GameStop Mobile brings another no contract GSM option to US
The company hopes its prepaid offerings will allow consumers more flexibility with their plan, as they tout 5 new plans, ranging from $20 up to $55. The new virtual carrier will offer $20 per month for complete pay as you go, charging 10 cents per text or minute, and $1.50 per megabyte of data. The plan is aimed to those who want a reliable phone service for emergency-only use. For $35, $45, and $55 per month you get unlimited text messages and voice minutes, and 0, 100, or 500 megabytes of data respectively. Obviously the plan capping out at 500 megabytes of data isn't for a power user, but is a great no-contract alternative available from a carrier capable of 3.5G data capability on an iPhone.
GameStop Mobile also has a data only plan available, so you can use it with an air card or iPad. The plan is $55 and includes 1 gigabyte of data.
All of the plans are no-contract, the minutes include nationwide coverage on the AT&T network, free voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting. International calling is available in increments of $5 or $10 as a pay per minute add-on, and rates are aggressive. GameStop does not charge an activation fee.
Right now, SIM cards are only available in-store at GameStop retail locations. It's likely you will be able to buy them on eBay or other resale outlets if you don't have a GameStop available in your area.
We're excited to see more competition between MVNO carriers in the US. When carriers compete, the customer usually wins. Do you think the GameStop option is good? While for many the data cap would be an issue, do you see a niche in the market where GameStop will be successful with this launch?
source: GameStop Mobile
1. corporateJP (Posts: 2291; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
$35 a month for unlimited voice and text is solid on AT&T's network, plus you don't have to deal with AT&T's lousy customer service. Bring your own device is bonus. If Page Plus came close and had better customer service and less problems, it would be better, considering they use Verizon's network.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow.. no thanks. $60 bux unl talk text 4g web on Tmobile and it uses the whole network, or 55 for 500 mb and is only going to use part of ATT's already non-stellar network like all MNVO's do. blah.
What I dont understand is, why would you pay 20 bux a month for pay as you go?? your paying by the minute,text,and mb, but yet paying 20 bux a month to have that ability??
3. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
because tmobile is so much better right? If you are outside a big city good luck with them. I live in a 23k student college town and no services in the area. Hell northern part of Michigan has little to no services
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
everything is based on where you live. And MNVO's generally use a very specific and small portion of their parent network. They dont allow them to use the whole network, because then what would be the point of ever going to the parent for service??
So yea, I can all but guarantee that Tmobile's prepaid service is not only a better deal, but better coverage over all since it uses all of Tmobile's network, not just a portion of it. Its also faster on data by far.
I took a 2k mile round trip with Tmobile as my service, and I lost service for all of 15 minutes in the very very very back hills of GA. I even had 4G through all the mountain passes we went through (which was a surprise).
Nothing works everywhere, its all about the best deal for the services you can find where you live.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Last time I was in Michigan, I was driving between Detroit and Ann Arbor and I had issues with VZW dropping in spots. Its all about where you are.
13. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Mount pleasant on up there is no t-mobile but it will get better because of the roaming deal with ATT. Sprint and VZW have about the same coverage because they roam off each other. If you have a smart phone plan with Sprint you have roaming with VZW
17. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Dude, you are ridiculously biased for Tmobile because you work there. According to you, Tmobile is the absolute best carrier... better coverage than Verizon, better speed than AT&T, better unlimited data than Sprint! If they're so great, why are they in last place among the national carriers? It's like you don't think Tmobile has any flaws what-so-ever. Like I said... consumers know what works for them, so obviously Tmobile doesn't work for the majority of people (with their super low prices, world-wide flawless coverage, and blazing fast data network /sarcasm). Ease up on the propaganda. You've lost your objectivity when it comes to anything carrier related.
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
forsaken, can you find me any place where i said Tmobile was the absolute best carrier in every category? I dog T-Mo all the time, you obviously dont see it.
They have nowhere near the coverage of VZW. I consistantly say if you travel a lot or go to less populated areas, you want to be on VZW. However, they are not perfect either, as I pointed out. No one is.
Down from them is sprint. They actually have a wide network and a lot of bandwith (which is why they have so many MNVOs), but they are spread a bit thin so they drop calls more often and slow as hell.
ATT and Tmobile have about the same size network. But for half the price, and 42mb/s in a heck of a lot more areas than ATT's HSPA or LTE combined, there is no point to ATT unless your just dying for a G SM iphone. And even that reason is coming to an end with the 1900mhz farming.
I also hate Tmobile's lack of consistent message or how they always shoot for bottom barrel phones to advertise.
Is Tmo perfect? Not by a long shot. But if your not in an area where you NEED VZW's extended coverage, like any decent sized town or city like the bulk of the US, then you owe your wallet a chance to catch a break by going to Tmobile. Where they work, they work quite well. Regardless of what you may think, they have 96% of the population covered.
That has been my ONLY point on the subject. The rest you made up in your head.
21. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Tmo has much much much more 4G/HSPA+ coverage than ATT, I can get full bars of H+ in the middle of nowhere rutherford county north carolina and nobody but tmo and verizon have 3G here and if i want ATT 3g/4g i have to use their crappy microcell on my front porch
5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Sorry remix, but I think ngo is right. Tmobile and Sprint really aren't even worth using. I figured that out after signing a two-year contract with Sprint.
