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T-Mobile Expands Data Stash to Prepaid

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One of the main downsides of prepaid plans is the data. Depending on which carrier you have and how much data you really need, it can get rather expensive rather quickly. And, with a lot of the monthly MVNO plans, that data doesn’t roll over to the next month. Well, T-Mobile recently announced that it will be expanding the popular “Data Stash” program to prepaid customers starting March 22.

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Best T-Mobile Prepaid Plans

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Every mobile carrier and MVNO promises that they are the best choice with the best service and all of the best plans that you could ever want. In fact, they’re all so busy shouting over each other, it can be hard to discern which company REALLY has the best offering. And what’s where we come in.

Because there are so many permutations of prepaid plans, we decided to take a look at the thirty-day unlimited talk and text plans that utilize T-Mobile’s network. We’ve compared plans by price and the amount of high speed/low speed data that you can get at that price point. Here’s a list of the companies we included in our comparison:

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T-Mobile Offers Phone Discounts with SCORE!

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On Sunday, T-Mobile unveiled yet another program designed to try and retain customers and provide phone discounts. It seems like this is going to be a monthly occurrence. Regardless, as this program is one of the few that’s available to both prepaid and postpaid, it is worth a look.

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T-Mobile Aims “Smartphone Equality” at Prepaid

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Apparently, T-Mobile believes that most prepaid customers are on the prepaid plans because of bad credit. So, in an effort to make prepaid customers switch to more expensive and lucrative postpaid plans, yesterday it introduced “Smartphone Equality” which can automatically qualify anyone for the expensive phone payment plans that come with the equally expensive postpaid plans.

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T-Mobile Parent Calls Growth ‘Unsustainable’

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The magenta giant and their trademark “Uncarrier” movement has really spurred a lot of changes in the mobile world as far as price, data, contracts and several other features are concerned. Last year the carrier saw several M&A talks, all of which were unsuccessful for one reason or another. For a while there, it looked like T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom was content to let T-Mobile grow under the obnoxious yet successful leadership of CEO John Legere. However, it appears that is no longer the case.

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5 Best Affordable T-Mobile Prepaid Phones

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T-Mobile is barely trailing behind Sprint as the No.4 carrier in the United States and while its network is a little spotty and patchy at times, the improvements over the last year or two are pretty impressive. Utilizing a GSM network, T-Mobile has several MVNOs, but their prepaid sector itself has a pretty good following. Like AT&T, you can activate just about any phone on prepaid, but the options on their online store are pretty limited, but if you’re looking for something that’s both affordable–meaning $200 or less–and still a good quality phone, then take a look at these top five picks:

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T-Mobile Introduces Simply Prepaid

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Late last year, T-Mobile said it was going to change up their prepaid sector with something called “simply prepaid” but didn’t really give a date for the new plans or a whole lot of information so I didn’t really report on it. Well, yesterday T-Mobile finally announced the plans, availability date, and set up a snazzy page talking about how much greater it’s going to be, etc. While the plans do include LTE, the prices aren’t really anything that exciting.

Here are the plan options:

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T-Mobile Adds Customers, Still No. 4 Carrier

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Despite boasts and predictions from T-Mobile CEO John Legere and several other critics, T-Mobile failed to surpass Sprint in the fourth quarter of 2014, despite an overall growth of 8.3 million subscribers throughout the year. Of course, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a great year for the magenta carrier.

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T-Mobile CEO Makes 2015 Predictions

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The slightly abrasive T-Mobile CEO John Leger has come out with a press release announcing T-Mobile’s plan for the new year along with a sort of review of 2014 and predictions for 2015. The article itself is pretty long and most of it is simply bragging about how T-Mobile is better than anyone else. (Did you really expect anything different?) But some of the points mentioned are worth repeating. Here are the highlights:

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ZTE Debuts Two Prepaid Phones

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ZTE has two new low-end prepaid phones available through two different carriers this week, so I thought I’d cover it all in one post to save on some time and reading. The ZTE Speed can be purchased through Boost Mobile, and the ZTE Zinger is available through T-Mobile prepaid. They have pretty similar specs and, to be truthful, nothing too spectacular or noteworthy. Here’s a quick comparison:

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Activate Nexus 9 Tablet on T-Mobile Prepaid

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T-Mobile has announced the availability of the new Nexus 9 LTE Tablet for postpaid plans with the option to activate on prepaid plans. This tablet is pretty highly sought after and looks pretty sweet, but if you want it on a prepaid plan there are a few catches.

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T-Mobile Doubles Music Freedom Options

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If you like rocking out to tunes this holiday season, then T-Mobile has a Christmas gift for you! Their popular Music Freedom service has been more than doubled this week to include 14 additional music streaming services to their free music revolution. The wildly popular music freedom service streams roughly 66 million songs per day.

