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  1. jab0321's Avatar
    So quick question. I'm going to be trying out the T Mobile $30 plan, but was wondering if there is a way to buy an extra bundle of minutes that I can use in addition to the 100 that are provided with the plan. I think that I can get away with 100 per month but would like to have a buffer in case I am going over. If not, would getting an additional SIM card with just extra minutes (1000 for example) be a viable option? If I am getting close to going over in minutes and need to make a longer call, for example, I could just pop in the minutes only SIM. I'm on Verizon now so will be new to the prepaid SIM world. Thanks
    11-09-2012 01:10 PM
  2. reign831's Avatar
    So quick question. I'm going to be trying out the T Mobile $30 plan, but was wondering if there is a way to buy an extra bundle of minutes that I can use in addition to the 100 that are provided with the plan. I think that I can get away with 100 per month but would like to have a buffer in case I am going over. If not, would getting an additional SIM card with just extra minutes (1000 for example) be a viable option? If I am getting close to going over in minutes and need to make a longer call, for example, I could just pop in the minutes only SIM. I'm on Verizon now so will be new to the prepaid SIM world. Thanks
    If you feel like you're going to regularly be over 100min, have you considered https://www.straighttalk.com/ ?
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    11-09-2012 01:16 PM
  3. limdoug's Avatar
    All you need to do is buy more refill cards and dump them into your account. I believe some of them do expire after 90 days (not sure on that though) so just make sure you don't put in too much.

    So quick question. I'm going to be trying out the T Mobile $30 plan, but was wondering if there is a way to buy an extra bundle of minutes that I can use in addition to the 100 that are provided with the plan. I think that I can get away with 100 per month but would like to have a buffer in case I am going over. If not, would getting an additional SIM card with just extra minutes (1000 for example) be a viable option? If I am getting close to going over in minutes and need to make a longer call, for example, I could just pop in the minutes only SIM. I'm on Verizon now so will be new to the prepaid SIM world. Thanks
    jab0321 likes this.
    11-09-2012 01:30 PM
  4. Bubbles7361's Avatar
    I will be doing this too. My contract with Sprint is up and I can't wait to try this out, it will save me a lot of money in the long run. My only problem is keeping my number, I have never been on any other carrier so I don't know how phone number switching works? Can I switch my Sprint number to T-Mobile's pre-paid? I don't know how any of that works.
    I will be moving from Sprint as well. T-mo "4G" data speeds are better than Sprints WiMax 4G speeds around here. You should be able to transfer your phone number wherever you go. I think there are laws about that now. To make it easy, my plan is to transfer my # to Google Voice and then I can switch carriers all I want and never have to worry about moving my # anymore. Of course if Voice ever goes away I would be screwed, but I will be in good company.
    11-09-2012 01:31 PM
  5. Bubbles7361's Avatar
    Just curious, There are only 100 min. talk in this plan. How do you plan to stay under that? Just anti-social?

    I mostly communicate through texts anymore. My wife got me doing that. She can go through a few thousand texts a month. My mom is the only one that calls me much anymore, and that is because she still gets confused if she gets a text. I figure if I find 100 minutes is not enough I can always look into Skype or other VOIP options.
    11-09-2012 01:52 PM
  6. 2defmouze's Avatar
    Just curious, There are only 100 min. talk in this plan. How do you plan to stay under that? Just anti-social?

    I mostly communicate through texts anymore. My wife got me doing that. She can go through a few thousand texts a month. My mom is the only one that calls me much anymore, and that is because she still gets confused if she gets a text. I figure if I find 100 minutes is not enough I can always look into Skype or other VOIP options.
    You answered your own question, lol. I also mostly communicate via text. 100 minutes a month will be plenty for me, and you can configure a voip setup to use wifi calling when you're at home, this is explained well in the guide below.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1646755

