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T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed

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T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed
Sprint may have to revamp its marketing tag lines as it looks like T-Mobile may be joining the truly unlimited party. While the carrier currently has what we’ll call an “unlimited” plan, TmoNews has obtained a screenshot that shows a new plan coming down the pipe that will allow us to drop the quotes. 

T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed
T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed
According to the photo, a new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will launch on September 5, 2012. The data feature can be added on for $30 for Classic Plan members or $20 for Value Plan customers.

This new plan will give subscribers unlimited 4G data with no caps and no throttling. It looks as though the only thing it doesn’t include is Mobile Hotspot. Those of you that need that will have to stick with the 5GB or 10GB plans instead.

If this turns out to be the real deal, it could attract a lot of people to T-Mobile – particularly those of us that use large amounts of data and don’t want to be bothered with constantly monitoring usage.

UPDATE: T-Mobile has confirmed the launch of this plan and provided us with the following graphic.

T-Mobile to go truly unlimited? UPDATE: Officially confirmed


source: TmoNews & T-Mobile

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posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:58 11

1. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


T-Mobile for the Win!!! Good Network

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 22:06 2

3. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Not all people experience that. I have had T-Mobile n Minnesota, it is not that good. Many no signal locations and slow data(ie Edge). Also when traveling from Minnesota to Missouri coverage gets spotty as well. If you stick to major metro areas you will be ok but still have issues.

People continue to show its not all about price. Overage coverage and phone selection is important.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:53

26. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


T-Mobile is a 'Good Network' but, I still wouldn't give up my truely Unlimited Data on Verizon as, my plan is still cheaper than T-Mo's upcoming Unlimited offer. Before taxes my base charges are $29.74 (300 Nationwide Minutes) and $23.99 (truely Unlimited 4G Data) = $53.73: top that T-Mo?!

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:40

29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea
100 min, unlim text, unl 4g web with 5gig throttle. $30 bux.

:)

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 17:03

39. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


dont worry, verizon will eventually getting rid of the remaining unlimited plans! :-)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 22:03 2

2. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Great idea but spotty coverage and no LTE are a deal breaker for me. Not that i'd leave my unlimited(throttled) at&t plan anyway.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:49 4

9. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


T-Mobile's HSPA+ speeds are close to existing LTE, and they've started construction of the LTE network

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 19:48 1

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My GS3 is pulling down 25mbps+ in Chicago with T-Mobile. Still think you need LTE?

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 22:04

46. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It all depends on where you live. I dont have spotty coverage. I lose signal in one part of one building while im at campus. Im in that spot once or twice a month. To save thousands over the life of the contract while retaining the same super speeds, I'll live with that... especially since I can use wifi-calling to counter act that.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 02:14

50. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Ya know... Tmobile offers a wifi calling app in the Play store that anyone with any carrier can use. That's pretty generous of them. I have AT&T and I downloaded it just in case I'm in an area with no coverage, but wifi only. The only thing is that it pops up a random # on caller id's when I call from it. It's never the same # twce.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:07

53. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I havent looked at it, but i dont think that's the same one thats built into t-mobile phones. The one on the phones doesnt change the #'s at all and it works flawlessly and automatically. If you look around XDA you may find a ROM for your phone that has it built in. I think you can also install it from the CWM boot screen, but it doesnt install right if you try to install it like a normal app.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 22:18

47. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


YEP!! i get an average of 36 to 38mbps DL and 12 to 14mbps UP, so you can keep your HSPA+ LOL!

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 22:58 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thanks for proving my point about people thinking its amazing braging rights.

Now.. tell me what you can do at 36mb/s that your not doing at 25mb/s?

I'll tell ya. Nothing. Your just paying more. The phone cant do a single thing faster at that speed than it does at 25 other than DL large files. Thanks for playing along though.. lol.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 02:05 1

49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Oh yeah? Have fun paying $200+ a month when I pay $125 for two phones. Oh, and watch out for that 2GB cap with LTE, cause you know, that gets eaten up in a few days. ;)

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:08

54. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i pay $130 after taxes for 3 phones, 2 of which have 5gb data before throttle, not overages like VZW. :)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 22:46 7

4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


WIN.
That means its the same price as the 5 gig data package now.

converting my plan over as soon as its available.

not to be used with tether eh? yea, stop me! lol.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 22:49 1

5. mgonzalez (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Im going to do the same as well! And they will have to try and stop me from tethering too.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 14:18

37. Sprintfan (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


So you work for T-mobile (am guessing indirectly) and post on a message board you are hacking your tether. Smart.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 17:12 1

40. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


me? I worked for Tmobile corporate. I no longer work there. Wifey is making enough money so I can hit school full time and finish up. Full time student now. :) Sorry, I didnt realize I need to make an official announcement of that fact.

ahem..
"Everyone, Listen up...Hear ye, Hear ye.... Remix is now a full time student to finish his degree and is no longer working in the cell business. In fact, he's been out of the business for over a month and didnt think it was the world's business that wasnt on a friends list of some sort. His bad. Now please go back to your regularly scheduled board arguments!"

