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T-Mobile’s Pay-By-The-Day Plans

Updated on October 25, 2012

Many of the top cell phone companies in America offer pay-as-you-go plans as well as their regular pay per month plans. The difference between the two plans is mainly that in the monthly plans you pay for a set amount of usage for 30 days or a month at a time, while in a pay-as-you-go plan you only pay for the time that you need and the days that you need it. Best of all if you have an unlocked smartphone or iPhone all you have to get from these companies is a SIM card and you will be on your way. No more moving contacts from temporary phone to temporary phone or readjusting to those crappy rentals you can stay with your device and just change your number.

One of the best plans for short term that T-Mobile has is their pay by the day plans. They offer plans that range from $3 a day to $1 a day. At $3 a day you have access to unlimited 4G data, talk and text while at $2 a day you can get unlimited talk, text and 2G data and if you’re a big texter like me for $1 a day you can get unlimited texting while minutes are $0.10 per minute. With the $1 a day plan I was able to get a SIM card from T-Mobile and a week’s worth of unlimited texting for $20 ($10 for the card and $10 for the plan).

If you are only going to be using the phone for a short amount of time these are some of the best options out there, but you have to be careful when you use them. What I have found is that when you sign up for one of these plans in store you have to load the phone with a balance of a minimum of $10. What you have to keep in mind is that unlike plans that charge you per-text or per-minute these plans will continuously charge you per day until the account is empty.

After much experimenting what I have discovered is that even if the phone is off and you do not use it, the system automatically charges you if there is still something in the account. But if you know that you are not going to be using the phone and you are sure that none is going to be texting you, if you downgrade the plan to pay-as-you-go with $0.10/text and $0.25/minute you can stretch those dollars to last a little bit longer. You just have to remember to change the plan back when you want to use the phone but that can be easily done from the T-Mobile website. Loading up is as simple as just entering your payment details on the site and choosing how much you want to pay. There is no reason to use a full plan or bend over backwards to count minutes if you are only going to be using a rental phone for a few days.

Author is in no way affiliated with the company or being compensated by the company reviewed in any way for writing with post.

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