dealsfree sim card & first month of unlimited…

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Got one of these last time they were offered so that my in-laws visiting from Germany could use the SIM in their phone. Setup was easy and fast. They seem to piggyback on T-Mobile's network. Overall a good deal.

But BEWARE! If you live in an area where the only coverage is a "Service Partner" you have NO coverage. Apparently "partner" means...nothing. So, in Chicago things were fine, for the two weeks the in-laws are in Iowa with us, nothing. Hoping the remaining 2 weeks in Utah they'll be sufficiently covered.

I called Customer Service to see if they could do anything about it: turn on roaming, comp us an additional 2 weeks, refund us for the 2 weeks without service. Response was no, no and no. A good deal, just be aware if you're not in their actual service area.

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After the first month, the price jumps to $40/month for 250 megs of 4g and unlimited edge data or $50 for 2GB of 4g and unlimited edge data.

A month is defined as 30 days.

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@cengland0: That is not necessarily true. You can also continue to use Pay-As-You-Go and get 5 cents per minute, 2 cents per text, and 10 cents per MB! That is what I use, and it is a great deal if you don't need unlimited!

My family and I have been using PTel for over 2 years now, haven't had any problems. I highly recommend it!

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yay! I've been waiting for this! My 14-year old has had ptel for about a year. He uses the phone so infrequently that I only have to put about $10 on it every other month so this will probably last him through the end of the school year. :)

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I just used this code for a sim and a $40 TopUp card. I am not seeing where I can load that into my account - will that card/code be shipped with the sim or is there a way for me to apply it to my account now? Also, can I buy 2 of these?

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Wish I could do the pre-paid option with the card for free, doesn't seem to work though :(

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As a point of information, prepaid service doesn't just have to be for "temporary" use. It's actually a better deal in the long-run (http://www.whyprepaid.org/why-switch/), though I can't speak for the quality of this provider specifically.

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@pleepleus: It does, but you have to put a Sim in your cart with it. I got a sim and a $40 topup credit for $20 with the code.

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You can select the Real PayGo GSM SIM card, and add the $40 top up card, and still use the simwoot40 code to get it for $20. Great deal!

Also worked to buy mulitple, and you can just activate the new SIM next month (you'd have to change your phone number, but since I use GoogleVoice, no one ever knows my actual cell number anyway)

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I got this deal with the $40 as pay-as-you-go credit fine. My problem - NO SERVICE. At least there's no service in Phoenix and Scottsdale. I'm lucky to get one bar, but usually i can't even get that. Too bad - it was a good deal with a decent easy-to-use website. Back to AirVoice Wireless.

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This provider, just like EVERYBODY ELSE in prepaid these days, doesn't understand the meaning of the word "UNLIMITED". Their $40 plan only gives you 250 Mb of data usage a full speed, and the rest is choked down. The $50 plan gives you 2.5 Gb of full-speed data and then chokes you down to a crawl - and on both plans, once they choke you, say goodbye to ANY streaming applications. I've even had times when synchronizing a Gmail box won't complete because the operation times out due to slow data. I don't even MAKE phone calls, and maybe send 10 text messages a month. ALL I DO is stream data, and yet no wireless plan provides a plan that meets MY needs, at any price. Why is this? It is interminably frustrating.

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Sounds like you should get T-Mobile $30/5G no contract plan includes unlimited texting and 100 minutes of talk.

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@giaimo13: That has nothing to do with it being prepaid or postpaid. That's the case with every carrier (except Sprint, whose speeds aren't great anyway). T-Mobile offers a truly unlimited prepaid package for $70/mo -- use 2GB, 5GB, 20GB, they won't throttle you with that package. Read more: http://www.whyprepaid.org/2013/01/07/t-mobiles-monthly4g-unlimited-data-now-truly-unlimited/

Every other package usually falls in a couple hundred megs, 2GB, or 5GB, depending on the package and provider. "Unlimited" is not unlimited.

If you want someone to blame for the tiered and shared data, blame the abusers in the earlier days who would use their mobile data plan as their primary home internet via tethering and eat up tens or hundreds of GB per month and slow down everyone else.

All that said, 2 GB goes a long way. Most people don't approach 2 GB. If you're a heavy streamer, you might -- but 5 GB will probably be sufficient for you. If not, there's always the $70 truly unlimited plan.