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PTel Cuts $35 Unlimited Talk & Text 1GB Plan Price to $30



T-Mobile MVNO PTel Mobile is cutting the price of its unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB of high speed data plan from $35 to $30 per month. The plan also includes unlimited international text messaging, a $5 international call credit and unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps after the first 1 GB.

Ptel's web site hasn't been updated with the new plan pricing but the change has been confirmed to by a PTel dealer who told me that the $30 price is live on the dealer portal and dealers can't even activate the old $35 plan any more.  According to PTel customer service the new price isn't available to customers activating online yet but should be within a week or so.

The price cut is hardly a surprise as PTel's GIV Mobile sub brand cut its unlimited 1GB plan from $35 to $30 over a month ago. PTel and GIV's plans are generally identical in price and features.

Here's PTel's new plan lineup:
Plan Cost Voice Minutes Texts MMS Data
Real PayGo $10/60days 1 5¢/each 2¢/each 2¢/each 10¢/MB LTE available
Unlimited Talk & Text $20/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited  250 MB 4G
Unlimited Everything $25/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps) 
Unlimited Everything $30/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 1 GB) LTE available 
Unlimited Everything $40/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 2 GB) LTE available 
Unlimited Everything $50/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 3 GB) LTE available
Unlimited Everything $60/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 10 GB) LTE available
1 Other refill denominations are available; $20/90days, $30/120 days, $40/150 days, $50/180 days, $100/365 days.

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  1. It's means it is.

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  2. Sorry, but CricketWireless still has the better plan. Especially if you add more lines.

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    1. There are a few cases where Cricket coverage is bad and T-Mobile coverage is good, But not many. And someone could argue that 1 GB of super high speed T-Mobile data beats 8mbps Cricket data. But really, that's about it for situations where Cricket would not have the better plan. For the majority of the country where T-Mobile either doesn't exist or is data-less roaming.... and is still covered by Cricket, Cricket for sure "has the better plan".

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    2. Cricket is a waste of money for many. No pay go. No $20 plan for one or two. Crippled lte and hspa+. Dumb name. Poor CS.
      So much rationalization to brag you have 'more data' and coverage many people do not need.

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    3. @Anon, 3:54am:
      You accuse others of rationalizing... and then you cite "dumb name" as an argument against Cricket. Lol.

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    4. cricket is dumb brandname. but not as bad as freedompop. at&t should have just slapped the aio brandname on cricket. the cricket brandname is still handicapped by its pre-at&t days.

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    5. "So much rationalization to brag you have 'more data' and coverage many people do not need."

      The only people saying we don't need coverage are shills for companies that offer poor coverage. As I said, if you think you don't need good coverage now, leave your front yard and find out how important coverage is.

      Anyway, in my experience with AT&T, Verizon, Virgin, and Selectel.... Cricket CS has been far better than 3 of those companies.

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    6. I'm fairly savvy in this stuff, and I barely knew what Cricket was in its pre- AT&T days. The general consumer probably has no idea.

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    7. "You accuse others of rationalizing... and then you cite "dumb name" as an argument against Cricket. Lol."

      Mike, while we are mentioning this, surely there is hardly anything dumber in marketing than "uncarrier", which says flat out that it is not up-to-snuff.

      Runner up is the company that names its plans Jane, June, George, Fred, etc.

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    8. @Anon, 8:49am:

      I agree that the Aio brand would have been better than retaining Cricket, but the name, whatever it is, does not make the service a "waste of money." To claim otherwise is simply "rationalizing."

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    9. Branding is a big business with actual researchers and highly paid consultants. Research suggests that easy to pronounce names consisting of real words or combinations of real words work best. Cricket and FreedomPop seem to meet those criteria.

      Positive (unless you're a farmer) and, playful words like Cricket are considered good.

      Also good are names which describe the business in a positive way. FreedomPop meets that criteria to. POP is a network and telecommunications industry acronym for "Point of Presence", which is any interface where users connect to the network such a cell phone tower. POP is also used in the industry as an abbreviation for "population covered". So FreedomPop suggest free telecommunications connections for the population.

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    10. "Cricket" is also great if you are Pinocchio, love British sports that have some similarity to baseball, or are a fan of the 5th "Doctor Who".

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    11. Cricket actually doesn't have the advantage on the low end.'

      But if they were to apply the same value to the low-end that they do to the high-end, they'd crush outfits such as PTel like a....

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    12. As a happy monthly-autopaid Cricket customer, I just now received a text message from them, a friendly reminder that my auto payment is due tomorrow.

      This month, due to a referral I made and got smoothly credited for, I am paying $25 for my month of unlimited talk/text, 20GB of data at speeds fast enough to stream video, and top-tier coverage.

