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Thread: Too good to be true for $10 5GB/150 day data plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    For over a week between plans (and while waiting for SIM) I went the route of connecting through my phone hotspot. Less than ideal since, after inactivity, the hotspot would turn off and I would have to trigger it back on. An inconvenience, but one of the benefits of a cellular tablet is just being able to quickly grab and use.

    But now that I have finally had the option to get the plan that I need at any time, and save money, I'm taking advantage of it.
    True, I had my TMobile phone Sim in my at&t tablet for a couple weeks and loved it, since I don't talk on the phone much, and already had another voice line, but T-mobile had a picture, imei on my account page of my exact tablet , so they were able to identify at&t equipment. The next day TMobile blocked the Sim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    What are the down sides? If I run out of data after 2 months, can I renew? Or is it one time only?
    I purchased this offer three times. On my second purchase of this plan, I bought two and discovered the offers stacked! The data for both purchases did NOT deplete concurrently. However, once the second plan kicked in, the purchase was already 140 days old. On the 151st day, T-Mobile cut off the data and completely disabled the SIM. Unusable! No re-activation. And exactly zero help about it in a T-Mobile store. As it turns out, you have to make a purchase on the account at least once every 12 months. So I'm currently trying this: new iPad, new SIM, initially activated to the Free Data for Life offer (I got in under the discontinuation date). Then occasionally adding the 150-day pass.

    It appears you can keep purchasing the offer as long as it shows up for you as a day pass option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    Less than ideal since, after inactivity, the hotspot would turn off and I would have to trigger it back on.
    I wonder if there is a way to just make it stay on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
    I wonder if there is a way to just make it stay on?
    Have you tried any separate hotspot apps? I use one called Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot by Core Technology.

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    I bought a cheap T-mobile phone just to hotspot with, it has all the bands, 2,4,12 and stays on when idle, same price or cheaper than average stand alone h/s, don't know if they're made to do this but it seems to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
    I wonder if there is a way to just make it stay on?
    It depends on the OS/app, etc. The followup posts mentioned cases where it did stay on.
    I now have the 7+, continuing my pattern of buying every other iPhone generation.

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    FWIW, I finally ran out of my 5GB of data after 3 months. I was able to renew, though I had to power cycle my iPad to get it to work.

    The only "problem" is no roaming. Last month, when I was in areas that T-Mobile didn't cover, I couldn't roam in Wyoming and Nebraska.

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