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    Hi,

    Like many of you, I'm going with the $30 plan for the Nexus 4. I do not have a T-Mobile account so I ordered a prepaid micro SIM from...



    I had read that many people online had issues activating because the activation code was incorrect on the SIM card. I just got mine in the mail and started the activation process to see if I could get ahead of any potential issues. Went here to activate it...



    The part where I guess I got confused was that the activation code isn't actually on the physical card that houses the sim, it's actually in the pamphlet that comes in the package. I thought they were just useless instructions, but the code (which was 11 digits for me) was in there. The confusing part is that there is a 12 digit code on the physical card (code can be 11 or 12 digits) that I assumed would be the code. I have no idea what that 12 digit number is, but it's there so just ignore it.

    On the part that asks you to type in a 15 digit IMEI, just enter 999999999999999 and it should work - it did for me. I went all the way through the process and was assigned a phone number and everything so I think it's fine if you do the above trick. However, I did not fund my account yet since I won't have the phone for what probably won't be for another week, so I'll create a myTmobile account when I actually get it and fund it at that time.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    Thanks Doug.

    Was there any activation fee?

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    If I'm coming from verizon, I should be able to transfer my number, correct?
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    Nope. No activation fee.
    Quote Originally Posted by KitN View Post
    Thanks Doug.

    Was there any activation fee?

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    Yup. There was a section where you can either bring your number or get a new one. I chose to get a new one since I'll be using google voice.

    Quote Originally Posted by bdavis89 View Post
    If I'm coming from verizon, I should be able to transfer my number, correct?
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    Thanks, I tried this too and got to the Funding part and stopped. Great info
    As a non-TMobile customer currently, can any TMobile customers shed any light if, after I pick a new #/area code on their website, can I call/somewhere else on their site get the new number changed to something "better". Like ask for a specific prefix or last 4 digits??

    Thanks! Can't wait
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    Ya I tried about 4 times to activate the before I tried the 999999999999999 imei and that finally worked
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    Thanks this helps me out alot, getting my tmobile sim into tomorrow and will be porting my number from AT$T.
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    I tried all those steps until the last one : "We are sorry, we are still working to process your Activation.....You should receive a text message to your device When your activation Is processed "
    I dont know if it works or not cuz ive been waiting hours for "that message" ;-/
    Thanks in advance guys !
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunghung1989 View Post
    I tried all those steps until the last one : "We are sorry, we are still working to process your Activation.....You should receive a text message to your device When your activation Is processed "
    I dont know if it works or not cuz ive been waiting hours for "that message" ;-/
    Thanks in advance guys !
    I got the same message. -.-
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunghung1989 View Post
    I tried all those steps until the last one : "We are sorry, we are still working to process your Activation.....You should receive a text message to your device When your activation Is processed "
    I dont know if it works or not cuz ive been waiting hours for "that message" ;-/
    Thanks in advance guys !
    Go to Settings -> About phone -> Status and look at "My phone number"

    If your ported number is there, you should be good to go. In my case with two N4's activated on TMO, the text messages arrived quite some time after the phone itself went live.

    (not sure if it matters, but in both cases I entered the real IMEI number, not just a bunch of 9's.)
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    My phone number : unknow
    Net work : T mobile
    Gotta try other way ?
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    great! mine worked. thanks for the tips. hardest part was figuring out how to order the micro sim by itself, kept getting to that page to pick a regular plan. i was able to use the real imei rather than all 9s. now just need to find a replacement to carrier call/text services, maybe take a look at skype again..
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanlm View Post
    g[...] hardest part was figuring out how to order the micro sim by itself, kept getting to that page to pick a regular plan.
    I had the same problem. But there was no such problem with a forced plan choice when ordering a regular sim. I couldn't figure it out, so just ordered a regular sim and am going to cut it down. (i forget exactly, but there was also some other problem with the micro sim page where I'd get a 404 browser error if I clicked on something. That was more evidence to me that the micro sim page on their site was simply misconfigured so I just went with the regular sim instead.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by limdoug View Post
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    Yup. There was a section where you can either bring your number or get a new one. I chose to get a new one since I'll be using google voice.
    I'm also coming for verizon and would like to transfer the number of one of the lines on my account. However that particular line is still under contract for about another 2 months until january. Would I still be able to enter the number into the tmobile box when I activate my sim card on my nexus 4?
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    I have received the Tmo SIM card and was wondering if I can set it up now w/o porting my existing phone number, evaluate the Tmo service for a few weeks and then if it works for me port my number over. Seems like I should be able to, but does anyone know if I can port the number a few weeks from now once I'm sure I want to go with Tmo? Was also going to do same with ST and decide between the two. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazer155 View Post
    I'm also coming for verizon and would like to transfer the number of one of the lines on my account. However that particular line is still under contract for about another 2 months until january. Would I still be able to enter the number into the tmobile box when I activate my sim card on my nexus 4?
    If you port your verizon number before your contract is up, verizon will treat it as an early termination and charge you a penalty.

