T-Mobile’s Smart Packs: Pay As You Go Bundles With 1GB Data From £10/month
April 30th, 2013
T-Mobile has launched a range of “Smart Pack” bundles on Pay As You Go. The packages start from £10/month with calls, texts and data included.
Customers on T-Mobile Pay As You Go can now buy a ‘Smart Pack’ bundle using their Pay As You Go credit. By converting your credit into a T-Mobile Smart Pack, you’ll get a great value bundle of calls, texts and internet access that will last for 30 days.
The Smart Pack bundles start from £10 for 30 days. With the £10 Smart Pack, you’ll get 100 minutes, 400 texts and a generous 1GB of internet (enough for most smartphone users). For heavy users, Smart Packs are also available at £15 and £25. These come with more minutes, more texts and more data.
- 1 What is a ‘Smart Pack’?
- 2 How do I buy a ‘Smart Pack’?
- 3 How do ‘Smart Packs’ compare against the competition?
- 4 Are there any alternative packages on T-Mobile Pay As You Go?
- 5 What handsets are available on T-Mobile Pay As You Go?
- 6 I’m switching to T-Mobile. Can I keep my current phone number?
- 7 Where can I find out more?
What is a ‘Smart Pack’?
A ‘Smart Pack’ is a bundle of calls, texts and internet on your smartphone. Available to Pay As You Go customers on T-Mobile, the bundles can offer great value with lower calling costs than on a standard Pay As You Go plan from T-Mobile. You can buy a ‘Smart Pack’ from your T-Mobile airtime balance at any time.
T-Mobile offers a choice of three Smart Packs:
|£10 Smart Pack||100||400||1GB|
|£15 Smart Pack||200||600||2GB|
|£25 Smart Pack||500||Unlimited||3GB|
All Smart Packs last for 30 days. BlackBerry users can buy a BlackBerry Smart Pack at no extra cost. The BlackBerry Smart Packs come with the same allowance of calls, texts and internet. There’s also the addition of push e-mail and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).
If you’re making calls outside of your inclusive allowances (including calls to voicemail), you’ll pay 30p/minute. Texts outside of the inclusive allowance cost 12p each.
How do I buy a ‘Smart Pack’?
To buy a ‘Smart Pack’, you’ll need to be a T-Mobile customer on their “Everyday” plan. You can check your current price plan by calling 146 from your T-Mobile handset. Alternatively, text EVERYDAY to 146 if you want to move to the Everyday plan.
Once you’re on the Everyday plan, you can buy a Smart Pack by sending a short text message:
|Smart Pack||Adding Smart Pack||Disable Auto-Renewal of Smart Pack|
|£10 Smart Pack||Text SMART10 to 441||Text STOPSMART10 to 441|
|£15 Smart Pack||Text SMART15 to 441||Text STOPSMART15 to 441|
|£25 Smart Pack||Text SMART25 to 441||Text STOPSMART25 to 441|
|£10 BlackBerry Pack||Text BBPACK10 to 441||Text STOPBBPACK10 to 441|
|£15 BlackBerry Pack||Text BBPACK15 to 441||Text STOPBBPACK15 to 441|
|£25 BlackBerry Pack||Text BBPACK25 to 441||Text STOPBBPACK25 to 441|
The cost of the Smart Pack will be deducted from your Pay As You Go airtime balance. If you don’t have enough credit, you’ll be asked to top-up your phone first. Allowances that are unused during a 30-day period will not carry over to the following 30-day period.
Once you’ve bought a Smart Pack, it’ll automatically renew itself every 30 days. This is assuming you have enough Pay As You Go credit. To stop the Smart Pack from renewing itself, text the STOP keyword in the table above. Your current Smart Pack will continue for the rest of its duration. Once it expires, you can buy a new Smart Pack or revert to standard Pay As You Go rates (30p/minute and 12p/text).
How do ‘Smart Packs’ compare against the competition?
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, Smart Packs can offer better value compared to standard Pay As You Go prices. Savvy customers who are willing to shop around will find cheaper deals elsewhere, however.
£10 per month bundles.
