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Simple Mobile Adds More Data to Most Plans

TracFone's Simple Mobile, which runs on the T-Mobile network, is giving users on most of its plans more high speed data: 

  • The $40/month Unlimited Nationwide, $50/month Unlimited International and $50, $60 and $70 Phone Upgrade Unlimited plans go from including 1 GB of to 2 GB of high speed data. 
  • The $50/month Unlimited Nationwide and $60/month Unlimited International plans got their high speed data allowance increased from 3 GB to 4 GB per month. 
There are no changes to the $60/month Unlimited Nationwide or the $70/month Unlimited International plans which saw their high speed data increased from 5 GB to 10 GB just last month or to the data-less $25/month Unlimited Talk and Text only plan.

All Simple Mobile plans include unlimited talk and text, including international texting. All plans except the $25 one also include unlimited throttled (reportedly to 64 Kbps) data after their high speed data is used up. 4G LTE data is available on all plans except the $25 talk and text only plans

The international plans add unlimited calls to up to 10 unique numbers per month in 51 counties, including mobile numbers in India and China. The Phone Upgrade plans provide a $200 or $300 credit toward the purchase of a new phone after 12 or 18 monthly payments. For more about Simple Mobile, including details of all plans, see Prepaid Operator Profile: Simple Mobile.

Related:
A Free Phone Every 6 Months? Simple Mobile Launches Phone Upgrade Program
Simple Mobile Ups Data to 10GB on $60, $70 Plans

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  1. T-Mobile MVNO's.......good luck with your coverage.

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    1. Well...if you are in a major metropolitan area, or along most highways, T-Mo coverage is as good as red and blue, in the boonies, is a total different story.

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    2. Now, that is certainly a fair and objective way to talk about the coverage for T-Mobile. No references to churn or number of possible Americans covered if these Americans never step foot outside their residential address.

      T-Mobile for me remains as good as US Cellular: not much at all. The other 3 carriers play ball in my area, but T-Mobile for some reason advertises while delivering no services. I'd gladly consider them, or any of their MNVO's, once this gets better.

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    3. T-Mobile isn't a charity, they exist to make money for their share holders.

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  2. I don't think there's anyone that comes to this site that is unaware that Sprint and T-Mobile have smaller coverage footprints than AT&T or Verizon. Does it really need to be pointed out every time there's an article on one of them or their MVNO's?

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    1. Maybe it does. Some people just do not get it regardless. As well no one is forcing down your throat either.

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    2. It is what it is. If you want blanket coverage try Verizon or one of it's MVNOs. That's the beautiful thing about choice. No Verizon apologist here, but the leaders of the price war will be T-Mobile and Sprint. I'm just glad competition is driving positive change in the wireless industry. Verizon and AT&T are reluctantly moving IMHO in the right direction. Dennis has documented this on the website.

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    3. I don't think there is a problem with pointing out (even every time) that T-Mobile and Sprint have smaller native networks than ATT or VzW... My frustration (and perhaps the frustrations of others) is the utter lack of critical analysis -- or even effort -- for contributing meaningful information to the post. Having a smaller native network is certainly a FACTOR to be considered when evaluating MVNOs, but the drive-by remarks (e.g. "T-Mobile MVNO's.......good luck with your coverage.") imply that a smaller native network is a sufficient reason to disqualify an MVNO, which is false. Different users have different needs and wants, so coverage can be more or less important to different people. People also seem to forget that coverage depends on location (among other things) -- so it actually might be possible that Sprint or T-Mobile offers the best coverage for the user. Perpetuating simplistic "arguments" about native coverage is a disservice to people who use this site.

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  3. I'll say this much .... MetroPCS has a much better value.

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  4. Whoa! I didn't know Simple Mobile is a subsidiary of TracFone, making it one of the many America Movil MVNOs. Adding this one to the list of MVNO to stay away from.

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    1. Really they are great, provided you know what you are doing and know how to manage data use to what plan you get. Sure support is about standard for TracFone brand, but I haven't had any issue in the past year with them.

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    2. Regardless , tracfone is by far the largest mvno in the country.

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  5. The T-Mobile MVNO plans compared table says Simple Mobile's post high speed data is throttled to 256 Kbps. This page says 64 Kbps. Which is it?

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    1. At one time Simple Mobile throttled ro 256 Kbps but recently users have been reporting throttled speeds on 64 Kbps or less. I need to update the other post.

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  6. 50.00 on MetroPCS gets you unlimited high speed data.

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    1. Provided you buy an official MetroPCS phone.

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  7. Boost Mobile has a better plans for hungry data customers like me and really fast spark LTE. When I had simple mobile I was on edge most of the time.

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    1. But the downfall of Boost would be that if their rates are no longer competitive and you want to switch to another MVNO. You're stuck with a phone, possibly an expensive handset like the latest Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone that you no longer have any use for. Let's say you're happy with your Boost $35/month unlimited talk, text, and 2.5 GB of Sprint LTE data per month. But a few months later, Virgin Mobile unveils their new unlimited talk, text and 5 GB Sprint LTE date for $35/month. You won't be able to just switch to Virgin Mobile and keep the same handset, despite the two MVNO are both on the Sprint network.

      But if you're on one of T-Mobile or AT&T's MVNO, you'd be able to unlock your [GSM] phone and use it on another T-Mobile or AT&T MVNO.

      Of course this may be moot with Simple Mobile, since they're a subsidiary of America Movil (TracFone, Net10, Straight Talk), who are known for poor customer service, premature throttling, and terminating users' accounts (and all account balance without refund) when they arbitrarily determines you're using "unreasonable amount" of minutes, text, or especially data. But then again, Simple Mobile doesn't sell phones. But still, the fact that they're part of America Movil is enough reason to make me run for the hills.

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    2. Simple Mobile does sell phones but most are overpriced. Also they now have an upgrade program but I wouldn't recommend it.

      Simple Mobile phones are sold unlocked. But TracFone, Straight Talk and Net10 phones are locked and can only be unlocked by their respective brand after 12 months of paid service if at all. They might refuse to unlock their phones altogether.

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  8. Case in point about CDMA like Boost and changing to another carrier. I had a US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 which I flashed to Page Plus because I lost my contract due to kids who didn't want to pay. This was Before 4G was allowed on their prepaid plan. After having it flashed to page plus I got 3G use of their network which was on the Verizon network. What I was not aware of is that youtube would not work correctly. Plus no more video text. I did expect to be able to use all my apps just like before. So even if Boost mobile allowed you to use your phone on another carrier since its CDMA it don't mean you'll walk away with all the features. I've had better luck with GSM phones for that purpose.

    Moving on to the subject o TracFone: Straight Talk has been a subject and I was not aware of this till I read forums where there was reports that although they had the $45 plan and was supposed to get 3GB of High speed data that two deceptive practices were taking place. 1. You can only use 100MB/Day I can fart and go over that much data. 2. They don't allow music or video streaming (WTF is a smartphone supposed to be used for a paper weight?) Remember TracFone is part of Straight Talk so I can assume Net10, Simple Mobile or any MVNO affiliated with TracFone is doing the same garbage (I don't know about Page Plus but could be why I had issues with Youtube although I was able to monitor my Internet Radio station without issues). Plus I am not sure when all of this 100MB/Day data limiting was started by Straight Talk.

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