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T-Mobile's GoSmart To Launch $30/Month Unlimited Talk & Text, 1 GB Plan

PhoneScoop.com reported today that T-Mobile's GoSmart Mobile prepaid brand will launch a new $30/month plan on Sunday (June 28) that includes:
  • Unlimited domestic voice minutes
  • Unlimited domestic SMS text and MMS picture messaging
  • 1 GB/month of high speed "3G" data
  • Unlimited data throttled to "2G" speeds after the first 1 GB per month
  • Unlimited LTE Facebook ac cess
  • Hotspot and tethering are permitted subject to the plan's 1GB 3G and unlimited 2G limitations.

The mention of hotspot and tethering is interesting as GoSmart has never officially supported either in the past. If the $30 plan allows hotspot and tethering, I suspect all of GoSmart's plans will.

Update: Hotspot and Tethering are now supported on all GoSmart plans. The GoSmart Compare Plans page now lists Mobile Hotspot / Tethering as an included feature

GoSmart uses the T-Mobile native network only, off-network roaming is not available. Users report that GoSmart's high speed "3G" data is actually unthrottled HSPA+ (LTE is not available) which tops out at about 20 Mbps, although speeds of 6-8 Mbps are more typical and slower speeds are possible. The fine print at the bottom of GoSmart's Plans page warns that "GoSmart customers’ data is prioritized below data of T-Mobile-branded customers at times and locations where competing network demands occur, resulting in relatively slower speeds"

GoSmart offers plans ranging in price from $25 to $45 per 30 day month. Here's a table showing where the new $30 plan fits in the GoSmart lineup:

PlanMonthly CostVoice MinutesSMSMMSData 1
Unlimited Talk, Text$25UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedFacebook only
Unlimited Talk, Text$30UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 1 GB)
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 also plans include unlimited high-speed access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

GoSmart works with GoSmart and T-Mobile phones and with unlocked GSM phones.  GoSmart SIMs and phones are available online and at GoSmart dealers.

Update 6/28/15: The $30 plan is now available on the GoSmart site.

Source: PhoneScoop
Image: Facebook

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  1. Hopefully, eventually, the day is approaching when T-MOBILE MVNOs, i.e. PTEL, ULTRA, et al., will also allow WiFi Hotspot tethering...
    After all, competition in the past forced most MVNOs to offer 4G LTE...

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  2. This is better then Metro's in a way (no phone limits) but other Tmobile mvnos already have it or are getting it with LTE (Ultra has had it for a while. Ptel got it last week). It's okay but just par for the course. I'd be more excited if a Att or Sprint mvno offered this pricepoint and data but that's not gonna happen soon I don't think.

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    1. @ Ike D. 4:01 PM: True, but Metro & T-MOBILE Prepaid offer the Unlimited ( throttled, of course) WiFi Hotspot...AND with roaming...

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  3. How is this plan any better than H20's $30 plan?
    AT&T native network
    1GB LTE data
    $10 international talk credit
    Unlimited international calling to select countries
    Access to cheaper priced AT&T branded phones, T-Mobile branded phones are always more expensive.

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    1. I thought H2O's $30 plan only had 500MB data with a hard data cap (vs. 1GB and throttled unlimited data). Hence, there is a coverage/data quantity tradeoff.

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    2. And is H2O's LTE as fast as AT&T, or is it slower just like Cricket, who gives a MAX of 8 mbps, and I have seen articles that say it averages closer to 3 mbps.

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    3. Unlike Cricket, H2O doesn't impose a speed cap, Users have reported speeds in excess of 20 Mbps on H2O.

      However it's probably not as fast as AT&T postpaid when there's network congestion as AT&T's network optimization software likely gives postpaid higher priority than prepaid or MVNOs when there's not enough bandwidth to go around.

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    4. I briefly tried the H2O LTE sim a few months ago with their $10 plan and the speed was not throttled.