    Quote Originally Posted by scoutzdad View Post
    I have received the Tmo SIM card and was wondering if I can set it up now w/o porting my existing phone number, evaluate the Tmo service for a few weeks and then if it works for me port my number over. Seems like I should be able to, but does anyone know if I can port the number a few weeks from now once I'm sure I want to go with Tmo? Was also going to do same with ST and decide between the two. Thanks!
    I would like to know the answer to this as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by willdogs View Post
    If you port your verizon number before your contract is up, verizon will treat it as an early termination and charge you a penalty.
    Thanks for the reply. Two more questions:

    Will my number still be available to port when my verizon contract ends or will it be taken by someone else on verizon immediately? I'm confused as to how the porting process works. Why would you need to enter your number's previous network in the tmobile porting box assuming your contract is up and the number isn't being used anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutzdad View Post
    I have received the Tmo SIM card and was wondering if I can set it up now w/o porting my existing phone number, evaluate the Tmo service for a few weeks and then if it works for me port my number over. Seems like I should be able to, but does anyone know if I can port the number a few weeks from now once I'm sure I want to go with Tmo? Was also going to do same with ST and decide between the two. Thanks!
    I've done it on postpaid T-Mobile, and it's definitely possible on the technical side. You'd have to call prepaid customer service to try to do it. Worst case, just activate another T-Mo prepaid SIM when you decide to port--at 99c with $3.34 of credit, they're better than free. That's definitely the easy way to do it if you want to evaluate the T-Mo service for 30 days.

    Quote Originally Posted by laser155 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Two more questions:

    Will my number still be available to port when my verizon contract ends or will it be taken by someone else on verizon immediately? I'm confused as to how the porting process works. Why would you need to enter your number's previous network in the tmobile porting box assuming your contract is up and the number isn't being used anymore?
    Your verizon account doesn't just disappear when your sentence, er, contract is up--you have to take some affirmative step to cancel it. Porting the number out is one way to do that. If you call Verizon and cancel the account, though, you can't get the number back, so beware! T-Mobile needs to know where to get the number, which is why they ask what carrier it's with--the exchange alone doesn't necessarily tell them; my number is technically an AT&T number, but it's been years since I had AT&T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saeufer View Post
    Your verizon account doesn't just disappear when your sentence, er, contract is up--you have to take some affirmative step to cancel it. Porting the number out is one way to do that. If you call Verizon and cancel the account, though, you can't get the number back, so beware! T-Mobile needs to know where to get the number, which is why they ask what carrier it's with--the exchange alone doesn't necessarily tell them; my number is technically an AT&T number, but it's been years since I had AT&T.
    Got it. I haven't cancelled or ported any numbers from verizon before because I have always had them but now they're getting too expensive and keep capping data. It basically is a sentence.

    Can I get a tmobile number for the time being when I activate my sim with the $30 prepaid plan and in 2 months, when my verzion contract ends, port said verizon number thus getting rid or my original tmobile number? Basically does tmobile allow you to port a number at anytime even after you have been using one of their numbers for a little while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by saeufer View Post
    Worst case, just activate another T-Mo prepaid SIM when you decide to port--at 99c with $3.34 of credit, they're better than free. That's definitely the easy way to do it if you want to evaluate the T-Mo service for 30
    That's a great idea! I never thought of that. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by laser155 View Post
    Can I get a tmobile number for the time being when I activate my sim with the $30 prepaid plan and in 2 months, when my verzion contract ends, port said verizon number thus getting rid or my original tmobile number? Basically does tmobile allow you to port a number at anytime even after you have been using one of their numbers for a little while?
    In theory yes. In practice, I'm not sure. They should be able to do it, but prepaid customer service isn't known for their helpfulness. Prepaid has a rule that you can only change your number once every 6 months; whether that applies to porting in a new number I don't know. T-Mobile's forums would be a good place to check for that info.

