T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Deutsch Telekom, is the fourth-largest cellular provider in the US. Over the years they've continually added to their prepaid service, and currently add more prepaid customers than postpaid customers every quarter.
Pros: T-Mobile prepaid features a number of monthly prepaid plans and pay-as-you-go options. Its Gold Rewards program helps pay-as-you-go customer save money. It's Monthly 4G plans simulate postpaid contract plans.
Cons: Without Gold Rewards, pay-as-you-go rates are more expensive than industry norms. The phones for the Monthly 4G plans are either outdated or very expensive.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10 to $0.33
T-Mobile offers monthly, daily, and per-minute plans. The 70 dollar, 60 dollar, and 50 dollar plans all include unlimited talk, text, and web. The difference is that each plan has a different amount of 4G data. The 30 dollar plan includes 100 minutes plus unlimited text and web. There is another 30 dollar plan that includes either 1500 minutes or messages, plus 30MB of web. The 3 dollar and 2 dollar pay per day plans include unlimited talk, text, and web, but the 2 dollar plan includes only 2G speeds. The 1 dollar plan includes unlimited text messaging and minutes at 10 cents each. The pay per day plans remain the same as always: 100 dollars for 1000 minutes, 50 dollars for 400 minutes, 30 dollars for 160 minutes, and 10 dollars for 30 minutes. Customers who spend 100 dollars on cards also get 15 percent more minutes on future purchases
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Customer Service: Customer care is offered via a toll free number, email and retail locations nationwide.
Free Nights: With unlimited
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: With unlimited
Daily Access Fee: None
Payment Options: T-Mobile's prepaid plans can be paid for with a debit or credit card, or by purchasing a refill card at retailers across the country.
Data Plans: Yes
Downloads: Ringtones, games, wallpaper and applications are available and start at $1.49 each and up, with prices varying based on what you purchase and the phone you're using.
International Calling: T-Mobile offers unlimited talk to landlines in 50 countries, plus unlimited international texting to mobile phones in over 200 countries, for 10 dollars per month. This also includes unlimited texting and discount rates to numbers in 150 other countries.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: There are no roaming charges on the T-Mobile USA network.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Calling Features: All phones feature call waiting, caller ID, voicemail and 3 way calling. Airtime rates apply.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: None
Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calls to all 50 United States made with T-Mobile are treated like regular calls with no additional long distance fees.
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available for $1.99 per call, plus airtime.
Earliest Minute Expiration: All refill cards below 100 dollars expire in 90 days. The 100 dollar card expires in one year, and extends the expiration of future purchases to one year.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: T-Mobile prepaid cell phones start at zero dollars (after sending in the mail-in rebate form) and go up to $89.99. There are a number of web exclusive deals, which offer substantial discounts from retail price. Select phones come with a free 30 dollar refill card.
Standard Calling Features: call waiting, caller ID, voicemail, 3 way
Some Available Cell Models: Comet (shown)
Samsung Gravity T
Nokia 5230 Nuron
Cheapest Phone Model: $29.99