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Don't trust Simple Mobile!
on November 3, 2011
I signed up for Simple Mobile because they advertise a $40 unlimited talk, text, and "up to 3G" web plan. After I signed up and paid for one month, I learned that they throttle their data on that plan to 119 kbs. 3G data typically runs between 500 kb/s and 3 gb/s. 2G data, on the other hand, can go up to 150 kb/s. So, their "up to 3G data" is actually a 2G data plan!
When I called their corporate HQ, they admitted that they throttle data, but claimed that 119 kb/s is at the "low end of 3G." When I asked for a refund, they refused. I ultimately disputed the charges on my credit card and received a full refund.
My advice: Don't trust Simple Mobile.
Update: Since this review was first published, Simple Mobile was acquired by American Movil, which also operates Tracfone Wireless, Net10, and Straight Talk Wireless. They've since changed their policies very slightly. The $40 plan is now throttled to 230 kb/s.