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Old 08-29-2019, 06:18 AM   #1
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Free trial of T-Mobile network

T-Mobile is offering a free trial of their network for anyone who is not or has never been a T-Mobile customer.

Sign up (name, address, phone # and email address) and they will send you a free wi-fi hotspot device and sim card to use for 30 days or 30GB of data, whichever comes first. No strings attached - you don't give any CC info and the sim card auto deactivates at the end of the trial. Then you can keep the device, give it to someone to activate their own trial or return to T-Mobile.

https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/free-trial
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:32 AM   #2
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Fantastic! T-Mobile is the other network available to Consumer Cellular customers (I chose AT&T). This sounds like a low-impact way to compare side by side. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:44 AM   #3
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Any idea what it costs to keep it?
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Any idea what it costs to keep it?
Google T-Mobile rate plans and it should bring up their hotspot pricing.
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Thanks. I just signed up. I had been thinking about changing to T-Mobile 55+ plan. This should allow us to test the signal before transferring out phone number. ATT seems to have changed somehow and signal strength is constantly changing, often dropping calls.

P.S. MS Edge would not allow me to sign up. Wouldn't allow me to agree to Terms and Conditions. Chrome did.
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Google T-Mobile rate plans and it should bring up their hotspot pricing.
I did and I'm still confused. I don't see any hotspot plans or devices on their site.

Weird promotion.
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I did and I'm still confused. I don't see any hotspot plans or devices on their site.
https://www.t-mobile.com/content/dam...nuary_2019.pdf

Bottom of the first page.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:54 AM   #8
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P.S. MS Edge would not allow me to sign up. Wouldn't allow me to agree to Terms and Conditions. Chrome did.
I saw some discussion about the T-Mobile promotion sign-up page being finicky as to what browser you were using. Anyone having issues should do as you did and try a different browser.
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I'll give it a try. Coverage on all networks I've tried is really terrible. Our house is in sort of a valley.
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Free trial of T-Mobile network

I ordered the device yesterday and expect delivery soon and am looking forward to it.

I ended up spending time in a waiting room yesterday afternoon and had a chance to look through the offer more closely. A few interesting things:

Your trial begins when you activate the SIM/hotspot. I might delay activation since Iím anticipating a new device to use with and test.

After the trial is over, you can keep the gadget or give it to someone (or, I suppose, return it). This has been mentioned already. T-Mobile of course hopes you keep it and get a plan.

Other call/data traffic may be prioritized higher than the hotspot depending on network conditions. This doesnít concern me as Iím more interested in coverage/signal than performance.

They included language in the offer ďwhile supplies lastĒ. Who knows whether supplies are limited, could be just to cover T-Mobile.
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I signed up. will be interested to see if the coverage is good. can you use the hotspot from anywhere you go or does it have to be at home?
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frank, you should be able to use it from anywhere T-Mobile has a signal.
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Their data plans aren't very competitive...for $35/month AT&T offers an unlimited LTE "tablet" plan, but the SIM can be moved to a hotspot once activated.
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Great idea! Especially for someone like me in a questionable coverage area. I'm a bit confused about whether this will actually tell me what kind of voice coverage I'll get. From what I see it looks like you use this for data? So I can connect to this instead of my home router and see what I get, but this may or may not give me a solid indication of voice coverage and quality. Can you put the sim in your phone instead of the device? But it doesn't look like a micro sim like I need. I signed up for it so I'll see what I get. If it works, the over 55 unlimited data plan looks pretty good.
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I would think the strength/quality of the data signal would be an indication of what you could expect for voice coverage, but that's only a fractionally educated (very small fraction) guess. It appears the data and voice signals come from the same tower but use different channels.
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Got mine yesterday- signed up Wednesday- they ship 2 day air but I got it one day early!
The sim I got has to be activated by January 2021 - so Iím going to leave it in the box until our next trip - use it for iPads and laptop.
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Got mine yesterday- signed up Wednesday- they ship 2 day air but I got it one day early!
The sim I got has to be activated by January 2021 - so Iím going to leave it in the box until our next trip - use it for iPads and laptop.

Happy day! I hope it works well. Mineís supposed to show up Tuesday. Itís good to learn thereís a time limit for activation, Jan Ď21 (or Ď20, even) is a long window.
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We switched to T-Mobile a few months ago after 15+ years with AT&T. Their 55+ plan of two phones with unlimited everything for $70/month (inclusive of all taxes and fees) is pretty hard to beat. Coverage has been fine. AT&T was almost twice as much.
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Just checked, mine will be here Tuesday. Since I am just about ready to pull the rigger for T-Mobile, I'll check out ASAP before I commit. Anyone know if the box is accessible via computer to read the receiving signal level?
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Thanks for this. Mine is ordered and shipped.
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