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GoSmart Makes Double Data Promotion Permanent, Ups $35 Plan to 2.5 GB

T-Mobile's GoSmart brand has been running a double data promotion that was due to end Feb 1. However, GoSmart dealers have been notified that rather than ending, the promotion will be slightly modified and made permanent. 

  • The $35 plan's 500 MB (1 GB doubled) of high speed data per month has been increased to 2.5 GB effective immediately. 
  • The $40 plan's 3 GB (6 GB doubled) of high speed data will become 5 GB permanently effective Feb 2. 
  • The $45 plan's 5 GB (10 GB doubled) of high speed data will be 10 GB permanently effective Feb 2. 
GoSmart's high speed data is unthrottled HSPA+ (LTE is not available) which tops out at about 20 Mbps, although speeds of 6-8 Mbps are more typical. All three plans include unlimited voice minutes and messaging and unlimited data throttled to about 128 Kbps for the rest of the plan month after the high speed allotment is used up.

GoSmart is T-Mobile's value priced prepaid brand which, unlike the carrier's MetroPCS and T-Mobile brands, does not offer off-network roaming or LTE data. GoSmart service is available online and from independent local dealers.

Here's how GoSmart's plan lineup will look beginning Feb 2.
PlanMonthly CostVoice MinutesSMSMMSData 1
Unlimited Talk, Text$25UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedFacebook only
Unlimited Text, Text & Web$35UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 2.5 GB)
Unlimited Text, Text & Web$40UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 5 GB)
Unlimited Text, Text & Web$45UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 10 GB)
1 All plans include unlimited high-speed access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

Related:
GoSmart Plans Get Double Data For a "Limited Time"
T-Mobile and T-Mobile MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

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  1. With speeds of about 6-8 Mbps GoSmart's data should be about as fast as T-Mobile's new Simply Prepaid plans which are throttled to 8 Mbps.

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  2. If the $45 plans data has already been doubled to 10GB how can it be effective Feb 2?

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  3. The current double data promotion that makes it 10 GB ends Feb 1. Effective Feb 2 the regular non-promotional data allowance will be 10 GB.

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  4. Gosmart or Boost Mobile? I live in Los Angeles.

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    1. T-mobile $30 plan and figure out how to get around 100 minutes. You get 5 GB of data plus unlimited music streaming.

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    2. By the time you "get around it" you'd likely be paying $45-50 anyways, may as well go with a real plan with voice minutes.

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    3. Neither. Get Harbor Mobile, $30 or $40/month.

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  5. This might b sound silly, but my T-Mobile phone at home only works on 2g and LTE, nothing in between, does this mean I can only use 2g at home since gosmart doesn't offer LTE?

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    1. Not if you buy a phone that supports Tmo AWS band IV on HSPA+. Check their coverage map to make sure you actually have HSPA coverage, since Tmo is re-farming some 2G, 1900 Mhz to LTE in rural areas now.

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  6. Kind of makes bright spot redundant.

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    1. No, it doesn't. Brightspot offers roaming on AT&T and other features/options.

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    2. Yeah but brightspots rates were always terrible. The only decent one was 2.5 GB 300 mins for $35.

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  7. They need to quit with this HSPA nonsense on a company they own, they should have LTE in places that only have EDGE by the middle of the year and I'm sure they are moving more of their PCS HSPA where they already have AWS LTE over to LTE as well. Would make more economic sense.

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    1. This is how they keep the rate plans as low as they are. The brand isn't meant for high-volume sales like MetroPCS, Walmart Family Mobile or T-Mobile Prepaid, it's meant for people that are willing to live with HSPA+ in exchange for a cheap rate plan.

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    2. T-Mobile Prepaid gives me full-speed LTE.

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    3. You can get LTE on Ptel, even with Pay-Go.

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  8. I don't have HSPA, but I do have LTE, what I am asking is will my phone have reduced LTE speeds (since I don't get HSPA) or will I be stuck on 2G.? (All I have in my area is 2G and LTE, no HSPA)

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    1. You will be stuck on 2G. GoSmart disallows access to LTE bands entirely AFAIK.

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  9. The plan updates make GoSmart a much better deal than my current plan with Virgin Mobile. If they could add Instagram and WhatsApp access to the plan bundle to complete the Facebook bundled access, it would be a truly unique and compelling offer in US prepaid.

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  10. Even though its "only hspa plus", if it clocks out at up to 20 mbps as a cap, it's way faster then some other "lte" products like Tmobile's own new Simply Prepaid plans and Att's Cricket plans and even Page Plus from Tracfone all capped at 5-8 mbps. Unfortunately in markets where people get only 2g or lte ,it'd be kind of tough (based on some of the comments I see here).

