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Smartel Limits T-Mobile Plans to Business Users Only

Smartel, a new prepaid reseller that launched in August is no longer offering their aggressively priced T-Mobile plans to the general public. Smartel is mow only available to businesses, including sole proprietors. A business tax-ID (EIN) is required.

This turn of events tends to confirm my suspicion that Smartel was splitting up and reselling individual lines of multi-line business plans. I'm pretty sure this practice is not permitted and T-Mobile asked Smartel to limit sales to verifiable businesses.

If you qualify, Smartel still looks like a good deal. There are three plans:

  • Silver $25/month unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1 GB at full speed.
  • Gold $45/month unlimited talk, text and data with the first 10 GB at full speed.
  • Platinum $55/month unlimited talk, text and data.
Smartel's plans include many of T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" features that aren't normally available on prepaid including Music Freedom, WiFi Calling, conditional call forwarding, unlimited calls and texts to and from Mexico and Canada. The Gold plan also includes Data Stash, which is a initial bonus of 10 GB of data good to 12/31/5. After the 10 GB bonus is used up the unused portion of the plan's regular 10 GB/month data allotment rolls over for 12 months.

To sign up click the "Click to see plan prices" link below the green map icon (which used to be a T-Mobile magenta one) on the Selectel homepage. You be taken to a page with a contact form. I used it to ask for about purchasing service and got a reply asking for name, address, phone number and business Tax ID. To see plan pricing without signing up go to https://smartel.mobi/product/pink-platinum-plan/.

Smartel's Verizon based plans, which are similar to those of Page Plus and Selectel are not affected by this change.

Updated 9/24 with current plans and prices.

Related Post: New T-Mobile Reseller Smartel Offers $35/Month Unlimited Talk, Messaging and 10 GB Deal

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  1. Can't I just consider myself a business?

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  2. It's easy to get an EIN from the IRS. The question remains, if Smartel crashes can customers keep their service going directly through T-Mobile?

    I wonder if you could transfer your plan directly to T-Mobile but keep.the promotional rate? Has anyone tried it?

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  3. "The Uncarrier" strikes again.

    At least GoSmart still offers their $45/10GB plan for those who lost out and can still make due with 3.5G.



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  4. Or Boost still offers the 10 GB for $30 slash your rate in Half plan.

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    1. Boost offers 10G for $30?? I can't seem to find it, dealers only? Thanks

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    2. But aren't those plans at Boost saddled with restrictions on how you can use your data?
      Like no hotspot, video streaming is limited to 3G speeds, etc.

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  5. The old Pink plan page is still there and appears to allow signups with the Gold promotion.

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  6. What is T-Mobile's incentive in this move?
    Why would they care if the line is being used by a business or not?

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    1. Price protection, they don't want lucrative non-business postpaid customers to jump to Smartel.

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  7. You snuck a "selectel" in there by accident :-)

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  8. Got in just under the wire, yay me. Not porting, just using it for the data stash. It's a small shop, I wish them well.

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  9. I'm a business. I sell magic words. :P

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  10. I wonder if multiple lines were intended for employees of companies that offered phones to their staff.
    I guess now it is only good for the business owner.

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  11. Anyone can be a business. Ever sell anything on ebay and make a profit? The IRS calls that a business...

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  12. Does anyone know if tax & fees are included in monthly rate? What is total cost?

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  13. The price is all inclusive. This is a good deal if one can live with T-Mobile.

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  14. My take: if Smartel folds, T-Mobile might allow you to keep your line, but I don't know if they would grandfather the plan price.

    When Smartel adds your 'business' line to theirs, it is part of a group with multiple lines, so the price-per-line is lower. But if Smartel folds and the line becomes an individual business line, I can see a valid reason for T-Mobile to charge you directly the at-cost price.

    It's just like having your own business lines with 100 lines. The per-line price is much cheaper, but if you remove 99 lines, then the price of the remaining 1 line would go up.

    That said, was Harbor Mobile customer allowed to keep the price, and for how long?

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  15. Smartel is changing to Bluegreenmobile, perhaps to be able to use .com.

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