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T-Mobile Adds Free International Texting to Most Plans, Cuts Broadband Prices & Adds $40 Unlimited Plan

Sometime in the last week or two, T-Mobile quietly tweaked their prepaid offerings in a number of significant ways. The changes, which are all positive include:

  • Unlimited international text messaging is now included with $30, $50, $60, $70 and $80 month monthly plans.

  • There's a new $40/month Simple Starter prepaid plan that includes unlimited domestic voice and messaging and 500MB of data. Data is capped on this plan, it shuts off at 500MB and there doesn't seem to be any option to add more. LTE is available and tethering and hotspot are permitted at no extra cost.

  • Now through the end of 2014, T-Mobile has discounted its 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB mobile broadband monthly passes by $10/month. The 1GB pass is now $10, 3GB is $20 and 5GB is $30.
Here's the new T-Mobile monthly plan lineup:
PriceTalk MinutesTextsIncluded Data 5
$30/mo 3 100  (overage 10¢/min)unlimited Unlimited (throttled after 5 GB/month)
$35/mo unlimited unlimited Data not available
$40/mo unlimited unlimited 500 MB/month
$50/mo 4 unlimited  unlimited Unlimited (throttled  after 1 GB/month)
$60/mo 4 unlimited unlimited Unlimited (throttled  after 3 GB/month)
$70/mo 4 unlimited unlimited Unlimited, (throttled  after 5 GB/month) 
$80/mo 4 unlimited unlimited Unlimited, Un-throttled 
2 maximum throttled data speed is approximately 120 Kbps
3 this plan is available only when activating a new phone purchased at Walmart or when activating a new SIM at prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-activate. If you switch to another plan you can't switch back to the $30/month unlimited data plan except by activating a new SIM and account.
4 For BlackBerry users, BIS is included at no cost on $50 and higher plans
5 TetheringUsing your phone as a mobile WiFi hotspot is permitted at no extra cost on the $40 and higher plans. Tethering data is hard capped at 5GB on the $80 plan.

Source: T-Mobile

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  1. T-Mobile is also rolling out 2 tablets. 1 is already available, the Trio AXS 3G ($180 at Wal Mart). The other is set to be released soon, the HP Slate 7 (said to be in the $200 range)

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  2. Looks good on paper, but that is all, until TMobile decides to become a real national network instead of what amounts to a regional player in a limited list of regions.

    If you are surrounded by Sprint, ATT, and VRZ coverage, but have to drive hundreds of miles to find a TMobile region, they are truly not ready for prime time.

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    1. Let's not get carried away.
      T-mobile covers 96% of all US POPS and has service in every region.
      They do need more low band spectrum to cover rural areas easier without building or renting a huge number of additional towers. They are actively buying low band spectrum from Vzw and at FCC auctions, and refarming their 2G service to provide a lot more HSPA+ and LTE coverage. Unlike Sprint, T-mobile is ahead of schedule in their network upgrades, and MetroPCS spectrum helped a lot. The billions AT&T gave them and them as a breakup fee along with an expanded roaming agreement made a huge difference. They sold more smartphones than Sprint last quarter, almost as many as AT&T.
      Millions of customers do not agree with you, and are signing up with T-Mobile in record numbers.

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    2. Tmobile covers less than 35% of the geographic USA according to their exaggerated maps. Their bold claims about 96% are based on getting any signal ( no matter how weak and unusable ) over 96% of the population. If we all lived and remained in large cities then TMOs coverage and claims would be fine. For those who live or travel through suburbs or rural America T mobile is even worse than Sprint.

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    3. You have to include T-mobile's extensive roaming agreements with AT&T and regional operators. Why pay more based on a coverage map if you don't need to call in the middle of nowhere? Those Vz commercials got to you, huh? T-mobile gives coverage to people who travel on highways; i.e., most people. They also cover thousands of cities and towns outside of larger cities. Anyone who can read a map can see that. Prepaid on Sprint? You better be using Ting with Vz roaming or put up with the extra phone expense and hassle with Republic or you are REALLY out of coverage.

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  3. Intl text, much like Intl roaming costs the carriers very, very little, however its a GIANT revenue generators for them, almost pure profit (and nothing wrong with that).

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  4. This is extremely competitive now with other T-Mobile MVNO's. Is there roaming on T-Mobile prepaid?????

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    1. There's voice and text roaming on all T-Mobile prepaid plans The $50 and higher plans also include some data roaming.

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  5. I left last year because of the Edge speed and no signal problem in buildings. I am happy to see that they continue to have very competitive cost rates or flat out better rates. But until their 2 G/Edge network gets upgraded in the majority of areas, I'll continue to stay away.

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  6. I like the fact that T-Mobile keeps shaking things up by offering services at prices that are attractive to some. Yes, you can beat their prepaid pricing, but most phone users don't want to deal with anything on their own--they want to walk into a store at the mall and walk out with a working phone.

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    1. And because, compared to other networks, the T-Mobile phone will only work in a few areas, it really looks good on paper only.

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  7. the tmo $40 plan makes me want to stay on att, upgrade my att $25 plan (plus $5 data), and switch to the att $40 plan. really no practical difference except better att reception. the $40 plan is like the same everywhere it seems. lol

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    1. Here are my top 10 "practical differences" you are missing on GoPhone:
      1. HSPA+ that is up to twice as fast on T-mobile, and faster LTE in many areas;
      2. WiFi calling, which gives you better reception and coverage in weak signal areas;
      3. Extensive roaming that gives you coverage comparable to AT&T prepaid in most areas, with data roaming on $50 plans and up;
      4. Tethering ($40 and up plans, unlike $60 on GoPhone);
      5. Coverage in Canada and Mexico that you can see on the coverage map;
      6. Pay as you go on your smartphone (my favorite), with data on daily plans;
      7. The fantastic $30/month plan with 5GB;
      8. BIS support for Blackberries;
      9. No $10 charge to change plans; and
      10. No monthly 911 fees.

