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How To Get The T-Mobile $30 Plan

T-Mobile LogoUpdate: A reader asked me if this was still a real offer. It is in fact a real offer.  You can get the T-Mobile $30 plan by either going to to get the SIM card or you can call and order the SIM.

I get a lot of questions about saving money on cell phone service.  It seems to be a very common theme these days.  I am OK with it.  As I have written before, I jumped the Verizon ship and went with Straight Talk.  You can check out my detailed review of the Straight Talk service.  After some time, I was given the opportunity to try out Walmart Family Mobile that uses T-Mobile service.  I am currently using it.  You can read my review of Walmart Family Mobile.

One question that I often receive is how people can get the T-Mobile $30 Plan.  Now, this plan used to be quite popular and very easy to find.  Well, that ship has sailed and the plan is a little more secretive.  I mean, can you blame T-Mobile?  You can get up to 5GB of 4G service and 100 minutes of talk time for only $30 a month.  That is a deal if you don’t talk much.

The T-Mobile $30 Plan

Before I show you how to get this elusive plan, I am going to quickly give you a rundown on what it entails.  It is a pretty simple plan and that is why the low price is attractive.  Here are the basic features of the $30 plan.

  • “Unlimited” Data – You get up to 5GB of 4G speed data to your phone.  While you don’t lose your data after that point, your speed will be dropped considerably to where it is almost unusable.  I don’t like to call it unlimited, but technically, it is.
  • Unlimited Texts – This is pretty common now.  You can send all the texts you want with no issues.
  • 100 Minutes of Talk – Now, you might say this is really low, but for many people, this is plenty.  This is what many people frown upon with this plan.

Does that 100 minutes scare you?  Are you a big talker?  If so, then this plan might not be for you.  If you like more talk time, then check out Straight Talk.  I think their $45/month plan will be better suited for you and you can bring your own phone.

How To Buy The T-Mobile $30 Plan

This used to be fairly easy.  You would just go to and then go to their prepaid section and there it was.  Now, it is much harder.  Here is what you can find on the T-Mobile site:

T-Mobile $30 Plan


If you didn’t catch it from the image, you can now only buy the $30 plan when you purchase a phone from Walmart or activate a phone on  I went over to and found this:

A nice reader told me that you can just buy a SIM card activation kit from and then use an unlocked phone. When you go through the activation process, you can pick the $30 plan. That makes it very easy!

The $30 Unlimited Web & Text with 100 min talk plan works only with T-Mobile Phones purchased from a Walmart store or from

If you want to get the T-Mobile $30 plan, then you need to purchase a phone from Walmart and then either activate it at the store, on, or on  You can also purchase phones online that will work with T-Mobile.  Those can be any GSM phone that are already T-Mobile phones, or you can find unlocked GSM phones that are compatible with T-Mobile.  I typically get my phones from eBay!

I haven’t found much information about using an older T-Mobile phone with the $30 plan, but that might be something you could do if you can activate it on  There are some people that have just bought the SIM card activation kit from and then picked up the plan from  I would try that first to see if can work.

So, if you are looking for the T-Mobile $30 plan to save money on your monthly cell phone bill, then you will need to head over to Walmart and pick up a phone.  I think the plan is good enough and can really save you some serious money.  This is all dependent on how well the T-Mobile service works in your area.  It works really well in my home town, but I know others that it doesn’t work well at all. Check the T-Mobile coverage map to make sure.

Has anyone tried this plan or looked at purchasing it?  I would love to hear some feedback from people that have used it.

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  1. I was amazed for $30 only and it offers lots of features. Usually our cell phone plans here when you want to avail unli text, unli data and some minutes free call I think it ranges from $40 and above.
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  2. Interesting option if you don’t do much talking. I use more than 100 minutes so RW is better for me. Although this is cheaper if you’re looking for 4G data and don’t have much access to wi-fi. It’s just nice to see that there are so many lower-cost options out there now.
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    • Ah, Republic Wireless. I am doing a review of them now. They have an interesting service, but you have to have good wifi and the Sprint network is not good in many places. If it works for you, then excellent.

  3. I currently use Walmart Family Mobile and really like it. I did add a second GB of data so I pay about $50 a month. I love that it’s month-to-month. I’ll stop talking about it for now until you post your review haha.
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    • Dang it DC! ;)

      I don’t use much data, so I stay well under the cap for the Family Mobile plan. I like the price and T-Mobile works well in my area. It doesn’t work well in some though.

