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Harbor Mobile - New Bargain Priced T-Mobile MVNO With Roaming and HotSpot

Harbor Mobile is a new T-Mobile MVNO that appears to offer great features at a very competitive price:
  • $10/month Wearable Smart Watch Plan - unlimited talk, text and data (first 500MB, at high speed, then throttled)
  • $15/month Tablet Plan - 5GB of 4G LTE data
  • $30/month - unlimited voice and messaging and 1GB (2.5 GB until 1/2/16) of high speed data, 1GB Hotspot
  • $40/month - unlimited voice and messaging and 3GB (4.5 GB until 1/2/16) of high speed data, 3GB Hotspot
  • $50/month - unlimited voice and messaging and 5GB of unlimited high speed data, 5GB 3GB Hotspot
  • $60/month - unlimited voice and messaging and unlimited high speed data, 5GB Hotspot
Not only are Harbor's prices lower than those of any other MVNO, but the service appears to include all the perks ot T-Mobile postpaid service. That includes WiFi calling, domestic voice and data roaming and international text and 2G data roaming.

A $15/month international add-on is available that includes unlimited calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile numbers in 30+ counties. Accounts with four or more lines get a $5/line discount on the monthly plan price.

Harbor adds a $3/month "tax" in all states, including ones like California that don't have any point of sale taxes on prepaid airtime. SIMs are $10.

Harbor is an authorized T-Mobile business reseller that appears to be reselling T-Mobile business services to both businesses AND individuals. That's what short lived T-Mobile MVNO 35orLess did a few months ago. 35orLess only lasted three months before it relaunched as NetOnTheRun, providing services to businesses only and no longer accepting new individual customers. That sudden change raised suspicions that T-Mobile didn't like what 34orLess was doing and asked them to shut down the service.

Will Harbor Mobile last or will it be another flash in the pan like 35orLess? I don't know but if Harbor's plans work for you, the prices are so good it's seems to be worth taking a chance on. A good sign is that when 35orLess stopped accepting new customers, current customers were allowed to keep their service.  As with any brand new MVNO, I don't recommend porting a number you can't afford to lose to Harbor.

Update: According to the FAQ page on the Harbor site, the service really is supposed to be for businesses only

Q: Who are these plans for?
A: Harbor, powered by the T-Mobile network created plans that strictly target businesses, and bring them over to the powerful T-Mobile network. Each client is vetted to ensure they qualify for the plans.

Update 1/21/15: Harbor is offering an extra 1.5 GB of data on the $30 and $40 plans until 1/2/16. The $60 plan has been discontinued and $50 plan now includes unlimited high speed data and 3 GB of hotspot. There are also new $10/month wearable/smart watch  and $15/month 5 GB data-only tablet plans.  The post has been updated to reflect these changes.

Related:
New T-Mobile MVNO 35orLess Offers LTE and Roaming For Under $35/Month
35orLess Closes to New Customers, Current Users Can Keep Service
T-Mobile and T-Mobile MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared


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  1. Harbor Mobile will give you 4 lines for as low as $100+t; $5 discount per line.

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  2. So lets see if I understand correctly... they add a $3/month "tax", even in states that don't have tax on prepaid service, however they pocket the "tax" money, instead of forwarding it to the state.That is called racketeering/tax fraud, people go to jail for that.

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    1. No it's a telecom tax pass-through. Telecom companies are allowed to pass the cost of certain taxes and fees along to customers. All postpaid operators pass anywhere from $10 to $30 ot the taxes and fees they pay on to consumers. Prepaid operators traditionally don't but many of the newer ones including Republic, RingPlus and Ulta Mobile do.

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  3. Harbor executives will end up in jail if they pocket sales taxes.

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    1. They aren't doing that AFAIK. They are passing on the cost of federal taxes and fees that they pay like the Federal Excise Tax and Universal Service Fee.

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    2. If all they're doing is passing on the Federal Excise Tax, Universal Service Fee and other taxes why don't they just list them by name on the bill like many phone company's do instead of charging a flat nameless tax?

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  4. I had a text chat with David on their site, and he said the plans (are) available to individuals...
    I may try them out.. I'm now on Simple....

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    1. any tmobile mvno number wont port to harbor mobile

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  5. This looks really good. I spoke to David too. He said this includes T-Mobile Freedom Music option.

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  6. Why would they only offer their service to businesses and limit their customer base. Businesses will use the service far more then most people reducing their profits. Most non-business customers will use less minutes, texts and data and pay the same price. Am I missing something?

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    1. As an authorized T-Mobile business reseller Harbor's contact with T-Mobile probably limits them to selling to businesses.

