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T-Mobile to Launch New Prepaid Plans With 8 Mbps Speed Cap

Today T-Mobile USA announced that it will be offering three new lower cost Simply Prepaid plans starting January 25: 

  • $40 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 1 GB of 4G LTE 
  • $50 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 3 GB of 4G LTE 
  • $60 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 5 GB of 4G LTE
The new plans are $10/month less than T-Mobile's current Simple Choice prepaid plans with the same high speed data allotment:

  • $50 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 1 GB of 4G LTE
  • $60 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 3 GB of 4G LTE
  • $70 / month for unlimited data, talk, text and 5 GB of 4G LTE
  • $80 / month for unlimited talk, text and unlimited 4G LTE
On both Simply Prepaid and Simple Choice data speeds are throttled to 128 Kbps after the high speed data allotment is used.

$10 less for the same thing sounds like a great deal, right? Maybe, but there's a catch. High speed data on Simply Prepaid plans is limited to 8 Mbps. LTE speeds on Simple Choice plans average about 16 Mbps and can hit 60 Mbps in good conditions.

That's not all, unlike Simple Choice, the Simply Prepaid plans do not allow tethering or hotspot use and do not include T-Mobile's Music Freedom feature that doesn't count data used by most streaming music services against the the user's high speed data cap. Also not included is the Data Stash feature that rolls over unused high speed data. Simple Choice doesn't currently have Data Slash either but T-Mobile previously announced that it is coming to prepaid soon.

 T-Mobile's press release also says that other unspecified Simple Choice features are not included in Simply Prepaid. I suspect that means no free international text messaging and no data roaming. Update: A T-Mobile spokesperson has confirmed to Prepaid Phone News that free international text messaging and data roaming are not included in Simply Prepaid.

Simply Prepaid seems to be an effort by T-Mobile to better compete with AT&T's Cricket Wireless, which offers $40, $50 and $60 plans with 1, 3 and 10 GB of 8 Mbps data respectively. Like Simply Prepaid, Cricket's plans don't include tethering, hotspot or unlimited data for music streaming. However, even with similar prices, Cricket seems to have several advantages including twice as much data on the $60 plan, better rural coverage, a $5 auto pay discount, and that Cricket's prices include all taxes and fees while T-Mobile charges applicable state and local sales taxes and point of sale e911 fees that can add up to 10% to monthly plan costs.

Update: I've confirmed with T-Mobile that, contrary to what several other news sites are reporting, the Simple Choice plans are not being eliminated and will be offered in addition to the new Simply Prepaid plans.

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  1. Why will any want this? give up T mobile extras and throttle add taxes so if no autopay discount- it's quite a bit more that cricket.... And with tmobile's METRO pcs unless they change that too.. isn't Metro better.. unthrottled, no taxes and $60 gives unlimited LTE.. not to mention subsidized phone pricing...

    granted not everybody reads prepaidphonenews (sad) but with all the mvno's, walmart big box multi movil etc.. these prices aren't special..and don't most buyers already know that...

    and when they jump DOWN like cricket and throttle the LTE down....although adequate for most.... kinda defeats all the adverts about that FAST LTE coverage doesn't it? esp when that's done under the T mobile branding?

    this would make a little more sense, if aiming to eliminate all the other branding and long term corporation planning to focus marketing on the main brand name??? guess maybe gives the T mobile stores a cheaper individual option if walk in customers complain others are cheaper,

    but if serious about "simply prepaid" then they should have done the family plan 4/100 for the invidiual and dropped the throttled plan down to $25 for 1gb then do 35 45 tiers.... still worse in features and speeds but at least something to consider..
    otherwise if wanting T mobile the real option seems to still be T mobile's Metro pcs...
    and GSM Cricket if wanting a $5 autopay discount...

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    1. many people (who are not you & who do not read prepaidphonenews or howardforums) will see $10 less and think this a-okay.

      ignorance is bliss. and therefore profit is good. so the number crunchers will say who cares what you & all the other gotta-go-cheaper & need-more-value cheapskate critics have to say.

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    1. Simply lame!!

      Let's see here. Current T-Mobile "no-contract" plans:
      1. Simple Choice
      2. Simple Choice Pay in Advance (aka T-Mobile Prepaid aka Monthly4G)
      3.Simple Starter.
      4. And now... Simply Prepaid? (LOL)

      Not to mentioned GoSmart and MetroPCS plans from T-Mobile as well.