  4. Like you said, I think it is a great plan if you don’t talk much. Unfortunately that wouldn’t work for us largely because of our business. That said, we’ll be looking to leave Verizon once we can early next year.
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  5. My assistant at work has this exact plan and loves it. He purchased the Google Nexus 4 directly from the Play store and it works flawlessly with this plan. Inexpensive super-phone + inexpensive plan, what’s not to love?
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  6. Like DC, I’ve also had a run trying out Walmart Family Mobile….that along with this post and other reviews of no contract plans really make me wish we would have done some additional research before we signed up for a two year contract with AT&T.
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  7. Seems like a pretty decent plan but are there free nights and weekends or free mobile to mobile? I used to have tmobile but I really didnt really like their service. I have at &t now n they’re a littke more money but its worth it.
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    • No, most prepaid plans don’t have the nights and weekends or mobile to mobile thing. If you like AT&T, have you checked out Straight Talk? They use the AT&T towers, but you have unlimited minutes and texts. They do cap your data, but that is only based on the speed you receive.

  8. Wow this sounds awesome! I may have to look into this. We hardly use our cell phones now and are still paying the same crazy amount each month.
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  9. I have a 4GB data plan and have never exceeded 2 GB in one month. It’s almost worth having this plan for text and data and another “bare bones” plan for just the voice. Downside = 2 phones.

  10. It would be from a different number but you could talk more than 100 minutes on that phone plan. If you set up a Google Voice account through your gmail account and then buy an app like GrooVe IP which will allow you to make true VOIP calls via your data plan using your Google Voice number. You can port your cell phone number to Google Voice so then your cell phone would really be truly VOIP and the number you’d get with T-Mobile you’d never really use. It’s a way to make the plan work if you’re a big talker. :)
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    • Yep, that is true. Many do with with Straight Talk as well. The only downfall of GV is that you can’t get MMS messages (or picture texts) as it is not setup to handle those. You can still get texts and calls.

  11. Well, that’s a lot cheaper than the deals available to me in Canada!

  12. My wife likes the Straight Talk $45 plan. I doubt we will switch from that. I just got a FreedomPop phone for $100 (it’s an HTC EVO refurb), with no additional cost for my connection as long as I stay under their monthly limits of 200 talk minutes, 500 messages, and 500 MB data. I made sure to turn off their automatic topoff that will add more data when you hit 400 MB at the cost of 1-cent/MB or $10/GB. Since I am often on WiFi, I haven’t come close to hitting the 500 MB limit. It uses Sprint network, but so far I am happy with it.
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  13. Drats! I use over 200 talk minutes a month or this would have been very appealing. I’m going to have to look in to Straight Talk though when I change cell companies in March.
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  14. Actually as long as you get an sim card activation kit from tmobile [which is $0 including shipping off and on by the way; otherwise $10; pick the sim card that fits the phone you want] you can select the $30 plan when you go through the steps.

    Buy a GSM phone. Put sim in the phone. Open the activation packet from Tmobile. Enter activation code, sim code & phone IMEI. Select the $30 plan from the choices presented [100 minutes unlimited text data 5G] and then pay at check out.

    • Thank you for the information Trish. I will update the post to let people know. I thought that was how it used to be, but they use some different language now.

    • Can you confirm that this actually worked for you? I have an unlocked phone (iPhone 5S), and bought the nano-sim activation kit from T-Mobile. But everything seems to indicate that I need to buy another kit from Walmart to actually get myself onto the $30 plan. Also, I’d like to port my number over from AT&T – is that possible?

      • Hello Steve,

        A reader indicated that you can buy an activation kit from or Walmart. When you go through the activation process, it will ask you if you want to transfer a number over. If you bought the activation kit from it should work.

  15. I just activated the $30 unlimited text/data 100 min talk plan on my Verizon issued iPhone 5. So it seems any unlocked phone will work.

  16. keep in mimd all 4LTE devices from verizon are unlock, and some devices in verizon are world phones thats why they will work with tmobile and att but it might not work all the time because worlds phones have different radio bands, and also tmobile uses different bands in the US.

    • Yes, all 4G LTE phones are unlocked, but they use different frequencies than in the US. As you stated, you need to make sure it covers the bands for the US or it will be useless.

