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Updated: PTel Launches New Plans, Including $20/Month Unlimited Talk and Text

T-Mobile MVNO PTel Mobile is notifying its dealers today about some new monthly plans that it will launch soon, possibly as early as next Monday or Tuesday.

Update 8/4: The new plans are now live:

  • $20/month Unlimited Talk and Text 
  • $25/month Unlimited Talk,Text and 2G Data 
  • $35/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, First 500 MB at 4G LTE 
  • $50/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, First 2 GB at 4G LTE 
  • $65/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, First 4 GB at 4G LTE 

For comparison, PTel's current monthly plans are:

  • $35/month Unlimited Talk,Text and 2G Data
  • $40/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, First 500 MB at 4G LTE
  • $50/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, First 2 GB at 4G LTE

There are no changes to PTel's Real PayGo plan which has rates of 5¢/minute, 2¢/text and 10¢/MB and a minimum monthly cost of $5/month by applying a $10 top up every 60 days.

These new plans, especially the lower priced ones, are competitive with the best of PTel's T-Mobile based competition like Ultra Mobile's $20 (with fees) unlimited talk, text and 100MB plan and GoSmart's $35 unlimited talk, text and data (1st 500MB at 3G speeds) plan.

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  1. The new name of the game seems to be how low can you go.

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  2. I tested out T-Mobile's network using Ptel and was very pleased with their customer service. Highly recommend this MVNO.

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  3. Do the different MVNO's for T-Mobile allow the streaming music {#musicfreedom} where it isn't counted against your data plan?

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    1. No, as far as I know, none of the MVNOs offer Music Freedom.

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    2. NetOnTheRun does. $35/mo for unltd/unltd/1GB LTE/roaming on T-Mobile (have to use promo code nobizsys to drop their business offering) -- http://www.netontherun.com/#_a_2q

      Also, Harbor Mobile offers it. They're technically resellers though.

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  4. Seems to be only the Tmo mvno lowering prices and not att.

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    1. One can only hope at this point. AT&T MVNO's have not really changed much of anything except more data. Hopefully their pricepoints follow the T-Mobile MVNO's.

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  5. When they say 2G data, do they mean the actual EDGE network? Or do they mean you can connect to the 3G network but at a throttled speed?

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    1. I believe it's the 3G network, where available, throttled to 128 Kbps or less.

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  6. Wow, looks good. Is this the least expensive GSM based unlimited voice plan? I have a senior relative on an overpriced Boost Mobile plan. He doesn't need texting at all, so would this plan be the least expensive? We only need voice.

    Does PTel price reflect all other taxes and fees inclusive?

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    1. It ties Ultra's $19 + $1 cost recovery fee for least expensive unlimited GSM talk plan.
      PTel's prices include all taxes except Illinois sales tax which is charged to Illinois residents only.

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    2. Virgin Mobile has a $25 unlimited talk and text plan for a limited time.

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  7. Correct Dennis. Ultra includes international calling incentives that P-Tel does not. Otherwise they are practically the same once P-Tel and their updated plans are in effect. If you are an international caller, Ultra will be better.

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    1. FYI, Ultra's Intl call credit is a hoax, just for bait and switch purpose, it does not, never did, and never will work. Even calls to Canada DO NOT go thru.

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    2. Are you trying to call a landline or mobile number?

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    3. International calls never work? I find that hard to believe. Complain to @askutra on Twitter and mention me @yeswap so I can follow the conversation.

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  8. I don't understand why they don't have a $40/month 1GB plan.

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  9. Ptel is trying to compete with Ultra by coming out with new plans that aren't as good a value as Ultra's $20 and $30 plans.

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    1. Try and compare Ultra's CS with PTel's CS. Ultra's Phillipines based CS is abysmal at best.

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  10. Great, when these NEW prices take effect, they'll be better than anything I ever received on Virgin Mobile. And also in San Francisco, T-MOBILE's connection is much better than SPRINT's!

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  11. I wish the new $20 plan came with at least a nominal amount of data (e.g. 100 MB hard cutoff, like Ultra)

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  12. Looks like the new price point for Unlimited Talk and Text is $20/month, it was $40 just 2 years ago. I wont be surprised to see the price drop to $10 or less 2 years from now, even if T-Mo/Sprint do merge. Needless to say most of today's MVNO's will be long gone.

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  13. Isn't the new $50 plan the same as the current one?

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  14. I dont see how these plans impress anyone. They are not competative overall

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    1. Besides the same offer from Ultra, who else do you have in mind?

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  15. Just ordered a Truphone SIM today after logging into my PTel PayGo account and saw I lost $40 because it expired after a year. My best guess is I will only use $15-20 per year with Truphone, maybe even less with Free incoming calls and texts.

    Also looking forward to roaming when I am in places that have dead spots or no coverage on T-Mobile.

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  16. Ptel has US based customer service, Ultra uses Philippine contracted call centers. Some Ultra users are reporting they can't use their international call credit.