      No need to "rationalize". With a value like this, they could have called the company "Roach" and I'd still enjoy it.

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    13. cockroach / cricket? just as good!

      freedompop as a name still sucks. sounds like a demented tea party republican crap name.

      a much more fun name would be popcorn! that sounds more fun and not as hokey republican as freedompop. would definitely be attracted to it if it was called popcorn. not that rah-rah-usa freedompop name.

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    14. In marketing, we learned that a product or service name should be memorable but must still be appropriate. I guess Cricket would be a good name for PTT service, but for voice service? It's like Chevy naming the Nova, which means 'doesn't go' in Spanish. No, Chevy did not change the name in Latin American countries.

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    15. You learned about "Nova" in a marketing class? You should ask for your money back -- this is one of the classic urban legends that has been disproven time and again, but people keep propagating as truth:

      http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp

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    16. "Snopes" unreliable. Famously, on CNN, Al Gore once took credit for inventing the Internet. It's on tape. Snopes denies that Gore said this, with one of the illogical reasons given that Gore helped the Internet grow after others invented it.

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    17. Snopes has been wrong occasionally, but it has a well deserved reputation accuracy and thorough research.

      The Al Gore thing is more of a political football than anything else. In the interview with CNN, Gore did say

      "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection..."

      He's clearly talking about legislation rather than technological invention but I can see where people who don't like Gore's politics will seize on the words "creating the Internet" to ridicule him.

      Do any native Spanish speakers think Nova means "doesn't go"?

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    18. When someone says they created something during a specific time, and it turns out that others created it before this specific time, you can't get around that being an outright whopper. If there is anything about politics, it might be that those who prefer the politics of the liar give the liar a free pass on it.

      Legislation or technical innovation: it was created before the man held political office.

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  3. Unlesss you travel alot, Tmobile coverage is sufficient.

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    1. Unless you travel a lot. or are in that part of the US territory not covered, or poorly covered by T-Mobile... which still includes most of the country.

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    2. You really need to look at the T-Mobile coverage map before making the broad-sweeping statement that "T-Mobile coverage is sufficient".

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    3. And the fact that while Tmobile 'coverage' map shows availability, when one digs deep or actually experiences their service in many cases, one is running to different corners of the house to get One decent bar of signal ! Due to which Cricket, AirVoice rule.

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    4. talk to the tmo hand because if you are not in the areas covered by tmobile, then you do not exist as far as tmobile is concerned. therefore tmobile coverage is "sufficient". and the world is flat also. lol

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    5. " one is running to different corners of the house to get One decent bar of signal !"

      Didn't you hear that T-Mobile guy? You don't NEED good coverage!

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    6. If the Cricket coverage lackeys put their money where their mouths are, they would be bragging about Spot Communicators, Connect app and maybe Earthmate with the REAL carrier, Globalstar.
      They won't pay for coverage where they don't need it, but they lecture that everyone else should.

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    7. I don't have to "travel" far to tell you T-Mobile doesn't work well in my house and live about 3 miles outside of Metro Detroit. I can only use it in a corner of my dining room. Other than that location, it work in my house. So much for "sufficient".

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    8. I meant to write...Other than that location, it WON'T work in my house.

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  4. I don't know what kind of "lackey" it is that keeps ranting that nobody needs good coverage.

    If i'm a so-called "Coverage Lackey" for wanting decent national coverage from a carrier, so be it.

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  5. Cricket is $35 with autopay (some like myself don't like to use auto pay). Some people don't use more than 1GB of data so buying more is a waste. $5x12 months = $60 a year in savings. That $60 dollars can be allocated to something else.

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    1. That's a sound criticism. That you use less data. Cricket in fact is poor on the low-end low-data usage end.

      That's a far better criticism than those who are bashing it for having too good coverage.

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  6. good god. this article is about ptel and not about cricket. why all this crap about cricket? so what about cricket!

    oh yeah, it's because the bugs always come out to ruin the picnic.

