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TPO: The Carrier that Lets You Help Others Now Available in Both CDMA and GSM

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Whenever there's an opportunity to help someone, would you support it? How about paying for a phone service that lets you do this?

The People's Operator is a wireless carrier that breaks boundaries. It goes against the norm and what other companies do when it comes to paying for expensive billboards, TV commercials, and even Super Bowl ads. Instead of putting money into its marketing, TPO spends that money to raise billions for a good cause. Fitting for its name, TPO spends 10% from its subscribers' money on something they truly care about.  

What's in it for you?
Nothing. There's no catch when you decide to use TPO. All it asks for is that you join in its network and take part in its aim for a bigger cause. After joining, they simply ask that you also invite your other friends to join in and help fund your a corresponding charity. And the more people take part in its network, the more powerful it becomes.

All you need to do is choose from one of the monthly plan options they offer:

  • Kind Plan – Includes 1,000 minutes, unlimited text, and 500MB of data for only $19 $21 per month  
  • Noble Plan – Includes unlimited minutes and texts, and 2GB of data for only $30 per month  
  • Caring Plan – Includes unlimited minutes and texts, and 3GB of data for only $40 per month  
  • Hero Plan – Includes unlimited minutes and texts, and 5GB of data for only $45 per month  
  • Gracious Plan – Includes unlimited minutes and texts, and 7GB of data for only $65 per month 

There is also a $5 monthly discount if you decide to enroll your account in Auto Pay.

 How does it do this?
Every time you pay your bill, 10% of it goes to a cause that you support. There's no additional cost for you to do this since TPO does so through its own billing system. The best part about this is that you are free to choose just about any charity that you believe needs it.

TPO has a number of direct partnerships with several charity groups and organizations. Among those on the list include ASPCA, WWF, Feeding America, Action Against Hunger, Autism Speaks, Wounded Warrior Project, Adopt A Classroom, and many more. You can visit their website and check out the full list of charity groups they have partnered with so you can choose the one that you will support as well.

Why does it do this?
One of the members of TPO's management team is Jimmy Wales, the man who founded Wikipedia. He plays an active role in helping and supporting the company. It was only in 2014 when Wales became part of TPO but has already helped guide the company to expand across the world.

TPO was launched as a carrier in the US last month. While 10% of customers' bill goes to a cause, the company also donates 25% of its profits. This money would have been something its competitors typically spend on their marketing campaign.

On April 4th, TPO will be available on both CDMA and GSM networks. This means that everyone can join in and support the network and what it is doing to change society. Joining TPO Mobile is very easy. Anyone can join and help support a cause they deem meaningful and still be able to use the services of a phone. Since phones are considered a necessity, it's about time to use a phone service that gives back to charity. In that way, you are also doing your part in creating a better tomorrow.

Update 6/22/2016: Kind plan price increased from $19 to $21 per month


Source: The People's Operator

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  1. Nice but short on important stuff like which GSM and CDMA will be providing actual coverage.

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  2. No roaming I would assume?

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    1. The only thing I could find on roaming was that there is no INTERNATIONAL roaming.

      It's shown at the bottom of this page.
      https://store.tpo.com/plans

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  3. Isn't T-Mobile and Sprint supposed to Merge? I've been reading about talks of this. So isn't it funny that these are the two carriers of choice.

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    1. Sprint tried to acquire T-Mobile in 2014 but the FTC indicated it would not approve the deal and Sprint abandoned the plan.

      One stock analyst recently speculated that if a Republican president is elected the regulatory climate might be more favorable to a Sprint/T-Mobile deal.

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  4. This is interesting. I called to ask if my GSM phone had to be unlocked or would my T-mobile locked phone work. The rep said it had to be unlocked, but also said they did not use T-mobile. When I said that it was likely either T-mobile or ATT, she said they have their own towers. I seriously doubt that, but would sure like to know if a T-mobile locked phone would work as it does on many MVNOs. Perhaps I'll order a free sim and stick it in and see if it is recognized.

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    1. OK, I just posted the above re locked vs unlocked. I sent them an email and got another response that the device must be unlocked. Also, tried to order a GSM SIM, but after filling in all the info, their site says the page does not work. Oh well.

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    2. If I enter zip code 54235 in TPO's coverage checker only CDMA is a available.
      54235 has Sprint and AT&T but no T-Mobile or Verizon.
      In zipcode 89803 which has no Sprint only GSM is available.
      Assuming TPO's coverage checker is accurate only GSM = T-Mobile and CDMA = Sprint would give those results in those two zipcodes.

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    3. Just ordered a Sim from their website on my phone. No problems.

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  5. It would be attractive for Goodgle-Fi users.

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  6. Being as TPO is a UK company and our office in London says that they have the most horrendous C/S that they stopped using it. Are they going to inflict the same on the USA? Maybe they are hoping the US customers are not aware of the Service problems in the UK. Are they trying to pull a fast one Here?

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  7. rowman..... what zip code did you use?

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  8. I tried to sign up, but it says my Zip code (95470, Redwood Valley in Mendocino County, rural Northwestern California) isn't covered, which is wrong, we have service from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular here. Sprint doesn't have coverage in our county, they roam on U.S. Cellular for service, but if we have T-Mobile here, it shouldn't be giving me that message.

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    1. TPO's coverage checker seems to be badly broken. In addition to Redwood Valley, it also shows GSM as not available in Bonneville, Mendocino, Ft Bragg and Eureka CA, all of which are T-Mobile markets.

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  9. hmm....it seems they're offering their sim for free?

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  10. what is the speed on their GSM network and what is the latency on it? Could someone who is using it in CA please post your feedback.

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  11. I used their coverage checker for my zip code 95501, EUREKA CA and it said I was covered with CMDA. I ordered a Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge from their store. After getting the phone with a Sim card, tried activating the card and the Web site then tells me my zip code is NOT covered! Called their customer service at 630am this morning and was told I would hear back from a supervisor as the call center agent had never heard of this happening. Never received a call back. Called in again around 10am and was told again that "they were working on it" and that I would get a call back. Their call center is now closed and still nobody has called me back. Not off to a good start, completely frustrated!!

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    1. I have read similar issues regarding their customer service not responding to the issues in a timely manner. I really hope they can fix it for you or at least give you a prompt refund. Good luck!

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    2. Update to my first post on July 22nd. They have escalated the issue to their technical support. I was told to call back 48-72 hours. I did and they are still working on the issue and they would contact me when they have it resolved.

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