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    Bubbles7361 likes this.
    11-09-2012 02:23 PM
  7. Bubbles7361's Avatar
    Thanks for the link. That is exactly what I was thinking of doing and there is a lot of great information there!
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    11-09-2012 03:26 PM
  8. John-Smith's Avatar
    I will be moving from Sprint as well. T-mo "4G" data speeds are better than Sprints WiMax 4G speeds around here. You should be able to transfer your phone number wherever you go. I think there are laws about that now. To make it easy, my plan is to transfer my # to Google Voice and then I can switch carriers all I want and never have to worry about moving my # anymore. Of course if Voice ever goes away I would be screwed, but I will be in good company.
    What do you mean transfer your number to google voice?? I have google voice set up, but I'm not sure sure what you mean by transfering it to google voice?
    11-10-2012 12:37 AM
  9. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    What do you mean transfer your number to google voice?? I have google voice set up, but I'm not sure sure what you mean by transfering it to google voice?
    Google Voice can be used as a primary phone number rather than just voicemail. If you port a number to Google Voice, people can call that number and you can forward it to any phone you'd like.

    11-10-2012 12:42 AM
  10. gone down south's Avatar
    What do you mean transfer your number to google voice?? I have google voice set up, but I'm not sure sure what you mean by transfering it to google voice?
    If you already have a phone number you want to keep, you can have it become your Google Voice phone number instead of the random one they assign you.
    Costs $20 to set up.
    11-10-2012 01:07 AM
  11. TheOnlyMorgan's Avatar
    Tethering = Wifi Hotspot. Same things apply.



    No, they announced more locations with 1900MHz HSPA+, which is part of their rollout to try and get unlocked iPhone users to come to their network.

    T-Mobile is working farm popular markets from 1700/2100MHz (AWS) to 1900MHz so they're compatible with AT&T's devices.
    Technically he wasn't wrong..they still announced new HSPA+ markets, just specifically for 1900MHz - which T-Mobile users on Nexus 4's can take advantage of.
    11-10-2012 11:45 AM
  12. map1978's Avatar
    You answered your own question, lol. I also mostly communicate via text. 100 minutes a month will be plenty for me, and you can configure a voip setup to use wifi calling when you're at home, this is explained well in the guide below.

    [GUIDE] Smartphone Service for just $30/month - xda-developers

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    I thought you can't do wifi calling on the new Nexus 4? Maybe I'm losing my mind, but can someone confirm this, thanks.
    11-10-2012 01:10 PM
  13. bilago's Avatar
    I thought you can't do wifi calling on the new Nexus 4? Maybe I'm losing my mind, but can someone confirm this, thanks.
    You are correct wifi calling is not supported, however wifi calling on Tmobile is not the same as using VOIP. Basically with wifi calling you are using wifi to call phones using your minutes still. This would be useful if you have bad signal in your house/business. VOIP will let you use your data connection (unlimited) instead of your 100 minutes.
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    11-10-2012 01:22 PM
  14. gone down south's Avatar
    I thought you can't do wifi calling on the new Nexus 4? Maybe I'm losing my mind, but can someone confirm this, thanks.
    You can't use T-Mobile's proprietary wifi calling app.

    But you can use VOIP to your heart's content.
    map1978 likes this.
    11-10-2012 03:44 PM
  15. TheOnlyMorgan's Avatar
    You are correct wifi calling is not supported, however wifi calling on Tmobile is not the same as using VOIP. Basically with wifi calling you are using wifi to call phones using your minutes still. This would be useful if you have bad signal in your house/business. VOIP will let you use your data connection (unlimited) instead of your 100 minutes.
    That's not how I understood it. I've always thought TMo's WiFi calling on compatible phones allowed unlimited calling using your mobile number through a WiFi connection. Because you wouldn't be fully using their bandwidth to route your calls.
    11-18-2012 02:12 PM
  16. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    That's not how I understood it. I've always thought TMo's WiFi calling on compatible phones allowed unlimited calling using your mobile number through a WiFi connection. Because you wouldn't be fully using their bandwidth to route your calls.
    Only if you had a plan that allowed them to put the account addon that gave you free minutes. Don't think they offer this on prepaid plans, it was always an extra account add-on for postpaid plans, at least when I had T-Mo.
    11-18-2012 02:21 PM
  17. jdk2's Avatar
    AFAIK, TMO doesn't allow conditional forwarding so GV won't work the same as it does on ST.

