T-Mobile $30 Prepaid Plan Users Thread

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James62370

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I was wondering why it shows usage even though I never enabled it. That is very strange that Tapatalk increase hotspot usage, even though it is a very small amount. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Updating sim?

So i'm currently enrolled in this plan, using a oneplus one. I get a nexus 6 tomorrow which will use a nano sim instead of the micro sim i'm currently using. I have an extra t-mobile nano-sim however I can't seem to find how to update my sim card on my account. Any idea?
 

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So i'm currently enrolled in this plan, using a oneplus one. I get a nexus 6 tomorrow which will use a nano sim instead of the micro sim i'm currently using. I have an extra t-mobile nano-sim however I can't seem to find how to update my sim card on my account. Any idea?
Call customer service *8646 give them the new nano sim number and they will transfer your account right over. I just did this 2 weeks ago and I was surprised how fast they activated it. Phone call took 2 minutes and then in another 2 minutes the new sim was active.
 
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If I max out my data, is there a way I can refill it so I can get more or do I need to wait until my cycle date?
 

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If I max out my data, is there a way I can refill it so I can get more or do I need to wait until my cycle date?
I've never gone over in all my years until I do it on purpose the night before my plan renews. When I hit the button to add more data it just gives me the other available plans. I've heard you can call in and renew the plan early but no choice for that online that I could find.
 
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AxlxA

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Thinking hard about getting this plan. So only 5GB/mo allotment then throttled to dialup speeds? How much hot spot data do you get on this plan?

Currently on an AT&T add-a-line $30 unlimited data grandfathered line so if i switch to tmo, it'd still be $30
 

baiju2012

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I don't use tethering to a laptop, but to a Nexus 7 tablet and an iPad, it works flawlessly without any limits on this plan. Last week on vacation, my kids played games during travel in the car. With music freedom, I used 7.2 GB and T-Mobile counted just 1.7 GB. There is no plan like this in USA ATM.
 
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Mr Ian B

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What is everyone using to compensate for the 100 mins limit. I know Skype USA is $2.99 but are there any other options or buy $10 card and add additional 100 mins??

Ian B
 

sirxdroid

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What is everyone using to compensate for the 100 mins limit. I know Skype USA is $2.99 but are there any other options or buy $10 card and add additional 100 mins??

Hangouts app for outgoing calls. If you use GV as your main number you can also get incoming calls in the Hangouts app.

Vonage app used to offer free outgoing calls (2000 min.) and could use a number you verified as your CID, not sure whether they still offer free calls.
 

Mr Ian B

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Hangouts app for outgoing calls. If you use GV as your main number you can also get incoming calls in the Hangouts app.

Vonage app used to offer free outgoing calls (2000 min.) and could use a number you verified as your CID, not sure whether they still offer free calls.


Thanks for info. Don't use hangouts nor have go number. Vintage was atrocious when I used in the past.

Ian B
 

Johnny Broccoli

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I don't use tethering to a laptop, but to a Nexus 7 tablet and an iPad, it works flawlessly without any limits on this plan. Last week on vacation, my kids played games during travel in the car. With music freedom, I used 7.2 GB and T-Mobile counted just 1.7 GB. There is no plan like this in USA ATM.

I was under the impression that "music freedom" wasn't valid with their prepaid, no contract plans? That's the thing they started where you can stream most of the main music sites without it counting against your data plan, right?

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What is everyone using to compensate for the 100 mins limit. I know Skype USA is $2.99 but are there any other options or buy $10 card and add additional 100 mins??

Ian B
I don't talk on the phone all that much but usually throw an additional ten dollars on my account each month just in case (this amount/credit rolls over to the next month if not used).
 

