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T-Mobile to Offer $10/Week Unlimited Talk and Text PayGo Add-on

In a move that seems designed to appeal to international visitors, T-Mobile prepaid will begin offering a $10 one week unlimited talk and text pass starting June 28.

The talk and text pass will be an add-on to T-Mobile's $3/month pay as you go plan. It will work the same way as the $3 plan's currently available data add-ons: 5 for 500MB good for one day or $10 for 1GB good for 7 days.

The pay as you go plan provides 30 "use them or lose them" voice minutes and texts per month. Additional texts and minutes are 10¢ each.

While the unlimited talk and text pass combined with the 1 GB data pass costs just $20, a customer new to T-Mobile would actually have to pay $38 to walk out of a T-Mobile store with a SIM good for a week's worth of unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data.
That's because T-Mobile charges a whopping $15 for a SIM. So, $15 for the SIM plus $23 in airtime to cover the $3 monthly fee plus the unlimited talk and text and 1 GB data bundles at $10 each. Outgoing international texts are 10¢ each and international calls are expensive on T-Mobile: $1.99/minute to Western Europe, India, China and Japan; 49¢/minute to Canada and 69¢ to Mexico.

AT&T GoPhoneicon prepaid looks like a better short term deal; $2/day for unlimited talk and text, including international texts, plus $1/day for 100 MB of data per day. AT&T SIMs list at $10 each but in my experience AT&T stores will generally provide a free SIM when you purchase airtime. AT&T airtime comes in $15, $25, $50, $75 and $100 increments so a visitor could get 8 days of service for a total outlay of just $25.

Source: TmoNews

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  1. It must be prohibitively expensive for carriers to provide straight-forward, inexpensive temporary service and a free SIM inside Canada and the United States! Those damned tourists!

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    1. Actually, it's another example of 'make-a-quick-buck' Management technique popular in US both in D.C. & Business, rather than "old"-fashioned value-for-money offers. Thanks to Dennis for keeping us average-Joe's informed with this great & timely-updated blog!

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  2. Best to buy a simple mobile sim prefunded with $40 plan for less than $5 on eBay.

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    1. yes, like international travelers will wait for the to be deliverer on their hotel room...

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    2. good luck with that. people are saying those do not activate anymore.

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  3. Apparently lost in all the usual indignation of corporations making money to pay the bills and have some profit for the owners/stockholders is the fact that $20 for a week of unlimited talk, text and 1GB of mobile data is a fair deal. With a 99c sim activation kit, anyone in the US can fund this deal for $30.99, or $25.99 if you have the older PIN available. Not bad at all, and you get no-extra-cost roaming on AT&T regional carriers for any trip you make through rural areas.

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    1. The 99¢ SIM deal is a limited time offer only available online. The T-Mobile site will only accept US based credit cards and won't ship SIMs internationally so it's not an option for international visitors.

      I've bought prepaid SIMs in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Ireland and they were all free with an airtime purchase. $15 for a SIM is crazy.

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    2. T-Mobile SIM activation kits also sell for as little as 99c shipped on eBay, any day of the week.

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    3. Got a link? The cheapest buy it now T-Mobile prepaid SIM activation kits I found from sellers that would ship internationally was $6.50 plus $6.50 shipping and 15 to 24 days delivery time to Europe. t-mobile prepaid sim activation kit | eBay

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    4. "Apparently lost in all the usual indignation of corporations making money to pay the bills and have some profit for the owners/stockholders is the fact...."

      And the person who said this overlooks the fact that the carriers in the US are way overcharging us. The ones in Europe and elsewhere charge a lot less and still make a handsome profit for the corporations.

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    5. "With a 99c sim activation kit, anyone in the US can fund this deal for $30.99, or $25.99 if you have the older PIN available."

      Not really. Only in what is currently a small part of the US. For most of the country, that $25.99 deal is a waste of $25.99 due to lack of T-Mobile coverage.

      The "no-extra-cost roaming on AT&T regional carriers" does not include data (or if it does, very little, slow, and expensive), and it is kind of misleading to leave this out.

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  4. "airtime is only available in $10, $30, $50 or $100 increments"

    Are you sure?

    Cards are available in those increments, but you can top up in variable amounts with a credit card with a minimum of $10, right?

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    1. I believe you are right. using My T-Mobile it looks like I can top up with any amount from $10 up. I imagine it's the same in T-Mobile stores. I've edited th post to reflect this.

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  5. I'm on the PTel $20 plan which includes "4G" data but not LTE and I'm in a market that's about to have its HSPA+ network shut down. Will I be stuck with only 2G data?

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    1. Not if your phone supports 3G on 1900 MHz PCS, and Tmo offers it in your area.

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    2. Does T Mobile support HSPA+ 4G on the 1900Mhz band?

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    3. They do in many places. There's a list from 2013 here: T-Mobile modernizes its network | Coverage | T-Mobile Support. I know that they have it in even more places now.

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    4. UMTS 3G and HSPA+ 4G: historically has used the AWS band (1700 MHz for uplink, 2100 Mhz for downlink) that few non-T-Mobile phones support. In most metropolitan areas, T-Mobile also has 3G on the 1900 Mhz band that most non-T-Mobile phones, including older (pre iPhone 5s) iPhones do support.

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    5. T-Mobile - 4G (HSPA+)With 4G, theoretical maximum download speeds rnge from 21 Mbps up to 42 Mbps. You can take advantage of incredibly fast download speeds, and even use voice and data services at the same time.

      Frequencies: Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz)

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    6. If T-Mobile is shutting down HSPA+ on the AWS band to add more LTE on the same band does that mean phones that don't support T-Mobile's AWS band won't get the new LTE bandwidth on the AWS band?

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    7. AWS (band 4) isn T-Mobile's original LTE band and still its primary one. All LTE capable T-Mobile phones support band 4 LTE. Adding more LTE capacity on band 4 will have no affect on any BYOP devices that don't support band 4 LTE.

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