Leak of T-Mobile internal document reveals new pricing for the Classic Plan

Leak of T-Mobile internal document reveals new pricing for the Classic Plan
According to the latest rumor, two days before its March 26th press event at which T-Mobile is expected to announce its leap into the UNcarrier era, the carrier will change its current set-up. At corporate locations, the Value Plan will be available and phones will be sold without a contract. This doesn't mean that the carrier expects you to shell out $600, $700 to buy a new phone as its Equipment Installment Plan will allow you to put a down payment on a new phone and make monthly installment payments.

Meanwhile, national retailers like Target and Best Buy will be offering the Classic Plan that continues to offer subsidized handsets and asks you to sign two-year contracts. Why the two different plans? National retailers don't have the infrastructure in place to offer installment plans and customers would have to pay full price for a new phone. Additionally, the system at those third party retailers won't allow the sales reps to get paid like they do at T-Mobile's corporate locations.

A leak of internal T-Mobile documents reveals some of the pricing structure for the Classic Plan. Each plan comes with unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data. That costs $60 for the individual plan running up to $90 for unlimited data. The first two lines of a family plan cost $100 with the price rising to $160 for unlimited data. You can add up to three more additional family members to the unlimited data plan for $50 each  Tethering is included on all plans except for those with unlimited data for the month. If you don't plan on using HotSpots, you are much better off going with unlimited data. For example, if you're one person you can get unlimited talk, text and data for $90 per month. If you do need to tether, that same $90 will get you the same unlimited talk and text, but only 4GB of data.

If you are already a T-Mobile customer, you probably will be grandfathered in and get to keep your current plan until your next upgrade or if you add a new line. There are many questions that need to be answered and we're sure T-Mobile will address them next Tuesday. Besides the new pricing plan, there is the launch of its new 4G LTE service and the merger with MetroPCS to discuss.

source: TmoNews



1. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I'm sorry, but this is not a great offer at all, as far as the data is concern; If they offer the same speed and coverage as Verizon and AT&T, then yeah, but since they are in a category of a Sprint, they need to change their price and data plans.

4. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I'm sorry, but you'll only get these prices if you buy from a source outside of T-Mobile. You'll get cheaper prices all around with the removal of contracts at T-Mobile itself. Most Americans don't do the math and realize prepaid is so much cheaper. Instead we lock ourselves into expensive contracts... (Myself included.)

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

But, the off-contract pricing with T-Mo was cheaper before this. My wife and I have been on T-Mo off-contract with 1500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 5GB of data for $120 a month. But, on this new chart, I'd have to pay $160 a month for less data and unlimited minutes. Doesn't really seem worth it. We don't need the minutes.

14. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The price for unlimited data is decent. Everything else is roughly equal to Verizon and AT&T. In T-Mobile's defense, they also have another post-paid plan which is cheaper. (I honestly have no clue what the difference is other than price.) On both plans, there's no contract, and from what I understand, no overages. And then T-Mobile's prepaid pricing is insane. $30 for 5GB of 4G, unlimited text, and 100 minutes. A VoIP app can make the low minutes easier to handle.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Individual plans are getting a tad expensive but at least its unlimited. The family plans though? $50 a line? That's $260 for what I'm paying att $160 for. I may not have unlimited data, but its high enough that I don't worry. $50 a line is too high.

3. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No thanks t-mobile I enjoy coverage in my house.

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Wait, what!?! This is just as bad as that stupid "Share Everything" crap VZW is pulling. And these are basically VZW prices. Somebody at T Mobile HQ is out of their d*mn minds if this is true.

7. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Not everyone needs unlimited talk and text. More options please!

8. jewilliams500

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Don't believe everything you read on this site. I never comment on things, but this is absurd. I'm a manager for T-Mobile and what I can tell you is that this leak is not accurate. $50 for first line, $30 for 2nd and $10 for each additional line. Each line includes unlimited t+t and 500mb of high speed data, overage free. If u don't want to pay $20 for unlimited high speed you can pay $10 per 2gb of high speed. The cap is 12 gb is unlimited 4g speed is not desired.

9. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Thanks, So when you're talking unlimited 4g speed, are you talking LTE or the other 4g speed?. What about the individual plans and prices with LTE 4g speed? (In the kc market LTE is suppose to be turn on soon)

10. jewilliams500

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Singles are starting $50 according to the new brochures. And, yes, the unlimited high speed data includes 4g lte. LTE launches in KC and LV by the end of the month. These new plans will work out wonderfully. Especially once consumers realize that a free or discounted handset is just smoke and mirrors. Just look at you all's bills and do some calculating. You'll find that your free or discounted device was never free and that you're paying almost 2x the msrp over your 2 year contract

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

They better not screw up the monthly 4g plans too

12. ok2go

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Years ago, Tmobile offered much better prices than verizon so no contract was a good deal. Now, I don't understand how this can be a bargain. At TMo 2 lines with 2gb of data is only $10 a month cheaper than Verizon. $10x24 months (2 year contract) is only $240 saved. Yet with Verizon I can buy 2 new subsidized phones and save about $1000 of the price of the phones. Verzion = better coverage, faster speed, cheaper phones and after 2 years -Verizon saves you hundreds of dollars.

13. MFJ

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

I just dumped my Verizon in favor of one of the Prepaid carriers. Many, when you bring your own phone offer $45mo plans. The T-mobile sim cards for your phone offer unlimted (with restrictions) for that price. The AT&T simm is now limited to 1.5gb per month for that price. So in the end I chose the AT&T simm. I got better coverage and can live with the Data Cap since at home and work i'm on wireless. When you start paying attention to all the wireless available, the Data limitation isn't that big a deal for a large percentage of people.

15. MFJ

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

Additionally... a new phone on Verizon...a good one, will cost about $300 at the start of a contract as well. I bought my Sony Xperia Acro S for $400 ea. So only slightly more than my Subsidized phone. My old Verizon Bill for 2 people was $190 mo including Tax. Now I'm paying $98 mo. including taxes.

16. jewilliams500

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Some of you still don't get it. A subsidized handset or free/discounted handset, for those who don't know what a subsidy is, is not a deal when you're locked in a contract with a ridiculous bill. Most of you are blinded by free and discounted and never paid attention to how much you pay monthly simply because "you got the phone you wanted for little or nothing." The cost of the phone is hidden in the bill at least $20 extra for the rest of the contract. The bill never decreases after you've served your term! You either continue month to month or you go for another subsidy all. Like I've stated in my previous post, over a 2 year period you've paid for that device at least 1.5x the original msrp of that "discounted" handset. But I can tell you how to spend your money. All I can do is offer advice. And for those who've never legitimately worked for a corporate provider, you all seem to have it all figured out, don't you. Not everyone is guilty, but you know who you are. I hate to break it to you, but not only does VZW plan to only offer LTE devices by 2014, but they're also cutting subsidies as well!

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