I'm on a regular plan just like everyone. When I was on an employee plan we had true unlimited anyways with unlimited tethering. We were using about 20-30 gigs a month between 2 phones. We've scaled it back to 5 gigs a piece and stopped tethering so much which sucks. This new plan solves the issue :)

We looked hard at going back to VZW.. but we found no reason to. There wasnt one compelling reason to switch carriers. My service truely is good, the speeds we get are very good, and the price is still the best in the industry. If it wasnt for the family plan being ever so slightly cheaper (and less of a pain than remembering a handful of individual prepay payment dates) from everyone's use, I'd be on the $30 unl text/web w 100min prepay plan.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 19:02

41. .POLICE. (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Have you tried LTE? is there major diffrent in speed?

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 19:51

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Trust me, there isn't a difference in speed. At all.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 22:01

45. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, I have friends that work at VZW and always have the latest gadgets. When LTE first came out, I would beat them pretty regularly in speed tests with 21mb/s HSPA+. They would get 4-8mb while Id get like 3-15mb/s. VZW has gotten faster though. They see 20's more regularly than I've seen 20's on Tmobile (though it does happen quite often). On 42mb/s HSPA+ i see anywhere from 3-31(highest I remember) and on VZW Ive seen like 3-37ish.

The trick of the whole thing is.. it doesnt matter.

For a normal user anything in the double digits aka 10+ is instant on a cell phone. Hell, most people dont get 10+mb/s on their home internet connection. Most apps are a few MB in size, and all streaming/browser usage is pretty instant. The phone cant do anything more with 30mb/s than it can with 10mb/s. The only time that really comes in handy is if your doing heavy tethering like your streaming HD netflix on your big screen from your PC or something.. while doing other things on the net through tethering at the same time.

The biggest difference between LTE and HSPA+ right now? Bragging rights to say that you have "LTE". Oh, and knowing that you are paying more for what is essentially the same speeds as someone on Tmobile who pays 30%+ less. If Tmobile doesnt work in your area, then VZW is the next best choice for speed since they have the best coverage. But if your in a metro area that gets both services quite well, then your wasting your money by staying on VZW. If you dont travel to areas where VZW has coverage and others dont, your paying a lot of extra for no real benefit.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:29

6. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Once again stock Android ftw haha
Well played T-Mobile

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:33 1

7. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I hope tmobile gets the new iphone. I might switch from vzw to get the new iphone with unlimited data. If not maybe sprint. Or if I don't like the iphone might go to tmobile.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:51 5

10. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No, keep T-Mo iphone-free (unlocked are ok). Look what it did to sprint...

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 02:12 1

18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Just buy unlocked from apple

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 06:26 2

20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they wont be able to afford the iphone at their current pricing. It would have to spike up to cover the subsidies. However, with them refarming the 1900mhz spectrum to HSPA+, they are/will be world compatible which means you can just go buy an unlocked iphone and grab Tmobile's prepaid plans to save even more money and it will still be 3g/4g. Unlike other carriers, Tmobile gives you the whole network as a prepaid instead of just parts. You just dont get the roaming with ATT, so you have to look out for that.
If you dont call a lot, the $30 unl text/5gig 4g w/ 100 mins is the best deal going.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:31

27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I've been waiting for the refarming to finish for a long time

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:39

28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


a long time? its only been announced for a few months.. lol

They are supposed to be done by the end of 2012 and all of the old "edge" 1900 should be converted to HSPA+. Theyve been really quick about their 4g upgrades so far, so lets hope that continues with this. Havent heard anything specific in quite a while though.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:47

30. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


The news and evidence was spread around before the announcement. T-Mobile just didn't officially announce it until a few months ago, so yeah, I've been waiting for a long time. Maybe not for the whole refarming to finish, but at least finish in my area.

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