Here is the full list of services, with the newly added in bold:

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T-Mobile SIMS On Sale for 99¢ Today Only

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T-Mobile has changed up their SIM deal for October. Today only, you can get a T-Mobile micro or standard SIM for $0.99. SIMS are regularly priced at $10, so it’s quite a savings. As usual, T-Mobile is enforcing a limit of 3 SIMS per order and no more than 5 SIMs in 30 days per customer.

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Iliad Abandons Pursuit of T-Mobile

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Reports indicate that French internet and mobile company Iliad has dropped its bid for T-Mobile, claiming that Deutsche Telecom, T-Mobile’s parent company, refused to entertain its offer. Iliad has been placing bids to buy a majority share in T-Mobile for several months, upping the offers after the potential merger between Sprint and T-Mobile fell through. Iliad reportedly bid for 67% of the shares of T-Mobile, valuing it at around $36 per share.

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T-Mobile CEO Denies Merger Rumors

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T-Mobile’s flashy and outspoken CEO, John Legere, dismissed all the rumors that T-Mobile was undergoing talks with Iliad about a possible merger or acquisition last week, calling them ‘craziness.’ According to a FierceWireless article, Legere said that T-Mobile was doing excellent has no intentions or interest in a merger at this time.

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T-Mobile Drops Support for Federal Lifeline Program

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Fierce Wireless reported that T-Mobile plans to discontinue its support for the Federal Lifeline phone program by the end of 2014. T-Mobile has been a designated Lifeline service provider since 2012 but currently only services 400 customers. In a lengthy statement, T-Mobile asserted that they were not the only provider for the Lifeline program in those areas, and that customers would not be effected by this shift.

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T-Mobile Penny SIM Sale Returns Again!

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Breaking with their normal monthly trend, T-Mobile has restarted their prepaid penny SIM sale back for the second time this month. The last deal ended Sept. 10 and two weeks later, they’ve relaunched it again. This newest deal ends September 30, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it back again next month if you miss out.

You can get up to five SIMs for one penny each (normally around $10 each) with a maximum of 3 SIMs per order and 5 SIMs over a period of 30 days. Unfortunately, that means that if you went all-out two weeks ago and bought 5 SIMs, you will be ineligible to purchase more SIMs during this deal.

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ZTE Unveils Affordable Smartphone

ZTE unveiled a new ginormous smartphone yesterday that is aimed at budget-conscious consumers. Sold exclusively through T-Mobile (with MetroPCS slated to get the phone later this year), the new ZMax is set to be released on Sept. 24 and features a whopping 5.7 inch screen and pretty good specs and a huge battery that is said to last a couple of days on a charge. The ZTE ZMax is expected to retail for $250 without a contract.

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Best iPhone 6 Prepaid Plans

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Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.

So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.

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T-Mobile One Cent Prepaid SIM Sale

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In case you missed their SIM sale from last month, T-Mobile has brought the prepaid penny SIM deal back! You can get up to five SIMs for one penny each until Sept. 10. There is a limit of 3 SIMS per order and no more than 5 SIMs in 30 days. Normally, SIMs from T-Mobile cost $10, so if you wanted to add more than one phone, the savings could be phenomenal.

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T-Mobile Adds New $45 Prepaid Plan

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With very little fanfare, T-mobile launched two new plans for their prepaid customers today, one priced at $45 and the other priced at $80. The $45 plan is an upgrade of a previous version, while the $80 adds unlimited nationwide data and a hotspot.

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T-Mobile Samsung Giveaway Details

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With the recent unveiling of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, T-Mobile has a couple of unique offerings for Samsung enthusiasts that I thought I’d pass along including pre-preorder notifications and a Gear-a-Day Giveaway where you could land some free Samsung products.

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T-Mobile Expands Music Freedom

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Music lovers rejoice! T-Mobile has announced that they have expanded their Music Freedom service to include an additional 6 apps including AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark Radio Paradise Rdio and Songza. This popular service was launched in June and since then, the ‘Uncarrier’ has reported that customers have streamed around 7,000 terabytes of music and more than than 5 million songs per day.

Other music players currently supported include: iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify and Samsung’s Milk service. T-Mobile announced that Google Play Music is coming later this year to the Music Freedom service.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS Get New Alcatel Phones

T-Mobile and their MVNO company MetroPCS will be the first to get Alcatel’s two new phones, the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2. Both phones are entry-level smartphone devices designed for new users. Both their prices and features are modest and while it’s doubtful they will impress anyone, they will still be functional smartphones. T-Mobile will have the new devices starting September 10, while MetroPCS will get them later this fall.