AxlxA

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I don't use tethering to a laptop, but to a Nexus 7 tablet and an iPad, it works flawlessly without any limits on this plan. Last week on vacation, my kids played games during travel in the car. With music freedom, I used 7.2 GB and T-Mobile counted just 1.7 GB. There is no plan like this in USA ATM.
Wow how did you set up the WiFi hotspot to bypass the 100mb limit?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
 

baiju2012

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Music Freedom is available on this plan for a long time now. I used to use 3 - 4 GB every month before. Now, it is less than .5 GB. Only goes over that when my kids require me to tether.

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What I learnt about tethering on this plan was that it was blocked by detecting the browser's user agent. That is how they are able to block it after 100 MB limit on laptops. On tablets, that limit is not applied, in my experience. Nexus 7 and iPad with flawlessly with this tether for me. By switching the user agent on the laptop's browser, it may work their too.

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Wow how did you set up the WiFi hotspot to bypass the 100mb limit?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

Just setup and use it with tablets. It just works.
 
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macallik

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Thanks for info. Don't use hangouts nor have go number. Vintage was atrocious when I used in the past.

Ian B
As someone who has used Talkatone/Groove IP/Vonage and Hangouts, a lot has changed in the last year or so.

1.) RAM has improved. The first phone I tried VoIP calling on was a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II. It had maybe 1GB of RAM. Issues like the phone not waking out of sleep quick enough for me to answer were major issues.

2) Integration is better: Things were hit and miss with other providers but with Voice and Hangouts in-house, the compatibility is a lot more evident.

3) LTE: My Nexus 4 experience was better than my Galaxy Exhibit II but my Alcatel Idol 3 w/ all T-Mobile bands is even better. I made an international VoIP call while walking around for 40 minutes and it was great. Before, I could make a decent call over HSPA if I stayed stationary, but LTE allows much more freedom.

I feel like I am becoming a cheerleader for Hangouts, but you really owe it to yourself to try it again imo. Especially since it is free. Project Fi uses Hangouts for all Wi-Fi calls so you can also check there to see if any complaints are being lodged by Nexus 6 users,
 

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    used the APK from post 1271 and it worked great on my N5 (Team mobile, $30 pre paid plan)
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    Go with 5gb of 4g LTE. Especially now that Google voice can take and make calls for free on Wi-Fi and data through hangouts. In California I've never paid tax for refill cards and target always gives me 5%-15% off the price.

    The plan definitely includes music freedom I'm using it now and it never touches my 5gb of LTE

    I've made calls and taken calls with my Google number through hangouts on Wi-Fi and LTE without costing me any plan minutes.

    The calls go over LTE for me and use almost no data

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    So how exactly are you guys setting up Wifi calling or even calling out using mobile internet? Is there some sort of guide out there detailing how to set it up? I checked out those Voip apps but you have to pay for the servers and what not which defeats the purpose of getting the 30 dollars plan cause you have to pay extra for other voip features. Thanks

    I'm using CSipSimple (you need a nightly build after Nov 2nd due to some KitKat changes) which is a SIP VOIP client based on the pjsip SIP library. I've been using this SIP client for over a year now with really good results. The Nexus 5 just makes it better, with improved speaker/mic setup compared to my last device. For SIP service, I am using voip.ms. They provide a number for 99¢/month and calls for 1¢/minute. They also provide a bunch of additional functionality, including voice mail, call forwarding, ring groups, interactive voice response menus (press 1 for.. press 2 for..) and some other toys, pretty much the full compliment of Asterisk PBX features -- Including the ability to create subaccounts for all your devices/computers/ip phones (on their own extensions and everything). They also have servers in a range of locations, so you can pick the one with the lowest ping time from your area. They also provide toll-free numbers, if you're doing any sort of business, for 99¢/month + 2.4¢/min -- If you like to hand out your card for extra $$ helping the less tech-savvy, 99¢ gets you an 800 number and PBX-style call routing/voicemail possibilities for cheap professional telephone presence.