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    2. Why not setup shop like other T-Mobile MVNOs?

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  7. Their $30 plan with 1GB is a first maybe others will soon offer the same. The $40 3GB plan is the same price as GoSmart's 3GB plan although without LTE but with Verizon Prepaid now adding LTE maybe GoSmart will soon do the same. GoSmart used to offer 5GB for only $45 making Harbor's $50 5GB plan a good deal but not the best. And $60 for unlimited LTE is great but MetroPCS has that as well as roaming. The best deals here are the $30 and $40 plans. With Ultra Mobile adding LTE just days ago my guess is that other T-Mobile MVNOs will soon be adding LTE as well.

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    1. There's no roaming or WiFi calling on GoSmart
      MetroPCS doesn't have domestic and international data roaming
      Those features help to make Harbor a better deal

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    2. I agree. Harbor would be the best deal around if they would just let everyone signup.
      MetroPCS as another problem anyone can signup but only in some markets.

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  8. so businesses only? meaning you have to show them your business license? or sign something to say you are "in business". yeah, harbor sells to individuals - meaning individual sole proprietors.
    yeah, my business as an individual sole proprietor is posting annoymous comments on blogs about being a fulltime mvno tester. unfortunately, businesswise, not making any money, but accumulating valuable research for my short comment "reports" that are posted daily on various websites, blogs, and forums. lol

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  9. I had a brief online chat with David as well. Either they have a lot of Davids or this is a small company. You would think a new company would offer promotional pricing to new customers

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    1. Brand new company with some of the lowest rates in the industry and you expect an even better deal for being a new customer?

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    2. New businesses frequently launch with promotions. What is unusual about that?

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    3. Maybe that's what they are doing and they will raise prices later like Lyca does.

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  10. I can see TMo shutting this down pretty quickly. Why would anyone choose the TMo (proper) service over these prices?

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    1. Because T-Mobile proper is $5 cheaper per line for businesses with 6 or more lines.
      http://business.t-mobile.com/small-business/cell-phones-plans (click the "6 or more lines" tab).
      T-Mobile proper is also cheaper for 5 lines ($110 vs $125), and the same price for 3 and 4 lines ($90 and $100 respectively).
      T-Mobile proper may charge more for taxes, so results may vary, but if approximately the same price gets proper T-Mobile customer service, then I don't see this hurting T-Mobile proper too badly.

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    2. Don't compare this to the business plan when for all practical purposes, anyone can get this. Explain why someone would sign up for the indvidual tmobile plan over this.

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  11. Harbor is here today... Gone tomorrow...

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    1. Yup, another MVNO that will only be around for a year or two. Good luck.

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  12. Do they only charge $3 in taxes everywhere or is it $3 + state tax?

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    1. In New Jersey, they also charge 7% in addition to the $3.

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  13. Ultra Mobile's $29 plan comes close to Harbor's $30 plan. Ultra doesn't have roaming but does include international calling. Harbor's 1GB plan costs $30 + $3 tax = $33. Ultra's 500MB plan costs $30 ($29 + $1 fee) + $5 for a 500MB data add-on = 1GB for $35. Only $2 more. Ultra's $40 plan can't match Harbor's 3GB plan. GoSmart also as a 3GB plan at $40 but without LTE or roaming. Ultra now has LTE and should be updating their $39 and $49 plans soon. No one else has 5GB for only $50. MetroPCS does have unlimited LTE data for $60 and has voice only roaming. GoSmart and MetroPCS are both owned by T-Mobile so data on MetroPCS is truly unlimited. It's unknown how unlimited Harbor's high speed data is. Ultra Mobile, GoSmart and MetroPCS will let anyone join unlike Harbor. If they changed that Harbor Mobile could be great.

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  14. One thing about MVNO that not a lot people pay attention on is call forwarding. If Habor service is real, then for full controlled call forwarding we have: Cricket (AIO), Habor, NetOnTheRun (35orless), and H2O (however; H2O not was not working for me even it activated); StraightTalk (ATT) laso have conditioned call forwarding which useable for Google voice mail. Any other, please correct me.

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    1. PTel, Page Plus, Selectel, Verizon Prepaid and GoPhone also support conditional call forwarding. There are probably others.

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    2. AirVoice supports call forwarding, at least on Pay-Go.

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    3. Ultra provides CCF as well.

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  15. Brightspot Mobile has a $35 plan with 300 minutes and 3GB of high speed data. If you don't need unlimited voice minutes Brightspot's plan costs $8 less then Harbor's 3GB plan $40 + $3 tax. Brightspot also includes a $25 Target gift card for every 6 months the service is active. Brightspot doesn't have LTE but that might soon change.