    Calls go to your TMO voicemail and GV won't pick them up.
    11-18-2012 03:05 PM
  18. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    AFAIK, TMO doesn't allow conditional forwarding so GV won't work the same as it does on ST.

    Calls go to your TMO voicemail and GV won't pick them up.
    Right, T-Mobile prepaid doesn't have conditional call forwarding. This is only an issue if you intend to use your T-Mobile number with GV just for voicemail. If you're using GV as your primary number, there will be some configuration but it'll work.
    11-18-2012 03:08 PM
  19. ajonesma's Avatar
    Good to know! That means I can tether on my tmo unlimited
    11-18-2012 03:29 PM
  20. jdk2's Avatar
    I fiddled with it last night and couldn't get it to work. In addition, I'm nervous with TMO coverage where I travel. This doesn't seem to be an issue with ST using ATT's towers.

    I'll have to learn to use wi-fi more consistently to keep from being throttled/dropped though
    11-18-2012 03:30 PM
  21. greydarrah's Avatar
    Right, T-Mobile prepaid doesn't have conditional call forwarding. This is only an issue if you intend to use your T-Mobile number with GV just for voicemail. If you're using GV as your primary number, there will be some configuration but it'll work.
    OK, I'm confused. If you are planning to port your current VZW number to Google Voice, then use Google Voice for dialing outgoing calls so that everyone still sees you having the same old phone number you've always had, this will or will not work on either T Mobile (prepaid $30 plan) as well as on Straight Talk (I guess using AT&T as the actual carrier)?
    11-18-2012 05:36 PM
  22. 2defmouze's Avatar
    OK, I'm confused. If you are planning to port your current VZW number to Google Voice, then use Google Voice for dialing outgoing calls so that everyone still sees you having the same old phone number you've always had, this will or will not work on either T Mobile (prepaid $30 plan) as well as on Straight Talk (I guess using AT&T as the actual carrier)?
    It should work just fine on either. The guide from XDA was written by someone who uses the $30 prepaid tmo plan, and I've heard from others it works: [GUIDE] Smartphone Service for just $30/month - xda-developers

    He explains in there what you need to do to get everything up and running
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    11-18-2012 05:57 PM
  23. jab0321's Avatar
    Right, T-Mobile prepaid doesn't have conditional call forwarding. This is only an issue if you intend to use your T-Mobile number with GV just for voicemail. If you're using GV as your primary number, there will be some configuration but it'll work.
    So I am planning on porting my current number to GV and then having whatever t mobile number I get added to my GV number. I am planning on using this to receive all my phone calls from the GV #. So are you saying this won't work or there is just some configuration that needs to be done also? If this is the case, what type of configuration is needed? I will be coming from Verizon so this will be somewhat new for me. Thanks for the help!
    11-18-2012 06:11 PM
  24. 2defmouze's Avatar
    So I am planning on porting my current number to GV and then having whatever t mobile number I get added to my GV number. I am planning on using this to receive all my phone calls from the GV #. So are you saying this won't work or there is just some configuration that needs to be done also? If this is the case, what type of configuration is needed? I will be coming from Verizon so this will be somewhat new for me. Thanks for the help!
    Read the guide I linked to right above your post. He explains everything you need, what to configure with tmobile, etc. It's all pretty simple
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    11-18-2012 06:17 PM
  25. gone down south's Avatar
    So I am planning on porting my current number to GV and then having whatever t mobile number I get added to my GV number. I am planning on using this to receive all my phone calls from the GV #. So are you saying this won't work or there is just some configuration that needs to be done also? If this is the case, what type of configuration is needed? I will be coming from Verizon so this will be somewhat new for me. Thanks for the help!
    Google Voice can normally 'intercept' calls made to your handset (ie, not the Google Voice number, the number assigned by the carrier) and route them to the Google Voice voicemail (giving you online access, transcriptions, etc). This doesn't work on T-Mobile, but it's only an issue if you have people calling you on your carrier-assigned number and leaving messages.
    jab0321 and greydarrah like this.
    11-18-2012 06:30 PM
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