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Old 08-09-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I come from a country where the concept of contract plans and locked devices is completely alien. But now i am in USA for some time and need information regarding choosing of phone and plan. The reason i selected for Tmobile is that it has a comparatively lower ETF for smartphones compared to others like AT&T etc. I am also more inclined towards GSM phones and don't need CDMA ones as it is not future proof for me (cannot use in my home country).
So can anyone suggest me what options i have in this regard ?

1. Should i go for a free phone (will check wirefly for that) and take a contract of 2 years ?
2. Take a SIM card only to be used with my existing phone ?

If you insist on free phone then which is the best option as of now and which is the most value for money plan?
If you insist on only SIM then what is the best value for money plan ?

Help Appreciated
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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I believe T-Mobile charges the same rates whether you purchase a phone or not. They used to offer discounted plans if you paid full price for a phone and/or used an existing phone, but I don't believe those exist anymore. Whether you use your own phone or purchase a new one, you will be required to sign a two-year contract. These plans start at 500 minutes + unlimited text + unlimited data for $59.99.

The alternative is to use their prepaid service. They offer a "Monthly 4G" plan that starts at $50 for unlimited minutes + unlimited data (though your speed drops after the first 100MB each month). These plans have no ETF, so when you're done, you just cancel the service.

You may want to check out some other provides like SIMple Mobile. They charge $40 / month for unlimited minutes + text + data, and you have to provide your own phone. This is probably your cheapest possible option.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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T-Mobile has a number of no contract monthly plans. Prepaid Plans | Prepaid Cell Phone Plans | Prepaid Data Plans | T-Mobile. Starting at $50 for unlimited everything.

By the way, if you're buying from WireFly, LetsTalk, or another online dealer, they usually add on an ETF of around $250 (on top of the carrier's ETF), however that only applies if you cancel within around 6 months. Read the fine print before you buy.

Simple Mobile is a good option too. They run on T-Mobile's network. However you won't get the customer service that you get with T-Mobile. This is typical for MVNOs.
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