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T-Mobile USA Revamps Prepaid Plans - Here's What's Changed

T-Mobile has revised the prepaid portion of their web site today. The first thing you will see is higher prices on all prepaid phones. Some of the price increases are substantial. The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G jumped from $179.99 to $290!

The other changes involve T-Mobile's prepaid plan lineup. The plan changes are mostly positive and are in line with the leaks we reported on last week.

Here's what's changed and what hasn't:
  • $70 Unlimited Monthly no changes, still includes unlimited, un-throttled data
  • $60 Unlimited Monthly - 4G data before throttling increased from 2 GB to 2.5 GB.
  • $50 Unlimited Monthly - 4G data before throttling increased from 100 MB to 500 MB.
  • $30 1500 minutes Monthly - no plan changes, but only available at T-Mobile stores, not online 
  • $30 100 minutes, 5 GB Monthly - no plan changes, only available online or at Walmart
  • $1 Pay by the Day - discontinued, current customers are grandfathered.
  • Web Guard - is now opt-in rather than the default.
  • Black Berry Internet Service which was is a $10 add-on, is now available at no charge on monthly plans priced at $50 or more. It's still available as a $10/month add-on to the $30 5GB plan.
  • $10/month Unlimited International Talk & Text can be added to monthly plans priced at $50 or more
Other than the phone price increases and the loss of the $1/day plan these changes are generally positive. There's more data included with the $50 and $60 plans. The $30 5 GB plan which I feared might be going away, is still available and is prominently featured on a "Which Plan is right for you" popup. BlackBerry users on plans $50 and higher get free BIS and the annoying Web Guard content filter is no longer on by default. Contrary to last week's rumors, the availability of the unlimited international plan is still limited to $50 and higher plans.

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  1. This might be new, from T&Cs at bottom or chart above:
    "The daily rate for each plan will be deducted each time you sign up for plan in a day."
    Also: "Some plans will not allow early renewal."
    Also: "Network Management: Data traffic of postpaid plans with limited high-speed data allotments greater than 2GB will be prioritized over other currently offered plans during periods of congestion."
    Finally: SIM card activation kits are $10 at the moment.

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    1. I think all three statements are new to the T&C. The daily plans have always been charged every time you switch to them so that's not actually a change.

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    2. I don't think I have been charged when switching to the $1, 2 or 3/day plans unless I used something or received a text. I leave smartphones off until I want to use them, to avoid triggering the daily charge by background data.

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    3. You're right. I was thinking of Boost's pay by the day plans.

      T-Mobile's pay by the day plans shouldn't charge you until you use data, voice or messaging. Maybe the TOS Is trying to cover the situation if you've been charged for today and then switch to a different plan and back to pay by the day. If you do that I'd expect you'll be charged again if there's usage after switching back.

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    4. I think you're right about switching to a daily plan a second time in one day. I read that somewhere on Tmobile in the past.

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  2. Is there any way to add more minutes on the $30 plan?

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    1. Yes. Just maintain a cash balance. You will be debited 10c/min from your balance.

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  3. so for the $30 100-minute 5-gigabyte plan, can you switch your existing tmobile number to that plan? or do you still have to get a new sim card to activate on that plan?

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    1. You need a new SIM card from Online store or Walmart. This must be activated as a new line. If you want to move an existing Tmobile number to this plan, you must port that number to another carrier, then port it back to your new plan.

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  4. ugh. so still the same. oh well, already ordered a new sim to get on the $30 100-minute 5-gigabyte plan. my existing tmo number has been on one of my extra phones but fortunately now don't have to renew it for another year.

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  5. All T-mo phones are usually a lot more expensive than AT&T because of the 1.7Ghz band they used for their HSPA network, but now they are re-farming it to the 1.9Ghz, so basically you can use any unlocked AT&T HSPA smartphone phone, and save a lot of $$$

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  6. I dont't see the 30$ 5GB online anymore - are you sure they still sell it?
    I am on that plan and wondering if they will continue to support it - it's excellent value and would hate to lose it!

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    1. It's at the bottom of the T-Mobile prepaid plans page and also in the screenshot above.

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  7. Will these plans include LTE when it is available?

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    1. Tmo News has supposed Tmobile training material that says LTE will be available on all plans.
      http://www.tmonews.com/2013/03/t-mobile-3/
      Obviously, you will need an LTE-capable phone.

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    2. Well it does say "Price Plan/SOC: nothing specific to LTE required" which is promising. However T-Mobile has separate support organizations for prepaid and postpaid support. I suspect that document is targeted at postpaid support where whether LTE works on prepaid or not is irrelevant.

      What we need is for someone with a Note II with the latest update that enables LTE who is in an LTE market to change their APN to fast.t-mobile.com and test if they get LTE with a SIM activated on a prepaid plan.

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  8. The contract and no contract plans seem the same. Is the coverage the same or is no contract coverage still less?

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    1. All the plans sold by T-Mobile online or in T-Mobile stores now have no contracts.

      Their's no data roaming and slightly less voice roaming coverage on the prepaid "Monthly 4G" plans than th postpaid "Simple Choice" plans. Their are separate coverage maps Postpaid and prepaid.

      The prices of the $50, $60 and $70 prepaid and postpaid plans look the same but there's 10-25% in additional taxes and fees that are charged on postpaid plans.

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  9. And remember yeswap they don't use that term monthly 4g anymore it is just pay in advance.

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    1. That's true. Guess I need to make some changes around the site.

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    2. Looks like it is back to just 'Prepaid.;
      http://www.tmonews.com/2013/03/new-image-breaks-down-t-mobiles-new-value-plans-on-a-grand-scale/

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  10. Thanks, I did mean pre vs post paid. I currently have VM with a $25 plan. I will be upgrading my phone and plan to $35. I was thinking of getting Walmarts $30 TMO plan with the Samsung s2. The OS on TMO S2 is older than on VM. The phone is also more expensive. I have been happy with VM. Not sure of coverage on TMO. I will wait a bit longer and see what develops with both.

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  11. currently waiting for 3G in my home neighborhood. there's 3G at my parents' place but not at my place. so close but still no cigar, so to speak. it was like a few weeks ago the 3G was intermittent at my parents' place and then now it's consistent. hoping for the same in my home neighborhood sometime soon and then will go get the $30 five-gigabyte tmo plan.

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  12. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/05/t-mobile-carrier-update-brings-lte-visual-voicemail-for-unlocked-iphone-5

    Tmo will support LTE and Visual Voicemail on unlocked iPhone 5s using their network via this update.

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  13. T-mobile Prepaid CS can activate the $30/1500 min-sms plan if you have an activation kit and call them. No need to drive to a store.
    You do not have to have the new $10 kit; the old 99c kit works fine.

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