T-Mobile SIM USA - Activation Guide
This page is a step-by-step guide that explains how to activate a T-mobile SIM card:
- Make sure your phone is unlocked from your carrier
Most carriers sell their phones ‘locked’ so they only work with their own SIMs.
If you need any information about this refer to unlock info here
- SIM will only connect overseas, but will require credit to make/receive calls
After you have followed the steps below, you can test if your SIM connects to the network in your home country (in Australia it does), however to make calls it will require credit in addition to what your plan costs (overseas roaming calls aren’t included in the plans).
You can activate your SIM here https://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/activatecodes.aspx
Your birthdate and IMEI (dial *#06# to display your phone's IMEI number) will be required.
> Do this activation process on a computer (not iPad/iPhone), as some mobile devices might have trouble displaying the screen graphics (eg. Apple devices with 'Flash').
Step 1. Enter:
- Activation code (on the Activation card that comes with you SIM)
- SIM serial number (don't include the letter at the end eg. "F" )
- IMEI (Enter *#06# to display IMEI of your phone)
Enter required info - Don't worry too much about 'State where phone used' this only helps determine the phone number prefix. eg. California '415'
When info is entered – ‘Next’ box (bottom right) should turn grey to green
Select the T-Mobile plan you require
You should get an email from T-Mobile notifying you your account has been activated and with your phone number and other details
To use a T-Mobile SIM, your phone must be unlocked from any network.
You need the Monthly US$50 or US$60 plan to add the tethering option
You need to select the special Blackberry plan to have mobile web working
You receive a US number when you activate your plan
The pay-per-day plan starts when you use it- you pay for the days when there is any use. Monthly plans start when you assign/pay for the credit online.
On the monthly or pay-per-day plans you have 90 days of inactivity before the plan expires and you will lose any unused credit. The best option to keep active for long periods, is switch to the pay-per-use plan and add US$100 and it will be good for a full year.
Roaming rates apply for overseas use see here- not available for most countries on prepaid (exc Canada and Mexico), however data rates a very high, so not recommended anyway.
Refill options and quick dial numbers
Setup Auto Pay:
Sign in to your account and set-up
Forgot Phone Number:
Dial #686 or (#NUM#)
Dial #646# (#MIN)
Check Web use:
For Prepaid Monthly Plans:
http://home.we2go.com (my account)
Dial *8646 or 1-877-778-2106
Emergency Dial 911 (for police, fire, & ambulance)