Update: 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 t-mobile.com 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 t-mobile.com 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:
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now only buy the $30 plan when you purchase a phone from Walmart or activate a phone on T-Mobile.com. I went over to Walmart.com and found this:
The $30 Unlimited Web & Text with 100 min talk plan works only with T-Mobile Phones purchased from a Walmart store or from Walmart.com.
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 Walmart.com, or on T-Mobile.com. 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 T-Mobile.com. There are some people that have just bought the SIM card activation kit from t-mobile.com and then picked up the plan from Walmart.com. 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.