iPhone 5 & T-Mobile's $30 Plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by T2Rife, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. T2Rife macrumors newbie

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    This summer my son is heading to college in Chicago and I'm planning on switching him from my VZW family plan and onto his own plan. Walmart has a $30 5gb data, Unlm Text and 100 voice minutes plan for T-mobile and the plan is to get him on that. Someone on the forums must have done this recently and I wanted to make sure that I am not wasting any time or money getting something I don't need so I wanted to run it past all of you, so here is the plan.

    Buy an iPhone5 16gb outright from Apple $649
    Buy a Sim activation lit from Walmart $9.99
    Buy Nano Sim cutter from Amazon $7.99

    After I get all of those I should be able to just go to the T-Mobile website and select the $30 pay as you go plan right? By switching him to this plan it will save me $17 a month. If it works out I plan on doing the same thing for my wife's line and then mine when the ETF gets reasonable.
     
  2. macalec macrumors 6502

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    Why do you want to switch him off Verizon?

     
  3. T2Rife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It would save me $17 a month if I switch him over. Also, it would be to help line him up with his own service instead of being on a family plan. I hope to try and teach him to plan for his bills this way.
     
  4. vanluuk macrumors member

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    You can just buy a sim online from tmobile ( they are often 1$) and use some scissors
     
  5. Kevin813 macrumors newbie

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    This. You don't even need to be that perfect, I bought the $.99 sim card and used a regular pair of scissors. Im on the $30 5gb of 4g plan
     
  6. T2Rife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought you had to get the sim from Walmart to be eligible for the plan? If not that saves me $9. See this is why I come to this site. People here are much smarter than I am.
     
  7. jjx360 macrumors newbie

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    Don't buy a sim cutter. Here is how I did it:

    I wanted to get the $30 prepaid unlimited text/data plan, but didn't want to wait for tmobile to ship me a sim activation kit. So I went to the tmobile store, and someone there was able to help me out. He said tmobile store can only offer the other $30 plan (1500 talk/txt) along with the nano sim for $10 (some BS activation fee, but it's the same cost for the sim online). He said once the account is activated, I can call customer service and switch it to the unlimited txt/data w/100 min. So as soon as I left the store, I called customer service and told them I was told by a Tmobile store rep that I could switch to it. I had no issues and switch was quick. Hope it helps.
     
  8. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    The plan is for Walmart and T-mobile.com purchased SIMs. Sometimes t-mobile.com sims will give you an error when enter the activation code but they will activate it on over phone if it doesn't work. You don't have to buy a SIM cutter but it will save you time and headache of cutting one manually. If you buy a sim cutter, I would buy a regular sim (not a micro sim) so you don't have to use the adapter when you cut it. I bought one off Amazon and it worked perfect and fit my iPhone just fine.
     
  9. MVRL macrumors regular

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    i kinda went the same route, except for i bought a pre-cut sim from amazon. It's pretty neatly cut and has given me no problems at all.
     
  10. T2Rife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I wasn't aware that there were people selling pre cut sim cards on Amazon. I just ordered one from someone who had a lot of positive reviews for $15. Basically free as I had $16 on my account from a rewards card and a bonus card!

    Sometimes we are all smarter together than we are alone!
     
  11. dewthedru macrumors regular

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    i just bought my phone out of contract at the apple store. i came with a SIM card and i called up t-mobile and they had no problem putting me on the $30/mo plan.
     
  12. sparrky macrumors 6502a

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    They were able to activate the nano sim that came with your iphone?

    A lot of people were told they couldn't activate the nano sim on a prepaid plan, so that's good to know it actually is possible.
     
  13. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    Technically they aren't suppose to activate a new account without a activation code that comes with the SIM card. However, if you play CSR roulette you might can get them to.
     
  14. dewthedru macrumors regular

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    yup. he asked for the activation code and i told him i just wanted to use the sim that came in the phone from the apple store.

    90 seconds later he had it done and i got a text with instructions on how to load my account with $$
     

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