      Reminds me back in the Sidekick and blackberry days when T-Mobile had FlexPay, FlexPay Postpaid, Even More Plus and Even More plans at the same time. T-Mobile has always been incredible when it comes to confusing their customers.

      But of course the T-Mobile fanboys will just defend til they can't type no more...

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    2. Why are you hating on Tmobile for? Hey Tmobiles limited as 8mbps speeds can perhaps go up a little further to at least 14 or 16mbps in speeds, just like how Cricket is only allowed to advertise 8mbps(knowing their limited mbps speeds can go up a little further), the same going for Tmobiles Simple Prepaid.

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  3. I am a prepaid customer on a $45 plan that includes 2gb of data. How is this $10 less?!

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    1. The $45 plan is a "Simple Starter" plan and does not include unlimited throttled data. The $10 less comparison is with the "Simple Choice" plans not the "Simple Starter" ones.

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    2. You will not be able to activate $40MRC starter or $45MRC after the 25th

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  4. Way to confuse the average customer. Simple choice. Simple starter simply prepaid .

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  5. "Don't settle for second- rate prepaid wireless." LOL to that Ad.... Second-rate-- isn't that what throttled speeds would by definition be called by most?

    (and no doubt there will be comments about T-mobile's coverage compared to the others as well as noting this offering is from the #4 carrier that's saying it's become the #3 ,, or soon will be..)

    truth in advertising.. would of been "SIMPLY LESS Prepaid"

    ..less speed, less features, less coverage, and only slightly less pricing than some plans





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  6. Based on MY usage needs, these new plans still cannot top my T-Mobile secret $30/month plan, which includes 5GB of LTE data (100 MB allotted for courtesy tethering), unlimited text, and 100 of voice minutes.

    I use on average just over 1 GB of data (I'm not the type who abuse data allotment by watching a whole bunch of movies and videos on network), and less than 10 minutes of voice. I make 95% of my voice calls using VOIP via Google Voice/Hangout, which I publicize it as my "home phone" number. I also use WiFi whenever possible. People like to undermine my clever way of going about this by saying VOIP quality isn't even good. But based on my own experience the past year, it has come close to exceeding my expectations. Plus being that it costs an extra $0.00/month, even if the voice quality is slightly sub-par, I'd still roll with it!

    By comparison, I laugh at all those who live in the T-Mobile coverage area, but continue to shell out $40+/month for all those plans that only gives you a mere 2GB (if that) to 500MB of data, text messages, and "unlimited minutes" (which is overhyped anyway--even the most talkative users average only about 700 minutes/month of personal use).

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    1. Have you tried RedPocket's data for $10/month for voip? If I remember correctly, Dennis was saying that he put the data sim in a phone and it works too. And if one can use voip on that, it would reduce the tremendously.

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    2. SD, "abuse data allotment" please explain that statement. If it's an allotment that you pay for how exactly does one abuse it?

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    3. So in essence you're abusing Google hangouts instead of T-Mobile?

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    4. Cool story bro! And your plan isn't so secret. Had it for over 3 years now and really just a revamped up Sidekick $1/day data plan which I had before the "secret plan".

      And VoIP calls are not a reliable option for anyone for extended conversation.

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    5. You go to every single walmart and you see tmobile $30 for 5gb lte not so hidden and tmobile.com offer that as well. Lmao

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  7. Sounds awesome. Glad the quality is good for voip (gvoice/hangout). I have found mixed results over sprint. And I see reports of bad quality over freedompop's 3g/LTE data.

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    1. Much like a computer, I think quality also depends heavily on the phone you're using (the specs of it such as processor speed and all that technical jargon) and also the network. You can always test to see if your phone can handle VOIP by using it off home WiFi. For me I have a Samsung Galaxy S III, and on both my home WiFi with Comcast and on T-Mobile's 4G/4G LTE network with at least one bar, it has performed to my satisfaction!

      I don't know that much about RedPocket's $10/month VOIP plan. But I do know that with my T-Mobile secret $30 plan, if I happen to be in an area where I don't get their 4G/4G LTE signal, I always have Edge to fall back on for text messaging and voice. And even if I happen to go over the 100 voice allotment, extra minutes are just 10 cents each anyway. So I don't really see RedPocket's $10/month VOIP plan working... but I'll be sure to take a look.

