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Free Ptel Phones With Airtime Purchase

T_Mobile MVNO PTel is currently running several free phone promotions. These are all on basic feature phones that work well for talking and texting.

Nokia 1616 candy bar free with code PTELFREE1616 and purchase of a $40 or $50 airtime PIN.

Alcatel OT-606 QWERTY slider free with code PTELFREE606 and purchase of a $40 or $50 airtime PIN.

Alcatel OT-665 flip phone free with code PTELWOOT665 and purchase of a $40 or $50 airtim PIN.

The free phones go in and out of stock frequently. If you don't see the one you want check back later.

Shipping is free on all PTel phones and SIMs and there's no tax unless you're in Illinois.

To use any of these codes, add a phone plus a $40 or $50 PIN to your shopping card on the  PTel web site and then enter the code on the checkout page and press the Apply button.

PTel, is one of the oldest prepaid MVNOs. It was founded in 2001 and is notable for having good US based customer support and some of the best plan prices.  The following plans are available:

Plan Cost Voice Minutes Texts MMS Data
Real PayGo $10/60days* 5¢/each 2¢/each 2¢/each 10¢/MB
$40 Unlimited Everything $40/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 250 MB)
$50 Unlimited Everything $50/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 2 GB)
* Other refill denominations are available; $20/90days, $30/120 days, $40/150 days, $50/180 days, $100/365 days.

Updated 8/11/2013 with current codes and device availability.
9/1/2013: The free phone promotion has ended

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  1. I tried to port over my Ptel Sprint-CDMA number to T-Mobile. They couldn't do it:

    "Technical Support informed us our host operator does not have switches available for the area code to prefix combination (XXX_XXX-xxxx). Therefore, the number is not eligible to port."

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    1. Why are you in a hurry to switch over to Ptel GSM?

      Ptel is dumping Sprint not the other way around, so Ptel does not have to terminate it's existing Sprint customers unless they want to.

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    2. Ptel advises that they will terminate Sprint-CDMA service in the middle of the year or so. Thus, their Sprint customers only have in a matter of weeks to decide. The point is: Make sure you are happy with T-Mobile before investing more in Ptel.

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    3. I called Ptel customer support and asked on what date Sprint service would end, I was told there is not a fixed end of service date, as they can end it on their terms.

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  2. I was on the phone with Ptel customer service, I asked if the $40 top-up I purchased with the discount code would work on my CDMA account (I heard it would), the rep told me it was for GSM accounts and would not work on CDMA.

    I still have 2 months to go on my current top-up card, so has anyone out there tried to use one of these discounted $40 top-up's on their CDMA account?

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  3. I just noticed that PTEL is offering a choice in SIM cards; 2FF/3FF precut and the standard 2FF. Now, does this mean the /3FF is a micro or nano? I would think a micro would be my best guess but they don't say, duh.

    Also I just tried to use PTEL25BRAD with the 2FF/3FF sim and it doesn't work as of April 12, 2013.

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  4. The PTELSTUD25 wouldn't work for me either. I tried to purchase the Nexus S with a $50 card and Sim with 2FF/3FF and it won't give me the discount. Does anyone know what is going on? Thanks for any help that you can offer.

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  5. OK, sorry for all of these posts but I think this information might help others.

    I ordered the Nexus S with a mini Sim 2FF (this is the regular size, not a micro or nano) and the $40 unlimited plan. I used code PTELSTUD25 and it took off $73.75 off the whole order!

    I think the reason it wouldn't work before is because I was trying to purchase the Nexus with the wrong sim 2FF/3FF. PTEL even tells you what sim you need (a 2FF mini) with the Nexus S, nice.

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    1. Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that you got it to work and that the discount codes are still good.

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  6. I chatted with a ptel rep today who stated that the phones listed on the ptel website are each unlocked. This surprises me because one would think that a cellular provider would want to trap someone onto its network thus keeping the phones purchased from it locked to that network. Can someone please confirm or refute the "fact" that phones sold on the ptel website are unlocked?