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New T-Mobile Referral Program

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The all-out carrier service war continues to escalate, and as customers, we’re all benefiting from it. Unfortunately for prepaid customers, most of the deals don’t have anything to do with prepaid services–most carriers want postpaid customers, not prepaid because they are not only more reliable but also spend more money. However, for customers on a no-contract T-Mobile Simple Choice plan (which is similar to a prepaid), you can actually get a pretty good deal by referring a friend.

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T-Mobile Penny SIM Sale

In a continued effort to keep their position as the No. 1 prepaid carrier, T-Mobile is offering SIM cards for a penny from today through this weekend (8/24/14). Normally, SIM cards are around $10, so if you are looking to jump to T-Mobile or to simply try out their prepaid service, this would be a good chance. You can purchase a SIM on their website, using the promo code SIMDEAL to get the low price as well as free shipping. There is currently a limit of 3 SIMS per order and 5 SIMS in 30 days.

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T-Mobile Offers New Prepaid Options

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T-Mobile seems to be on a roll with the announcements this month, and the Un-carrier is trying to shake things up in the prepaid market yet again. Their new pay as you go pricing (which will go into effect on Aug. 17) seems a little easier to understand than most, which definitely gets them points, and for the first time you can now purchase data at an as-you-go rate.

They also have introduced a new Gold Reward Status, which rewards customers with more minutes that last longer once they have invested $100 in prepaid minutes on their phones.

I spent several minutes on the phone with a representative talking about the different options. Here’s what I found out:

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T-Mobile Ranked No. 1 Prepaid in US

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T-Mobile announced yesterday that they have finally overtaken rival Sprint in the prepaid wireless market to become the No. 1 prepaid wireless provider in the U.S.. According to the most recent figures, T-Mobile now has 15.64 million prepaid customers, beating Sprint’s 15.19 million customers by nearly half a million. AT&T and Verizon are even further behind with 11.34 million and 6.04 million customers respectively.

These staggering numbers come only a short time after T-Mobile rejected a $15 billion buyout from Iliad and abandoned talks with Sprint over a merger. CEO and president of T-Mobile US, Inc., John Legere is ecstatic.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Drop Merger

Sprint and their parent company, Softbank, have decided to stop pursuing the merger with T-Mobile first discussed in 2011. This news comes after three unsuccessful attempts over the course of several years. Various news reporting sites, including this article in the NY Times, indicated that part of the loss of interest in a deal was from the belief that the merger would be blocked by the FCC in the interests of keeping an open market. Together, the two companies control less than a third of the U.S. wireless market but the merger would mean going from four giant carriers to three.

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T Mobile Prepaid Phone Plans

T Mobile is the fourth-largest cellular service provider in the United States and ranks seventeenth worldwide. The franchise offers a wide variety of cellular plans ranging anywhere from daily, monthly, and pay per-minute plans to fit many consumers’ budgets.

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Prepaid IPhone Plans

Many people find the rigid structure and bloated fee structure of typical cell phone contract plans to be less than ideal for their budgets and phone usage habits. Prepaid phone plans are generally more affordable, and it is easy to tailor them to specific usage needs. Prepaid plans have long been easy to use with basic cell phones, but luckily there are now great prepaid options available for iPhone users as well. Several major phone providers now offer prepaid plans for the iPhone, including T-Mobile, AT&T, Straight Talk, Virgin Mobile, Cricket, H2O, Net 10, Verizon, and Boost Mobile.

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Best Prepaid Phones

So, you’re curious about joining the many people currently foregoing traditional phone plans in favor of a cheaper, more flexible prepaid plan. Good decision. But before you jump into this new world, get the lowdown on some of the best phones and prepaid options out there.

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T-Mobile keeps adding prepaid customers, a positive sign for Un-Carrier

T-Mobile announced its Un-Carrier initiative at the end of the first quarter, so their numbers do not reflect much of it. But they’ve continued adding prepaid customers to their ranks. They now have more than 6 million customers on their branded prepaid services, an increase of 19 percent in 2012. That goes along with their 8 percent decline in branded postpaid customers. Their MVNO and M2M customers increased significantly during the period too, coinciding with a general growth in prepaid usage. Does this bode well for their Un-Carrier services, which essentially paint them as a prepaid service? It’s hard to tell, but those deals certainly play differently than the postpaid offerings on the market.