      As for FreedomPop... that's a given. Based on my experience with VirginMobile before I jumped ship to T-Mobile, Sprint's 3G coverage is average at best, and their 4G and especially 4G LTE coverage is horrible. So it doesn't surprise me that FreedomPop's (whose business practices is dubious to begin with) VOIP-only phones is sub-par. Plus they're CDMA, which lack the device flexibility of GSM/sim card phones. Going with FreedomPop for primary phone service, to me, is a disaster waiting to happen!

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    2. "$30 secret tmobile plan", lol....calm down dude.

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  8. Are the simple starter $40 and $45 plans being discontinued?

    Do simple starter plans have the same speed cap as the new simply prepaid plans?

    Since T-Mobile has clearly gone insane in offering 3 different sets of plans all with the words simple or simply in their name. May I ask for a dedicated article to compare and highlight the differences between all of T-Mobile's simply confusing plans. I believe many people would find it very helpful.
    Thank you.

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    1. I have not heard anything one way or the other about the Simple Starter plan's future, but I would not be surprised if they are discontinued. I specifically asked a T-Mobile media relations spokesperson if any of T-Mobile's current prepaid plans would be dropped when Simply Prepaid launches. He did not answer other than saying that the Simple Choice plans were not being discontinued. If Simple Starter is discontinued, I'm sure T-Mobile will grandfather current users of those plans.

      The Simple Starter plans provide 500 MB or 2 GB of unthrottled high speed data. They are not throttled to 8 Mbps and do not include unlimited 128 Kbps data after the 500 MB or 1 GB data allotment is used.

      The post: Prepaid Operator Profile: T-Mobile has details of all of T-Mobile's current prepaid phone plans. I will add the Simply Prepaid plans to it when they are available to users.

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    2. $45 for 2GB of unthrottled high speed data on the simple starter plan is a better deal than $40 or more for data throttled to 8Mbps on the new simply prepaid plans. This is a step back for T mobile.

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  9. I was expecting for T-mobile to be more aggressive with prepaid since Boost Mobile has the best plans on the market right now for customers that need lots of data. Nothing impressive by T-mobile.

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    1. The New GoSmart Mobile Plans also start pretty soon...2.5GB(35)-5GB(40)-10GB(45) of high speed.

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    2. Where did you hear about GoSmart's new plans?

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    3. Any word if GoSmart is getting LTE?

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    4. I'm not seeing anything about new GoSmart plans.

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    5. I have the new spread sheet for changes in feb for gosmart and univision mobile...univision will have a $35 MRC with 500MB of 4G LTE...they also have international voice and text roaming for mexico, canada, brazil, etc...

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    6. Do you have dates for the GoSmart and Univision changes?

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    7. What does MRC stand for?

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    8. Monthly Recurring Charge. Same as price per month.

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    9. Dennis yes l do...if you like l can forawrd you the email....do you have a contact email that can be placed online?

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    10. Thanks, you can send it to dennis AT prepaidphonenews DOT com

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    11. Dennis l forwarded it to you this afternoon....

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    12. I didn't receive it, Could you please check the address and resend it. Thanks

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  10. With 3 sets of plans it looks like T mobile is taking a page from Sprint's book but instead of three different prepaid brands (Boost, Virgin and Sprint prepaid) T mobile has rolled them all into one simple brand.

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    1. Actually T-Mobile does have three prepaid brands T-Mobile Prepaid, MetroPCS and GoSmart.

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    2. is ultra.me t-mobile too?

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    3. Ultra is a T-Mobile MVNO but is not owned by T-Mobile.

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  11. Smart planning on t-mobile's part....we all learn when we see something over and over again...this is put there new Simply Prepaid stores out there in front of the consumer....Most likely this replace the Ultra Brand in there Simply Pre-Paid Stores. This year will have a lot of changes...

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  12. For the Average user it's tough to compete with Cricket for price and coverage.

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  13. I heard a rumor that MetroPCS is going to introduce a promotional 50.00 plan with Unlimited Talk/Text/Data. It's on Howard Forums. See this link: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1854830-50-unlimited-promo-on-the-way

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  14. I think Harbor Mobile is the best deal right now but I wouldn't trust them with my number. I think using Google Voice to redirect your calls to a Harbor Mobile number is best.