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    1. I believe they are unlocked. When PTel launched GSM service they were telling customers that only unlocked phones would work. That turned out to be untrue, but perhaps T-Mobile requires MVNOs to not claim that T-Mobile locked devices will work.

      Also operators and phone manufacturers sell off excess inventory of older models (which is what most of PTel's phones are) they generally are unlocked, as that makes them easier to sell.

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    2. I bought one of the unlocked iPhones they sold, and wanted another. CS told me they would not be selling iPhone because their supplier was not able to provide enough unlocked phones due to the new Librarian of Congress policy (AT&T will not unlock large quantities for a supplier?). Their purchasing dept would not tell me the name of their former supplier.

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  7. Hi Dennis,

    It seems PTEL kinda fixed their site; you can now use the PTEL25BRAD coupon core to order the 2FF/3FF SIM & the $40/$50 Plan. Before if you chose the 2FF/3FF SIM ( which I'm guessing must be the regular/micro-cut SIM), the PTEL25BRAD would NOT work. When they sent me the package, it included the SIM card and a "folded up piece of paper" with an unscratched-off "ACTIVATION PIN" on the bottom. I was actually expecting a $50 TOP UP "CARD" like what they actually show when you put it in the shopping cart....I won't be switching to PTEL for a month or more...I want to take advantage of the PTEL25BRAD coupon...If I buy several of these "ACTIVATION PINS", can I use them as TOP UP CARDS, or must EACH of them be used ONLY for a different new account/phone number?
    Thanks for any help; writing from the PARSIDE DISTRICT in San Francisco!

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  8. Thank you Dennis Bournique, Anonymous, et al! You guys answer quickly... this is the BEST cell phone news site that I stumbled upon accidentally; talk about serendepity! Only wish more people would write under a "NAME" instead of all the "ANONYMOUSes"!

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  9. Hi Dennis,Keep up the great work on this site...
    But, what happened to your answer and another ANONYMOUS person's answer to my ACTIVATION PINS questions? Is that answer ( Yes, the Activation Pins in this PTEL25BRAD offer CAN be used as top-up pins ) still valid? Thanks for your help!
    By the way, if I have an unlocked Motorola ATRIX HD (AT&T) will I get a better connection with PTEL or GOSMART, both T-Mobile MVNOs?

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    1. As far as I know, the Activation PINs can still be used as top up PINs

      PTel and GoSmart coverage should be the same.

      Maximum data speeds should be better on PTel's $50 plan which provides 2GB of unthrottled data, with unlimited 128Kbps after 2GB. On GoSmart's $45 plan speeds are throttled to 910 Kbps for the 1st 5GB, with unlimited 128Kbps after 5GB.

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    2. I think those posts you refer to disappeared somehow. I believe I answered this. I have used activation pins to top up twice on one unlimited plan, and once on a PayGo plan. Last time I used one was 3.5 weeks ago. The only trouble I had was using a unlimited plan activation pin to top up a PayGo account activated by a dealer. CS could not do this either. They said the activation PINs are generated by the SIM serial number; something about a market miss-match. However a PayGo activation PIN bought from Ptel with different sim card did work to refill this dealer-activated account/sim.

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  10. This is the BEST user-friendly cell phone site: Your answers are quickly responded to by cool, knowledgeable people. On other sites like Phonearena, they give great phone reviews, but the commentators are a bunch of a--h--es making inane, smart-ass remarks at each other...
    Keep up the EXCELLENT work on this site!!!

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    1. I'm very happy with the knowledgeable, helpful community that's developed around this little site. A big thank you to all my readers and commenters for making this site what it is.

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  11. CDMA-Sprint service will end in June, per the PTel Facebook page:

    "...we suggest all customers looking to stay with PTel Mobile switch to the GSM service by the end of this month. CDMA service will be terminating immediately after."

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    1. I switched one line already. It was easy, and they transferred my CDMA balance. I am switching another line tonight, porting in another Tmobile number to the GSM line. I want to avoid the rush and delays at the end of the month.

