A reader, Jimmy recently commented.
I just moved down to the US from Canada and found Net10 for my unlocked Galaxy SII X rooted and custom Rom’d with CM10. I opted for the AT&T SIM card in the retail package from Wal-mart instead of the TMobile one.
I’m loving AT&T’s service in the area but I’ve recently developed a love for Pandora and I know for a fact I will easily exceed 1.5 GB of data in 30 days.
Is it a simple process of going through those activation process instructions on the SIM card booklet with the TMobile SIM card in instead? Will my current 30-day unlimited $50 plan transfer to the new SIM card? Will I have to get a new number or can I keep the same Net10 number I received when I activated the AT&T SIM?
Welcome to the USA! I actually don’t know the answer to your question, but here is what I can share.
- Moving your current number from one Net10 SIM to another Net10 SIM should go smoothly. I have never done it. I googled around and many Net10 customers switched from the AT&T SIM to the T-Mobile SIM when Net10 added the 1.5GB data cap back in March. But as usual, there are some horror stories out there about people losing their numbers. If I wanted to switch, I would just do it. I’d use the the Net10 web site it looks pretty straight forward.
- I have never had a Galaxy SII. I used to have a Galaxy Nexus though. I would check to make sure that your specific model is fully compatible with all the T-Mobile GSM frequencies before changing.
- Your experience with T-Mobile will depend on exactly where you live. I have had some Straight Talk customers get the ST T-Mobile SIM and they live in areas where there is little to no T-Mobile service. Their phones end up roaming onto other networks and have many problems.
- Consider that Net10’s unlimited T-Mobile service may not cap, but there are rumors that they throttle.
- If you are thinking of going to Net10 with T-Mobile, I’d just go checkout T-Mobile too. You might find a more affordable or better plan for your needs. For example, if you don’t talk on the phone too much they have 100 minutes and unlimited data for $30 a month. You will be able to get in store support. I have no proof but you might actually get faster data, at least with an 4G LTE phone.
- Finally, you can always try it for a month and switch back. Or you could spring for an extra months service by activating a second SIM and trying it out without porting your number.
Let me know how it goes, I’d love to share it with my readers.