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  16. I'm not trusting this. I will likely sign up and potentially lose my 10-year old phone number and then likely be angry when the poor data reception quality occurs or when the company goes belly up. I have Simple Mobile & Net10 and I am happy.

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  17. Harbor seems to be a shaddy company, Last week was a Jewish Holiday and CS was not in . One week later after holiday is finished the porting department is still out. Tell me something, would you sign up with a company that aren't around for weeks at a time for some small holiday ? What happens when Christmas and New Years come around ? I rather pay tmobiles prices they have customer service 24 7 and they never close. Good luck

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    1. I don'r see anything shady about closing for a religious holiday. First I've heard about the porting dept being closed. Are you trying to port in or out?

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  18. I have just signed up for harbor mobile and ported in my number. Everything works great. I am very happy with it

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    1. Harbor Mobile is giving an extra 1.5GB of high-speed data per month through 1-2-16, 14 months. The $30/month Unlimited TnT plan includes 2.5GB of high speed data, for example. With voice and data roaming and WiFi calling, this plan is best-in-class now.

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    2. Harbor Mobile also includes T-Mobile musicfreedom streaming and mobile hotspot feature:

      "Is the T-Mobile #MUSICFREEDOM (no data cap on music streaming) included?
      YES!
      T-Mobile is setting music free. Stream as much music as you want on your smartphone from top streaming services, including Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza and Milk Music - and it won’t count towards your 4G LTE data plan. Data charges do not apply!"

      You can also use a new T-Mobile branded SIM instead of a Harbor Mobile SIM. See their FAQ.

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  19. I signed up also Happy with the service, just hope that I get grandfathered in if something happens to the service!

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  20. According to their FAQ, Harbor Mobile will pay your ETF to switch your number, as much as $350.

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  21. I read the FAQ at Harbor mobile. It states you can activate with a genuine T-mo sim. I am really interested in the $15 data only plan. Does this mean I could go to Target/Wal-Mart and buy the T-mo mifi device and activate it on this Harbor plan? Everything is "real" T-mo...

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    1. Yes, you can use the $15/5GB data plan with any Tmo or unlocked hotspot or tablet with Tmo data bands. Harbor is just a reseller for Tmo business plans. This plan does not work in phones; you have to use phones with the hotspot device or tablet.

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    2. You get Music Freedom with the Harbor data-only plan, and streaming does not count against your 5GB/month. You can also get a "free" low-end Alcatel tablet after monthly rebates of $7x24 months. No LTE radio, just HSPA.

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  22. Having a hard time porting out from Harbor. Service was as advertised but they can't seem to provide an actual T-mobile account number. In fact T-mobile CS won't even talk to me because I am not the "plan administrator" of my own 1 line Harbor account. Careful IF you care about your number,bet otherwise 6 months with no problems to be fair.

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  23. The $15/5GB data plan after the 5GB is used up does it stop or go to low speed and if it does stop can funds be added for extra data?.

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    1. Data stops when used up. I suspect you can restart your plan early if you run out but ask Harbor to be sure.

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  24. The $30 plan and $40 plan I noticed no longer has the extra 1.5GB's expiring at the end of the year. Instead it is an ongoing plan.
    This was kind of expected based on an uncarrier move.

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  25. Harbor Mobile is not activating new lines of service until July 16th. They are also doing some changes on their plans. This has me a little nervous as I am a current Harbor Mobile customer. But at least I have my number on Google Voice. Hopefully this does not have a negative impact.

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  26. Harbor Mobile is still not activating new lines. This time they do not offer a date to check back (last date was 7/23).
    They still refer to their website upgrade, but I suspect it's a problem related to their T-Mobile reseller contract.

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  27. Harbor is not having issues with their reseller contract. Current users on Harbor/T-Mobile have nothing to worry about as far as their plans go.

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    1. Harbor customers are T-Mobile business customers, so of course they are OK.
      When Harbor can't activate new lines for a month, though, it is NOT just a website problem. If the issue was really just the website, you could call them to start new service.
      They sure don't say that.
      It it's not a contract issue, what is the problem?

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    2. There is no problem. They are updating the website because they are switching carriers, which also means the plans they offer are switching. The service with T-mobile isn't the greatest so that's probably why they are switching. When you sign a contract with a carrier (tmo in this case) they cannot simply just "drop" your company and the customers you have..that's cause for a huge lawsuit.

      Think about it, if they were still to be adding new activations/customers to a company they are severing ties from, it'd create so much more hassle and confusion down the line if they continues to add new customers to the same bases they're leaving.