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    2. Tip: You do not need an activation PIN if you move your CDMA account balance to GSM account to fund your new line. You just need the SIM serial number and your old phone number.
      Tip 2: You DO need an activation PIN to complete the port form online to move a number to your new GSM service, whether you move your CDMA balance over to the new GSM line or not. However, after the GSM line activates, you can call CS and ask them to remove the activation PIN from your line and reserve it for your future use.
      The alternative, slightly more work, is to fill out their old port-in pdf form, email it back, and request that the porting department activate the line without a PIN, using your CDMA cash balance.

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    3. Tip 3: Ptel can only activate their SIM cards once. You cannot start a new line, and then port a number in for use on that SIM card. If you want to port a number in, do it at the same time you activate that SIM card. They can change your phone number after you activate your new service, but it will be assigned at random based solely on your zip code.

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  12. There is a new coupon code PTNEXUS, that gives $124.98 off the purchase of the 8GB Nexus 4 with the combi SIM and $40 or $50 plan. That's cheaper than buying directly from Google, and the shipping is free.

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    1. You're right. The Nexus 4 is back in stock at PTel and PTNEXUS gives you a little better discount on it than PTELSTUD25.

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  13. Hello:

    Once the promo code is used, if a customer has the $40/month plan for $20, PTel can remove the code at anytime and the plan stays at the $40 correct?
    Apparently people think that they are getting the $40/month for $20/month like it was a grandfathered thing.

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    1. The way it works is:
      You pay $20 and get a $40 PIN code and a SIM.
      The PIN code can be used to top up any PTel CDMA plan, even pay as you go, on any PTel account.
      You can buy as many of the discounted PINs as you want as long as each one is a separate order.
      The promotion has been going on for a couple of months but PTEL can cancel it at any time but any PINs you bought are still good.
      The PINs are good for a year and funds added to a PTel account also expire after a year, so don't buy more than you can use in a year or two.

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    2. The codes work on all GSM plans too. I have used $40 and $50 PINs on PayGo and $40 unlimited plans. I have to call CS to add these PINs to one SIM I got from a dealer, and only the PayGo PINs I bought from Ptel work with the PayGo plan on that SIM (even CS cannot add Unlim. PINs to this account).

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  14. has anyone recently been able to get any of the coupon codes to work with the realpaygo pins?

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  15. No, PTELSLICK20 doesn't work for anything anymore.

    But PTEL25BRAD does work for $40 or $50 unlimited PINs. Readers here and folks on HowardForums say the unlimited PINS can be used to top up a PAYGO account.

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    1. Sounds like it is time to buy 1-2 years worth of Ptel airtime if you like their plans at half price.

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  16. where to put those codes. i dont see any place to put it at checkout

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    1. There's a "Coupon Code" field just below the total on the shopping cart page.

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  17. new future ptel user here... I'm currently using a new Nokia Lumia 521 on T-Mobile. Started that with a $10 pay as you go just to try out Windows Phone 8, which I now absolutely love. So I want to keep the phone and switch over to Ptel. I'm not a heavy user and figure a PAYGO plan would be the way to go. Googling around brought me here and found the PTEL25BRAD promo code. Went to the Ptel website, put the COMBI card in my cart, added a $40 PAYGO card, went to checkout, but the code didn't apply. Backed that out, went back and added the COMBI again, added the $40 unlimited, that shows up as just a $40 top-up in the card, and PTEL25BRAD code takes the price down to $19.99. So why not, I purchased that.

    Now, I'm not sure I'll be able to use that COMBI sim card and the $40 card to start a new PAYGO account with Ptel? Will I?

    If not, can I start the account with the $40 unlimited plan and then switch that to a PAYGO account after the month of unlimited?

    Thanks...

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    1. I believe that will work. Several people have reported successfully using the Unlimited cards to fund a PAYGO account.

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    2. If for some strange reason you can't set up a NEW Ptel PayGo account using the $40 unlimited PIN, buy a $10 PIN, good for 2 months. Then add the $40 PIN to your account.

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    3. Dennis, Anonymous, Thanks for the replies. We'll see how thing go when the sim and pin arrive...

