T-Mobile, Wal-Mart Introduce $30 No Contract Plan, Arrives October 16th

T-Mobile and Wal-Mart announced this morning a new pre-paid offering that will only be available direct from Walmart stores and through Wal-Mart and T-Mobile.com. Beginning October 16th, T-Mobile and Walmart will unveil a $30 unlimited web and text Monthly4G plan with 100 minutes of talk, with 10 cents per minute after the first 100 minutes.

“T-Mobile is thrilled to offer this exclusive, affordable service plan, designed specifically with heavy text and data users in mind, to meet the demand for prepaid, which is expected to double by 2015,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail, T-Mobile USA. “Walmart is known for providing consumers incredible value, making T-Mobile an ideal partner, and T-Mobile is delivering great prices, convenient options and a reliable nationwide 4G network, which we know Walmart customers appreciate.”

T-Mobile and Wal-Mart hope this plan will provide their customers with a great value, no contract and access to T-Mobile’s 4G data network. The plan is expected to launch on October 16th.

 

Full Press Release:

Walmart and T-Mobile Introduce Exclusive

No-Annual Contract 4G Offering

BELLEVUE, Wash., and BENTONVILLE, Ark. — October 3, 2011 — With increased consumer demand for both no-annual contract wireless plans and faster data speeds, Walmart and T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today that T-Mobile will launch a $30 unlimited web and text monthly 4G prepaid service plan — providing customers great value on a no-annual contract 4G data offering. The plan will be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at www.walmart.com and www.T-Mobile.com and is expected to launch Oct. 16.

The new flexible and affordable plan will provide Walmart customers with access toAmerica’s Largest 4G Network. In a survey of Walmart customers, approximately 60 percent cited that having a high-speed data network was a key factor in the purchase of a wireless service plan. With this new offering, available for $30 per month and no annual contract, customers can enjoy unlimited Web, with the first 5 GB at up to 4G speeds; unlimited text; and 100 minutes of talk, with 10 cents per minute after the first 100 minutes.

In further expansion of this offer, Walmart is increasing its line-up of affordable T-Mobile phones to six, including the addition of Walmart’s first 4G prepaid handset.

“Walmart is proud to offer our customers fast and affordable mobile options, especially as texting and social networking become a regular form of communication,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of entertainment, Walmart U.S. “Together with our suppliers we continue to ensure the products our customers want and need — from the latest smartphone and TV to groceries and toys — are available at every day low prices.”

“T-Mobile is thrilled to offer this exclusive, affordable service plan, designed specifically with heavy text and data users in mind, to meet the demand for prepaid, which is expected to double by 2015,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail, T-Mobile USA. “Walmart is known for providing consumers incredible value, making T-Mobile an ideal partner, and T-Mobile is delivering great prices, convenient options and a reliable nationwide 4G network, which we know Walmart customers appreciate.”

Monthly4G plans provide access to wireless service for 30 days; capable device required to achieve 4G speeds. After high-speed allotment is used, speeds slowed to up to 2G speeds for remainder of month. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,600 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the second quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

 

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  • My grandma needs this. She barely uses minutes & when she do it’s for T-Mobile customers.

    • Ash

      With prepaid plans, sometimes there is no free mobile to mobile.
      Check before you switch your grandma.

      • Right thanks. I’ll doubt she’ll switch though. She just likes paying one bill & we’re both on a family plan (college student).

  • I swear all T-Mobile needs it the marketing, & maybe the iPhone & they’d be alright.

  • I swear all T-Mobile needs it the marketing, & maybe the iPhone & they’d be alright.

  • this is why people shop at walmart and have tmobile, save money, AT&T has other ideas though

  • this is why people shop at walmart and have tmobile, save money, AT&T has other ideas though

  • jayden23

    EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!! lol

    • Why is this a fail? This is a great plan for people like me who use tons of data but very few voice minutes.

      • Anonymous

        Same here.

        I use around 10-50 minutes per month.

      • Anonymous

        Same here.

        I use around 10-50 minutes per month.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. I hate talking on the phone, I have a 300 minute plan & I think the most I’ve ever used was 150 mins.

  • Cashman

    I think T-Mobile is suffering from an identity crisis. They don’t know what type of company they want to be (prepaid/postpaid/weird mix of both with the value plan) once they fix that, they might stop losing so many customers every quarter

    • Anonymous

      Recognizing that customers have different needs is an identity crisis?

    • Anonymous

      Recognizing that customers have different needs is an identity crisis?

    • Meagan

      I’ve read that in the rest of the world, many peeps use prepaid.  Guess USA is catching up.

      • Thedjep

        People in the US do not like using prepaid because it has a negative stigma attached to it, ie: you must be poor or a drug dealer, etc.

  • Action 6

    now TMO should  waive the  $200 per line MIGRATION FEE for VALUE PLAN FOR LONG TIME EXISTING CUSTOMERS

    • Inside Helper

      You are aware that there is only a fee if you have received a discounted handset.  What you are wanting is to get a discounted handset and pay less for your phone, correct?  From a business sense it makes no sense.  And if this is not the case for you.  Then you have some new information.

      • Anonymous

        thank you for explaining that.  I cant stand people who just want free stuff all the time. Someone has to pay for it dammit.

      • Anonymous

        thank you for explaining that.  I cant stand people who just want free stuff all the time. Someone has to pay for it dammit.

    • LC

      Are you and Karma hanging out together? Seriously, get over it.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome alternative to Virgin Mobile USA $35 plan!

  • Flores1994

    Perfect! :D

    For me are least haha

  • Anonymous

    Since tmobile uses a sim card, could you use this plan with a high end smartphone (sensation)? Most carriers who offer plans like this limit it to entry level smartphones or dumbphones only…

    • Gilla87

      I don’t know of many dumb phones that use the 4g speeds so you probably can..

    • Gilla87

      I don’t know of many dumb phones that use the 4g speeds so you probably can..

    • remixfa.

      Tmo doesnt care, and neither does GSM.  Just get your favorite GSM phone (tmobile branded if you want 4g) and have a good time.

      If i wasnt an employee already, I would get this plan in a heart beat.  Its absolutely perfect for me as I rarely ever make a phone call.  I’ve been beggin for a plan like this for years.  Just grab the phones from ebay/craigslist and have a ball.

  • Gunnar Leon

    What if you use this plan and use google voice or skype to make calls, they both use data. if you have unlimited data, this would save you a lot of money? 

    • Skype yes, but not google voice. Google voice uses cell minutes. It only uses data for text, which is unlimited on this plan.

  • JMB98115

    Since I don’t use more than 60 minutes of my 600 minute voice plan that I have, I should pay the ETF on my year-old phone and plan (about $100?), and switch from $70/mo to $30/mo. Recoup my ETF in 3 months, then save $40/mo for the next nine months (approx $360). That’s gravy, Clyde!

  • Anonymous

    Man I would be all OVER this plan if I wasn’t on contract.  I’d just be havin some short @$$ conversations.

    • Anonymous

      Haha…..awesome deal. Id be all over this too.

    • Ash

      Check how much etf for you, see if it’s gonna be worth it down a few months.

  • that’s really good for kids since they like chatting, texting, and social networking more than actually speaking on the phone.

  • Meagan

    Wonder if they’ll add the option of Tmo to Tmo for $10 more?

  • Anonymous

    Blackberry Internet Service?!

    • Anonymous

      That’s the same thing I was wondering. Since they only offer BIS on plans $50 and up, does that mean you can’t get BIS on this new plan?

      • Anonymous

        Blackberry data service is an extra $10/mo on current monthly 4g plans…..prob the same with this new plan

      • Anonymous

        Blackberry data service is an extra $10/mo on current monthly 4g plans…..prob the same with this new plan

        • Anonymous

          I hope so! This would be perfect for me as I rarely use more than 30 mins.

  • HTC Pyramid

    5 GB for $30! plus add-ons = Excellent value. 

  • Lubergo4

    This is the plan I’ve been waiting for.  I’m on the $30, 1500 min/texts, 30 MB plan.  I don’t mind having to wait for Wi-Fi to use data, but means I can turn background data and auto-sync back on and not worry about it.  I hardly use my phone for talking.  Man I hope the merger does NOT go through. 

    • Ross

      Can you tell me more about this plan cuz Ive been thinking about it but can’t get straight answers from Tmobile reps.  Can you use any Tmobile phone for this plan or do you need a special prepaid phone?  Do you just pay upfront every month (instead of getting a bill)…Do you know if you can RECEIVE international calls as part of your minutes without having to pay special international rates?  Tmobile keeps telling me that even postpaid people pay to receive intl calls -which is totally false – because I do not pay to receive for intl calls (Even though two different reps told me thats impossible).

    • Ross

      Can you tell me more about this plan cuz Ive been thinking about it but can’t get straight answers from Tmobile reps.  Can you use any Tmobile phone for this plan or do you need a special prepaid phone?  Do you just pay upfront every month (instead of getting a bill)…Do you know if you can RECEIVE international calls as part of your minutes without having to pay special international rates?  Tmobile keeps telling me that even postpaid people pay to receive intl calls -which is totally false – because I do not pay to receive for intl calls (Even though two different reps told me thats impossible).

      • Ash

        Man, I replied to you on another thread already, you don’t go back a check if others have answered you questions?

        Any unlocked GSM phone will work, some Tmo phones will give you 3G speeds, and some even 4G speeds.

        And receiving international calls will just reduce your normal mins, however mins you have in your plan. You don’t pay extra.
        For this plan, you have 100 mins, you can receive 100 mins of international calls, if you don’t make any out going calls….and after the 100mins, you pay $0.10/min.

        • Ross

          Sorry I didn’t get it your response.  Just every time I call Tmobile, they tell me the opposite of what you’re telling me – and their prepaid website page doesn’t state any of that.  They’ve told me now 3x that you have to buy a special prepaid cell phone and they also told me you have to purchase an international calling plan – even to receive international calls.

        • Tbyrne

          You know what Ross. Quit coming in here with all your smoke & mirror diversions. We get great news about a new plan that was just announced and you have to muddy the waters with half-truths and insinuations. You always say “Talked to a T-Mobile rep and they said………” Let’s get the facts straight before you denigrate T-Mobile anymore.

        • Ross

          Don’t be mad at me because Tmobile reps are incompetent.  You have such anger and hatred in you..Its really upsetting to see.  Anyway , on hold for Tmobile now so maybe will get lucky and get a rep that knows what they’re talking about ..if anyone answers the phone..Its been 15 minutes of hold so far.   Don’t worry you’ll prob get your wish soon as I prob won’t be with Tmobile much longer and then won’t visit this site.  But stop with all the vitriol.  You must be a very angry person  Go meditate or go for a run.

      • Lubergo4

        What Ash said…
        FYI I use a T-mobile Sensation with my prepaid plan

      • Dude Lebowski

        I use a unlocked iPhone4 (white) and slightly occasionally I use my Nexus S and I have Monthly4G $50 plan. But during school week and for parties, I use the iPhone… chicks like it =)

      • Dude Lebowski

        I use a unlocked iPhone4 (white) and slightly occasionally I use my Nexus S and I have Monthly4G $50 plan. But during school week and for parties, I use the iPhone… chicks like it =)

      • Dude Lebowski

        I use a unlocked iPhone4 (white) and slightly occasionally I use my Nexus S and I have Monthly4G $50 plan. But during school week and for parties, I use the iPhone… chicks like it =)

    • Ross

      Can you tell me more about this plan cuz Ive been thinking about it but can’t get straight answers from Tmobile reps.  Can you use any Tmobile phone for this plan or do you need a special prepaid phone?  Do you just pay upfront every month (instead of getting a bill)…Do you know if you can RECEIVE international calls as part of your minutes without having to pay special international rates?  Tmobile keeps telling me that even postpaid people pay to receive intl calls -which is totally false – because I do not pay to receive for intl calls (Even though two different reps told me thats impossible).

  • Anonymous

    Awesome value. I actually had a guy come into my store recently asking about a prepaid data plan…..I wish this was available in tmobile stores.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome value. I actually had a guy come into my store recently asking about a prepaid data plan…..I wish this was available in tmobile stores.

  • Tbyrne

    Keeps getting better and better! Funny how all the flammers come in here to crap on T-mobile but we keep getting all the goodies. T-mobile Rocks!

  • Ross

    Well this seems to go straight after the Virgin Mobile $35 plan…but that seems like a better offer since you get unlimited text and data and get 300 minutes — so for $5 more you get 200 more minutes than this Tmobile plan.

    • Anonymous

      It really depends on your usage when comparing these 2 plans.  I recommend doing some research if you fall into the target market for these types of prepaid plans.

      Virgin Mobile USA $35 plan
      Pros:
      – 200 more minutes.
      – Sprint Coverage (however doesn’t include roaming agreements with VZW)
      Cons:
      – $5 more expensive
      – Limited selection of phones
      – 2.5GB throttle cap
      – Slow speeds (a quick search on the internet will show that most users don’t experience the high end of the 1.5mbps speeds of the EVDO Rev A. network)

      Tmobile $30 Monthly 4G plan
      Pros:
      – 5 GB throttle cap
      – Fast HSPA+ speeds
      – Wide selection of phones (you can use any of Tmobile’s selection of phones including top-tier Android phones)
      Cons:
      – Tmobile coverage
      – only 100 voice minutes

      I put Sprint coverage as a Pro and Tmobile coverage as a Con because where I live Sprint has better coverage outside of the city but this is totally dependent on your location.

      So if having 200 more minutes for $5 is important then the VM USA plan is better.  In all other instances this new Tmobile Monthly 4G plan is very good!

      • Ross

        How can you really tell in your specific area, if you’ll get better coverage with ATT, Sprint, Verizon, Tmob etc without actually subscribing and trying the phones and service.  You can’t really tell by the web reviews.  I know I get Tmobile service fine in my home and yet if I drive a few miles to a friends house, I can’t get any signal.  And we live in a major metropolitan area that shows full coverage on all those coverage maps.  You’re right about the throttling – if you’re a high data user then the Tmob one would be a bit better.  I guess it depends on whether people use a cell phone as an adjunct or as their only phone. I can’t imagine only having 100 minutes for an entire month.  But I guess youngsters don’t talk anymore and just text all the time.  Or then just things like Skype.  The iPhone will be interesting if they have that new iMessage where you will get free text between iOS devices.  Since I know so many people with iPhones, it could make me not need an ATT $20 texting plan and thus might make the iPhone more affordable in terms of monthly charges.  You could get 450 minutes with rollover (which to me is a big deal) and 200 mb of data for only $55.  (Im assuming if you have wifi in your home – or office- then if you access data in those places, it wouldn’t count)

        • Anonymous

          You have to remember that both of these plans target a specific market – low voice minutes, unlimited texts, and data access.  In this regard the VM USA plan is better if your preference is to have a little more minutes.  The TMobile plan is better if you’re more smartphone and data heavy.  Either way it’s nice to have choices so customers have options to pick plans that taylor to their needs.

          As for coverage and reception anecdotal examples give you the best information.  I have Tmobile, I have friends with ATT iPhones, my wife has Sprint, and my work provides me a Verizon LTE card.  So I get to experience or see coverage from all providers.  I can tell you that for ME in my area and places I tend to be Verizon has absolutely best coverage and in-building reception with ATT 2nd, Sprint 3rd, and Tmobile last.

          But for me and my needs Tmobile is sufficient.  If I had to travel all the time and having call and coverage reliability was critical to my work and life I’d pick Verizon.  They are expensive for a reason (because they have to pay for their building penetrating spectrum and the amount of towers they put up).

      • 21stNow

        Your next to the last paragraph helped out.  I read your post thinking that I would move Sprint’s coverage to a “con” and T-Mobile’s coverage to a “pro”.  We have the exact opposite experience.  I’m trying Virgin Mobile now and will give it up soon, because I lose calls inside my home.

        • Anonymous

          Your mileage may vary ;)

          You’re right we do have exact opposite experience.  When I lived in an apartment complex for 1 year I would constantly have dropped calls, dropped data connections, and have voicemails show up days late.  It has gotten me into trouble because their have been times when my work has tried to get ahold of me in emergency situations.   My wife had Sprint and she experienced no problems.  We used her phone to tether for our internet needs because mine would consistently drop my data connections.

          However I’ve had no such problem with Tmobile at my new home though.

    • Anonymous

      except on the virgin mobile plan you need to use their shitty phones. On the t-mo plan I can use a galaxy SII and get 5gb of 4g speed for $30 

  • Flashy4bb

    T mobile, you are the master baby…..Don’t worry about Deutche telekom. do your thing baby. Trust me ATT will get over it. We don’t need anybody. this is what i call smart move.I am in the familly plan 45,95 each which brings it to 129..a month for two. i will stick with it and get this new plan for my little girl.overall, this will bring me to 165/month, still cheaper than what the individual plan is at att or verizon. Sprint can’t even beat that. I am loving MAGENTA. we will stick by you for we need you to keep on sticking with us.     LET’S STICK TOGETHER

  • Flashy4bb

    T mobile, you are the master baby…..Don’t worry about Deutche telekom. do your thing baby. Trust me ATT will get over it. We don’t need anybody. this is what i call smart move.I am in the familly plan 45,95 each which brings it to 129..a month for two. i will stick with it and get this new plan for my little girl.overall, this will bring me to 165/month, still cheaper than what the individual plan is at att or verizon. Sprint can’t even beat that. I am loving MAGENTA. we will stick by you for we need you to keep on sticking with us.     LET’S STICK TOGETHER

    • Tbyrne

      You said it perfectly! Another loyal Tmo fan. Take that flammers!

  • Flashy4bb

    T mobile, you are the master baby…..Don’t worry about Deutche telekom. do your thing baby. Trust me ATT will get over it. We don’t need anybody. this is what i call smart move.I am in the familly plan 45,95 each which brings it to 129..a month for two. i will stick with it and get this new plan for my little girl.overall, this will bring me to 165/month, still cheaper than what the individual plan is at att or verizon. Sprint can’t even beat that. I am loving MAGENTA. we will stick by you for we need you to keep on sticking with us.     LET’S STICK TOGETHER

  • Flashy4bb

    T mobile, you are the master baby…..Don’t worry about Deutche telekom. do your thing baby. Trust me ATT will get over it. We don’t need anybody. this is what i call smart move.I am in the familly plan 45,95 each which brings it to 129..a month for two. i will stick with it and get this new plan for my little girl.overall, this will bring me to 165/month, still cheaper than what the individual plan is at att or verizon. Sprint can’t even beat that. I am loving MAGENTA. we will stick by you for we need you to keep on sticking with us.     LET’S STICK TOGETHER

  • Maybe if it was $35 with 500 minutes… and unlimited nights and weekend minutes… not gonna pay $30 for 5gb of data and texting… when for $45 with sprint you can get unlimited everything with no caps or slow downs.

    • levp

      When you say “Sprint”, do you mean “Virgin Mobile”?  If not, where did you find such rate on Sprint and does it include smartphones (Sprint charges extra $10 “premium data” for smartphones)?

    • Ash

      What sprint plan is $45 unlimited everything?

      • J. Williams

        Yep, you are right.  Because I have the plan on Sprint with my Epic 4G Touch, and it’s 69.99+10 for premium data. There isn’t one for $45 that I know of.

    • Dude Lebowski

      Now why in the hell would T-Mobile give you 500 minutes, unlimited text and data (5gb) for only $30 per month?!… and no annual contract? 

      And I’m pretty sure that $45 you referring to is for the “data-only” option. No way in hell Sprint postpaid is going to give you everything unlimited for Cricket prices. 

    • Dude Lebowski

      Now why in the hell would T-Mobile give you 500 minutes, unlimited text and data (5gb) for only $30 per month?!… and no annual contract? 

      And I’m pretty sure that $45 you referring to is for the “data-only” option. No way in hell Sprint postpaid is going to give you everything unlimited for Cricket prices. 

    • Anonymous

      SIM=priceless!
      Try to use Sensation or GSM version EVO 3D on Virgin or Boost.

    • Derrick Thomason

      Walmart also has a Walmart Family Mobile for $45/mth for Unlimited Talk + Text with 3 Free Months of Unlimited Web .. (PROMO)

    • What 45 dollar plan are you referring to? You pay at least 89 or more for unlimited service and also with the newest high end phones they charge you an extra fee every month. Sorry but this tmobile plan surpasses them all.

  • Maybe if it was $35 with 500 minutes… and unlimited nights and weekend minutes… not gonna pay $30 for 5gb of data and texting… when for $45 with sprint you can get unlimited everything with no caps or slow downs.

  • Maybe if it was $35 with 500 minutes… and unlimited nights and weekend minutes… not gonna pay $30 for 5gb of data and texting… when for $45 with sprint you can get unlimited everything with no caps or slow downs.

  • Maybe if it was $35 with 500 minutes… and unlimited nights and weekend minutes… not gonna pay $30 for 5gb of data and texting… when for $45 with sprint you can get unlimited everything with no caps or slow downs.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t need unlimited minutes but 100 isn’t enough. I will stick to the 70 plan. Although this could be a good alternative if someone is low on cash but needs something quick.

    • You can use a VoIP service, i.e Groove IP and use ur data to make calls or while at home use the VoIP over your wifi. Simple and save ur plan minutes

  • Dude Lebowski

    100 minutes is a little too low for me. I’d say bump it up to 200 mins with ROLLOVER or 200 mins and be able to at least add-on a unlimited mobile2mobile calling option for $5, and I’ll switch to it in a heart beat. 

    Other than that, nice try! Virgin Mobile will still OWN in that market…

    • CM Punk

      I have never seen such a cheap person in my life, lol.

      If you want 200 minutes, it’s just $10 more according to this article

      • Dude Lebowski

        Too bad! And yes, I’m very cheap. You mad bro? 

        Like I said, T-Mobile should at least have a unlimited T-Mobile calling option with this plan or let any unused minutes be able to rollover into the next month. My opinion…

        • Sean

          You’re one of those people that will complain no matter what. Even if they give this to you for free, you will complain about going to the store just to sign the paper. 

          What a cry baby. 

        • Sean

          You’re one of those people that will complain no matter what. Even if they give this to you for free, you will complain about going to the store just to sign the paper. 

          What a cry baby. 

        • Anonymous

          lol enjoy that shitty “triumph” on virgin mobile for $35 a month and 3G speeds.
          I can spend $600 on a galaxy SII and pay $30 for 5gb of 4g an unlimited text. It  pays for itself

    • Anonymous

      Hey, this is targeted on those who use “more internet and text and less talk” and hearing impaired.
      $6 per GB isn’t bad at all. This recalls the good ‘ol Sidekick $30/month internet and text plan.

  • J. Williams

    4G data for $30?  WOW, this is epic!

  • Yeah I’m going to get on this like white on rice!  I’m glad I am not in contract right now, hopefully this lasts!

  • Yeah I’m going to get on this like white on rice!  I’m glad I am not in contract right now, hopefully this lasts!

  • Yeah I’m going to get on this like white on rice!  I’m glad I am not in contract right now, hopefully this lasts!

  • Anonymous

    This is great for those who use a lot of text and internet with less talk (or no talk at all) customers.
    $6 per GB is not bad at all if you consider it’s prepaid and you have messaging too!

  • Linjjuoik

    this is unbelievable, i bet they will downgrade it to 2gb of data or 1gb! lets hope no.

  • Linjjuoik

    can i use the minutes to call all over the united states (nationwide)???

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      AFAIK all prepaid services allow nationwide calls. For T-Mobile prepaid, as long as T-Mobile has coverage you can make nationwide calls.

  • ogopogo

    This is good news! It is unclear in the article as to whether or not M2M calling deducts from the 100 minutes. If not, even better! Either way, this is a great option for those of us that are not on contract.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      AFAIK all prepaids do things the same, ANY use of the phone counts against your minutes allotment. 411, 611, toll free, mobile to mobile, no matter what, such counts against the 100 minutes.

      I would be surprised if T-Mobile does it differently.

      The only thing that does not affect minutes is using Skype to make WiFi-based calls. But that’s only if T-Mobile allows WiFi Skype calls.

      • Ash

        611 does not use the 100 mins.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      AFAIK all prepaids do things the same, ANY use of the phone counts against your minutes allotment. 411, 611, toll free, mobile to mobile, no matter what, such counts against the 100 minutes.

      I would be surprised if T-Mobile does it differently.

      The only thing that does not affect minutes is using Skype to make WiFi-based calls. But that’s only if T-Mobile allows WiFi Skype calls.

  • Rayfinn

    Sooo maybe this is how Tmo and the Big A get everyone off contract so when the Merger goes thru-oops, most sheepel are off contract and then everyone must decide to either go with the Big A or scramble to make it to one of the other carriers.  Just another one of those things that make you go HMMMMM…

  • VINCE TRAN

    Does this offer apply to family plan?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this has nights and weekends…

    • Ash

      No, it does not.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    This is like any other come-on that lures you in with a dirt cheap price to “join the club” then they hit you with usage or refills.

    Printer manufacturers sell printers for dirt cheap, only to get 10X the money back on ink and toner sales.

    Storage places let you move in all your worthless sheet, paying $1 monthly for the first three months, knowing that on average people store their stuff and pay the charges rather than deal with emptying the room and putting the stuff in the dumpster where it belongs (look at the storage places, notice that they have about three to five large dumpsters. Why is that? LOL). And storage facilities also know that on average people leave their stuff in storage for about 24 months on average, pay a $3,000 fee, on stuff worth $1,000.

    Obviously, where T-Mobile will make their money on this plan is with people using this as a cell phone service rather than data (few people are going to use two phones, one for talk and one for data).

    So T-Mobile correctly assumes most people will exceed their 100 minutes included in the $30 charge.

    100 minutes is not much for a cell phone and  while 10 cents a minute sounds cheap, 800 minutes (which is not much talking) would be $80. That plus the $30, and taxes makes the total cost about $115  monthly.

    OK, to save money assume you talk only 400 extra minutes. (That’s 500 minutes total, or 16 minutes daily.) That would make your charges about $75 monthly.

    If your answer is that you intend to use a separate phone for phone calls, IMO that defeats the purpose of getting this service as a call AND data phone.

    So don’t be attracted by these low-priced come-ons. No matter the service or product always ask yourself WHY the company is offering such low prices.* And also calculate your usage. If you talk on average about 300 to 700 minutes you are not going to cut back on talking, so you are going to have to  talk really fast, keep the conversations short (and sound like a moron), or factor in your call habits to figure out the true cost of this dirt-cheap-sounding service.

    Yes, you can religiously use WiFi and Skype to avoid cell charges, but 1) T-Mobile has to allow your using Skype; and 2) you have to be near a WiFi signal when you make calls. (I use Skype on my phone. It is a hassle at times to make Skype calls and sometimes the call quality is lacking.)

    *Back in the fifties McDonald’s offered 15 cent hamburgers. Later Taco Bell offered three items for a dollar. Ray Kroc explained that the concept behind McDonald’s was to sell burgers at a loss or at cost (that’s why the original burger patty was almost transparent, to keep the cost down). The BIG profits were in selling you French fries and drinks. Potatoes cost McDonald’s next to nothing since it bought in huge quantities. And a large drink, including cup, beverage and labor was about five cents.

    That’s my $30 on all this.

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe they launched this plan specifically for people who don’t talk a lot, but who text & surf the web a lot? Just a thought.

      People who talk a lot obviously aren’t going to go for this plan.

      • Han Hoan

        True and for heavy data user with rooted phone, TMO data throughput is fast enough for Voip. With Android 2.3 or higher, it’s built-in, no need for voip app.

    • On the other hand, paying $30 and still only having to pay an extra $20 if I use 300 min a month is not bad with this being a 4g option. I have monitored my talk time, as anyone on T-Mo can, and found that I do not even use 300 min a month. By adding and using skype, google voice, and Groovoip through wifi I can save even more when I’m at home using my personal WAN with SSID. I can use any phone I want, and I have a 4G phone already that is still up to par with what’s current now (Rooted G2 with MIUI). I work 9 hours a day and can’t talk on the phone during that time because I’m working. I sleep min 7 hours a night. There’s a good chance that I’m more likely to use the phone when I’m home anyway. That being said why wouldn’t this be a great deal for some?

    • On the other hand, paying $30 and still only having to pay an extra $20 if I use 300 min a month is not bad with this being a 4g option. I have monitored my talk time, as anyone on T-Mo can, and found that I do not even use 300 min a month. By adding and using skype, google voice, and Groovoip through wifi I can save even more when I’m at home using my personal WAN with SSID. I can use any phone I want, and I have a 4G phone already that is still up to par with what’s current now (Rooted G2 with MIUI). I work 9 hours a day and can’t talk on the phone during that time because I’m working. I sleep min 7 hours a night. There’s a good chance that I’m more likely to use the phone when I’m home anyway. That being said why wouldn’t this be a great deal for some?

    • Well, I’ve had T-Mobile for over 2 years now. I have their Flexpay 500 minutes plus unlimited text/4G data, and it costs me about $72-75 per month. I have NEVER, not once in the 2 years that I have had T-Mobile used more than 75 minutes of talk. Seriously, when people call me, I don’t even answer, I just let it go to voicemail. And because T-Mo has visual voicemail that downloads the voicemail directly to my phone, I don’t even have to use minutes to check my voicemail (plus I use Google Voice too).

      This plan is perfect for me. Unfortunately, I just called T-Mo and they couldn’t do that plan over the phone, so I actually have to go INTO a Walmart and get it activated. I’ll do that on Friday. 

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Not to criticize those in here who think this is a great deal, but talk portion is a lousy deal and unless you use 4G a lot, the data is only an OK deal. It is nice, however, to be able to use any T-Mobile high end phone, should you have one.

    You should compare other prepaids. Virgin Mobile, for example, has a $35 plan that gives you 300 talk minutes and unlimited web and text. (It is not like T-Mobile 4G, but that’s something you have to consider is worth the trade-off on price).

    Also, Metro PCS has a $40 plan that gives you unlimited talk, 4G web, and text. (And that $40 is taxes and fees included). This seems a far better deal than $30 for a mere 100 minutes.

    Moreover, as I said before, prepaid is the way of the future. My crystal ball says there will be a prepaid price war coming up soon to where $30 will get you unlimited talk, web and text. The web will be low end 3G, but if you are using your phone to hang on Facebook and check e-mails, who cares.

    Sidenote: If you covet the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Sensation then these alternatives to T-Mobile’s prepaid will be unacceptable to you.

    Of course it is a non sequiter that someone able to buy an SGS II or other $600 smartphone is going to be even remotely interested in $30 to $40 prepaid service. That old saying comes to mind: “If you have to ask ‘how much’ then you can’t afford it.” People using $500 superphones are not concerned about how much they are paying monthly for service. “Those people” hang at Verizon and don’t beech about prices. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Not true. I’ve been scrimping & saving for months in anticipation of the T-Mobile SGSII’s launch date, and I definitely care how much I pay every month. Not everyone who has a superphone has money to burn, for some people it’s the ONLY high-end item they own.

      • Ash

        Right, 1 time payment vs. monthly payment.
        I’ll take a high 1 time rather a high monthly.

      • droid33

        look at my simple mobile 40/mo unlimited talk, text, and data 3g speed

        • Damba98

          Simple Mobile is really not unlimited data.  Over 1GB you will be flagged.  Some folks have been shut off(!)

        • Bobuck74

          Including me! I signed up for the unlimited plan and then was told I was “misusing” my services…I had barely used 1 GB and thought that was ridiculous. Also, the service for simple mobile was terrible. I was often in areas with no service at all, and was almost always on the Edge network rather than 3g. 

    • Deeg

      I agree with lot of what you said but I think in MetroPCS to access their 4g you have to buy a $50 plan.  Also the Tmobile is very misleading cuz they keep advertising prepaid as Monthly4G but most of the phones they’re offering with those plans are 3G.  Also look into reseller Simple Mobile that does $40 unlimited on Tmobile network

  • David

    I just loooooooovvvveee T-mobil!!!!! and i love this new plan idk about you guys but you guys should be happy that t-mobil is comeing out with this 30$ plan. I was upset when T-mobil was goin to be AT&T i hated AT&T even more. I hope T-mobil lives forever

  • Bobblehead

    Hey Mikey, it’s a great deal for people who don’t talk much.  Sign me up!

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap this is EXACTLY what I’ve always wanted! I barely talk but I text & use a ton of data. Too bad I’m in contract with T-Mo for another 2 years… Though it would almost be a better value to just pay the ETF & switch to this. I pay about $80 a month now, after 4 months this plan would pay for itself. Damn… Once I get my SGSII here in a week I might just do this :]

  • Pandora

    Department of Justice, thank you for not pushing ATT away from Tmo! 

  • Anonymous

    Can I use this with the G Slate or the new upcoming Samsung Tab 10.1? I would love to have 5GB of mobile internet tablet at 4G like speeds!

  • Fads

    will somebody of you use this with an iPhone?

    • You could use it with iPhone, but you’d only get EDGE data. T-Mobile’s 3G data isn’t compatible with the iPhone.

  • RRR

    It’s Oct 16 in the Eastern time zone, and I see no sign of this plan on either company’s web site.  I did visit Walmart on Friday and they phones in boxes that mention the plan.  So why no mention on the web sites?

  • Caspari715

    Dont see anything on Tmobile website or Walmart’s.  Strange way to release a good plan.  On a Sunday with no advertising at all.

  • Worldtraveler

    Will someone please post a link to this plan?  I also could not find it.  Thanks.

  • Worldtraveler

    Will someone please post a link to this plan?  I also could not find it.  Thanks.

  • just

    All hype..no action. Major failure of T-Mobile/Walmart to provide the service planned to start from Today. Such a big marketing propaganda. Poor planning.

  • Boo

    Boo no plan u suck tmobile

  • Boo

    Boo no plan u suck tmobile

  • Riyan Grant

    Its up on T Mobille website now.

  • Fp

    It says up to 4G data speeds so if i use a 3g device will 3g work?

  • Robert Romero

    HUGE problem with this $30 plan.  People cannot connect to secure sites.  That means NO Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Android Market, etc. etc.  This makes the plan all but useless.  Everyone complain LOUD AND LONG to TMobile.

  • Robert Romero

    HUGE problem with this $30 plan.  People cannot connect to secure sites.  That means NO Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Android Market, etc. etc.  This makes the plan all but useless.  Everyone complain LOUD AND LONG to TMobile.

    • Deeg

      ??

  • Deeg

    Funny to see them continue to advertise the plans as monthly 4g yet most of the phones they sell at prepaid are 3g phones.  So people are going to be disappointed after they buy and figure it out.  (Ive had Tmobile prepaid reps repeatedly tell me 3g phones are 4g…When I ask them why the website says 3g and not 4g; they stumble.  But then these are the same folks that swore to me that incoming calls don’t count on prepaid.  What happens to all these prepaid customers if the merger goes through?  They’re not  under contract so their plan can change at any moment and who says their phone will still work if theyre on ATT or worse MetroPCS