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  17. So ....
    $60 is new (U-U-U 4GB LTE)
    $50 remains the same (U-U-U 2GB LTE)
    $40 becomes $35 (U-U-U 500MB LTE)
    $35 becomes $25 (U-U-U 2G) ...and
    $20 is new (U-U-no data) I wonder how much per MB here

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  18. Bluntly, these would have been competitive if introduced six months ago but not today. The other mvnos especially Ultra , Simple and Lyca from Tmobile all have stronger offerings. The biggest issue is the lack of more data at the $50 price point. LTE is fine but when everyone else is getting it too, it's really just par for the course. Underwhelming.

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  19. I don't like when an MVNO cuts it's prices. It translate to less profit which equals less survival time. Every one gets so excited like they are saving thousands of dollars. Be realistic people, these MNNO's need to make money in order for them to stay alive. They can have their plans at $10 a month but if they can't make any money they will shut down. Not good for consumers.

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    1. bah! maybe their economics show they can afford to make these price changes. ptel having been around since 2001 seems much stronger at least in terms of staying power than those other flakey fly-by-night mvnos.

      personally want to see gophone have prices that are along these lines. but that of course is just wishful thinking. lol

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  20. Dennis, have you seen this T Mobile deal. Seems incredible for families. Unlimited Talk, Text and Data (10GB) for four lines $100

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    1. But is that PREPAID or POST- PAID? Because if it's POST-PAID ( even with T-MOBILE's no-contracts), I believe there are taxes on that $100 four line/family plan...

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    2. Yes, it's postpaid, taxes add 7% - 24% to the bill. Still a good deal.

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  21. Forgot to give you link :) http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/simple-choice-family-plans-4-for-100.html?cmpid=WTR_AF_ALLAFFLTS_H933J1N8H92263&AID=11444480&PID=552179

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  22. $65 for 4GB on T-Mobile seems overpriced. Cricket has 5GB on AT&T for $55 with auto pay.

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    1. No overpriced for what you get. A Corvette costs more than a Camaro V6 too. Cricket is throttled to HSPA speeds; T-Mobile gives you the fastest LTE in the top 30 Metro markets according to the latest, extensive testing by PC Magazine. Almost twice as fast as Cricket is worth paying more.

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    2. You don't have to pay more for the T-Mobile network. Lyca mobile has 5GB for $55, MetroPCS has unlimited high speed data for $60 and for $5 more then Ptel T-Mobile has 5GB for $70 with music freedom and roaming. Ptel doesn't have roaming. Ptel is charging T-Mobile prices without T-Mobile service. I only compared Ptel with Cricket because most people prefer the AT&T network over T-Mobile.

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    3. P.S.
      Simple Mobile also has 3GB for $50 or 5GB for $60 both better deals then Ptel's $50 and $65 plans. Lyca mobile also has 3GB for $45.

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  23. no changes to PTel's Real PayGo? BYE PTEL, I'm switching to LYCA since they're paygo is much cheaper!

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    1. Not really unless you spend less than $5/month on PTel, Lyca's calls are going up to 5¢/min soon, texts are already the same and Lyca data is already more expensive than PTels because of their rounding policy.

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    2. Texts cost less on Ptel compared to Lyca.

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    3. some of what you said is correct, some WRONG. incoming texts are free with LYCA. Also, a HUGE PLUS in favor of LYCA is no forced payments. With ptel you are forced to pay at least $10 every 60 days, with LYCA you are not forced to do that, all you have to do is use your phone once every 90 days. That in itself is a savings of at least $60 per year over PTEL.

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  24. Does Ptel charge taxes and fees?

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    1. PTel's prices include all taxes and fees except Illinois sales tax which is charged to Illinois residents only.

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  25. The NEW plans are up this morning...BUT...It appears that they still compel you to purchase a SIM card which is a problem BECAUSE: On the NEW $35 plan the total with the SIM card is $39.99; apply the coupon code PTGET10, and your TOTAL comes to: $35.99 ; The coupon code PT20LS will NOT work on the $35 Plan! This of course sucks if you do NOT need another SIM card...On the $50 Plan, it appears both coupons ( PT20LS and PTGET10) DO work BUT because you STILL need to purchase the $4.99 SIM card, your ACTUAL Savings is LESS than 20% and 10% respectively ( as DENNIS has pointed out in his previous PTEL article)... WHY does PTEL force the customers to purchase the SIM cards??? Arrrrgggghhhhh!

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    1. I'm sure you don't need to buy a SIM to switch Monthly plans, you call or email CS to switch. When you but a "Plan" on the PTel site you are just buying a PIN. When you apply the PIN it just adds credit to your account which your plan renews out of on the due date.

      It's true that you do need to buy a SIM to use a discount code as those codes are intended for new customers.

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  26. HI Dennis...QUESTION: Are you allowed to buy a $50 TOP UP and load that to your $35 PLAN account in order to take advantage of the Savings Coupons ( PT20LS and PTELGET10)?
    Thanks for the information; Keep up the GREAT WORK! Cheers!

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    1. You can use any denomination PIN to top up any account. But I believe that when you use a discount code the PIN is tied to the new SIM that you have to order to be able to use the code.

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  27. GIV Mobile's 2GB plan is only $45 that's $5 less then PTel's 2GB plan.

    Does GIV Mobile add taxes and fees?

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  28. I think the same applies for both PTel & GIV. If you are within the state of IL, taxes and fee apply. If you're out of state, no taxes and fees.

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    1. I thought the same thing but it would be nice to know for sure before setting up new service.

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