T-Mobile data plans to get a facelift
If you take a closer look at the images, you will see that T-Mobile devices will be separated into three tiers. The first tier is of the feature phones (formerly none as phone-first devices) and will have an option to get 200 MB of data. This data is not a requirement as users can choose to use the internet on a pay-per-use basis.
The second tier is for midrange smartphones. This is for phones like the Motorola Charm, not the HTC G2. There are two options offered for these devices, a 200 MB plan and an unlimited data plan. If a user chooses the 200 MB plan, they will be subject to any overage charges. T-Mobile will send a warning text message to users once they hit 180 MB of used data in a single billing cycle. The 200 MB plan will be priced at $10 per month with or without a contract.
The third and final tier for data is for the high-end smartphones. This is where you will find the HTC G2, the Samsung Vibrant, the HTC HD2 and any of the BlackBerry devices. Any of these phones will be required to get the unlimited web plan only. Speed throttling will be utilized when the user reaches 5 GB of usage in a single billing cycle. There are no overages. The unlimited plan will be priced at $30 and $25 depending on if you choose to get a contract or not.
Tell us what you think about these upcoming data plan tiers from T-Mobile in the comments below.
1. Doakie (Posts: 1171; Member since: 06 May 2009)
This is a great idea for these entry level smartphones, it gives some real incentive to people to pick up an entry level smartphone instead of everyone buying $199 phones because the plan is the same monthly cost. I just started training my mother to use my old Cliq XT in anticipation of getting her the $10 200MB plan. Currently she's on a web2go plan and was happy with her Gravity2. But now with the availability of a smartphone data plan for the same price I'm moving her to Android. She's resisting, but Android shall prevail, I feel like an Android Evangelist going around spreading the word of Android.
2. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
why not just leave it at unlimted and call it a day
4. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
thats pretty much what their doing but giving the option of tiered data to midrange phones.
3. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
I dont know if this is exactly the smartest move... For those looking for tiered data, at&t will have t-mobile beat (at least for high end smartphones). I'm the type of person whose always connected to wifi. Unlimited data isn't necessary for me. I was looking forward to getting an HD7 with tiered data but the samsung focus isn't looking too bad right now. I miss the days where I could get unlimited text and data for $20 altogether on my t-mobile sidekick. And does the mytouch slide count as midrange? I wouldn't consider it as high end but its kind of one of t-mobile's flagship phones...
5. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
nvm about the mytouch slide question... I just read the picture and its stated as a high end device.
6. purrungas (unregistered)
not really sure if I like this change either, why do data plans keep getting more expensive, I also miss the good old days with the $20.00 plans. this is begining to sound more like those thieves at ATT. always taking advantage of the demand, and why can't I use my data conection as long as I want if am already paying for it, why the limit? another thing that is always in my mind is why do all companies charge twice for phones calls? USER AND RECEIVER.... what is all that about? sorry guys about the different issue but come onnnnnnnnnn .......
7. KoldKore (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)
It's unlimited. That's all I care about. Screw you, AT&T.
8. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
Wow. The 200 MB plan is cheap. The unlimited plan is about the same as Verizon though. I have Verizon, and have the 25 MB plan for my dumbphone, and it's $10. They did just get new data plans and aren't offering that one anymore, but I haven't had a chance to upgrade to their 150 MB plan for $15. Still, T-Mo is cheap!
But I would never get T-Mo because where I live, Verizon is the only one with reliable service. T-Mo and Sprint only have about 1 bar of 2G, and AT&T has full bars of 2G. I have full bars of 3G.