dealsfree sim card & first month of unlimited…

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Just an important note: The "unlimited" web isn't actually unlimited. In fact it's specifically limited to 250mb :). I'm not sure what happens after the first 250mb, it says after that it's "not highspeed." Just not sure what that means..

"Unlimited
(first 250 MB highspeed)"

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This is kinda of like Simple Mobile in that it uses T-Mobile service. So if you have a T-Mobile phone you're good to go.

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@videowallart usually the sim alone goes for $10 retail (net10 in dollar general). you get them on ebay for $1. But the plan is not always half off, as it is here. Just saying

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@rileyper: Depending on the plan you choose of course (although no matter which one you pick you're right about it not being truly unlimited). The $40 unlimited it 250 MB High Speed and the $50 Unlimited is 2 GB High Speed.

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@drchops: It's not really all that complicated. On the $40/month plan, the first 250MB is 4G speed and all data after that is slower than 4G speed. It's still an unlimited data plan, in that there is no limit at which your data service will stop functioning completely.

If you are a heavy data user, the $50/month plan gets you the first 2GB of data at 4G speed.

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@markleydr2008: It doesn't say anywhere that the first month is free.

I did a bit of research in the wee hours of the morning and found the only real downside to Platinumtel's service to be that their coverage is only native for the moment. I can deal with that, and will probably be signing up for this to throw in an old 3GS that we've been thinking about using as a business phone for a few days now.

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2 GB is plenty for me. I'm a heavy data user but I'm almost always around wifi (current usage of 350-400 MB / month). I do know that 2GB doesn't work for some people, which is understandable. Not sure if we'll see a prepaid company offer unlimited data at highspeed all the time any time soon

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@cleverett: My point was: What is "slower than 4G?"
That's a purrrrrdy broad range :)

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if it's a free sim card, with free shipping and the first month is free what the heck is the 20 dollars for?

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Can I use the 40 dollars in pay go?

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@katanaryda:
I just switched from virgin mobile to t mobile due to the drop signal in my area... Can't receive any calls in the house and messages were mostly delay for 10~30 mins. T-mob Walmart plan is cheaper as for my personal option.

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@neallee: someone asked this on facebook and they said yes

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@drchops: If it's done the same way Tmo does it, EDGE-sque speeds in the 3-5 dialup modem range.

Which, it's worth noting, is the speed you'll be getting in many outlying areas if you use a GSM phone without a 1700Mhz band, or just about anywhere if it doesn't support HSPA+/AWS.

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@bunfun: Native means that their coverage is limited to the network that they are an MVNO for, which in this case seems to be T-Mo. This limits you to only the towers that they own whereas with a T-Mo contract phone they roam on AT&T towers. MVNO's don't include roaming which gives them the ability to offer cheaper plans.

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Great deal!!!About to order and give it as a X-mas gift, they have free shipping. Can't wait!! $40 bucks a month, cant beat that.

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the CDMA runs on Sprint. they are switching to GSM, so they are switching to Tmobile. For about the next 6 months, the CDMA phones will still work and then be phased out to straight GSM. Hope that helps.

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ok, so confirmed T mobile For GSM?
no 4g speeds with my AT&T phones.
no good for me :-/

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this looks very similar to the deal offered in every supermarket in l.a. What's special here?

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I still find my virgin mobile grandfathered $25 plan (now $35) a better value.
I love that you can use almost any gsm phone with this deal.

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Hmm, this looks pretty dang good. I just ported my # to Virgin Mobile and I really like it, but the 3g speed is pretty lackluster. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has had 4g in my city for 9 months now... choices...

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@garygary52: Had same problem with ATT in my house terrible signal! Then I called them and they "tuned" my phone.Also had me take out sim card and rub it on Tee shirt.It got 75% better for several months.Just FYI

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@ascurlock: What do you mean when you say the downside is that their coverage is only native?

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I think this is a Great Deal! I have "ptel" for my 14 year old...the "real paygo" or whatever they call it and it is the BEST DEAL EVER! he's not a heavy cellphone user so $10 ever other month has been plenty for him. I had already decided to get their unlimited GSM plan for myself when they rolled it out so this makes it even better.

Now, I'm trying to figure out if or how I can get the $40 card with the sim to switch my son over to GSM AND get the deal for myself, too, for when I get my new phone. When does this deal expire or am I overlooking something? back to read through the post and comments again...

thank you so much for posting this!

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Ive done a little research and read trough all the posts above. You guys mention they are a Tmobile MVNO, however wiki says they are on sprint, which I know cant be true, because they only support GSM phones.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtual_network_operators
I have a few questions

1. Is there any way I can get some clarification as to what carrier they use, as I would like switch two AT&T phones to their service (iPhone 4s, and a Motorola Atrix, bot AT&T)
2.I would also like to retain 4g data service. can anyone confirm 4g coverage with an AT&T unlocked device?
3. is it possible to transfer a number to ptel?
If yes, can I transfer the number after establishing purchsing and trying this "trial card" or do I need to port the number at the very beginning.

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Depending on how frequently you use cell minutes, T-Mobile has a $30 a month plan that has Unlimited Text/Data (5GB soft cap) with 100 minutes a month. In my case, I use around 200 a month, so I'd pick up a 1000 minute card that would last me almost a year and after that, you get a 15% bonus on minutes. Toss in liberal wifi calling with an Obhai Obi202 using Google Voice and I've got a plan that will cost me on average around $40 a month with more than twice the data and save me $120 a year over this plan offer.

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@unashamed: tmobile is refarming their 1900MHz spectrum to get highspeed on that band. They have 20+ markets or so done, so that would work for you, if you're in said markets
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=11653

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@unashamed: @unashamed: Platinumtel is the Sprint division with the CDMA phones and Ptel is the T-Mobile division with gsm phones.

As far as I know you won't retain 4G speeds with an AT&T phone however you can use Red Pocket Mobile http://goredpocket.com as they use AT&T. However their pricing/plans aren't as good if I remember right .

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@juvenall: Are you saying that you can buy a refill card loaded with minutes and use that on the $30 Monthly 4G plan? I didn't know that was possible. I've only purchased the $30 Monthly 4G refill card. I know with the $30 plan, once you use up the 100 minutes, you're charged $0.10 per minute up to however much money you have left in the account. Are you saying you can add a 1000 minute refill card and it's shown on your account separately from the cash balance and carried forward for a year? I guess it comes out to the same thing (1000 minutes is $100 at $0.10 a minute), but if you get some bonus minutes, it'd make it a better deal, assuming you use up the minutes before they expire.