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PTel Introduces New Plans and a Free Month For New Users Promotion

Earlier this week T-Mobile MVNO PTel launched a couple of new plans. 

The more interesting of the two is a $35/Month Unlimited Plan that includes:
  • Unlimited domestic voice calling plus a $5/month international call credit 
  • Unlimited domestic and international SMS text messaging, 
  • Unlimited domestic MMS picture messaging 
  • unlimited throttled data. 
The maximum data speed is reportedly 256 Kbps, which should be good enough for email, social network status updates and web browsing but not streaming video.

The other new plan is a Daily Unlimited Talk n' Text Plan which costs $1.50/day for unlimited talk, text, MMS and global text. The amount of data included varies with the the number of days of service you purchase:
  • $10 buys 6 days of service and 10 MB data.
  • $20 buys 13 days of service and 20 MB data.
  • $30 buys 20 days of service and 30 MB data.
  • $45 buys 30 days of service and 150 MB data.
It looks like you are charged $1.50 every day whether you use the phone or not. That makes the daily plan cost effective only if you need phone service for less than a month. I suspect this plan's target is international visitors and any of PTel dealers' cash customers who are so financially strapped they can only afford to pay for service a few days at a time.

Here's the full PTel plan lineup:
Plan Cost Voice Minutes Texts MMS Data
Real PayGo $10/60days 1 5¢/each 2¢/each 2¢/each 10¢/MB
Daily Unlimited $1.50/day unlimited unlimited unlimited Varies see above
$35 Unlimited Everything $40/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 256 kbps) 
$40 Unlimited Everything $40/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 256 kbps after 250 MB)
$50 Unlimited Everything $50/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 256 kbps after 2 GB)
1 Other refill denominations are available; $20/90days, $30/120 days, $40/150 days, $50/180 days, $100/365 days.

PTel also has a new promotion on their site. Buy a phone and a SIM card (or just a SIM card) along with a special 2-month activation pack for either the $40 or $50 Unlimited Everything plan. Then use code PTBOGOHOLIDAY13 to get a $40 or $50 discount, which makes the 2nd month of the pack free. This offer is valid for new activations only, the 2-month activation pack PIN number cannot be used for topping up existing accounts.

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  1. Is PTel running on only the rather limited coverage of the native T-Mobile network (no roaming)?

    1. Yes! As are practically all other TMobile MVNO's.

  2. love ptel. have an iphone 3gs on ptel real paygo $10 where using the iphone 3gs as kind of like a lojack for the car using the find-my-friends app to track the car. and will soon be switching iphone 4 from airvoice $40 monthly to ptel real paygo $10 to cut down on costs.... oh, "AIRVOICE" comes out as "AIRVOI" on the iphone's top status bar when only on data and not wifi. "PTEL MOBILE" eventually settles on "PTEL" in the top status bar on the iphone.... and now sorta wish my iphone 5 was unlocked because ALMOST TEMPTED to switch from at&t gophone $25(monthly)+$5(data) to ptel $35 plan even if at throttled data. ALMOST kinda willing to accept throttled unlimited data because always only do really heavy intense internet stuff (like youtube video) on wifi. but my guess is that maps may be painfully slow on the ptel $35 plan.

  3. I like PTel a lot. Good prices, and great customer service. I am not sure 256k is the correct throttled speed though.

    1. Is the throttled speed faster or slower? Does PTEL charge taxes on top of their monthly rates?

    2. The throttled speed is much slower. No taxes except in Illinois where sales tax is charged.

  4. I believe the throttle is 128k.

    1. It was 128 Kbps when PTel launched. It was supposed to have raised to 256 Kbps several months ago although I haven't seen any speed tests confirming that.

  5. HOFO ID Grateful4adviceDecember 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Ptel will NOT honor the PTBOGOHOLIDAY13 promotion with their on going free phone promotion. I waited on hold almost 50 minutes until I finally got a rep who placed me on hold almost 10 minutes before informing me you can't combine promotions. So much for Customer service.

    1. I have Ptel, their customer service is excellent, the hold times for me have never been more than 15min (except during the transition period from Sprint to T-Mobile).

      But, It would be helpful if the Ptel phone system could tell you what the estimated hold time is.

  6. so this is basically the same as gosmart but a bit better since you can get refill discount on callingmart

  7. The only time you have a chance at a 15 minute hold time with Ptel is early morning. An hour or more is their new norm. Since switching to Tmobile their customer base has grown significantly but their staffing is almost unchanged.Gosmart has better customer service and a lot more data for the money.

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