T-Mobile is reportedly set to launch their prepaid MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) “GoSmart” next month. This service was announced by the company last December and although is completely owned by them will not carry the branding of T-Mobile. Instead, it will be marketed as GoSmart.
There are three plans initially available which consumers can choose from
- $30 per month for unlimited talk and text
- $35 per month for unlimited talk, text and 2G data
- $45 per month for unlimited talk, text and 5GB of “high speed” data
This brand will be available nationwide as the company has seen strong demand for it in trials done on several test markets held last December.
The high speed data plan will allow you to connect to the HSPA+ network as long as you haven’t reached the 5 GB quota. Once you are over your quota, instead of charging you for extra, your connection will instead be switched to 2G speeds.
The only disadvantage in subscribing to GoSmart is that the company announced that during times of network congestion certain T-Mobile plans will be given priority to use the network over GoSmart.
The company is offering two handset options to new subscribers. There’s the Alcatel OT838 which should cost you an extra $48. A much cheaper option would be to get the mobile sim kit which only sells for $8. This option is great if you already have an unlocked GSM device since all you need to do is insert the SIM to be able to use the service.
The entry of GoSmart might provide headaches for other MVNO’s who are using T-Mobile’s network. Ultra Mobile, Ready SIM and Solavei are three new MVNO’s that have launched prepaid services using the company’s network. If the company owned GoSmart can provide competitive rates then this places the competition at a disadvantage.
We will provide you more information regarding this service once it launches next month.