T-Mobile Set to Launch GoSmart Mobile Prepaid Service in February
January 31, 2013 9:59 AM
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Service has been testing since December in select markets
Things have been
relatively quiet over at T-Mobile
over the last several months. However, the mobile carrier is planning on launching a new prepaid service offering in February called GoSmart. T-Mobile has been trialing the service since December and has said that in its test markets it has seen strong demand.
The prepaid wireless service will be offered in three different plans. A plan at $30 per month will offer unlimited voice minutes and texting. At $35, users will get unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texting, and 2G internet service. Users who pay $45 per month will get unlimited voice/text, and capped high-speed internet service.
The $45 high-speed plan has a 5 GB data cap before users are switched to slower 2G speeds. It seems that the $35 plan that includes 2G internet service doesn't have a cap. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that standard T-Mobile customers will be given priority over GoSmart customers when the network is experiencing heavy traffic.
GoSmart has two different hardware offerings on its website including a $49 Alcatel OT 838 and a mobile SIM kit priced at eight dollars. That SIM kit is intended to allow users to use their own unlocked GSM phone.
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2/1/2013 3:10:29 AM
I second to check out Ting.
My wife and I spend <$50 a month with two phones on our plan. 1000 shared minutes, 1000 messages, and 500MB data.
I have a Galaxy S3/LTE, she has a Galaxy SII/WiMax and we both get great 4G service in Chicago.
Our average usage over the last 6 months according to the Ting control panel (which is the best plan management console in the business) is 946 Minutes, 489 Messages, 339 Megabytes.
We've gone over 1000 minutes once, and over 500MB twice, but it just bumps you up to the next bucket which isn't a huge dent in the plan. It still comes out to be less than
for our usage.
If your DATA HEAVY, Ting isn't for you, but that's why our phones hop on our home or work WIFI as soon as we walk in the doors.
Since you can bring just about any Sprint Android phone to Ting now, including the Nexus S 4G ($150 new on eBay) it's worth trying. No contract or anything...and they're paying off ETF's for the month of February for some people.
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