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    1. "Unfortunately in markets where people get only 2g..."

      That's an important distinction. For most of the country, 2G (or nothing at all) is the norm if you are with T-Mobile or its MVNO's. Due to the small "native coverage" footprint. Cricket and other AT&T plans. dodgy as they are with their 4G/LTE, at least provide some sort of that coverage over most of the country. And that's a lot better than 2G.

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    2. Despite the OP, HSPA+ on T-Mobile has a maximum possible speed of 42 Mbps, not 20 Mbps. Nobody gets that much, of course.
      AT&T HSPA+ has a maximum speed of 21 Mbps.

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    3. If T-Mobile coverage doesn't work for you, then don't use it. But not working for you doesn't translate into "it won't work for anyone else."

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    4. I'm guessing at some point GoSmart will add LTE access probably throttled to 8 Mbps like T-Mobile's new Simply Prepaid plans, at 8 Mbps it wouldn't be much faster than HSPA+ but in areas with only 2G and LTE coverage it would provide high speed data access.

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  11. If you live in LA, I'd go with Gosmart over Boost because of the superior byod. Idk what Boost lte speeds are like in LA but Gosmart's byod is vastly superior to anything Sprint cdma. Any unlocked gsm phone will work and if you have the right channels give you the high speed data. I'd say Tmobile and Sprint's native networks (which Boost runs on) are roughly equal nationwide.

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  12. Wow, it's amazing that the Boost data grade for auto-pay was in the top spot for only about a week and got knocked down by GoSmart. T-Mobile's HSPA+ speed is definitely faster than Sprint LTE in most markets.

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    1. Except that go smart is virtually an unknown.

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  13. Wow, it's amazing that the Boost data grade for auto-pay was in the top spot for only about a week and got knocked down by GoSmart. T-Mobile's HSPA+ speed is definitely faster than Sprint LTE in most markets.

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  14. I'd really like to know that too.

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  15. Dennis. Just received a notice from Net10 about a new phone upgrade plan. Just in case you were interested. https://www.net10.com/direct/Net10UpgradePlans?app=NET10&lang=en

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  16. Dennis -- In case, you're interested, just saw where TracFone Wireless, Inc. was fined $40 million by the FTC for its "throttled unlimited data" advertising.

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  17. Gosmart's an unknown relative to Boost perhaps but its value is obvious and it's owned directly by Tmobile ensuring it will stick around long enough to not be an unknown vs an mvno...

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    1. Where I live there is barely any GOSMART retail store where you can actually walk in and get help. But Boost Mobile is on every coner. I like to know that I can get help right away walking into a store instead of having to call and be on the phone for hours.

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  18. Does GoSmart allow tethering?

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  19. If an unlocked phone is used for hotspot on GoSmart will T-Mobile block it?

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    1. Probably, T-Mobile Prepaid does on plans that don't include hotspot and GoSmart is part of T-Mobile. The same workarounds (3rd party hotspot app or build.prop edit plus user agent switcher or VPN) that work for T-Mobile PP will likely work for GoSmart too.

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    2. Can't T-Mobile block 3rd party hotspot apps too?

      Which are the best hotspot apps that work on T-Mobile?

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    3. Did my reply post?

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    4. I have used the tether feature on several unlocked phones on GoSmart and all I have to say is it works quite well... $45 for 10GB.

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  20. Because of the high volume of comment spam, comments do not appear until I approve them.

    T-Mobile uses a two step approach to hotspot blocking:

    1) The built in hotspot app gets an error because the carrier blocks and detects it. This can defeated by using a hotspot or tethering app. The most popular ones on Android are PDANet and FoxFi. Neither is free but they have free trials that you can use to see if they work on the your phone. It you are rooted the free android-wifi-tether works on most phones as does a settings.db edit.

    2) T-Mobile detects if you are using a PC browser and disables hotspot when it does. You can defeat this by using the Firefox User Agent Switch plug-in or Chrome's Developer tools to change your browser's user agent to a mobile browser's one.

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  21. New GoSmart Plan - $30 Facebook plan.

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    1. There's no $30 plan listed on GoSmart's web site. The Unlimited Talk, Text and Facebook plan is $25 and isn't new.

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  22. The new GoSmart plan starts on the 28th of June. $30 unlimited talk and text 1GB of data up to 3G speed. Source:PhoneScoop

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    1. More on the new GoSmart Plan http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=48220

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  23. Please update all the new data offers... I just got a great deal coming from ptel

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    1. See T-Mobile and T-Mobile MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared for current GoSmart Plans. Year old news articles like this one are not updated.

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