T-mobile sim card rip off


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  1. Germwise

    Germwise Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    just got my nexus one and I wanted to start service with t-mobile. They want to charge me 20 dollars for a sim card. It seems like a ridiculous price for a tiny piece of plastic. You can buy their pre-paid sim cards for 20 bucks and they come with minutes.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do?
     

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  2. androidtx

    androidtx Well-Known Member

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    Um, stop wasting more than $20 in time worrying about it, and just give them the money. I guess you could try ebay or something though.
     
  3. FreshPrince

    FreshPrince Well-Known Member

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    Looks free online?
     
  4. NexusMMM

    NexusMMM Well-Known Member

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    Did you go to an official T-Mobile outlet or one of those "Authorized Retailers"? I went to the latter and they wanted to charge a similar fee when I dropped my girlfriends SIM somewhere in the car seat. Called T-mobile directly and they sent me to an official Tmo store and got it free of charge.
     
  5. mi_canuck

    mi_canuck Well-Known Member

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    it's free in a T-Mobile corporate store... when you sign up for a contract-free plan (for example, EM Plus) you get a SIM for free... i don't know why they would charge you, unless it's a T-Mobile partner store... ???
     
  6. afine1

    afine1 Well-Known Member

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    agreeing with a few posts. you went to a partner store. just an fyi...kiosks in the mall are not corporate stores. ;)

    it is free at a corporate store or online.
     
  7. Howie

    Howie Well-Known Member

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    Actually, we only have two corporate T-mobile locations and one of them is a kiosk in the mall. I hate going there because of it being a kiosk.

    edit: but yes, they should be free. My kiosk location gave me it with no charge as does the website.
     
  8. omeyga

    omeyga Well-Known Member

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    I believe they are free for existing Tmobile customers. I can't imagine any company that would just hand them out for free upon request to non-current subscribers.
     
  9. afine1

    afine1 Well-Known Member

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    i stand corrected, but it was a joke.
     
  10. Howie

    Howie Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean. I thought my kiosk was a 3rd party one, but turns out it isn't.

    New activations (I think the $20 SIM fee is covered by the activation) and current customers for troubleshooting SIM card issues I believe are free.
     
  11. AndroidsOfTara

    AndroidsOfTara Well-Known Member

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    When I signed up for the Even More + 500 minute plan, the total came to $70.20. That was the cost of the plan for one month plus fees and tax. No activation charge and no charge for the card itself. This was at a TMO retail store in a mall.

    Out of sheer frustration over the N1 3G issue, I canceled the service that night. TMO gave me no trouble at all, told me to keep the card for possible future use and sent me a check for the full amount a few days later.
     
  12. Howie

    Howie Well-Known Member

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    They made you pay the service amount up front?? They just sent me a bill two weeks later.
     
  13. moto1907

    moto1907 Active Member

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    SIM cards are free. Period. I have never paid for one on either att or T-Mobile. If you have corporate store just go in and tell them you need a new SIM card. They will just ask you fir your mobile number to activate the sim on your account. That is unless you get one of those reps that think they know everything about cell phones because they sell them.
     
  14. Germwise

    Germwise Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Woohoo, You guys were totally right. I went to another store that was a corporate store. I got the sim card for free and because it was a campus store and I am a grad student they waived my activation fee
     
  15. moto1907

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    There ya go.
     

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