T-Mobile’s £10 Smart Pack comes with 100 minutes, 400 texts and 1GB of internet. For a better value alternative, try giffgaff’s £10 Goodybag. You’ll get the same 1GB download allowance but with extra calls and extra texts (giffgaff offers 500 minutes and unlimited texts). giffgaff is part of O2 and uses the O2 network for coverage – see our full review of giffgaff here.
|O2||Pay & Go Go Go||75*||500*||250MB*|
|T-Mobile||£10 Smart Pack||100||400||1GB|
|Vodafone||£10 Freedom Freebee||150||Unlimited||250MB|
If you’re on O2 Pay & Go Go Go, the allowances will automatically double after 3 months. If you top-up every month, you’ll get 150 minutes, 1000 texts and 500MB internet from the third month onwards.
£15 per month bundles.
At £15/month, T-Mobile offers a Smart Pack with 200 minutes, 600 texts and 2GB internet. Better deals can be had elsewhere: once again giffgaff leads the pack with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. The inclusion of unlimited internet on giffgaff and Three is great news for heavy smartphone users.
|T-Mobile||£15 Smart Pack||200||600||2GB|
£20 and £25 per month bundles.
The priciest Smart Pack comes in at £25/month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB internet. This is beaten by giffgaff’s £20/month offering: you’ll get 2000 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. You’ll also save £5/month compared to T-Mobile’s offering.
|O2||£20/month||Pay & Go Go Go||250*||2,500*||500MB*|
|T-Mobile||£25/month||£25 Smart Pack||500||Unlimited||3GB|
|Vodafone||£20/month||£20 Freedom Freebee||500||Unlimited||1GB|
If you’re on O2 Pay & Go Go Go, the allowances will automatically double after 3 months. If you top-up every month, you’ll get 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB internet from the third month onwards.
If you’re willing to consider a Pay Monthly tariff, you may find better value on a SIM only deal.
Are there any alternative packages on T-Mobile Pay As You Go?
If Smart Packs are not appropriate for your usage, you can pay for calls and texts on an a-la-carte basis. To do this, switch to the ‘Text’ tariff or the ‘International’ tariff. Your credit will be kept rather than being converted into a bundle. If you’re paying on an a-la-carte basis, calls cost 30p/minute and texts cost 10p each (12p on the International tariff). You’ll also get a free allowance that lasts for a month every time you top up.
|‘Text’ tariff||‘International’ tariff|
|£10 top-up provides:||Unlimited texts (1 month)||70 international minutes (1 month)|
|£15 top-up provides:||Unlimited texts
& 500MB internet (1 month)
|70 international minutes
& 500MB internet (1 month)
|Internet:||See Internet Boosters below||See Internet Boosters below|
Full details can be found on the T-Mobile website.
Pay As You Go Internet Boosters.
If you mainly use your smartphone for accessing the internet, you may be better off on a Pay As You Go Internet Booster. Depending on the amount of time you pay for, there’s a choice of three internet boosters. For long-term usage, we recommend the 6 month Internet Booster. This gives you 500MB of internet at the cost of just £3.33/month.
|Internet Booster||Cost of Booster||Effective Cost||Download Limit|
|5 day Internet Booster||£2.50 for 5 days||£15.20/month||40MB per day|
|30 day Internet Booster||£5 for 30 days||£5.00/month||500MB per month|
|6 month Internet Booster||£20 for 6 months||£3.33/month||500MB per month|
What handsets are available on T-Mobile Pay As You Go?
T-Mobile offers a range of handsets. You can see a full list of available handsets on the EE website.
If you have your own smartphone and you’d like to continue using it, grab yourself a free SIM card from T-Mobile. This will allow you to continue using your existing device but with a Smart Pack tariff.
I’m switching to T-Mobile. Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. You’ll have to ask your existing network for a PAC code. This code should be provided to T-Mobile once your new phone or SIM card arrives. The process of transferring your phone number to T-Mobile should take no longer than 24 hours. Our PAC Code Finder will take you through the process step-by-step: simply choose your current mobile network.
|PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to T-Mobile|
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more about Smart Packs on the T-Mobile website.
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