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T-Mobile’s new Value plans ramp up prepaid effort

If T-Mobile has its way, the lines between prepaid and contract will be forever blurred. Last year America’s No. 4 carrier made waves about removing device subsidies and working with more straight forward service plan scheme. This week they’ve not only changed their prepaid plans, but also the plans that used to be postpaid. There is no longer a contract with these plans, though there is a credit check, giving them one of two criteria we value. At the same time, the credit check is there for good reason: they have great handset financing deals that will work out better for you than subsidy pricing with other carriers.

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T-Mobile changing up prepaid plans this month

It seems as though T-Mobile is always in the process of changing plans. On the prepaid end, they’ve left things mostly the same. Their pay-as-you-go plans have been the same for as long as I’ve edited this site. Since then they’ve added offerings to prepaid, including their lately Monthly 4G packages. Those could change on March 24th, when they will reportedly make a number of changes. On the prepaid end, that means a new set of monthly rate plans.

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T-Mobile takes GoSmart Mobile national

T-Mobile has taken the leap we expected. Late last year we learned that they were experimenting with a new prepaid service, and last month we learned that they would take GoSmart Mobile nationwide in February. Yesterday they took the leap, officially announcing the service. It is now available at over 3,000 locations nationwide, as well as GoSmartMobile.com. As we saw in the trial run, its offerings will be competitive with the major prepaid services currently available.

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Will T-Mobile MVNOs get LTE access?

They’re behind the other three carriers, but this year T-Mobile USA will begin offering services on its LTE network. This is a big step for the country’s No. 4 wireless carrier. They’ve held their own with HSDPA+ for a while now, but the transition to LTE is crucial at this point. At the same time, it seems that they will take a page from Verizon’s book and try to move non-LTE customers to a prepaid brand. GoSmart Mobile will go nationwide this month, and it will compete in the market for 3G smartphones and service. That would seem to leave LTE for T-Mobile postpaid customers, though a recent report indicates perhaps a different plan.

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T-Mobile to take GoSmart Mobile nationwide in February

It really is a time for prepaid at T-Mobile. Not only have they started offering their unlimited plans with no annual contract, they’ve been testing a new prepaid brand. We first heard of GoSmart Mobile in early December, and it appears we’ll hear a lot more about it in the next few weeks. According to FierceWireless, T-Mobile will take the brand national in February. Just as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have no name-brand connection to Sprint, GoSmart will have the same relationship with T-Mobile. They will operate it, but as a secondary brand — in fact, they said that “certain T-Mobile plans may be prioritized over GoSmart Mobile plans during periods of congestion.” Plan details after the jump.

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T-Mobile’s unlimited plan another step towards prepaid future

We see it every quarter: T-Mobile loses subscribers on the whole, almost all of them coming from the contract side of the business. Those losses would seem much steeper if T-Mobile weren’t adding significant numbers of prepaid customers every quarter. For the past two years consumers have been going with T-Mobile’s stable of no annual contract plans, rather than committing. After seeming attempts to fight the shift with competitively priced postpaid plans, it appears that T-Mobile has finally embraced the move to prepaid. Not only did they agree to a merger with prepaid carrier MetroPCS, but they have also made prepaid concessions with their own plans. Last week they took one big step into the prepaid future.

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GoSmart Mobile to start in select markets, possibly nationwide in 2013

It appears that T-Mobile does indeed intend to launch Go Smart Mobile at some time in the near future. We first heard the rumor earlier this week, and Mike Dano of FierceWireless confirmed the company’s plans. A launch in select markets will begin shortly, while T-Mobile added that it will be “using what we learn to make a decision about a potential national launch sometime in 2013.” Customers can check out GoSmartMobile.com for more information. It does appear that the service will be largely based on a bring-your-own-device model.

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New T-Mobile prepaid service set to launch

It appears as though T-Mobile is going to take a page out of Sprint’s book — kind of. Instead of offering its own branded prepaid wireless services, Sprint first bought Boost Mobile and then purchased Virgin Mobile. Sprint uses those brands, in addition to its slew of MVNOs, to represent its prepaid trade. T-Mobile has a few MVNOs, and it does offer its own prepaid services. But according to a recent report, they’ll begin offering prepaid services under a different brand, even though they themselves own that brand. Welcome to Go Smart Mobile.

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T-Mobile launches Samsung Galaxy S II at Walmart stores

Ready for another prepaid smartphone from 2011? T-Mobile prepaid is the latest to jump on the trend, offering the Samsung Galaxy S II exclusively at Walmart retail outlets nationwide. This comes almost two weeks after Boost Mobile added the Galaxy S II to its own lineup. T-Mobile and Walmart will offer it a bit cheaper, though, at $299 off-contract. It is compatible with the Walmart Family Mobile plan or any other Monthly 4G plan. You can get it now, but not at T-Mobile’s website. Again, this is a Walmart retail exclusive.