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    2. I don't think GoPhone adds any other fees other than your local sales tax--at least they don't on a line I have. Does T-Mobile have voice roaming on their prepaid plans?

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    3. AT&T charges an e911 fee in some states
      T-Mobile has some off network voice and text roaming on all plans. You can see labeled as "partner coverage" on the T-Mobile coverage map when you zoom in far enough. There's also a very limited amount of data roaming on $50 and higher T-Mobile prepaid plans.

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    4. not paying any extra tax when buy my gophone refills at cvs over here in california. tmo reception is worse for me here. att reception and verizon reception are better. my test for reception is the bathroom test: tmo loses more reception than att and vzn in the bathroom at my house. sorry tmo but you are not my favorite carrier in my bathroom. lol

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  8. Top 5 Practical Features missing on Tmobile
    1. Signal anywhere other than near a city. Weak to no coverage in rural areas of populous states.
    2. Need for wifi calling, period! Even the last regional providers don't need this feature.
    3. Att roaming agreements are 2g only, useless. Even on higher plans.
    4. Tethering on sub 2 gb plans usesless
    5. All other issues are unimportant.

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    1. Tips:
      1. Map reading: Pick the right map, and zoom in to see your network and roaming coverage. Don't be afraid to do this outside cities: http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-coverage
      2. WiFi calling: When you have one or no bars on any network, WiFi calling helps you make a clear call. It works particularly well on T-Mobile.
      3. Email, light browsing and weather are useful.
      4. Tethering helps you use a tablet or computer with a larger screen and/or more capable software; i.e., logging in to important accounts that your phone software cannot; or typing long messages or documents (the amount of data you bought is not relevant when you need this, and AT&T makes you spend more).
      5. N/A.

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  9. dennis do you have the real story on why ptel is down?

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    1. They say it's an "outage" at their headquarters which has taken down their call center, Website and billing systems. My PTel phone is working

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    2. Major hardware failure. Temp support form here:
      http://www.ptel.com/

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  10. Awesome T-Mobile..... Let's be honest T-Mobile will not have as much coverage at&t but good thing for me l don't ever go those places. Same goes for sprint they will not ever have as much coverage as Verizon but the competition is great for the industry. T-Mobile is my carrier of choice and Retailer of choice. The HSPA+ is super fast, The LTE is even faster....international text and data roaming and no sharing of my data. T-Mobile will have there 700mhz spectrum up soon to fill in those gaps where they use at&t. Last in the end it won't matter its going to all voice over LTE so roaming agreements will easy especially with the data agreements in place.....

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  11. Does the $40 plan work with T Mobile's family discount and if Sprint buys T Mobile which network do you think they'll shut down the Sprint or T Mobile network

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    1. Apparently not. The family discount migrated to the postpaid Simple Choice plans, and it looks like the $40 plan does not earn a discount there.

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    2. That's correct. There's a "Family plans starting at $80, without a credit check" on the main T-Mobile Prepaid page but when you click it it takes you to the postpaid part of the site.

      T-Mobile's "no credit check" postpaid plans have 10 - 30 % in taxes and fees added but can still be a better deal than prepaid if you need multiple lines. If you are in a MetroPCS market they do have prepaid family plans that are better than anything offered under the T-Mobile brand.

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    3. Dennis: Unless I am missing something, the T-Mobile Family Plan for 4 lines is $100/month for 4x$50 plans, $140/month for 4x$60 plans. MetroPCS charges $140/month for 4x$40 plans, and $180/month for 4x$50 plans. Aren't these T-Mobile Family plans a better value, even with the maximum 30% taxes included? You also get data roaming, overseas roaming, hotspot discounts, etc. with T-Mobile. The MetroPCS $100 for 4x$40 plans expired months ago.

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    4. The MetroPCS $50 plan has 2.5GB of high speed data, the T-Mobile $50 postpaid plan only has 1 GB. So a fair comparison would be with the postpaid $60 3GB plan

      But you're right. Four postpaid $60 lines is $140 + $42 (30% tax) = $182 which is only $2 more than 4 $50 MetroPCS lines ($180) but you get an extra 500MB/iine and the other perks of postpaid which are clearly worth more than $2. So for 4 lines the postpaid family plans is a better deal even with maximum taxes.

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  12. Target's Brightspot mobile plans look like a better value with the same coverage

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    1. I think you are right, but I would still get T-Mobile to have LTE data. I don't go over 500mb/month. Other people would prefer Walmart Family Mobile with 2.5GB before throttling, $39.88 plus tax. And a $5 discount for extra lines.

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    2. Isn't Walmart's Family mobile postpaid and do they have roaming?

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    3. Walmart Family Mobile is no-contract postpaid and has the same roaming as T-Mobile prepaid.

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    4. Why isn't Walmart Family mobile listed on this site?

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    5. If you mean in the "News By Carrier" sidebar I just added it. WFM isn't prepaid so it's kind of off-topic for PREPAID Phone News and thus not a high-priority

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  13. Are the Stateside add-on's allowed on the $40 plan?

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