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  7. Anon @ 4:20 - They are the paid shills everyone speaks of, or employees reliant upon Ma Bell... why else would happy cricket (AT&T) users be trolling this story? I'm a happy PTel user in San Antonio, Texas. I go on motorcycle rides in the surrounding areas. Yes, the signal does drop here and there in some of the rural areas. It's never been a problem. I know what I'm getting when I look at the map. I know I'm not roaming. 99.8999% of the time I'm in Strong signal. If I need customer service, it's Americans in the U.S answering my calls. I pay $25 a month happily. I was a Pocket user back in the day paying $25 a month on auto-pay for voice and text in the local Area only. They sold to Cricket who upped the price even after promising they wouldn't. They held texts hostage until you bought new hardware ad new plans. stayed until AT&T sunk their talons into them and jumped to Tmo's $30 plan with skype. I moved to Lyca when that didn't work out well. Skype hates Android. Lyca announce new pricing and I jumped to Ultra. I realized I was Data hungry when I began adding 500mb in $5 increments. With obviously slow data, Ptel's $25 plan was good enough at a cheap price. So I'm not brand loyal. I'm thrifty. I get my email, txts and articles well enough, knowing I'm not watching any video unless I'm near wi-fi. I am actually able to use Pandora unlimited with 2G speeds! Who knew?
    GIV might be my next move. Only because PTel waited too long to match the price they were giving their other users. It made me look at GIV's donation thing. I think that's pretty cool. I wouldn't have actually thought about changing over until that $5 dollars more for a gig of high speed caught my attention for so long. It's still the same company, but I'd need a different sim. I'm not paid for or given anything by anyone involved to say anything about these companys. I'm just like most of the people here.

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    1. If anyone is a "shill", it is the T-Mobile operatives who actually bash Cricket for having too-good coverage.

      " If I need customer service, it's Americans in the U.S answering my calls."

      I don't care, as long as it gets done. Hatred of foreigners has no place in the 21st century.

      "Skype hates Android"

      Not sure what that means. I have perfect luck using Skype on Android. Better than using the PC client, even.

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    2. shees, this is an article about ptel which is a tmobile mvno. cricket does not matter with regard to this article except that all the crickets have to come out in swarms to drown out the non-cricket comments.

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  8. How fast is PTEL's 4G Lite?

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    1. With at least 3 bars of service I get ~16 MBps down on average, with either a Moto X or an iPhone 5C. LTE varies from 14 to 18.

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    2. ha ha. faster than cricket. cheaper $30 plan than cricket. ha ha ha ha. lol

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  9. .. only a little cheaper than the Cricket plan that has much more data. And that Cricket plan has much better coverage too. Which alone rules out the "no bars in most places" PTel plan for me.

    All the faster data in the world is worthless if the network is deficient and can't let you use it.

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    1. If you, like most people, never visit "most places" and don't need more than 1GB/month, Chirp-chirping will waste your time and money.
      Ptel also has much better CS.

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  10. Interesting as of NOW, the PTEL website lists the $30 PLAN ; the older $35 Plan is no longer listed; but when I go into my Personal Account, I'm listed under the "$35 UNLIMITED EVERYTHING"... Hmmm...

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  11. Dennis, do you know if you were on the $35 UNLIMITED EVERYTHING plan, that now you have your monthly bill AUTOMATICALLY cut to the $30 UNLIMITED EVERYTHING plan?

    I ask this because: (1) My PTEL Account Details still has me listed under the $35 UNLIMITED EVERYTHING plan ; (2) Calling Mart still sells only the $35 REFILL for the "PTEL Monthly Plan ( and NO $30 REFILL for the "PTEL Monthly Plan" is listed) ...

    Thanks for your help!

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    1. It will probably switch to the $30 plan the next time your plan renews. Call or email PTEL to be sure. CallingMart has $30 refills under "PTel Refill", not "PTEL Monthly Plan", I'm pretty sure those will work, ask PTel if in doubt.

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    2. I'm on the $35 plan and it just renewed -- but instead of $30 they still charged me $35! I'm contacting Ptel to see if they will refund/credit me the $5...

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  12. Dennis,do you think I can port my lycamobile number to Ptel, Since Ptel has better plan for $20. Many thanks.

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    1. Yes you can. You need to get your account number and passcode from Lyca support. Do not cancel your Lyca account. See Porting Your Number? How to Find Your Account Number and Password | Prepaid Phone News.

      Then call Ptel or go to www.ptel.com/activation to initiate the port.

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  13. @ YMeister & EVERYONE on the former $35 Plan:

    If you are on the $35 Plan, you HAVE to call PTEL CS and have them reset your Plan to the NEW $30 PLAN...Their computer system will NOT automatically switch you from the $35 Plan to the $30 PLAN. The "catch" though, is the fact that the moment you reset it to the $30 PLAN ( or any other Monthly Plan) , you BEGIN a new month right then, and thereby LOSE any remaining days which you may still have on your current month.
    What I did ( as suggested by PTEL CS) was to wait until the very day of "Access Expiration " ( the Last Day of your Monthly service) to reset my Plan to the $30 PLAN. PTEL CS used to take 24 hours to reset your Plan; but now true to the CS' s word it takes no more than 10 minutes. Good Luck!

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  14. PTel Adds Handset Financing and International Calling to Select Plans

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