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  18. Fantastic... I was able to set up a new "Real PayGo GSM" account using COMBI card and $40 top up card bought with the PTEL25BRAD promo. My account on Ptel shows an "Airtime Balance" of $39.93 and "Access Expiration" of 12/26/13, which I'm guessing is 150 days from now. Used the phone settings information on their "Support" page to get data working, which seems fine. Added the new phone number to my "real" Google Voice number and all works well using MetroTalk on my Nokia Lumia 521. I'm a very happy camper, and really glad I found this site. I'll be back. Thanks...

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    1. Great! Now go back and buy yourself a Christmas present - a promo refill. It will be good for a year from date of purchase. Your wife can also buy you a May Day promo refill. And you can get an OctoberFest promo refill. An Ides of March promo refill is also possible. Stop there, unless you want to add your August Heat promo refill a month early next July 28, the day before it expires.

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    2. OK, I got a little carried away. Make sure you add all the refills you buy today before July 29 of next year. You can always buy $10/2 months to use up the balance.

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  19. Step by step - how does an existing customer axtivate his new GSM phone for
    ptel?
    Go online first, or put the sim card in and get the phone up and runnig or?
    It was vadue instruction wide when I received my new phone and card in the mail.

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    1. Put the SIM in the phone and go to www.ptel.com/activation with a PC
      or call 1-866-CALL-ME-1
      or Send a Facebook message to PTel at /www.facebook.com/messages/ptelmobile Include your SIM card number and zip code in the message.

      Hold times at the phone number are very long because PTel support is swamped with customers migrating from CDMA to GSM. Use the web site or Facebook if you possibly can.

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  20. Hi Dennis,

    Will any GSM phone ( feature and smart ) that is LOCKED to T-MOBILE work on PTEL?...Or do you have to get the phone UNLOCKED before it can run on PTEL?
    Thanks, and keep up this great site! I tell all of my friends to look into PREPAID before signing up with the BIG carriers..

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    1. There have been numerous reports of locked T-Mobile phones working on PTEL. PTel and T-Mobile use the same MCC/MNC (network identifier) which is what SIM locked phones check.

      I can't guarantee that every single T-Mobile phone will be fully functional work. Talk and SMS should always work. Non-PTEL phones, even unlocked ones, will need to have data and MMS set up manually. Some phones (mostly feature phones) have locked down APN settings that make setting up data and MMS difficult or impossible whether the phones is unlocked or not.

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    2. i am using on samsung galaxy s2 ( not unlocked ) without any issues . all functions including data work on ptel without any problem.

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  21. Thanks Dennis & ANONYMOUS (8/13/2013 @ 6:48A.M.) for your help. This is such a great site for non( cell phone )-pros to rececive EXTREMELY helpful information. It really helps me in deciding which smartphones & MVNOs I can combine together to receive the best Pricing & Service!
    Dennis, is there a way for people to be given names and not just an infinite number of ANONYMOUSes? [ I chose to give my nom de guerre (OldNorseBruin) just for the fun of it .]

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    1. I agree that all the anonymous comments is confusing. I wish I could force people leaving comments to enter a name. Unfortunately, to do that in Blogger is by requiring people to login with their Google, WordPress.com, AIM, etc. account and I know from experience that would discourage comments.

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  22. HOFO ID: Grateful4adviceAugust 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Does anyone have a current coupon code that does not require the purchase of a phone?
    The only current code I could find is PTELWOOTA50 which yields $50 OFF any Android phone AND a free SIM Card when you pick either the $40 or $50 Unlimited Everything plan.

    Thank you

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    1. There's PTELG25 which gives 25% off SIM plus airtime orders. A $40 PIN and and a SIM is $33.74 with the code.

      I didn't know about PTELWOOTA50. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  23. seems the codes above expired. any new code like PTELSLICK20 out? thx.

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    1. The only ones that still work are:

      25% off all SIM or phone plus airtime orders with code PTELG25

      Free SIM and $50 off the price of any Android phone purchase with code PTELWOOTA50 and purchase of a $40 or $50 Unlimited plan

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  24. Hofo ID Grateful4adviceNovember 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Ptel is long over due for a good coupon code. The absence of a current code by ACRS exacerbates this drought.

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