$30 4G plan Nexus 4/S3 or Note 2


Last Updated: 2013-03-19 02:24:40
  1. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about coming to tmobile for this plan but I was wondering how is it for you guys who have it. I was also looking into but can an unlocked s3 or note 2 work on the service. I was thinking about s3 or nexus 4 but I would prefer the s3 as it can run stock or cyanogen mod so you can get the best of both worlds.plus the buttons on bottom of nexus 4 screen take precious resources. Anyway and recommendations are appreciated. Also can you only use unlocked phones or tmobile phones. Thanks

    Also if the galaxy s 3 comes out will price of s3 drop ?

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  2. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    I think if you scroll thru a page or 2 here you will find some of your answer.

    I didnt want to do mod anymore. Too much time. I use Nova Launcher with my stock N4 and I like it.

    You mean the price of s3 will come out after the s4 drop? Yah sure. If there is any stock on s3 left. I think s2 is still around as a free contract phone.
  3. bob60626

    bob60626 Well-Known Member

    The international S3 and Note 1/2 will only get better than edge in refarmed areas. I'd get the TMobile version or at least a pentaband phone.
  4. new optimus

    new optimus Well-Known Member

    I have the $30 plan but you have to remember its only 100 mins of talk time, if this was my only phone I would not have the $30 plan, one conversation with my grandma could burn all those mins plus some.
  5. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    save yourself the headache of using other branded phones or get yourself a pentaband phone that works with any carrier any where on all bands. if you want try to get a cheap android phone that is for tmobile ive seen decent ones for 80-100 bux if you look around and try the $30 plan along with groove ip on 4g to make free calls.
  6. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Well-Known Member Contributor

    This can't be true because I have a Canadian Telus HTC amaze and I'm on tmobile and it has hspa+ and I'm in a refarmed area and get 7-10 megabytes per second on average. This phone does not use the 1700 band it uses the 1900 band for 3g.
  7. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    So the s3 unlocked wont work ?
  8. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    i dont think tmo 4g/hspa runs on 1900mhz band i think 3g is the most for it on 1900 which is the refarm band i believe hspa runs on 1700mhz for tmo
  9. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

  10. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    So I have to get a tmobile branded s3 ?
  11. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    International but I could go either way I'm not sure which is better if tmobile is bad international would leave other options
  12. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    if you want to save youself the hassle yes just get a tmo s3 if your stuck on using that only you can use an att or international version s3 but depending where you are located you may or may not get their 3g coverage because of the mhz band so if your in a location where they have not refarmed their area then you will only get edge which is slow. if you dont want to woory about where you go and what not either get a tmo version or get a pentaband phone or a nexus 4
  13. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    I'm in Newark NJ which is pretty close to New York but I don't know I might still just go to metro not sure yet
  14. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    30 bux is tough to beat when u can use an app to make calls over data ive not come close to using 5gb and i use my phone a lot
  15. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    So to get 4g and 3g i need the t mobile version ? Also im seeing that to get prepaid 4g plan they want you to buy 4g prepaid s3. isn't the on contract s3 the same as prepaid 4g s3 or are they somehow different. Or they just don't want you getting the on contract s3 for cheaper.
  16. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    no you dont, an att or internaional version will work fine where they have refarmed their network on the 1900mhz band but outside of that refarm area you will only get edge speed. you can just buy a sim and activate it online to one of the 4g monthly plans you would need a phone as well obviously from somewhere craigslist is a so/so place to start but you can get a good deal if you look enough
  17. new optimus

    new optimus Well-Known Member

    The only reason they would not want you to get a s3 contract phone for prepaid is because they subsidize the contract. so if you go that route you will be locked into the contract and not have the prepaid.

    Other then that they should be the same phone.
  18. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    No I was saying what if I can get a contract s3 for cheaper online
  19. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    It depends on if T-Mobile in your area has been refarmed. If the area has been refarmed, then you are fine with an AT&T phone; if the area hasn't be refarmed, then you will only get Edge speeds.

    The phones are exactly the same, contract or no contract. The difference is, the contract plan is subsidized -- basically about $400 of the price of the phone is built into the contract. In exchange for getting the phone "cheap", basically they are giving you a loan and charging you interest for most of the phone cost.

    It is very possible that you can find the phone cheaper online, just be sure it is not a contract price and, to ensure it works across T-Mobile's network, that it supports the 1700 Mhz band. As an example of a cheaper price online, the best way to buy the Nexus 4 is directly from Google's Play Store. You then would purchase the SIM Activation Kit from T-Mobile (which is free today) and use it to sign up for the $30 plan.
  20. bob60626

    bob60626 Well-Known Member

    Same thing as I said. :)
  21. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Well-Known Member Contributor

    I get "4g" (technically 3g) and I am in a refarmed area. It never drops to 3g and I have an HTC Amaze which is from TELUS originally and it's unlocked so that's why. It supports the GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, and UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz bands. It's hard to tell but I'm probably on the 1900 Mhz band for 3g.
  22. eljefe0000

    eljefe0000 Well-Known Member

    u get 4g cause you have 1700mhz as well
  23. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    Km probably gonna wait for the tmobile lte s3. So that I get the best of everything.
  24. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    The problem with waiting for the LTE version of the S3 is, if you wait an extra month or two, you'll be able to get the S4.
  25. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    The s4 is gonna cost way more I think

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