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
so, you decided against one carrier because you used another?
glad to know your basing those opinions on facts.. lol
8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Sorry if I worded that funny. xD
The thing is, last time I heard of Tmo, people said they sucked. My friend, who has had both Sprint and Tmo, said that they were about the same. Therefore, I always compare Tmo to Sprint. Guess they aren't that bad, haha.
Sometimes I forget people can't read my mind.
9. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I find a lot of Tmobile haters out there just because some woman in a magenta outfit is advertising for them. Let's be real here... Every carrier has areas where you get no service, no exceptions. The bottom line is that Tmobile has phenominal data speeds and coverage everywhere I've been. They need to work on their advertising yes, but I would never switch to another high traffic company just to pay a lot more for the same service. I've watched my friend who has Verizon struggle to get any data in the heart of DC! Love my tmobile.
18. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
She's hot. That wouldn't deter me from Tmo at all. xD
10. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
meh still s**tty pricing schemes. If they threw in 250mb for the 35$ plan I would consider it. Can't really beat 45$ month with straight talk unlimited text/talk + ~2gb data.
11. ZachM1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 May 2012)
All I'm going to mention is Straight Talk, AT&T, bring your own phone, only roaming MVNO, unlimited talk, text, data = $45.
It's been working fine with my Gnex and they haven't shut me down at a hair over 2gb in one month.
Edit: I guess I read all but the comment before mine.
12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
their prices are ridiculous.
t-mobile monthly4g, straight talk and pageplus all have better plans.
14. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
T-mobile is the best option if u plan to keep it cheap but I would rather Verizon or At&t, if u ever get stuck way out in the country with tmoble u probably wont get service... at all!
20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and how often do you plan on going out into the deep woods. If your that paranoid about it, when you do go out to the deep woods, borrow a friends VZW phone for the day. Why pay double the price ALL the time when you only need the extended service like twice in your lifetime? Thats how VZW keeps you on the hook. lol.
15. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
hahah, those plans are a joke ??
1GB for $55? LMAO
That's about one days worth on a decent tablet. Thanks. Maybe GS should change to BS
16. thatjackal (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
GameStop Mobile? Hahaha, I'd rather be forced to own an iPhone than... ughhh...
22. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Like I say Remixfa its all about preference If your making good money wouldnt u want the the best service there is to offer but if u dont well u can settle for s**tty service, its all about money n if u have it or not when your a consumer. You make 6 figures a year Y not have Verizons service, that wont effect your budget. I have tmobile n me and my fam decided to go on a road trip, n didnt know I was going to going through the country but my gps brought me through there, for 3 hrs I had no service. Wat if something happen to me in those three hrs... It pays to have the best but it depends on wat u can offered.
24. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I can afford VZW but I chose not to. Not being on VZW or ATT doesnt make you poor, and being on them doesnt make you better off. Thats a Taco argument right there. Its choice, and it all depends on where you live. Running 2000 miles up and down the eastern seaboard on both sides of the Appalachian mountains, i lost service for all of 15 mins in GA. Where I live, i have extremely good HSPA+ 42mb/s coverage, even in the middle of the hospitals I do clinicals at.
For MY life and for many others, I see no reason to pay double to get what basically becomes the same service. And its not like VZW has any phones im just dying to have that I cant get on Tmobile. Its not about HAVING money, its about being as smart as you can with it.
25. Obviously (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
HAHA yea Verizon is so great.... that their employees have to go on strike every year just to get a fair deal. What a joke.
27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats VZ landline, which is a seperately run company than VZ Wireles.
VZ landline has a lot of big union members in there. the strikes are union strikes because they want more pay while the company continues to struggle. Fair deal? they are paid among the best for their job in the industry and want more.
VZW reps get paid a ton more than many other sales reps at other companies.
23. Fuego84 (Posts: 306; Member since: 13 May 2012)
I like T-Mobile because there is 4g (HSPA+) coverage all over where I live and also because I'm on their no contract unlimited plan for $70. I just left ATT prepaid plans which were freaking expensive I bought data plans apart from my minutes & txt plans and I would run out of data every week. If I were to pay every week for data I would be paying a little more than $100. T-mobile, at least isn't penny pinching it's customers...yet. I hope they eliminate that 5gb at 4g speed cap for the HSPA+ customers when they finally do start Lte services.
26. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Ive been on all most every Carrier out of the big 4 except for At&t and personally ever where I went with Verizon i had coverage n I do live in GA in the Atlanta Gwinnett area N I now have T mobile N I can tell the difference in the customer service and the coverage hands down from my experience VZW is alot better, N thats Y more people are apart of there network. But it does matter where u live n if your more prone to staying in one place for a while N u can get good service with a local provider or with Tmobile Y spend extra.
28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
GA is a weak spot for many except VZW. Thats because they bought Altell for their southern towers. Altell had a lock down on GA, SC, AL, ect for coverage.
Down here in Jacksonville, the worst coverage in the county is ATT by far (of the big 4). VZW and Tmobile have pretty even and great coverage in the bulk of of the area. They are both super fast and work pretty much everywhere. As long as you dont venture into the countryside too far, you would never notice the difference.
If you live in GA u need VZW.. lol.
29. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Yea true because when Im at work my boy be on his vzw htc phone browsing the internet like it aint nothing and I have to go out side to get some type of data coverage but my other boy has At&t n he gets data coverage in the building. Its all about where u live N if u travel alot..