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T-Mobile puts Android under the $100 mark with the Concord

If you’re looking for a cheap Android option on T-Mobile prepaid, you might have a new option. T-Mobile announced the Concord, the newest addition to its Monthly 4G lineup. It’s an Android 2.3 device, as is to be expected of a bargain-priced smartphone. It also features a 3.5-inch screen, which is on the small side these days, and a low-res 2-megapixel camera. For a starter phone, though, the price is right. The Concord is on sale at Walmart for $99.98 — which will go with their Walmart Family Mobile plan, and will be available at Target on Sunday, August 26. It is not currently available on the website.

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T-Mobile offering phone insurance for Monthly 4G plans

Insurance for prepaid wireless phones was previously a rarity. While it’s not exactly widespread now, a few carriers have started the practice. Most notably, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have added insurance options for people buying new handsets. The latest entrant is T-Mobile prepaid. They’re now offering handset insurance for Monthly 4G customers at $7 per month. That covers the basics, though a deductible — of $25, $40, $90, or $130, depending on device — will apply for each claim. It’s only available for new handset purchases, of course, and insurance must be added within 14 days of purchase. You can find out a few more details with this PDF link.

Via BerryReview.

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T-Mobile 665 provides low-end value to prepaid

It’s rare when we see a new prepaid phone announcement that is not a smartphone. Yet here we are. Pictured above is the T-Mobile 665, which is now available from T-Mobile prepaid. As the picture suggests, it’s not much to write home about. It does have a media player, though, along with a 2-megapixel camera. It’s available now for $49.99 at T-Mobile’s website.

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T-Mobile gains on strength of prepaid

It’s a familiar story: T-Mobile lost postpaid customers in the first quarter of 2012: 510,000 to be exact. But they actually gained 187,000 customers on the whole. Yes, they posted big gains in prepaid. It amounts to 249,000 subscribers added to T-Mobile branded prepaid offerings, and a whopping 449,000 to wholesale subscribers. As we’ve been saying for a while now, T-Mobile prepaid is really keeping the company afloat right now. They managed to do better than a number of prepaid carriers, including MetroPCS. We recently learned that T-Mobile and MetroPCS have been holding merger talks.

Via CNET.

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T-Mobile releases prepaid payment Android app

As we know, T-Mobile has put a greater emphasis on prepaid in the last year or so. Their Monthly 4G plans afford prepaid users the opportunity to get a plan that is pretty much the same as postpaid, only they don’t need to sign contracts or undergo credit checks. They can even get powerful Android handsets. Now those Android customers have another perk: T-Mobile has introduced an Android app that allows users to pay their bills directly. It’s nothing big, but something that will make life a lot easier for Monthly 4G Android customers. You can download the app at Google Play.

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T-Mobile doubles prepaid subscribers from last year

Every three months we see carriers report their earnings and subscribers figure. When we started with prepaid reviews in 2007, it was Sprint that consistently lost customers every quarter. Now that has passed to T-Mobile. Yet there is something positive for T-Mobile. As T-Mobile prepaid boss Mike Katz notes in a blog post, the company has doubled its prepaid numbers in the last year, on the strength of Monthly 4G. Even better, 60 percent of those new Monthly 4G customers are picking up smartphones, which means more revenue for the troubled carrier. Katz goes on to note that the company’s focus is on the more lucrative postpaid sector, but it’s clear that prepaid has kept T-Mobile afloat in the past year and change. They’re giving regional prepaid carriers a run for their money.

Via FierceWireless.

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The Top Five Best T-Mobile LG Phones

The process of choosing a cell phone provider looks different for everybody. Network coverage, prices and fees, network speed, customer service quality, and data network reliability are all important considerations when deciding which provider is best suited to meet your very specific needs.

Even after choosing a provider, a whole new set of factors comes into play for picking a smartphone that integrates seamlessly into your daily life. For anyone who has narrowed their cell phone search down to T-Mobile LG phones, here are our top five picks:

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T-Mobile adds on prepaid amid big postpaid losses

Just a quick note on T-Mobile prepaid. In the fourth quarter they continued a recent trend of adding prepaid customers while bleeding postpaid ones. While 706,000 postpaid customers departed, T-Mobile prepaid gained 220,000 subscribers. According to the company, most of those were with T-Mobile’s monthly 4G plans. It’s entirely possible, too, that a number of postpaid customers simply slid over to postpaid. That doesn’t make the numbers look a lot better, but it does demonstrate a bit more brand loyalty than the raw numbers reveal. It continues to appear that if T-Mobile is going to survive on its own, it will have to be on the strength of prepaid.

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