T-Mobile SIM cards on now on sale for $0.99 – now’s the time to stock up

0.99 T-Mobile SIM

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, or you’re planning on joining in the near future, now is the time to stock up on SIM cards. The nation’s fourth largest carrier is now selling these for only $0.99 – these little pieces of plastic that contain all the information your phone needs to connect to the network normally retail for $10, and it’s becoming extremely rare that T-Mobile provides any discount on these. So get them while this price lasts.

Granted, T-Mobile is advertising this sale as prepaid only, but there is literally no physical difference between these SIM cards and those you’d receive when activating a postpaid plan. In my case, I’ll probably be activating another line on my postpaid account for my mother, but not for a few more months – for this reason, I’ll be picking one of them up and saving it for then.

These SIM cards would also be ideal in these situations:

  • You want to pick up a SIM card now to activate later on a free tablet data plan.
  • You want to try T-Mobile out to see if coverage will work for you, but you don’t want to give up your carrier first. In this case, the $30/month plan for 100 minutes and 5GB of high speed data would be perfect.
  • You just want to have some extra cards that you could use in an emergency or even sell later.

The SIM cards come in standard, micro, and nano varieties and can be purchased up to two at a time at the link below.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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15 thoughts on “T-Mobile SIM cards on now on sale for $0.99 – now’s the time to stock up

  • Avatar of Greg
    October 29, 2013 at 8:56 am
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    I have a galaxy s4 on sprint. can i buy one of these to use when i go out of the country? Simply replace the one in my s4 for this one and activate a prepaid month of service?

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  • Avatar of Waazzupppp
    October 29, 2013 at 9:02 am
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    Actually, the prepaid and postpaid SIM’s are different. The prepaid SIMs will not include roaming coverage, some features on some devices (like you needed a 9177 series SIM for Wi-Fi Calling) and some other services that aren’t available on the old prepaid plans.

    What this looks like is an attempt to kill off their inventory of prepaid SIM’s as they get ready to roll all their users over to their Simple Choice plans in November.

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/10/15/t-mobile-moving-all-users-to-simple-choice-plans-in-november/

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    • Avatar of John Freml
      October 29, 2013 at 9:12 am
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      I have used WiFi calling on a prepaid plan on T-Mobile, so that’s false.

      T-Mobile has also opened up domestic data roaming to prepaid plans, so that’s also false. (see: http://www.tmonews.com/2013/10/t-mobile-adding-tethering-domestic-data-roaming-to-simple-choice-pay-in-advance-customers/)

      Again, it is entirely possible to activate a postpaid plan on these SIM cards and enjoy all the features that are included with a postpaid plan.

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      • Avatar of Waazzupppp
        October 29, 2013 at 9:52 am
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        The Simple Choice Pay-In-Advance service isn’t the “Monthly 4G Prepaid” like the $30 Wal-Mart service or the T-Mo PayGo service. Simple Choice is Simple Choice and those SIMs are different the standard M4G SIMs.

        Since I had to check on the sale anyways, both the prepaid and postpaid SIMs are on sale, but you do need to be very careful on which you use on what plan. They are different.

        Postpaid/Simple Choice plans -http://www.t-mobile.com/bring-your-own-phone.html

        Prepaid/Monthly 4G plans – http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/phone-sim-card

        Two different animals – notice that even the subdomain is different for accessing the information on the SIMs. As a former T-Mo dealer, I had to swap out way too many of these when people complained.

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        • Avatar of John Freml
          October 30, 2013 at 6:51 am
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          Hmm – there are also lots of stories of people switching between prepaid and postpaid plans while keeping the same SIM card. You mentioned roaming, for example, which is NOT SIM-dependent, but rather something T-Mobile can enable on a per-account basis. Also, the problem with the postpaid SIMs is that you have to pick a plan to go with them – you just can purchase the SIMs straight up like you can with the prepaid SIMs.

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  • Avatar of NelsonTitua
    October 29, 2013 at 9:09 am
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    Haha this is great, im on sprint but good idea

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    • Avatar of John Freml
      October 29, 2013 at 9:13 am
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      Lots of former EVO fans are now HTC One owners on T-Mobile. Lots more are considering T-Mobile. So yes, this is good to know! :-)

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  • Avatar of Simon Belmont
    October 30, 2013 at 7:50 am
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    John, I’m already on T-Mobile. My wife and I both have micro SIM cards.

    Are you saying I can just grab a couple nano SIM cards and save them for whenever I get a phone that needs a nano SIM card without having to activate a new line? Because for $2, I’ll gladly do that. Do they ship free if bought online? That would be awesome.

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont
      October 30, 2013 at 8:00 am
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      Hmm. I might add that we’re on Simple Choice postpaid plans.

      I was always under the impression that all of the SIM cards were the same internally (they all have the same features). But your plan type dictated what features you had access to, like roaming on all Simple Choice plans, etc.

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      • Avatar of John Freml
        October 30, 2013 at 8:09 am
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        That’s right, they really are the same, even if they have different numbers. Shipping is free.

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        • Avatar of Simon Belmont
          October 30, 2013 at 8:25 am
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          Thanks! I think I’ll grab a couple nano SIMs for safe keeping.

          For $2 and free shipping, I won’t see much of a loss even if they didn’t work. Can’t complain about a 90% savings!

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        • Avatar of Simon Belmont
          October 30, 2013 at 8:30 am
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          Um. They’re showing as free, not 99 cents?

          Have they been further discounted? This is weird.

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          • Avatar of Simon Belmont
            October 30, 2013 at 9:02 am
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            Last post on the subject, I promise. I’ve read in a couple places that these prepaid SIM cards expire in 30 days if not activated.

            Both places I read that mentioned that the CSR they talked to warned them of this. So, I think I’m gonna pass on the nano SIMs after all and just get them when I need them, even if they’re $10 a piece. 99% of phones out there still use mini and micro SIM cards, anyway. Just saying.

  • Avatar of Bess
    November 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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    “I’ve read in a couple places that these prepaid SIM cards expire in 30 days if not activated.”

    Not true. I got my micro SIM cards back in Feb 2013 and used one this November (switched from a standard to micro SIM card, prepaid account).

    The SIM cards do have an expiration date. The ones I got in Feb 2013 has “Activate by 11/21/2015” written on the cards themselves.

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