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 05-15-2018 03:45 AM
schippma
 
Just wanted to let the forum know that T-Mobile no longer blocks data and messaging services on their Mobile Internet plans if those SIM cards are used in a T-Mobile branded smartphone.

I currently have 5 MI lines on my account. I have tried using a MI SIM in a T-Mobile branded smartphone in the past and it would block all data services and text messaging services. However, I have been using MI SIMs in a couple of different T-Mobile branded Smartphones for the past week, and data and messaging services work perfectly. The Mobile Hotspot feature also works flawlessly. If I try to make a call, the system tells me I need to contact customer care as calling features have been disabled.

You can activate up to 5 MI lines on an account, and you can activate the Simple Choice North America 2GB MI plans, still today, for only $10 per month per line. You can then use Google Hangouts or TextNow to send and receive unlimited calls and texts using just data, and the throttled speeds are plenty fast enough for calling and texting. And this plan includes all the benefits of Simple Choice (Music Freedom, Binge On, etc).
 
 05-15-2018 04:18 AM
 @TheRealDanny
 
Thank you for sharing! That's pretty awesome. I didn't even know that.
 
 05-15-2018 07:11 AM
schippma
 
Originally posted by @TheRealDanny:
Thank you for sharing! That's pretty awesome. I didn't even know that.


Glad I could help!

For anyone who does not need or want unlimited high-speed data, this is a great alternative to a "traditional" phone plan. Google Hangouts and TextNow both work very well as a VOIP phone replacement. I prefer Google Hangouts since you can transfer your number to Google and use Hangouts Dialer to make and receive calls/texts using your same number.
 
 05-16-2018 12:04 PM
 hman414
 
Originally posted by schippma:
Just wanted to let the forum know that T-Mobile no longer blocks data and messaging services on their Mobile Internet plans if those SIM cards are used in a T-Mobile branded smartphone.

I currently have 5 MI lines on my account. I have tried using a MI SIM in a T-Mobile branded smartphone in the past and it would block all data services and text messaging services. However, I have been using MI SIMs in a couple of different T-Mobile branded Smartphones for the past week, and data and messaging services work perfectly. The Mobile Hotspot feature also works flawlessly. If I try to make a call, the system tells me I need to contact customer care as calling features have been disabled.

You can activate up to 5 MI lines on an account, and you can activate the Simple Choice North America 2GB MI plans, still today, for only $10 per month per line. You can then use Google Hangouts or TextNow to send and receive unlimited calls and texts using just data, and the throttled speeds are plenty fast enough for calling and texting. And this plan includes all the benefits of Simple Choice (Music Freedom, Binge On, etc).



I have the N America MI 1GB Data Plan
Text: Unlimited
Data: Unlimited, with up to 1GB high speed

The plan works great with the SIM in my ATT branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy Express 3.

Last night tried it in an old T-Mobile branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 I have. Performed all the carrier Android updates via Wi-Fi, restarted. The phone would connect to T-Mobile LTE, SMS worked (send/receive), but when I tried the web browser the connection would either time out or go to the T-Mobile "We've been expecting you..." nag screen.

Also tried the T-Mobile SIM in an ATT branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7, same result as the S6.

Are you using the standard "fast.t-mobile.com" APN settings, or something different for the MI plan?


Hman
 
 05-16-2018 03:28 PM
schippma
 
Originally posted by hman414:
I have the N America MI 1GB Data Plan
Text: Unlimited
Data: Unlimited, with up to 1GB high speed

The plan works great with the SIM in my ATT branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy Express 3.

Last night tried it in an old T-Mobile branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 I have. Performed all the carrier Android updates via Wi-Fi, restarted. The phone would connect to T-Mobile LTE, SMS worked (send/receive), but when I tried the web browser the connection would either time out or go to the T-Mobile "We've been expecting you..." nag screen.

Also tried the T-Mobile SIM in an ATT branded unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7, same result as the S6.

Are you using the standard "fast.t-mobile.com" APN settings, or something different for the MI plan?


Hman


I am using the standard 'fast.t-mobile' APN.

I should mention that even though I am using T-Mobile branded Smartphones with my MI lines, the online account shows these devices as 'Unknown.' However, if I put a voice SIM in the phone, within the next couple of hours, it shows as the actual device. I am trying this setup with an LG Aristo, LG K30, and an LG V30 on a 2GB or 6GB MI plan.

First, I would call care and get your plan changed to a 2GB plan for $10, unless you pay less than $10 for your 1GB plan.

Next, call customer care. Say 'Technical Support.' When you get an agent, tell them you are trying to use your mobile internet SIM in a T-Mobile branded phone since you just need data, not voice service, for your "deaf/hard of hearing" (insert whomever here).

If that does not work (because almost 100% honesty is the best policy, right?), another work around is to call Technical Support and tell them your data is not working on your tablet because it keeps telling you that you have your SIM in a phone. Tell Technical Support you swap SIM cards often between devices and give them the IMEI of a Mobile Internet device (such as a tablet or hotspot) or an IMEI of a device NOT recognized as a smartphone in T-Mobile's system. Basically this work around will force Technical Support to "force" the system to think you are using a MI device, no matter what device you are actually using with the MI SIM.

Also, ask Technical Support to place any special code on the MI line to block voice capabilities. State you just want to use data on any of your devices and you do not want to call into care all the time just to get data working on a device you swap with your MI SIM card.

I hope this information is helpful and sorry I type so much!
 
 05-16-2018 05:47 PM
XARLON
 
Originally posted by schippma:


Also, ask Technical Support to place any special code on the MI line to block voice capabilities. State you just want to use data on any of your devices and you do not want to call into care all the time just to get data working on a device you swap with your MI SIM card.


This part might not be a good idea. Seems like they could eventually find a way to block voip if they don't already have one.
 
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