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    5. H2O's $30 plan is unthrottled 500MB per month with a hard data cap. Their uncapped plan (with 500MB LTE data) is $35/month. Unused data rolls over to the next month, up to a total cap of 10GB, which is a very nice bonus for those who occasionally need more data than usual.

      With autopay, those plans are $27 and $31.50.

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  4. Dennis, GoSmart updated its plan slate graphics to include tethering on all plans $35 and up:
    https://www.gosmartmobile.com/browse-plans

    Also, Walgreens is having a bit of a sale on GoSmart BYOD SIM kits in-store, $4 each with its Balance Rewards card. Picked up a couple myself on Friday and the sale is across the chain, though locations with GoSmart BYOD kits in stock can be hit or miss, so it's best to call and ask before you drive out to buy them..

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  5. F GoSmart! When we first got rid of our landline I ported a number we had for 30 years to GoSmart and after a few months I went to make a call and couldn't. GoSmart had for some reason given my number to someone else. One day I had that number and the next day I didn't. Someone else had it. They said there was nothing they could do about it so a 30 year old number was just lost. Their customer service is crap. Go for price but remember you get what you pay for!

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    1. You have to remember to pay your bill on time.

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    2. the bill was paid on time and up to date as it always was. they said it was a computer glitch which means nobody takes the blame.

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    3. lol

      Stop making up FUD about porting. The only way to "lose" your number is not paying your bill or selling/giving it away. It appears you chose the latter. This is of course assuming you aren't a paid shill here astroturfing for another carrier.

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    4. Don't pay attention to ignorant tomato-throwers.
      The same thing happened to my sister on Pageplus last October. My dealer cancelled my renewal order two days before the expiration date because the phone number did not show up in the Pageplus system. A supervisor confirmed to my dealer that the phone number was "lost." I called and asked them to check again. A second supervisor checked in another system and discovered a technical error in my sister's account that was causing it not to show up in their main system. They fixed my sister's account and restored the cash balance.
      People and computer systems are not perfect.

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  6. How does "Facebook only" data work, or make sense?

    Almost smells like a net neutrality violation.

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    1. It's called "zero rating" and is a violation of strict net neutrality but the FCC has grandfathered current zero rating programs and said future ones will be evaluated on a case by case basis

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    2. See http://www.csl.sri.com/users/neumann/cacm236.pdf

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  7. Go smart could've gotten you your # back .Simply talk to the new customer(recipient of your 30 year old number), offer a free month of service in exchange for number swap. Then, give you your # back AND give you 1 month of service. I used to work for a major carrier and this occurred AND the customer care did it (however,to be fair...it was the corporate dealer support and NOT the shitty overseas customer care).

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    1. A timely FCC complaint probably would have worked too.

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  8. That makes perfect sense. Boost and Virgin phones are lightly subsidized, so they probably need that 12 month period to recoup that investment. Think about it: That's a lot shorter a time period than the typical 24 months required on postpaid.

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  9. I look and find better deals from outfits related to Sprint and AT&T (but not Verizon). The AT&T ones have much better coverage. The Sprint-related deals have similar coverage to these T-Mobile based ones, but they give you a ton more data.

    This is underwhelming.

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  10. How slow is the connection then? Could I still watch a movie? Thinking of getting the $45 plan with 10gb of data. I'm going to have a long train commute and I want to watch some shows/movies.
    Is this the best price for that much data?

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    1. With a good signal GoSmart is more than fast enough for steaming video. No one else gives you 10GB for $45 or less.

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  11. GoSmart updated their plans. Their plans continue to be among the best values out there for data users.

    $25 unlim talk & text ;
    $30 (w/autopay) 4 GB of "3G Web" ;
    $45 12 GB of 3G Web ;
    $55 20 GB of 3G Web.

    Plans with data include tethering and unlimited 2G data after the 3G allocation.

    https://www.gosmartmobile.com/browse-plans

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