With the T-Mobile Test Drive, you can test the T-Mobile network for free for up to 30 days or 30GB of LTE data, whichever comes first. Even better, you can use your own WiFi-enabled phone without the trouble of switching phones or numbers!

 

What's the deal?

The T-Mobile Test Drive connects WiFi-enabled phones so you can stream video, check email, browse the web, and make calls using the power of T-Mobile's network.

  • Use your current phone and phone number.
  • During your trial, multiple people in your household can try our network using one hotspot.
  • After you register online, you'll receive a T-Mobile Coolpad Surf hotspot and setup instructions via free shipping.
  • Your trial starts as soon as you insert the SIM into the hotspot you receive.
  • You'll receive emails from T-Mobile throughout your trial to notify you of instructions, shipping, and status.

Limitations

  • Current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers or customers of T-Mobile partners using the T-Mobile network aren't eligible.
    Former T-Mobile customers are eligible and our site will let you know if additional action is required to participate.
  • One hotspot/SIM per shipping address every six months.
  • 30 days or 30GB data per trial, whichever occurs first.
  • Trial Coolpad Surf hotspot are locked to T-Mobile SIMs; they won't work with any other carriers' SIMs.
  • Trial SIMs are locked to the T-Mobile Coolpad Surf hotspot; they won't work with other devices.

 

How to redeem

  1. Register online at www.t-mobile.com/testdrive.
  2. Complete the required fields in the online forms, including your Name, Shipping address, Email address, and your non-T-Mobile Phone number.
  3. You'll receive an email when the Coolpad Surf hotspot and SIM ship. Estimated shipping dates are provided once you complete the online form.
  4. After receiving the Coolpad Surf hotspot, use the instruction guide found in the box to insert the SIM into a hotspot and connect to WiFi. Access to T-Mobile's network may take up to two hours.
  5. When your Test Drive ends, return the hotspot to any T-Mobile store, or pass it along to a friend! A friend with a hotspot in hand can register for their Test Drive at www.t-mobile.com/testdrive and receive a new SIM card to use with the hotspot.

Redeem as a friend

If you received a T-Mobile Coolpad Surf hotspot from a previous Test Drive participant, you can register online to receive a new SIM and start your Test Drive.

  1. Register online at www.t-mobile.com/testdrive.
  2. Complete the required fields in the online forms, including your Name, Shipping address, Email address, and your non-T-Mobile Phone number.
  3. You'll receive an email when the Coolpad Surf hotspot and SIM ship. Estimated shipping dates are provided once you complete the online form.
  4. T-Mobile sends a new SIM via free shipping.
  5. After receiving the SIM card, use the instruction guide found in the box to insert the SIM into the hotspot and connect to WiFi. Access to T-Mobile's network may take up to two hours.
  6. When your Test Drive ends, return the hotspot to any T-Mobile store, or pass it along to a friend! A friend with a hotspot in hand can register for their Test Drive at www.t-mobile.com/testdrive and receive a new SIM card to use with the hotspot.

 

Set up your device

First, insert your Test Drive SIM...

  1. Open the back cover of the Coolpad Surf hotspot.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Insert the Nano SIM card and replace the battery and back cover.
  4. Power on the Coolpad Surf hotspot and look for the green light showing connected. If you see a red light, check that the SIM is inserted properly and try to power on again. Be aware that access to the T-Mobile network may take up to two hours.

Next, connect your device to the Coolpad Surf hotspot...

  1. Power on the Coolpad Surf hotspot.
  2. On your Wi-Fi enable phone, search for available WiFi networks.
  3. Select the network name (SSID) that's listed on the label inside the back cover of the Coolpad Surf hotspot.
  4. Open a browser on your Wi-Fi enabled device and enter http://mobilehotspot or http://192.168.0.1 in the address bar. The Coolpad Surf Mobile Hotspot login screen will appear.
  5. Enter the Password in the field provided. The default password is "admin".
  6. Click Login. If the password is entered correctly, the Web User Interface screen appears.

 


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