dealsfree sim card, no purchase necessary

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This sounds really neat. I don't see a list of areas that have coverage though, I guess they're waiting until the service launches to reveal it.

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@conanthelibrarian: Good find. Here's ptel's coverage map, I would expect the services to be similar: http://www.platinumtel.com/support/coverage

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Most of my town is in 2G land. That's a bummer.

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signed up for the free ptel sim card on 4/22 via woot. Still haven't received it, in case anyone out there is keeping score.

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@mirrorless: I did receive the PTEL SIM days ago. They seem to be very good with customer service. Call them.

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I also never received my "free sim card" from last time... FTL

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My P-Tel card arrived Saturday, so yours should be soon.

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Yes, mine just arrived yesterday. I've already been using them for a while on my other phone. Very pleased.

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Just a thought, but if you haven't received at card, maybe you're out of the coverage area. It said on the GIVmobile site that that would be the case.

Does anyone know about iPhone 3GS support?

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@lpsession: Apparently ptel uses t-mobiles network.

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I received the SIM card from PTel on Saturday as well. Haven't used it yet, waiting for my contract to run out...

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Maybe a dumb question, but aren't SIM cards always free when you sign up for service? It's not like this is providing free 3G service, a plan is still required, correct?

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@dummy1212: I just paid 10 bucks to get one from tmobile. my other half will be trying ptel for 10 bucks less and ill make the switch assuming service is the same.

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@knerr: It would work, but Tmo just started reappropriating the 1900Mhz band to WCDMA and I don't know if they've extended it to their MVNOs yet. So, there's the possibility you'll be restricted to EDGE/GPRS (read: only a little faster than dial-up modems).

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Does anyone know much about ptel? Would it be worth dropping boost Mobile for these guys?

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@hossdawg97: Depends on where you live and what you're accustomed to. If you're on an iDEN Boost phone, dear lord drop that thing since the network will be gone in 6 weeks. If you're on a 3G one, you're going to get way better data speeds with an HSPA+ handset on a GSM network. Anecdotally I still hear that CDMA (Boost, Verizon etc) has better call quality than GSM (pTel, ATT, TMo).

If you have a WiMAX handset (they sell the EVO Design, for instance) and coverage, it may be a more lateral move but HSPA has way better building penetration than the 2.4+ Ghz frequencies of WiMAX. Plus Clearwire's coverage is pretty darn limited.

edit: I also misspoke in my other post-- 1900mhz was always WCDMA but they had previously used it for AWS, and they're reappropriating it to HSPA+ so in available areas many ATT-branded and international GSM phones will have access to 3G and the "3.75G"

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According to the press release (seen here at WSJ), they piggyback on T-Mobile's 4G network.

T-Mobile's new non-contract plan is $50 for the first line, $30 for the second line, and $10 for all additional lines for unlimited Talk, Text, & Data w/ 500MB @ high speed. You can bump up to 2GB @ high speed for $10 on any or all lines, or unlimited high speed for $20. Those add-ons can be mixed & matched between lines.

So Giv is cheaper for an individual, but w/ only 1/2 the high speed data (on the $40 plan).

For a couple it costs the same b/t T-Mobile & Giv, with the differences being:
1) T-Mobile offers twice the High Speed data on basic plans (500MB still isn't much, though)
2) T-Mobile offers unlimited High Speed; Giv does not
3) Giv donates 8% to charity

For a family getting 3 or more smartphones, T-Mobile's $10 lines easily make it the cheaper option.

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@mirrorless: in the mail today came my free SIM card. Of course this happened the day after I posted. Just wanted to clarify so ptel gets a fair shake.

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@mirrorless: Same here, have not received mine either.

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Yay! A free SIM card. That's like saying, "Here's a free cord to plug your wired phone into the phone jack." Doesn't do $h!t by itself. You still have to pay them for service. The only "free" thing this would be useful for is if it works in iOS devices (iPhone / iPad) which won't even let you use them for media players unless it can detect a SIM card (or you jailbreak them).

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@joshthegeek: Unfortunately, most carriers still have the gall to charge for said useless card. It is sort of sad that this excites as it does.