    Like I mentioned, the easy way to do this is to activate a T-Mobile prepaid SIM to check it out, pay for a month and toss that SIM. If you like it, when your Verizon sentence is up, just activate another T-Mobile SIM and port the Verizon number then. Saves you about $2 and makes the process entirely painless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limdoug View Post
    Hi,

    Like many of you, I'm going with the $30 plan for the Nexus 4. I do not have a T-Mobile account so I ordered a prepaid micro SIM from...

    Has anyone tried to buy a micro sim card in the past few days? They have showed as out of stock when you try to pay, then you can select to purchase anyway and have it shipped when they are in stock. I keep getting an "error with my card" when I select this option. I have tried a few cards with the same result. (And yes... I have plenty of room on the card so it is not that.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutzdad View Post
    I have received the Tmo SIM card and was wondering if I can set it up now w/o porting my existing phone number, evaluate the Tmo service for a few weeks and then if it works for me port my number over. Seems like I should be able to, but does anyone know if I can port the number a few weeks from now once I'm sure I want to go with Tmo? Was also going to do same with ST and decide between the two. Thanks!
    You certainly can; that's exactly what I did. I evaluated T-Mobile's service in my area for about 3 months (carried 2 phones), then after I decided to go ahead with it I ported my Virgin Mobile mobile number to my T-Mobile account. Customer service was very helpful. It took 2+ days for the port to go through, but eventually it did. They'll ask for your account username & password of the carrier you're porting from.
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    I know this has pretty much been solved, but should it be helpful, I'm pasting the complete transcript I had with T-Mobile customer service on how to get this to work. I'll put the quickie links at top:

    Direct link to pre-paid microSIM kit:
    Activation URL:

    Transcript:
    Customer ChatChat Transcript
    Please wait while we find an agent to assist you...
    You have been connected to !James P.
    Ahniwa : My LG Nexus 4 is arriving in the mail today. How can I get it set up with the $30 "web only" prepaid plan with 100 minutes and unlimited data and texting?
    Ahniwa : Hi James, how are you?
    !James P: Hello Ahniwa. Thank you for choosing T-Mobile Live Chat Support, my name is James, and for your reference my Rep ID is 145-1362. I'll be glad to check on how you can avail of that plan.
    !James P: And I'm doing just great, thanks so much for asking. How about you?
    Ahniwa : I'm doing good, though I had a frustrating experience in the T-Mobile store earlier. Hoping you can be more helpful.
    !James P: No worries, I'll be making your concern my top priority. Basically, first of all you'll need a SIM card, to activate strictly on our website. Do you have that right now?
    Ahniwa : I don't have one. That's why I was in the T-Mobile store, but he told me I couldn't buy an unactivated SIM. So I'm trying to figure out the right order to do things.
    !James P: Well, you could always place an order online. It may take a few days before you receive the phone, but the plan you want is a promotional one, and you need to access this link to activate the SIM.
    !James P: The plan is also available at WalMart stores.
    Ahniwa : Okay, so my phone gets here today. The only two options I have are to order online or to go to Walmart once I have the phone? Is that right?
    !James P: receive the SIM rather.
    !James P: That's correct. And all you have to do is just follow the prompts to activate. You must be real proud about the new phone. The Nexus 4 sure is popular.
    Ahniwa : I'm pretty excited about it.
    Ahniwa : Alright, so say I want to order online ... can you send me a link to the product I need to get?
    !James P: I believe the Nexus 4 uses a Micro SIM?
    Ahniwa : Yeah.
    !James P: Here you go.
    !James P: This one, to be exact.
    Ahniwa : Okay, so I order that. Once it arrives, I go to this URL and follow the steps: -- Is that right?
    !James P: You got it. And please be advised it needs to be on the website, or else, you get a different plan. You can always chat in for assistance if you need any.
    Ahniwa : " it needs to be on the website" -- You mean, I need to go through the activation ON the website, right?
    !James P: Exactly.
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    Its so much easier to go into a tmo store. I had a regular size SIM from my Nexus S they just gave me a micro sim and switched everything over to the new sim. I was in and out in 5 minutes

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