T-Mobile announces new low price plan: 4 lines, 10GB of data for $100

T-Mobile announces new low price plan: 4 lines, 10GB of data for $100
T-Mobile continues its reputation as being the most consumer-friendly of the four major stateside carriers. Today, the company announced a new Simple Choice plan that starts this Wednesday, July 30th. The plan offers four users unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of data for $100. Where's the catch you ask? Instead of sharing the 10GB of data among the four members of the plan, each will be allowed 2.5GB of high-speed data. That means that if you sign up for this plan, you can't count on some of the members being more data-frugal than you are, to make up for your data use. The plan is available through 2016, and includes the carrier's free music streaming feature available for certain music streaming apps.

T-Mobile has taken the competition's four lines for $160 offers and has applied its usual Legerian math to make them irrelevant. Consider that the mobile operator is the only one of the four majors that won't charge a customer for going over his data cap on these four line plans. AT&T and Verizon start the meter running after 10GB of data is consumed, while Sprint's Framily plan starts counting overage dollars when each member exceeds 1GB. If you exceed your individual 2.5GB of data on the T-Mobile plan, the worse thing you suffer is slower data speeds.

As T-Mobile CEO John Legere points out on the company blog this morning, T-Mobile's plan saves customers $1440 over two years. But don't expect the others to sit back and take this punch. Surely there will be a response from the other three.

It is a deal like this that have many consumers wondering about the rumored Sprint purchase of T-Mobile. Will that transaction end the age of pro-consumer actions that we have come to expect from T-Mobile?

source: T-Mobile

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76 Comments

1. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Uh oh. Is this a sign they're getting rid of unlimited data?

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Absolutely not. Before, four lines was $100 with 8GB data. You had the option to upgrade to unlimited, which you still do.

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I don't know yet, but at least this new plan is a heck lot better than all the previous. Instead of only 4gb of data, a family of 4 will now get 10gb. That's a good sign.

16. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You only get 10GB for the first 17 months. As of 1-2-16 the plan changes from 2.5 per phone per phone to 1GB. "Offer ends 9/30/14. Pricing for 4 lines only.10GB data per line/month until 1/2/16; then 1GB data per line. Taxes & fees addit’l. Visit t-mobile.com for offer and coverage details."

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Oh geeez. I didn't read that part, haha. Anyway, nobody is gonna lose anything. We can just get more data for 17 months at no extra cost. xD

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

no because what people think of unlimited is not all high speed So once you hit 2.5gb you go from getting fast 4g/lte speeds to about 150kb/s unlimited though just dont expect netflix to work. Most people dont use 2.5gb, here on pa we do, but most people dont, unless you have an android, and have google plus, and it eats your data up in 4hrs (god i hate that thing i get calls all week about it fing up their plans).

2. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I still won't switch till they drastically improve their network coverage & quality. By drastically I do mean drastically. they are cheap for a reason

4. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

But if AT&T or Verizon answers to something similar then it works for everyone. Plans are better because of tmobile, I hope they add at least 2 million customers when they make their call to put more pressure on the other companies. I know it seems unlikely that sprint may buy them. But if they did and tmobile gets that customer base they would be dangerous!

51. cjwright18

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

apparently most people dont pay attention verizon already offers 10gb data for 100$ and if you do edge line access isv15$ per line. so do some research instead of praising the most devious lying company there is aka tmobile john is juat finding ways to revword and provide thingsvto customers that are not any different then already offered to customers on much better networks like att and verizon. tmobile is nothing special there backwards deals and two faced lies have strings attached in the fine print where as verizon and att are simple you get what . you pay for with us simple as that.

57. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

It's $100 for the Account Access Fee plus 40$ per Smartphone Access Fee. 15$ Line Access fee if Edge. A family of 4 on verizon customers pay $60 more per month even if it's on Edge.. 120 more if it's on a 2yr agreement.

8. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Im currently doing the T-Mobile Test Drive promotion and so far the coverage and speed in the Chicago-land area has been pretty good. Driving up to Rockford was a different story as I didn't have a single bar of 4G or 3G the whole way there.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Huh? I've had solid 4-5 bars of LTE signal traveling to Aurora, Plainfield and Joliet. Maybe they're upgrading the towers out in the suburbs?

43. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I say coverage is just as good as Verizon in a 60 mile radius of Chicago - Aurora/Plainfield/Joliet is within that area. Anywhere outside is a dead zone it seems. I started from Addison and took 90 all the way to Rockford. As soon as I went outside of Schaumburg I didn't receive any service.

62. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Like as said, they're probably upgrading the towers out in the suburbs because they've been working on towers near my house and out ere also. I've been through all the suburbs and have had solid signal.

40. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

i did the test drive thing and found that their coverage was good in the nashville area as long as i was outside. in weaker areas, on the edges of the suburbs, there was no signal penetration through walls. using the iphone as the test unit, i was also unable to use wifi calling etc. i dropped a couple of calls. which is something that only happens to me, using at&t, when i am on a call with someone from tmo or sprint.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

You need to do your homework mr, all carrier has it pros and cons. All i can say is if you live in the populate area and dont travel alot into boony, Tmobile is great choice. And if you the type person dont mind spent extra 40-60 month for service you need that is great but Tmobile will continues to target those comsumers that shop and save.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You do know that most towers that tmobile are on, is the same tower that verizon and att use right. Something like half of all towers are shared towers. Interested to know where you live that tmo is that bad, though i do know they have a huge 2g coverage map that has yet to hit it to 4g/lte

54. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Example, OH is terrible in many areas... Hell there are many areas that need much work outside urban areas. I'd say if you stay in the city you are fine but anything else is not reliable

59. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They may share some towers, but that doesn't mean that they have the same coverage as AT&T or Verizon. When I looked into T-Mobile, I found they have roaming where I live, but that's on AT&T's towers. To get service you have to live in an area with an actual T-Mobile tower, not one they roam off of. IIRC, there are only 2 areas in my state that has T-Mobile towers, and those are in the largest 2 cities. I live around 200 miles from the nearest. I would love if T-Mobile or even Sprint had more coverage in my area, but sadly they stay close to those 2 cities. The only options I have for cell service are Verizon, AT&T, and prepaids like StraightTalk and Net10, both of whom run off of Verizon's towers. I get a bit miffed when people on the net say to just switch to T-Mobile. While it may be an option for them, even on just voice there coverage isn't anywhere near what the big two have. Believe me I've checked.

61. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You can get coverage if you are roaming, just don't expect data. They give you 100mb of roaming data monthly but that is nothing. But if you have wifi, and roam sure it might be worth the cost savings if you do not care about internet on the go. Also while people on the net say switch, its because they do not know where everybody lives. Even now all you have stated is two towers, with no location, city, state etc. So it is what it is. Not saying your a liar just hard to say where everyone lives kind of thing. I wouldn't mind Verizon, I know what it is like to live in dead zones of tmo service. But then I look at my bill and can live without it. And when we test verizons lte here, it gets 5mb/s vs the 20-30 I push nearly the entire time.

71. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're not calling me a liar? Well thanks. I live in South Dakota, and T-Mobile only has a home coverage area around Sioux Falls and not Rapid City so it's worse than I had thought. So now are you gonna tell me I can get coverage after T-Mobile said I couldn't get it. And I know I can get roaming for T-Mobile, I stated as much. The point is you can't get service with T-Mobile unless you live in one of their home areas. And if you take roaming areas off the map, their coverage is horrible unless you live near a metro area. There's nothing wrong with Verizon's service, but some of there business practices I don't agree with, and the option to save money would be nice, since Verizon and AT&T are pretty close on their plans.

74. fastarelli

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

This is not an accurate statement at all. Though many carriers (not most) share towers, Verizon can't share any towers with AT&T or T-Mobile for voice services because Verizon uses CDMA technology while AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. They can only share towers with Verizon for data service (which they don't), as LTE is only used for data and not voice service.

3. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

When will John not look creepy as hell in a photo

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

It looks like that he was doing the evil smile first but then he suddenly became really worried of something (and photo is just at the turning point).

18. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

He looks like he just sharted in that picture.

55. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

He's the crypt keeper on tails from the crypt lol

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile will promote the hell out of this plan and have more customers in Q4.

9. middlehead

Posts: 451; Member since: May 12, 2014

I'd buy the hell out of this if TMobile had anything remotely resembling service in my area.

17. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

How about instead of commenting about it you contact T-Mobile and let them know so they can take care of it?

25. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I don't understand people bashing other comments because it is a complaint, this is not a fan page where just pro texts is allowed

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