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  15. I was just looking over Tmobile news and somebody mentioned the Tmobile daily plans $2-3 a day are going away, though I didn't see a source for this info, I was in the process of switching to the $2 a day plan a few times a month and wondering if I should do it now and what kind of refill and expiration dates come along with it,.

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    1. Daily plans going away is strictly a rumor at this point although it wouldn't surprise me if they do.

      On the daily plans, if you don't use the phone you must top up every 90 days (one year for $100 refills). Using the phone and incurring the daily charge extends the expiration 90 days (one year if last refill was a $100 refills) from date of use. If the plan expires service is suspended and any cash balance in the account is forfeited. 90 days after an account is suspended with a zero balance, the account is terminated, the phone number is lost and the SIM is permanently deactivated.

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  16. Thanks Dennis, I just changed to the $2 daily plan and it immediately charged me the $2, on my plan description it says "$2/day UL talk text 2G web - $2/month" does this mean they will deduct $2 a month regardless , it's the first reference to the word "month" I have seen with the daily plans (after switching of course!).

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    1. I think they do charge you on the day you switch to the plan even if there's no text, voice or data activity that day. But I've never heard of anyone being charged $2 a month for no use or activity.

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    2. I switched to the Tmobile $3 plan last month, and was NOT charged anything at the time of the switch. In your online account, you can see whether you have paid your daily fee. However, if your phone is set to use data, you might be billed as soon as your phone uses background data. This can happen even if your phone is connected to WiFi, in my experience.

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  17. Can anybody explain why my boyfriend's Tmobile LTE phone gets LTE at home and my non- LTE 4G tmobile phone won't even get 3/4g and is stuck on edge even though it's capable of 4g? I cannot figure this out!

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    1. I assume you are testing from the same location. Tell your boyfriend to turn off LTE on his phone, and see whether he gets "4G" or "3G" signal when your phone says "edge." If he does, make sure that "3G" service is switched on in your phone settings. If that does not work for you, the answer has something to do with the data radio and/or antenna capability, performance or condition on your phone.

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    2. In some markets where T-Mobile has only 1900 Mhz spectrum they only run 2G and LTE, not 3G.

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  18. Dennis's theory sounds correct , at your particular location you have 2G (edge) and LTE, you probably never had 3g/4g.

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  19. I currently have an iPhone 5S on contract with Verizon (currently $60 a month and $66 with fees & taxes) and have seriously considered breaking my contract with only 7 monthly payments remaining.

    My goal is the "secret" $30 plan with 100 minutes & 5 GB of LTE data that anyone can get at Walmart or T-mobile's website. I have resisted this plan because of the 100 minute / month allocation and that T-mobile's coverage isn't the greatest.

    My question is has anyone heard any feedback on Wifi calling on the iPhones on Tmobile. My understanding is so long as I have iOS 8.0+, I can make free Wifi calls and thus eliminate the two main defects of this plan. I hate to say it but the call quality on Verizon's network is amazing, so I am hesitant to switch if the call quality on Wifi is sub-par.

    Plus I figure that I can get the top-cards at a 5% discount at Targets. If I can get T-mobile to give me a $10 credit for linking my mobile broadband to the $30 "secret" plan, then it will be a no-brainer to switch so long as I get adequate feedback on the Wifi call quality.

    Thanks.

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    1. 1. WiFi calling works with iOS 8x using the regular phone dialer on the iPhone 5S: Settings>Phone>WiFi Calls>Allow...
      2. The $10 discount on mobile broadband plan is offered on postpaid plans only.
      3. Go ahead and try VOIP calling on your iPhone. There are lots of good apps to choose, such as Vonage, Skype and RingCentral. If you have an iPod Touch, you can also use that with iPhone earpods or earbuds with microphone.

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    2. You are not limited to 100 minutes on the T-Mobile $30 5GB plan. Extra minutes are pay-as-you-go.

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    3. Why are you doing this? You've save around $220 over that period but you'll give $120 of it back in ETFs. You'll also go from VZ coverage to T-Mobile coverage, which MIGHT be sufficient but also might leave you with coverage holes where you didn't have them before. You'll also be relying on voip (you said TMo wifi calling but I think you'll want Google Hangouts) for voice.