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    3. Harbor needs to explain what's going on. Not doing so leads me to suspect that T-Mobile cracked down on them for splitting up business plans and selling the individual lines and they are scrambling to find a new operator.

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  28. HARBOR MOBILE will no longer be affiliated with TMOBILE if thats bad news then here is the good news Harbor Mobile WILL NOW switch to AT&T.

    Yes HARBOR MOBILE will sell their services through AT&T. How do I know this you ask?????? Well, those of us whom has been waiting today since July 16th, then July 23rd, then sometime in August, then sometime next week know that Harbor Mobile reps would tell you that they are busy trying to finalize everything.

    Okay, so today (Weds, July 12th, 2015) I got sick of getting the run around and told a Harbor Mobile rep I want to start a NEW LINE OF SERVICE today, I kid you not the rep slipped up and said WE ARE UNABLE TO START NEW LINES OF SERVICE UNTIL MONDAY JULY 17th BECAUSE THEY ARE SWITCHING TO AT&T (I'm not kidding, joking, or pulling your leg). I proceeded to ask more questions and was given limited answers. I will summarize as best as possible.....

    1.) Harbor Mobile WILL change over to AT&T
    2.) New lines are "said" to be ready for activation Mon JULY 17th

    I asked more questions and formulated a few PROS & CONS

    CONS:
    1.) The $50 UNLIMITED data plan will no longer exist, AT&T WILL NOT will not sell Harbor Mobile unlimited data packages
    2.) Unless your T-Mobile phone is unlocked you WILL have to get a new AT&T or unlocked GSM cellular device
    3.) Plans are going to change, unaware whether it will be for the best or for the worst but those of you intrigued and satisfied with the previous plans must now expect a change

    PROS:
    1.) Harbor Mobile is here to stay
    2.) New customer accounts WILL NOT have to be for business only, they will accept general accounts
    3.) Traveling through the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, & Maryland T-Mobile's reception would vary being weak or non-existent if not in a major city but the signal for AT&T (and Sprint) would always and mostly be very strong in areas where T-Mobile would not receive a data or cellular signal.
    4.) Though T-Mobile and AT&T are on the same GSM Bands, AT&T has additional bands that T-Mobile does not
    5.) If you have an AT&T or unlocked GSM phone you are good to go

    ALL-IN-ALL:
    It is not known whether Harbor Mobile will continue as a RE-SELLER or convert to an MVNO but I'm sure they will provide us with competitive plans and services to satisfy our mobile needs at a budget friendly price.

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  29. As of 6-1-16 to all who read this I originally typed a long 3 paragraph statement over what happened and the site shut down on me and I lots the data.. so here it is in a net shell...

    1) Tmobile canceled Harbor mobiles contract in 2015 as they were reselling Tmobiles service in an unapproved manner, and no more activation's were permitted.
    2)Tmobile let those customers stay as they didnt want to go through the process of porting them over and loosing customers, However Harbor customers will NOT get any of Tmobles new perks...Binge on, data stash, unlimited calling in Canada and Mexico.. ETC. due to them Not liking how harbor Mobile tried to deceive them. But you can call TMobile and switch over if you would like to but you will loose your original plan no grandfathering.
    3) Harbor mobile scrambles to resell someones service they enter into an agreement with ATT service and when they received the OK they turned around and did the same thing on ATTs service.
    3.5) Now here is where all those who said this was a better option than Tmobiles plan with harbor mobile and switched got egg on there face!!!
    4) ATT got wind of it a few months down the line and is said to have sent Cease and desist orders to harbor mobile.
    5) ATT was not amused at there deception and told Harbor mobile all there ATT customers had to switch over to An ATT plan or there service would be terminated and numbers lost. PERIOD.
    6 ) We believe Harbor tried to work it out with ATT but ATT was not having it,( the fool me once fool me twice adage comes to mind)
    7) The time frame Harbor mobile gave there ATT customers to switch was LESS than a week! there are A lot of people unhappy with harbor mobile and there deceptive ways and there post are on Slickdeals.net website.

    So in the end as of 6-1-16 harbor is still in Business but ONLY with those Tmobile plans that they originally sold and cant sign up any new customers to a USA GSM service provider, they have burned there bridges. Im sure Verizon and Sprint took note as to what happened and will not let Harbor resell there CDMA service at any time in the future.

    My prediction... If Harbor does nothing and soon, Depending on what new features T-mobile comes out with for there own customers, Harbor customers will slowly cross over and port over to a dedicated Tmobile plan, and in a few years after loosing enough customers that they can no longer keep afloat Harbor will cease to exist.

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