Could someone help explain how this works, please?


  1. raynoldsk

    raynoldsk Well-Known Member Contributor

    I bought a phone to use on vacation out of the country. I know I can buy local sim cards in the airport, so that part I am not worried about.

    I wanted to activate the phone before we left, though--partly to make sure it works, and partly to play with it.

    So I wandered down to Walmart and told the girl what I wanted. She said I needed the 30$ T-Mobile plan (which is apparently only offered through Walmart?)

    Anyway, she said the sim cards were 25$ if I went to T-Mobile, and that if I bought the el-cheapo phone it came with a sim, and I could activate it, then move the sim to whatever phone I wanted.

    Does that sound right? Do you have to activate the cheap phone then move the simto get the 30$ plan?

    (Sorry if this sounds to dumb for words. I had never even seen a sim card before last night.)

    Thanks!

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  2. aurora40

    aurora40 Well-Known Member

    You can buy a sim online from T-Mobile for a dollar. That's not the market Wal-Mart wants to be in, so they sell phones or plans, not cheap sim cards.

    So yes, what you are saying sounds right. But it is not the cheapest way to get a T-Mobile sim card, especially if you are not in a rush.
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    The $30 plan is also available through T-Mobile s website.
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  4. tube517

    tube517 Well-Known Member Contributor

    Tmobile.com has also been giving sim cards away for free. Check periodically if they do it again.
  5. raynoldsk

    raynoldsk Well-Known Member Contributor


    I did find it on there, and a sim card for 99 cents,but it said I would also need a 29$ activation kit. i think that is what the woman at Walmart was talking about avoiding with the fifteen dollar phone/sim card/activation.

    Okay, so say I go ahead and activate the cheap phone, how do you change it to the other phone? Something about changing the APN. What is that and how do you do it?
  6. raynoldsk

    raynoldsk Well-Known Member Contributor

    Found it!
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