      You can port to T-Mobile prepaid for a few hours and then port to Cricket. You'll get $100 in service credits after 26 days. Their $45 plan will give you 3GB (throttled to 8mbps) with AT&T coverage. If you really don't like Cricket after 3 months, you can go to TMo or even back to VZ. Either way, after 3 months on Cricket, your ETF will essentially be paid off.

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    4. T-Mobile's secret $30 plan is a good value in my opinion, for those who don't talk that much on the phone. Who else gives you 5 GB of LTE data (with 100 MBs of courtesy tethering) along with unlimited text messaging and 100 minutes of voice. The way I see it, the 100 MB of tethering and 100 minutes are just nice bonuses. When someone does call me on my T-Mobile line, and I know it's not urgent, while it's still ringing I just make an outbound to him with Google Hangout Dialer for free. I really only use the 100 minutes in case of emergency, when I only have EDGE signal, or towards the end of my billing period right before my allotment resets. I've been using this method for close to a year now with the secret plan, and it has never failed me!

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  20. WiFi calling still takes plan minutes, maybe you're taking about phone calls via hangouts . I've used it over WiFi and LTE. Very location dependant. If you're used to Verizon coverage don't expect T-Mobile to come close coverage wise, don't let the T-Mobile apologists tell you otherwise. They are only adding LTE that Verizon already deployed years ago. And I have no idea what a $10 discount is.

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  21. T-Mobile is not going to give you a $10 discount on an already cheap ,no profit $30 plan.

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  22. A couple of comments based on the feedback so far:

    1. From T-mobile's website:

    "Save $10 On Your Plan

    Immediately qualify for a $10 discount each month by adding a voice package to your mobile internet package."

    I have an existing mobile broadband plan so I don't know if the $30 plans qualifies, but hope springs eternal.

    2. I did speak with a Rep at a Tmobile store about wifi calling and his point was that plans comes with unlimited minutes. The Rep wasn't aware I was thinking about the $30 plan.

    Someone wrote: "WiFi calling still takes plan minutes" which IMO defeats the purpose of wifi calling if it's coming out my plan minutes.

    3. $0.10 a minute (after the first 100 minutes) is highway robbery in today's market where you can get unlimited calling for $20 a month. Personally, anything over $0.05 a minutes is too high.

    Thanks again.

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    1. WiFi calling is there for areas with bad signal, not to provide you free minutes :) Rep's point probably was that they don't bill extra for WiFi calling. But it does take minutes from your plan as Dennis said.

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    2. That would be a dream-of-wishful-thinking plan ;)

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  23. 1) T-Mobile treats Prepaid and Postpaid as separate accounts. So you aren't adding a voice plan to your postpaid broadband account you are creating a new stand alone prepaid account and don't qualify for the $10 discount.

    2) I've used T-Mobile WiFi calling on prepaid and it definitely uses minutes. You need to use a 3rd party VOIP app like Hangouts to avoid using minutes.

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  24. So funny to see sdlock and 312city post repeatedly about their "secret" and "top-secret" T-Mobile $30/month plan, patting themselves on the back for being "smart consumers," as one of them finally gushed.
    What they don't know is that there actually IS a "secret T-Mobile $30 plan," one that even Dennis believed was not available in his March, 2014 post about changes to T-Mobile prepaid plans.
    Existing T-Mobile customers who signed up before T-Mo stopped advertising it and deleted it as on online option can still switch to the $30/month, 1500 minutes or texts plan with 30MB of data by calling customer service and asking for it. Any supervisor can approve it. This plan is not available for new activations.

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  25. Speaking of T-Mobile "secrets," they are one of the few carriers (maybe the only one) that will let you consolidate your cash balances from multiple accounts. If you have a T-Mobile prepaid account that you are not using, call Customer Service and ask them to move the balance to your main line. Be prepared to give them your security code, and the birthday you used to register the account with the balance you are moving.

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  26. It's a great plan if you don't need hotspot which most users don't.

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  27. Both Simply Prepaid and Simple Choice plans appear in the online account for selection. The Daily plans, $2 and $3 are gone.

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  28. The new Score program at T-Mo gets you a free entry-level smartphone for $5 x 6 months payments, or big discounts on other smartphones after $5 x 12 months payments.
    http://explore.t-mobile.com/phone-upgrades-score#devices

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