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T-Mobile Shutting Down AWS, But Don’t Panic Yet

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T-Mobile has been announcing and warning customers that it will soon be shutting down its AWS HSPA+ network in a number of markets this year with Chicago being the most recent city to see the network shut down. But, don’t panic just yet–LTE isn’t effected, and according to T-Mo News, all customers who need to upgrade will be (and should have been) given the option to upgrade to a free phone to ensure that signal is 100% uninterrupted.

Here’s the schedule of shutdowns by city and date:

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T-Mobile $0.99 SIM Sale Relaunches

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The last $0.99 SIM sale ended late last week, but it looks like T-Mobile has renewed the offer to potential customers looking to make the jump from their current carrier to the magenta Uncarrier. Now through Tuesday June 30, 2015, you’ll be able to pick up a micro, nano or mini SIM to use on a prepaid or postpaid plan.

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T-Mobile to Add Unlimited Talk/Text Pass

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I read today on T-Mo News that T-Mobile is finally wising up and marketing to a huge segment of travelers and tourists who are looking for a good prepaid option while visiting the United States. According to the article, T-Mobile will soon be adding a week long pass for customer looking for limited-time connectivity.

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T-Mobile May Add Hotspot to Prepaid Plans

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T-Mobile has offered mobile hotspots to pretty much all of its postpaid plans for quite a while now, but prepaid customers had to pay extra for the service. However, I’ve seen a rumor on several sites that prepaid customers might soon be able to set up mobile hotspots, as long as the plan has data.

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Brightspot Pushes Customers to T-Mobile

 

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Last week, T-Mobile MVNO Brightspot Mobile announced that it would be closing at the end of 2015. There wasn’t a whole lot of information as to exactly what would happen to current customers, although we suspected that customers would be encouraged to make the switch to T-Mobile to avoid interrupted service. As it turns out, we were right. Here’s what you need to know:

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T-Mobile $0.99 SIM Sale

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T-Mobile has brought back its popular SIM sale this month. Now through June 18, 2015, customers can get a T-Mobile SIM card for $0.99. T-Mobile SIMs are normally priced at $15, so this is quite a savings. As usual, T-Mobile will be enforcing a limit of 3 SIMs per order and no more than five SIMs per household per 30 days. SIMs do not expire.

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Univision, GoSmart Available at Target

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Two prepaid T-Mobile MVNO companies recently announced that they would be offering their services through Target stores nationwide soon. Univision Mobile and GoSmart Mobile are similarly priced and will join T-Mobile prepaid on the shelves of electronic departments in various Target stores in the United States.

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T-Mobile to Offer Phone to Entice Customers

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T-Mobile has been extremely aggressive about marketing both its prepaid and postpaid plans to consumers, and according to Android Headlines, this trend will continue with a free phone offering for select customers. T-Mobile itself has made no official public announcements, but an email from T-Mobile corporate to its employees was intercepted recently by TmoNews. The email indicated that customers who sign up for a prepaid plan would be able to get an LG Leon LTE smartphone basically for free.

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T-Mobile Adds New Feature Phone to Lineup

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Smartphones are wonderful and they can do an incredible range of things. However, if you are one of the millions who really just want a phone to make calls, then a $200 smartphone probably isn’t a good fit. There is something elegant about a feature phone that only does a few things, but does them well, and Kyocera gets that. Earlier this week, Kyocera and T-Mobile came together to introduce the Kyocera Rally, a new feature phone that’s maybe a little more sleek than most other feature phones.

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T-Mobile to Finish Integrating MetroPCS This Year

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T-Mobile purchased MetroPCS, a prepaid brand that used a small CDMA network a couple of years ago. Since then, T-Mobile has been slowly transitioning customers over to its GSM network and refarmed the CDMA spectrum to increase its coverage. According to T-Mobile’s first quarter report, T-Mobile has refarmed about 80% of the CDMA spectrum and just earlier this year, T-decommissioned the legacy CDMA network of its prepaid brand MetroPCS in several major cities including Atlanta and Detroit.

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T-Mobile SIMs On Sale for $0.99

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T-Mobile has launched the first SIM sale of the year this week with the introduction of a limited-time $0.99 SIM deal. This promotion is only available online and is advertised to end on April 23, 2015 so make sure you take advantage of it soon!

With this promotion, users can order up to five prepaid activation kits, which include a SIM card and activation code. Wireless kits are available in mini/micro and nano sizes, and mobile broadband SIMs are available as well in mini, micro and nano sizes. SIMs are normally priced at around $15, so this is a pretty good deal if you’re looking to try T-Mobile.

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What MVNOs Use T-Mobile?

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T-Mobile is not only one of the smallest of the Big Four carriers, but it’s also undeniably the fastest-growing. Part of that growth is from the carrier’s unusual no contract model and its MVNOs. Because T-Mobile doesn’t have a contract on their postpaid plans, the only real difference is when you pay and the level of customer service. Still, if you’re looking to avoid the big corporations and want to take advantage of T-Mobile’s network then here are your options:

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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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