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T-Mobile Prepaid SIMs Are On Sale For A Penny With Code

T-Mobile USA prepaid SIMs are on sale for a penny again. Now through Septemper 30, SIMs are one cent when you use the code SIMDEAL at checkout on the T-Mobile USA Website. The regular price is $10. There are two types and three sizes of SIMs to choose from.

Prepaid activation kits, which include a SIM and an activation code, are available in mini/micro combo and nano sizes. The activation code is required when activating a new line of service on any T-Mobile prepaid plan including the $30/month 5 GB of data, unlimited messaging and 100 minutes plan, which is only available with new online activations.

Mobile broadband SIMs in mini, micro and nano sizes are also on sale for a penny with the SIMDEAL code.These SIMs can be used to activate a tablet or hotspot on any T-Mobile Prepaid Mobile Internet plan. They also let you activate a supported tablet on any T-Mobile Mobile Internet plan including the 200 MB/month free plan.

There's a limit 3 SIMs per per order and 5 SIMS over a period of 30 days.

Related post: Prepaid Operator Profile: T-Mobile

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  1. The $30/5GB/100min plan will be very good to use with the Google Voice in Hangouts.

    I also have a Truphone SIM which I can combine with a TMOB Sim in a dual-sim phone.

    Truphone for incoming calls. GV/Hangouts for SMS and outgoing calls.

    The only problem is that once in a blue moon, I may be driving through a rural area. I know my Truphone sim could roam (voice and sms) on AT&T, but i may also need data roaming too.

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  2. Do you know the minimum speed at which Hangouts needs to make and receive phone calls?

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    1. I don't know, but it works well with my 5Mbps down, 512kbps up DSL WiFi

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  3. https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/2979333?hl=en

    "Audio only: In this mode you will not send or receive any video or screen share. Hangouts will focus instead on giving you the best possible audio experience. Bandwidth used will typically be approximately 35 Kbps in each direction."

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    1. Thanks, but there's no bandwidth setting in the Hangouts Android app. The help article you linked to refers to Hangouts on PCS.

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    2. And why would it be any different on smart phones? It is same google server. So what if there is no bandwidth setting for the app? Who cares?

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    3. So your point is that Hangouts audio only calls, including phone calls, use approximately 35 Kbps. I misunderstood and thought you were saying that the user needed to choose the audio only setting to get bandwidth that low.

      On the other hand, Google says here: https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/6079055?hl=en
      "Calls must have at least a 3G data connection or robust Wi-Fi connection to work." 3G is typically at least 300Kbps. I suspect the 3G requirement is more about latency than bandwidth like mike said.

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  4. I imagine that latency (ping) might be more important than DL/UL speeds when it comes to VoIP calling.

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  5. Is there a decent workaround for Hangouts with a Windows phone?

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  6. I am on Tmobile pay as you go, when looking at my account at the "switch plan link" it lists some as "simple starter" plans, does anybody know what that means?!

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    1. They are prepaid monthly plans:
      $40/mo Simple Starter - unlimited talk and text 500 MB/month of data (hard cap)
      $45/mo Simple Starter - unlimited talk and text 2 GB/month of data (hard cap)

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  7. On prepaid Tmobile if you change your plan it doesn't take affect until your next billing cycle, really primitive system.

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    1. If you change from grandfathered legacy pay as you to any other plan the change occurs immediately and you can't change back.

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    2. You can't change from a regular pay as you go plan (non legacy)to a monthly plan right away? !

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    3. Yes, you can change to a monthly plan right away. And you can change monthly plans right away by calling CS.

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  8. Is there anything wrong with buying 1st month discounted sim cards from Ebay/Amazon, for instance a $50 Simple mobile plan for $10 for first month and then doing that with various Tmobile or AT&T mvno's every month, you could just use your Google voice number every time you change sim cards, would this work in the real world?!

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    1. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceSeptember 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Yes and not just Tmobile. Make sure the seller has a long track record

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  9. Hello, I have a question about T-Mobile's pay-as-you-go service. Is one capped at 30 minutes per month, or can one buy more minutes in that month by spending an additional $10/20/etc. before the 30-day period expires? Also, if one does not use the entire amount in the pre-paid account, do the funds/minutes carry over, and if so, for how many months? My mom hardly uses her cellphone, but in case there is an unexpected emergency and she needs to make a few lengthy calls, it'd be nice to have additonal funds/minutes on reserve in case she needs it... and hopefully they'll carry over and remain in reserve after the 30-day period expires if she doesn't make those calls. Thanks in advance!

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    1. With T-Mobile pay as you go, you add money to the account in $10, $30, $50 or $100 increments. Every month $3 is deducted from the balance and you can use up to 30 minutes or texts with no extra charge during the month. For each additional voice minute or text, after 30, 10¢ is deducted from your balance.

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    2. Thanks, Dennis, this sounds like it will be a good pay-as-you-go plan for my mother. I can start off by adding $30 or $50 to her pre-paid account and let it deplete by $3.00 per month for the times that she hardly uses her cellphone. The additional funding cushion could act as a reserve in case she needs to use the phone for, say, one or two hours within a short period of time. I can then add additional funds to the account periodically as the months pass by. If I am misinterpreting all this, please let me know!

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    3. T-Mobile pay as you go seems like a good choice for your mother. I don't see any drawbacks.

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    4. Looks like H2O is still in the running as well. I didn't realize that one gets 200 minutes for 90 days with their $10 pay-as-you-go plan. I can always add another 200 minutes (for $10) if she is running low before the 90 days have elapsed. And apparently AT&T has a couple of inexpensive GoPhone 3G flip phones, e.g. ZTE Z222, which can replace the old Nokia 2G phone. Decisions, decisions!

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  10. Oh, and one more thing - does T-Mobile pay-as-you-go force mandatory USSD usage messages like Airvoice and H2O?

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    1. There are no unsolicited USSD messages with T-Mobile. They send a text message once a month when the plan renews.

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    2. Thanks! BTW you might want to consider adding this bit of information to your T-Mobile carrier profile!

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  11. Does your expiration date get pushed out from the date you refill it? In other words is it better to refill it on the day of your account expiration ? Thanks.

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    1. Unless you are on the grandfathered legacy pay as you go plan, there's no advantage to waiting to the last minute to top up. The funs expiration dates on the other plans get's pushed out every time the plan renews from your cash balance.

      For the gory details of how plan and funds expiration works on T-Mobile Prepaid see the "Account Expiration" section of the Prepaid Operator Profile: T-Mobile

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