How to get free Everything (calls, text, and data) from T-Mobile US

13 01 2011

About 2 years ago I got a new T-Mobile account to go with the G1 I scooped off craigslist. Not long after I got this account I noticed a major loophole that I took full advantage of ever since. In fact it is what inspired me to get a good SIP setup to begin with, as well as an Android device for my wife.

See when  you get a contract plan from t-mo they will cut your outgoing calls,  outgoing sms, and all data.

If you happen to be a FlexPay (or month-to-month) customer they cut ALL Calls & SMS but leave data active. They will leave it active for as long as you keep your SIM card active. To keep your SIM active, all you need to do is add a $10 prepaid card to your FlexAccount every 89 days (day 90 = cancel account).  Yes this even works with the new EvenMore type FlexPay plans.

So wait…How the hell is $10 every 3 months free? Okay cheapskate. Since you want to complain about $3.33 a month (BTW that’s $1.11 for those with 3 lines Heehee) You can still use that $10 to make .10(alright make that .30 now) a min prepaid calls + sms when you are not in good coverage area to use SIP.  BAAAAAAM!  Pimp that carrier.

For those who were not paying attention:

T-Mobile US+FlexPay+Android+My Guide to SIP/GV setup = FREE CALLING, TEXT,  and DATA

If you are still thinking about getting a contract, look at it like this.

New Top of the line Android handset off contract   $200-$600
 The eight $10 refill cards+ 1st month service     +$160
                                               =    $360-760
Contract would have cost you                   - $1920-$3600
                              so you saved     = $1560-$2840

Compare that to the average of 2-4 hundred they offer as incentive to get a contract.

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I’m a slacker… and some SIP PBXes stuff fo’ the ’11

13 01 2011

Not really, just got alot going on.

Switched up devices to the HD2, and threw Gingerbread on it. Can’t wait to see how native SIP develops over the next year. I was just a little disappointed by it’s current state. It did not work well with pbxes at all. One must use UDP in order to get (very choppy) calls work. Yeah yeah I know its in early stages still, and I am using an unsupported device. So I can’t be to critical based on my testing. I just really hoped for more. Its all good though. I owned a g1 so I know about being patient. (Still waiting for flash lol)

Anyhow…yeah I been slacking a bit in the guide making field, but I will try to get people’s questions answered as I can. Please understand though that I might not get around to it for very extended periods. So if you need help right away ask around on xda.

I have alot planned for 2011. Just scooped my android developer’s license and got some great ideas in the works. If only I had the skills to match my creativity level I would be good. I’m getting the hang of it though.

Also been busy getting things ready for the trip to Cali. Can’t wait to get out there and Get to cultivating. Haha yeah there e we go I’ll develop apps to monitor your crop remotely. That would be the shiznit.

On the SIPDROID note: I must say “under five bucks a month for pbxes Soho is worth it” I don’t regret upgrading a bit (even if it was a 72hr pain in the ass & I should have been comped a pro acct. Long long ago for sending you guys their way) but um…since they didn’t….j/k  😉

here’s a new tip though
SKIP SIPGATE,SIPSORCERY,ETC…

This will help you set up a direct connection from google voice to pbxes.org. Yes I know SIPdroid can do it automatically, but I like my old account with all my other trunks and extensions configured. So I decided to share the method I used in case someone else also likes their old stuff.

Pbxes.org now allows gtalk trunks. If you haven’t noticed Google voice also lets you use Google talk as a forwarding number.

The link on PBXes is not exposed to free users, but the page is, and they allow free users to set up accountsts with gtalk trunks  using SIPDROID so I will assume it is okay to create them manually.

Here’s How:

Simply sign in and  go to the create new sip trunk page.

At the end of the URL it will say =SIP change this to =GTALK and press enter.

Now you are at the gtalk trunk creation page.

Enter your Google credentials, and save the trunk

Add inbound and outbound routing for the new trunk & configure it for your extension. DO NOT try to name a route with the @ symbol included…it won’t work.

….oh yeah, and check the box on the google voice phone settings page to enable chat (Google Talk) as a forwarding # & uncheck your old sip route if you have one

You should have a working direct connection….It works most of the time at least. As long as you stay logged out of Gtalk on other devices w/ voice video chat enabled while using this route

Now have fun configuring multi Google voice  accounts with no callback scripts or multi sip providers or any of that BS.





Old Guides

12 06 2010

I have copied the old guides from XDA. So now we won’t need to worry about the images going down. Time to take a break, and I’ll get back to making the new guides shortly.





Greetings!

12 06 2010

Welcome everyone!

My guides were exceeding bandwidth limits, so I decided to move them to a blog. Aside from the bw issues, this allows me to better format the posts, and all that good stuff.

I apologize for the delay. I know I said things would be updated as soon as I got home. I was kinda on vacation in the mountains with no signal.

Anyhow, without further delay. I shall get the old guides posted & start working on some new stuff to clear up some confusion.