went live today. Phones and service are available online at gosmartmobile.com and from independent retailers (dealer locator).

The GoSmartMobile site confirms everything about the new service that we reported yesterday  based on leaked documents obtained by TmoNews.com.

But there's a lot of new information, including:

The $45 month plan will include 5GB of 3G data at speeds "appropriate for usage that requires more bandwidth, such as streaming video or downloading large files or applications". After 5 GB speeds will be reduced to 2G levels.

There's also a list of countries covered by the international add-ons. The list is quite extensive and includes calling to some countries like the Philippines that most other unlimited international packages don't.

SIM cards are available on the site for $8. There's also a single phone available, the ALCATEL OT 838 for $69. It's a QWERTY candy bar feature phone with a 2 MP camera, WiFi, a 2.4 inch screen, MP3 player, FM radio, streaming video support and Facebook integration with a dedicated Facebook button.  There's a $20 rebate available if you purchase and activate the phone and add at least $60 to your account within 45 days of activation.

There are three prepaid monthly plans available at launch:
  • $30/month Unlimited Talk and Text, including picture messaging but no other data
  • $35/month Unlimited Talk Text and Web at "2G" speeds
  • $45/month Unlimited Talk Text and "high speed data" with the first 5 GB  at "3G" speeds
Available add-ons are:
  • $5/month unlimited international text (but not picture) messaging
  • $10/month unlimited texting and calls to landline numbers in selected (list) countries
GoSmartMobile operates on T-Mobile's native network with no roaming (map). That means less coverage than with T-Mobile's other prepaid plans. Top speeds are "3G" rather than "4G". T-Mobile is being coy about what that actually means but it's obvious that there's going to be some throttling. The 3G speeds are supposed to be fast enough for streaming video ,which I'm guessing means at least 1 Mbps. But the prices are lower too. All in all not a bad offering and very competitive with T-Mobile MVNOs like Simple Mobile.

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  1. " Network Management: Certain T-Mobile plans may be prioritized over GoSmart Mobile plans during periods of congestion.
    Service may be slowed, terminated, or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users, or significant roaming. "

    They are also being coy about the throttle speed on the $35 plan. Is it 120, or 240 mb/s?

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    1. And if you read carefully , it also says PLUS TAXES, which is an additional 6-10 bucks, depends where you live, so Simple Mobile is a much better deal after all.
      I don't know why they added the "significant roaming termination claw" , since roaming is not allowed on any of their plans.

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    2. Regarding taxes, I believe they are just collecting sales tax when you use a credit card on their site. This is a lot less than all the telcom taxes and "cost recovery" fees on postpaid accounts. Tmob does not collect those taxes on prepaid monthly 4G.

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    3. I believe that's correct. The Monthly 4G plans page at prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/monthly-4g-plans also says "Plus taxes" but I've never been charged taxes on T-mobile airtime, online or in T-Mobile stores. I'm in California which doesn't have sales tax on services, including prepaid airtime.

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    4. Simple throttles after only 250mb on the $40 plan. So they might not be a much better deal if you want a lot of "3G" data, whatever that speed turns out to be.

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    5. Tmob and Virgin Mob collect sales tax here in VA when you order from their website. Vmob also collects 50c/mo. on the $35 plan for e911 here. I order Tmob time from Callingmart without sales tax; maybe they will sell GoSmartMob eventually.

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  2. T-MOBILE SUCKS IN MY AREA. I HAD THEM 2 MONTHS AGO AND IT WAS POOR PENETRATION INSIDE HOUSES AND BUILDINGS. SO FAR IM HAPPY WITH BOOST MOBILE. GOOD LUCK T-MOBILE

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    1. Sprint is not any better overall than T-Mo, they both don't have no where near enough cell sites. T-mobile advertises that they have 35K cell towers in the U.S., China Mobile on the other hand, has over 100K cell towers in Shanghai alone!!

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    2. Sprint 4G WiMax does a very poor job of penetration. We have to leave our modem within a few feet of the window, or the signal strength and speeds drop off dramatically.

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  3. This is another Ultra Mobile!!!!! www.ultra.me
    Same native coverage. Plans only very slightly different. I guess they are all getting nervous of all the other successful MVNO's out there.

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  4. The $45 plan with an unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple would be a good alternative to Tmob's planned Value Plan promo for their iPhone sales, which will start next year. Parent co. signed a deal with Apple.
    http://www.tmonews.com/2012/12/t-mobile-faq-talks-apple-partnership-iphone-and-100-value-plans/

    http://www.tmonews.com/2012/12/breaking-t-mobile-usa-and-apple-have-reached-an-agreement-to-sell-apple-product/

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  5. They appear to only support SIM and microSIM, not nano SIM. How do you use an iPhone 5 on this?

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  6. You buy a sim cutter.

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  7. I wonder why would they sell a 2G only phone(ALCATEL OT 838)?

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    1. Maybe 'cause its an inexpensive unlocked phone for people who need one or don't know they can call their carrier to unlock theirs? Just a guess. Maybe they traded the French some airtime for excess inventory? Or got a good deal on eBay.

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  8. Tmobile is using this brand the same way Sprint uses non branded (but "powered by Sprint Nationwide network" ) prepaid divsions like Boost and Virgin. There is no such thing as Sprint Prepaid unlike Verizon prepaid, Att prepaid and Tmobile prepaid. Tmobile is trying to have it both ways. A premium branded name (Tmobile 4G monthly/Prepaid) and a generic type of name that can sell at a lower price but not devalue the Tmobile name and compete against other value /mvno carriers including its own relatives like Simple Mobile.

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  9. I like the plan selection and I would consider TMobile prepaid if I could only get consistent phone service. In my house the calls drop throughout. I have relatives that have their service and their calls drop alot and they live in another state. As much as I love the prices, it is just not worth the poor cell service.

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  10. Stay away. I live in a Tmobile 4G city, but they don't have 4G in my part of town. Outside the city limits is all 2G or no coverage. Why bother.

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    1. I also had T-mobile service for over a year, and I noticed that their on line coverage map is full of s**t, where in some places they say you should get strong signal(5 bars), I got barely 0-1 bars, and sometimes no service at all, so don't trust their on line coverage map at all!

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    2. Strong signal, 5 bars outdoors, indoors is a.different story.

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