    VOIP over a good WiFi connection is very solid, and I've also had pretty good luck on mobile networks, as long as latency is <100ms and packet loss / jitter is low. Don't expect it to be great when you're driving, movement presents some significant challenges for mobile broadband, which digital voice networks (such as GSM/CDMA in voice mode) go to great technical lengths to address. However with good (not overloaded) 4G (HSPA+/LTE) service in a stationary state both T-mobile and AT&T's networks do better than I had expected.

    One thing I found today is that T-mobile's network appears to have a fairly short UDP NAT timeout, somewhere in the order of 5-10 minutes. CSipSimple has a default SIP register timeout of 30 minutes, meaning it re-registers the connection with the server every 30 minutes or so. Changing this to 4 minutes was necessary to ensure incoming calls always came through, otherwise the NAT mapping would expire and incoming calls wouldn't come through as the SIP packets weren't making it back to the device.

    Since I ended up giving out my Google Voice number as my primary contact number, I added my VOIP number as a forwarding phone and changed the outgoing caller ID to match my Google Voice number. If I'm at home, I'll pick up on the headset via gmail, on the go, via CSipSimple.

    I can't speak for any of the free VOIP apps, I figured $1/month for full Asterisk PBX functionality and 1¢/min is more than fair -- Especially when with subaccounts I get service to all my devices at no additional cost..

    Or activate a Sim on the phone. Prompts include this plan.

    I was hoping to do just that, but I guess their system was completely hosed when I tried -- Gave me an error on the clickthrough to activate, didn't even get started. Between that an the lack of numbers for my area code problem, I guess I picked the wrong day to activate.. Ah well, at least it's done. Still stoked at the quality of service for $30/month for 5gb.

    You, sir, are a godsend. I've been banging my head against the activation page and CSRs since last night trying to activate my SIM. Once I read your post, it switched city in the DFW metroplex and chose a new area code (214 is all filled up apparently). The online activation worked like a charm when I changed to a 972 area code. Thanks to you, I'm now enjoying 5GB of data @ $30/month. Can't beat that.

    Awesome! Glad to be of help :)
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    Thanks for info. Don't use hangouts nor have go number. Vintage was atrocious when I used in the past.

    Ian B
    As someone who has used Talkatone/Groove IP/Vonage and Hangouts, a lot has changed in the last year or so.

    1.) RAM has improved. The first phone I tried VoIP calling on was a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II. It had maybe 1GB of RAM. Issues like the phone not waking out of sleep quick enough for me to answer were major issues.

    2) Integration is better: Things were hit and miss with other providers but with Voice and Hangouts in-house, the compatibility is a lot more evident.

    3) LTE: My Nexus 4 experience was better than my Galaxy Exhibit II but my Alcatel Idol 3 w/ all T-Mobile bands is even better. I made an international VoIP call while walking around for 40 minutes and it was great. Before, I could make a decent call over HSPA if I stayed stationary, but LTE allows much more freedom.

    I feel like I am becoming a cheerleader for Hangouts, but you really owe it to yourself to try it again imo. Especially since it is free. Project Fi uses Hangouts for all Wi-Fi calls so you can also check there to see if any complaints are being lodged by Nexus 6 users,
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    I'm not going to have anyone call my T-Mobile number. I'm not even going to give it out. So I don't need to have conditional call forwarding from the T-Mobile # to the GV number. I am going to port my Colorado number to my Google Voice account and have people call that number. Their call will go directly to Google Voice, which I can then set to automatically forward the call to my Skype number. When the call goes to Skype, I can answer it on my Nexus 5 through the skype app (or on my PC). If I don't answer, Google Voice will take the call back and let them leave a voicemail on google voice. No conditional call forwarding required.

    One note, I just realized that Hangouts uses the SMS of the sim carrier, not routed through google voice, so my SMS will originate from the new T-Mobile number that I don't want to give out. Any suggestions for SMS from my Google Voice number?

    XVoicePlus just came out on the 5th. You do need Xposed framework though to use this. It acts like Voice+ in that you send from your Google voice number while using hangouts.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk