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    Does T-Mobile Prepaid still have the 4-Line Family Plan for $100 per month?

    I am thinking about switching providers/carriers and seem to recall reading something about a T-Mobile Prepaid Plan where you get Unlimited Talk/Text/Data (w/ 500 MB of 4G) on 4 lines for $100 per month. Is this still an available option? Or was I wrong in thinking this even available was for T-Mobile's Prepaid service?

    I have been using PTel for about two months now and, overall, the service has been good. However, there is one major problem, and that is that I can barely get a signal inside my apartment. I basically have to stand by a window to get a decent signal; and that is extremely frustrating. Plus, the PTel monthly discounts I had counted on being able to use for refills are no longer valid; so the value in PTel's monthly price is now also gone. So, these two factors are enough to get me to want to change my service provider/carrier.

    Now, I need to acknowledge that I am aware that PTel is a T-Mobile MVNO, so I fully realize I have been using a SIM card that uses T-Mobile's towers. Therefore, I realize that I very likely will have the same weak-signal issue with a T-Mobile SIM card. However, I was of the impression that T-Mobile allows/is going to allow Prepaid customers to access their LTE service. Is this true? And if this is true, will having access to T-Mobile's LTE signal possibly/realistically help me to have better reception or a stronger signal inside my apartment? I don't know much about the detailed aspects of signal frequencies, but it seems as though T-Mobile uses a frequency that has poor building-penetration. I am curious, though, if having access to a carrier's LTE signal will possibly have an affect on the building-penetration a phone can receive?

    Basically, if T-Mobile Prepaid allows access to their LTE signal, will that possibly allow for better building-penetration than a T-Mobile MVNO like PTel who does not have LTE access?

    Also, even if T-Mobile Prepaid doesn't allow LTE access, is there any reason to believe that I may get better reception, a stronger signal, or better building-penetration with an actual T-Mobile SIM card than what I am receiving with a PTel SIM card? Or will they literally get idential signal strength/reception? I ask this because I thought there may be some differences/benefits to using an actual T-Mobile SIM card as opposed to an MVNO SIM card.

    For the record, I have been considering trying out an AT&T MVNO (like AirVoice or H2O) or their GoPhone service, since I am of the impression that AT&T (apparently) has better building-penetration than T-Mobile. However, I am trying to do my research and get informed on other options available to me. And, being that I currently have 3 lines of service, and may be looking to add a 4th and possibly a 5th line, I have got to keep in mind potential discounts for Family Plans or multiple lines. Also, for the record, I live by myself, so the poor-signal issue in my apartment only affects my personal line.

    Also, to anyone interested in trying to help out with coverage/LTE access issues, I live in Mesa, Az 85207.

    As always, any helpful replies will be very much appreciated!
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    They still have the plan but it's no contract postpaid, not prepaid. Yes you can use LTE. No way to tell if it improve your coverage using LTE unless you test it during the trial period. Free wifi calling is included in the plan if you have a device that supports it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet1000 View Post
    They still have the plan but it's no contract postpaid, not prepaid. Yes you can use LTE. No way to tell if it improve your coverage using LTE unless you test it during the trial period. Free wifi calling is included in the plan if you have a device that supports it.
    Thanks for the reply. I actually just called and spoke with someone at the local T-Mobile store and he said that while that 4-lines for $100 plan is no-contract post-paid, it can be approved for a deposit that is the equivalent of the monthly cost for the 4 lines, which would be $100 total. So, a $100 total deposit for the opportunity to have that plan seems to be a good deal; to me, anyway.

    As you mentioned, that plan does include WiFi calling and I currently have an HTC One S phone I'm using, which specifically has WiFi calling, so even if my device does not have LTE access (which, I don't think the HTC One S does), I should be able to have a strong signal inside my apartment, by way of my home Internet WiFi. I also want to ask, would being able to use WiFi calling on my phone help me to be able to use that connection for texting? I am assuming that it will help with the signal for texting; but I would like confirmation.


    Edit: I wanted to add that the other 2 phones I am currently using with PTel are an unlocked AT&T iPhone 4 and an unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3. Would these two phones be fully-compatible and good to use with T-Mobile Prepaid? Or will they likely/possibly not be able to properly use some features, like picture messaging or reasonably fast data speeds? I believe the iPhone 4 is only going to be able to access 3G speeds (from what I've read on here - my son actually uses the iphone 4 and I didn't get to check out data on it much at all and I don't recall what signal it displayed), but my son should be happy with that. And I learned that the AT&T Galaxy S3 is LTE-compatible; but I have no idea if that will mean it's going to work with T-Mobile's LTE service. Any info. about this stuff would definitely be appreciated.

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    Yes you can get texts via wifi calling.

    The iphone4 will only work on tmobiles 1900 HSPA and not their more common AWS HSPA network.

    The gs3 will also will work on 1900 HSPA and LTE where available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet1000 View Post
    Yes you can get texts via wifi calling.

    The iphone4 will only work on tmobiles 1900 HSPA and not their more common AWS HSPA network.

    The gs3 will also will work on 1900 HSPA and LTE where available.
    Thanks for the responses to my questions. Please know that I appreciate you taking the time to reply. I hadn't given much thought about switching from PTel over to T-Mobile or another T-Mobile MVNO, but the WiFi Calling option may be enough of a reason to consider T-Mobile Prepaid/No-contract Post-paid. It seems as though T-Mobile has good coverage in the Phoenix Metro/Mesa area where I live, so other than the poor signal problem I have inside my apartment, I think I can expect to be happy with T-Mobile's signal and coverage. Which, besides at my apartment, I have been with PTel.

    I don't know much at all about WiFi Calling, but the guy at the local T-Mobile store whom I spoke with told me that you can select your phone to automatically switch between WiFi Calling and Cell Phone Service, or limit it to only one or the other. To me, that sounds like a really cool option to have.

    I am a little concerned about the 500MB of 4G/High Speed Data allotment on a couple of my lines; but, I think, there is the option of paying $10 per month, per line, and being able to upgrade to 2.5GB of 4G Data per month. Can anyone confirm this for me?

    For the record, I always appreciate people's efforts to help me on here; and, I don't mean to be annoying. Honestly, I am just incredibly indecisive and I seriously struggle with making some decisions, particularly when it comes to making changes. So, please know that I am not looking to waste people's time - I just really do not know what I want to do, need to do, or should do. I do, however, know that I appreciate people's help.

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    Yes, $10 per line for 2.5 GB. $20 for unlimited high speed.

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    I too recently moved all my lines (1 was from ptel) to the Simple Choice Plans you are talking about.They are post-paid though not prepaid. If you have good credit you don't need a deposit at all. I am not 100% but another advantage which may help you out is that with this plan gets data/voice/text roaming included which is not available in Ptel's. So depending on who the roaming partner is in your area your coverage may improve. Your data roaming maybe limited but voice/text I believe are unlimited.

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    OK, I just got back from the local T-Mobile store down the street from my apartment and I have to say that I was really impressed with what is being offered with this T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan, the options it allows, and the cost to get started and out the door. I was told it would be $100 for the deposit (for 4 lines of service), plus $40 for the 4 SIM cards that I will be required to buy, and then my first bill will not be due for 30 days. So, $140 out the door for 4 lines of service, T-Mobile SIM Cards, and a month of service ready to go. In my opinion, this is an absolutely great deal and I can't help but be excited about possibly being able to get my family on it!

    I realize it is not considered a "Prepaid" plan, but it seems to basically be the equivalent of a Prepaid plan. If you don't pay your bill on the day it's due, your service will be shut off, until you pay the bill again. Which is the same as a Prepaid plan. I had MetroPCS for a year or two while I was living out in Florida and when I mentioned this, the T-Mobile employee I was talking to commented how this was similar to the MetroPCS plan, being that T-Mobile had merged with/bought MetroPCS. I thought the MetroPCS plans were great, and I think this new T-Mobile plan is even better.

    Personally, I think this is a fantastic price, and is going to be very hard to beat/compete with, for what is included: 4 lines of service with Unlimited Talk/Text/Data and 500MB of 4G/LTE (if available in the area - which it is, here in Az where I live) High Speed Data for $100 per month. Can anyone say otherwise? Is there a better plan, or even a comparable plan, to this with another carrier?

    I will admit that I have been skeptical about sticking with or trying a different T-Mobile service provider, because of the weak signal inside my apartment with my PTel service, but I was told that the service should be improved with an actual T-Mobile SIM card and actual T-Mobile service. And while I am not certain of that making a drastic difference in regards to the reception inside my apartment, with an actual T-Mobile SIM, I will be able to use the WiFi Calling feature on my HTC One S (which is disabled because of my PTel SIM) and that should completely solve the reception problem I have been dealing with. The lady I spoke to at the T-Mobile said she has used the WiFi Calling feature and that it works fantastically and is a great option to have.

    I also got to check out the newly-released LG Optimus F3 phone at the T-Mobile store and I have this to say about it: I want it! I am not someone who needs nor wants a phone with a huge screen, I would much prefer something that is relatively small and fits comfortably in my pocket, and this definitely fits the bill. The F3 is LTE-compatible and has built-in WiFI Calling, and it seems to be an overall nice phone, so I have to say that I am really interested in trying to get one for myself.

    FYI, I am not trying to brag about this deal because it seems to be a great option for me personally. And I don't want to come off that way. I would just really like to hear from others about what they think about this plan, if it's as good as I think it is, if there are any comparable or potentially better options, and if the LG F3 phone is as good as I think it is.

    Sp, as always, replies and opinions will definitely be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzAssassin View Post
    Personally, I think this is a fantastic price, and is going to be very hard to beat/compete with, for what is included: 4 lines of service with Unlimited Talk/Text/Data and 500MB of 4G/LTE (if available in the area - which it is, here in Az where I live) High Speed Data for $100 per month. Can anyone say otherwise? Is there a better plan, or even a comparable plan, to this with another carrier?
    If you are satisfied with Tmobile coverage, IMO, there is not better deal/value for what you get on the Simple Choice Plans. At 4 lines you are pretty much at <25 bucks/line out the door assuming you get an additional discount (corporate/ptf/associations, etc) that is higher than your taxes . Closest plans on MVNO's are around 40-50 bucks per line.

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    I had the same plan and loved it but couldn't get a signal at work or daughters school. The coverage will not be better with a Tmo sim over a Tmo mvno sim.

    I had to use H2O an att mvno and with the family plan discount I'm paying $10 more than I paid Tmo. Beware that Tmo adds taxes that came up to $6 per line. No taxes on h2o and my signal is excellent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop-Chop View Post
    If you are satisfied with Tmobile coverage, IMO, there is not better deal/value for what you get on the Simple Choice Plans. At 4 lines you are pretty much at <25 bucks/line out the door assuming you get an additional discount (corporate/ptf/associations, etc) that is higher than your taxes . Closest plans on MVNO's are around 40-50 bucks per line.
    Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, I don't know of any potential discounts I may qualify for. I do work at a major casino in the area, but I don't know if they offer any discounts for T-Mobile. A friend of mine works for the same casino and I seem to recall him mentioning that he got some sort of discount with his Verizon plan; but this was several months ago when we were discussing phone prices, so I don't recall details. Do you know of a way to find out what potential discounts T-Mobile offers? Would you recommend just calling my local T-Mobile store and asking if they can tell me of discounts they offer for businesses/organizations/etc.? Or is there a list available online? Sorry for my ignorance. Any helpful suggestions will definitely be appreciated.


    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    I had the same plan and loved it but couldn't get a signal at work or daughters school. The coverage will not be better with a Tmo sim over a Tmo mvno sim.

    I had to use H2O an att mvno and with the family plan discount I'm paying $10 more than I paid Tmo. Beware that Tmo adds taxes that came up to $6 per line. No taxes on h2o and my signal is excellent.
    Thanks for the response. First off, how is it possible that you are in Los Angeles and you aren't able to get a good signal with a major carrier like T-Mobile? It seems absolutely ridiculous that T-Mobile would not have the entire surrounding area of a major metropolitan area like LA covered thoroughly. Were there just some really bad spots in rare areas (like at your hosue and your daughter's school)? or was this a common problem? Also, was the signal just weak in those areas or did you get no signal at all?

    As for the MVNO SIM and potentially better reception with an actual T-Mobile SIM card, I had learned from the forums here that there should be no difference between the two. However, I did ask about this yesterday while at the T-Mobile store and the lady specifically said it should make a difference. Now, she could have been referring to there being a difference since a T-Mobile SIM will allow you to access their LTE signal (which, I am guessing, may help a little with signal reception?); or because (as someone mentioned in this thread) an actual T-Mobile SIM card will allow you to roam in some areas, which, in turn, will offer for a better/stronger/different signal at times. She also could have just been lying to me or saying something that she thinks may be true, in hopes of getting a potential customer. But, I'm sure that people (even people in sales who are looking for new customers) realize they are creating a potentially-high likelihood of getting pissed off new customers coming back to complain after being mislead about the coverage/service they were told they would be able to receive. So, basically, I'm not sure what to think about what that woman told me.

    As for the T-Mobile coverage in my local area, it seems to be really good. The T-Mobile store I went to is about a mile away from my apartment, and there is a major mall in the area that also has a T-Mobile store (I think) that is about 2 miles away from that store. So, I am inclined to think that T-Mobile offers good service in the area. The woman I spoke to yesterday did also specifically tell me that their coverage in this particular area is very good, and that LTE is live here and with good coverage, as well. To be honest, I am not really concerned with LTE speeds at all; I think the HSPA+ is more than fast enough for anything me or my family will realistically need to do. However, I can't get over the thought of having a strong LTE signal being a good thing (and a nice luxury) and it giving me reason to think my call signal will be improved.

    With that stated, being that I currently have an HTC One S as my personal phone, I will not even be able to access an LTE signal. Which is not going to be that big of a deal to me, even in regards to call reception, and that is because I will be able to use the built-in WiFi Calling feature on the HTC One S while at my apartment. And I am really excited about being able to use that option. I am also really hoping to be able to get myself an LG Optimus F3 some time within the next few months, which also has WiFi Calling and has LTE-capabilities. I don't do any gaming at all and I basically use my phone to make calls, text, take random pictures, listen to iHeart Radio while driving in my vehicle (since the radio in my car does not get any reception), and browse the Internet. So, I don't need a particularly powerul phone, and I am thinking that the LG F3 will be a fantastic phone for me personally. I actually have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747) that I am currently trying to sell/trade, because no one in my family needs a phone that nice/powerful. So if anyone cares to share their opinion on the LG Optimus F3 with me, please know I'd be glad to read it.


    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    I had to use H2O an att mvno and with the family plan discount I'm paying $10 more than I paid Tmo. Beware that Tmo adds taxes that came up to $6 per line. No taxes on h2o and my signal is excellent.
    As for the H20 plan you are currently using, I would definitely be interested in finding out the details of the plan you are using and the number of lines you have with the plan. I actually had specifically been planning on switching form PTel over to AT&T GoPhone or AirVoice or H20 this month, until I read something about the 4-line plan with T-Mobile for $100 and learned more about WiFi Calling as an option. Overall, are you satisfied with H20? Is the coverage significantly better than it was with T-Mobile? Clear calls, dependable text sending/receiving, and reliable signal? And how fast are the data speeds? If you would tell me more about the plan you're using and why you think it's a great value, I would really appreciate it!

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    My work is in Ontario CA and in a big warehouse. TMobile building penetration is awful and I's get no service inside and one bar in the parking lot with many dropped calls. I had an iPhone 5 with aws that could pick up 4G and LTE. A half mile away I can get fast LTE. My daughter's school is in west Palmdale and most areas like the mall showed no service. They also hadn't refarmed this area so her iPhone 4S was always on edge.

    It was night and day on H2O and Airvoice. Both used att signal. We have 4G everywhere and although Airvoice have more data, H20 have $10 off 2nd 3rd and 4th line.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AzAssassin View Post
    Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, I don't know of any potential discounts I may qualify for. I do work at a major casino in the area, but I don't know if they offer any discounts for T-Mobile. A friend of mine works for the same casino and I seem to recall him mentioning that he got some sort of discount with his Verizon plan; but this was several months ago when we were discussing phone prices, so I don't recall details. Do you know of a way to find out what potential discounts T-Mobile offers? Would you recommend just calling my local T-Mobile store and asking if they can tell me of discounts they offer for businesses/organizations/etc.? Or is there a list available online? Sorry for my ignorance. Any helpful suggestions will definitely be appreciated.
    There is a tool on Tmobile where you can enter your work email adress and it'll tell you if you qualify for a discount.

    http://business.t-mobile.com/advantage

    There is also a list here at HOFO but it's not easy to find what you need You could try searching for your company in the thread search as it is huge

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...unt-List/page7

    Remember it's not only coprpate discounts, they also have organization discounts if you belong to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chop-Chop View Post
    There is a tool on Tmobile where you can enter your work email adress and it'll tell you if you qualify for a discount.

    http://business.t-mobile.com/advantage

    There is also a list here at HOFO but it's not easy to find what you need You could try searching for your company in the thread search as it is huge

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...unt-List/page7

    Remember it's not only coprpate discounts, they also have organization discounts if you belong to one.
    Thanks for the information and the links. Unfortunately, I don't know have a work e-mail address and I'm not exactly sure what to do to check eligibility for my employer. I am likely going to be trying to activate a new plan with T-Mobile today or tomorrow, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Two of my PTel lines still have service until next week, so I think I will be able to start up service with just one line today or tomorrow, and then add the other two lines (and eventually a 4th line) to the 4-Line Family Plan next week.

    From what I understood when I was talking to the T-Mobile employee at the store last week, I should be able to port over my one personal PTel line to T-Mobile with just a $50 deposit and a $10 SIM card fee, and then pay the additional deposits ($30, $10 and $10) for the additonal lines when I port them over and add them to the Simple Choice Family Plan next week. Can anyone confirm if this should be feasible (and convenient)?

    Also, I actually have two unopened T-Mobile SIM Starter Kits that I got about two months ago after coming across a special promotion for free T-Mobile SIM Starter Kits on SlickDeals. I had assumed that I would be able to use these two SIM Starter Kits for two of the lines when I sign up for the Simple Choice Plan, but the woman told me that I will specifically have to buy a new SIM card for each new line of service. Is this absolutely mandatory? Is it one of the situations where a friendly employee will get the SIM card fees waved for you to help encourage you to sign up for their service? Or is the $10 SIM card charge something that comes along with the territory for being able to get such a great price on 4 lines of service?


    Now, on a somewhat-different note, I ended up buying a used Samsung Google Nexus S a few hours ago, because I was in desperate need of a phone for one of my phone lines. The phone is in good condition and I made a text call with my PTel SIM before buying the phone, so the ESN is clear and I am able to use the phone. So, I would like to ask: Is this Nexus S a decent phone to use with T-Mobile? The guy specifically stated that he was able to use the phone to get 4G Data (but not LTE) with the phone on T-Mobile, but after getting home and checking out the phone, I only notice a 3G icon. So, was the guy mistaken? Straight-up lying? Or is my PTel SIM preventing it from getting a 4G signal?

    Besides the 4G question, I am very curious if this Samsung Google Nexus S is a decent phone overall? I realize it was released 3 years ago (some time in 2010, from what I could find out), but it is a Google phone and it currently has Android 4.1.2 on it. I don't know anything about Nexus phones, but I did notice some comments from people criticing the Nexus S for only having 512MB of RAM and that it might not be enough for Android 4.1.2. If this is the case and the relatively small amount of RAM is an issue for 4.1.2, is there a way to roll back the OS to a different version of Android?

    By the way, the guy was asking $140 for the phone and originally told me that he would take $100. Then, after waiting a full day and spending some of the money I had, I offered him $80 and he ended up selling it to me for $80. So, I would really like some opinions on if this Samsung Google Nexus S is worth the $80 I paid for it? And if the phone, while being 3 years-old, is a decent phone today?


    As always, I'm sorry for writing so much and thanks for any replies that I get!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzAssassin View Post
    Thanks for the information and the links. Unfortunately, I don't know have a work e-mail address and I'm not exactly sure what to do to check eligibility for my employer. I am likely going to be trying to activate a new plan with T-Mobile today or tomorrow, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Two of my PTel lines still have service until next week, so I think I will be able to start up service with just one line today or tomorrow, and then add the other two lines (and eventually a 4th line) to the 4-Line Family Plan next week.

    From what I understood when I was talking to the T-Mobile employee at the store last week, I should be able to port over my one personal PTel line to T-Mobile with just a $50 deposit and a $10 SIM card fee, and then pay the additional deposits ($30, $10 and $10) for the additonal lines when I port them over and add them to the Simple Choice Family Plan next week. Can anyone confirm if this should be feasible (and convenient)?

    Also, I actually have two unopened T-Mobile SIM Starter Kits that I got about two months ago after coming across a special promotion for free T-Mobile SIM Starter Kits on SlickDeals. I had assumed that I would be able to use these two SIM Starter Kits for two of the lines when I sign up for the Simple Choice Plan, but the woman told me that I will specifically have to buy a new SIM card for each new line of service. Is this absolutely mandatory? Is it one of the situations where a friendly employee will get the SIM card fees waved for you to help encourage you to sign up for their service? Or is the $10 SIM card charge something that comes along with the territory for being able to get such a great price on 4 lines of service?


    Now, on a somewhat-different note, I ended up buying a used Samsung Google Nexus S a few hours ago, because I was in desperate need of a phone for one of my phone lines. The phone is in good condition and I made a text call with my PTel SIM before buying the phone, so the ESN is clear and I am able to use the phone. So, I would like to ask: Is this Nexus S a decent phone to use with T-Mobile? The guy specifically stated that he was able to use the phone to get 4G Data (but not LTE) with the phone on T-Mobile, but after getting home and checking out the phone, I only notice a 3G icon. So, was the guy mistaken? Straight-up lying? Or is my PTel SIM preventing it from getting a 4G signal?

    Besides the 4G question, I am very curious if this Samsung Google Nexus S is a decent phone overall? I realize it was released 3 years ago (some time in 2010, from what I could find out), but it is a Google phone and it currently has Android 4.1.2 on it. I don't know anything about Nexus phones, but I did notice some comments from people criticing the Nexus S for only having 512MB of RAM and that it might not be enough for Android 4.1.2. If this is the case and the relatively small amount of RAM is an issue for 4.1.2, is there a way to roll back the OS to a different version of Android?

    By the way, the guy was asking $140 for the phone and originally told me that he would take $100. Then, after waiting a full day and spending some of the money I had, I offered him $80 and he ended up selling it to me for $80. So, I would really like some opinions on if this Samsung Google Nexus S is worth the $80 I paid for it? And if the phone, while being 3 years-old, is a decent phone today?


    As always, I'm sorry for writing so much and thanks for any replies that I get!!
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