  17. I just activated an iPhone 5c on this plan. Since Walmart’s selection of iPhones is so limited I bought an unlocked 32gb in the color I wanted straight from apple (I’m sure the 5s works the same). The phone doesn’t need to be purchased from Walmart. Just to be safe, I bought the sim starter kit at Walmart for $40. This kit includes the first month of service. I would recommend doing the activation set up there with a Walmart rep. I first attempted online at tmobile’s website but it turned out to be a discouraging failure. The Walmart rep did the whole process for me. I ported my number over from Verizon. For this I needed my Verizon account # and pin #. This was a hassle for me because I was on my dad’s family plan.
    After the cost of an unlocked iPhone 5c and a $40 tmobile starter kit from Walmart, I now have the phone I’ve always wanted with the monthly rate I vowed to never exceed. And the minutes are not an issue because I have plenty of apps (using data) to choose from to dodge the minute usage as well as wifi for a supplement.
    I hope this info helps.

  18. What happens if you go over 100 minutes of talk time? I’m assuming there’s a per minute charge?

  19. Writing this on May 15th, 2014:
    I ordered a SIM card kit online with TMobile in March, asking for the $30 / 100 min / 5 GB plan. The operator said fine no problem. Received the card kit that week.

    Unfortunately, I needed to wait through 2 months of service with ATT before they (ATT) would unlock the phone (iPhone 5) I bought through Amazon. I should have thought of that before I bought, but I thought, OK, stiff upper lip… 2 months, and then I’d be good.

    Except today, when I call TM they say “I’m sorry, that plan is only available for phones purchased through Walmart.” They sounded adamant. I said I’d call back.

    No mention of the “Walmart-only” back in March. Did the policy change since then?

  20. anyway to downgrade to the $30 plan if already on t-mobile??

  21. I just went online and ordered the t-mobile sim card. A customer rep came on over chat and was very helpful and sent me the correct link for the sim card as well as the code SIMDEAL to get if for $.01-no shipping. Make sure you know the correct size of your sim card. Most iPhones use a nano and Samsung smart phones generally have micro sim cards. If you are not sure, google the right type of sim card for your particular phone.
    Since I have magic jack and downloaded the app to my iPhone, I think this will work for me. I plan on paying the early termination fee of $85 to Verizon-my contract will be up on 17 Dec-but even with that, this plan is $10 less than just the monthly line charge for my cell and I do not have to tell you how expensive the data is. My daughter and I share the ‘more of everything plan’ (yes more of our money for Verizon) and I do get a 15% discount, but on the data only. My daughter only has two month left on her contract, but her early termination fee would be $140 so for her it does not make any sense to do that. More than likely, she and my fiance will do StraightTalk bcs they do not have magicjack. I don’t like the fact that you still have to spend $15 for their sim card, which is also what ruled family mobile out for me with the $25 activation fee.

    I will come back on here and tell you how it went.

  22. My husband and I are both on the Family Mobile from walmart powered by T-Mobile. We pay for the services on the walmart website, bought the sim cards from walmart and now that we are being charged almost 80 bucks a month. That is just way too much for us. My question is we have phones not from walmart, but have the walmart sims cards installed and they work. How would I go about getting the 30$ prepaid cards and switching to that instead of the crazy 80 bucks? Thanks so much, I love that I was able to do a search for this and found your blog. Thanks bunches!!

  23. I have the family tmobile plan from walmart, 24.95 month add a line for 19.99- had to buy the start-up packs for 25.00 each, bought 2 cheap phones for 25.00 each, had to return one because it was a pos. we took our own numbers from sprint (hate that company) we supposedly have unlimited talk text data but now the deal is unlimited talk text with data being 15.00 each a month. Don’t need data on one of the phones, (the pos we still have) I bought online and had to wait for delivery to the store from walmart the 30 plan you are speaking of for my 17 yr old son, he is somewhat autistic so he doesn’t talk much anyway, he does use the web and text so it is a perfect plan, the start-up and phone and one month service was only 39.00, the phone is a good little phone better then the pos we bought with our plans for non talkers and more text web users this is a great plan, the phone is refurbished but it has qwerty keyboard touch screen really a good deal. you have to keep checking back because when i first inquired online for the deal the phone was out of stock, but overall that is the deal of the day

  24. I’m eager to get this plan, but I wonder if I buy a phone full price from Tmobile, which includes a Sim starter kit, Would I be able to activate this plan like any other unlocked phone or does it come pre loaded with eligible plans?

  25. Does anyone know if you can keep your old number getting this plan?

    • You can keep your number with almost any plan out there these days. The only numbers which have problems transferring are ones you got with a prepaid service, but that is hit or miss.

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