T-Mobile $30 a month plan

Unlimited data doesn’t come cheap.  But you already probably know that if you’ve got a smartphone plan from any of the major carriers.  However, it turns out that T-Mobile has a “hidden plan” that provides unlimited 4G data (throttled after 5GB), unlimited texts, and 100 minutes of talk time for a mere $30 a month.  And even if you’re a big talker, you can always use their WiFi calling, Skype, or concede to some overages, which will likely still be less than what you’re paying now.

Scoring the aforementioned $30 a month plan, though, is no easy feat.  T-Mobile’s website doesn’t heavily, if at all, advertise it and you’ll need to take a bit of a leap of faith in the process, or so it would seem.  That said, you can’t order the plan right off the bat.  You’ll first need to order a SIM card for a compatible phone.  So in other words, you’ll need to bring your own device to the party.  Once you set out to activate that SIM card online, you should be presented with the $30 a month option – just ignore the accompanying plan activation paper work, which makes no mention of it according to Cnet’s Danny Sullivan, who discovered the option.

It’s important to note that this plan is only available to new customers, and you may not be able to port your number, though I believe that latter issue to be moot since there is a legal mandate for carriers to allow number porting.  If you wanna avoid any number porting issues, your best bet is to port your number to Google Voice, which will cost you a one time fee of $20 (there are some instructions on how to do that here).

T-Mobile doesn’t offer the best coverage compared to Verizon and AT&T.  Nevertheless, $30 a month is a stellar price, barring any talk time issues one might face.

This is where the plan is listed on T-Mobile’s site.  Just keep in mind you can’t click on it and review any information.  So you might wanna ring T-Mobile directly.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."