I’m always switching, testing and reviewing different phones. My main device (right now, anyway) is a Galaxy S4 on Verizon. However, I also have an account with T-Mobile that I keep open mainly for review units and testing. T-Mobile is a great company if you live in a larger city. Fast data speeds, really affordable rate plans, a pretty solid selection of phones, and the freedom to switch out devices as often as you want. I wouldn’t hesitate to switch to completely switch to T-Mobile if they just had better 4G LTE coverage. I travel a lot (including outside major cities), and that’s the single biggest reason I stay with Verizon.
If you’re anything like me, you use your phone mostly for data-connected tasks (email, social networking, photo sharing, etc) and text messaging. You don’t do much actualtalking on the phone. If T-Mobile has good coverage in your area, this rate plan I’m going to tell you about should absolutely convince you to switch.
Wal-Mart has an exclusive deal with T-Mobile for a $30 monthly prepaid rate plan that gives you 5 GB of 4G data, unlimited text messaging and 100 minutes. It’s technically only available if you purchase your SIM starter activation kit from Wal-Mart. T-Mobile retail stores cannot and will not set you up with this plan. However, if you dial 611 from your T-Mobile phone and tell them you want to switch to this plan, they’ll set you up. When I called, the representative had to get her supervisor to make the change to my account, which tells me it’s not something T-Mobile really wants to promote. Why would they, after all? The most comparable plan to this one, as far as data is concerned, is the unlimited plan for $70 a month. This one is less than half the price, and as long as you don’t need more than 100 minutes of actual talk time a month, it’s a no brainer. If you use more than that, minutes are 10 cents each.
Most of us live near a Wal-Mart, so you could head over and pick up the SIM starter kit and have access to the plan easily and legitimately. If you’re already a T-Mobile customer, it might take a little more sweet talking of the customer service reps. If you run into trouble, just hang up and call again until you get a representative who will make the change for you.
The $30 plan has $2.70 in tax on it, making the grand total $32.70 a month — about a dollar a day. It doesn’t get better than that, folks.