T-Mobile eliminates 200MB data plan, new smartphone minimum is 2GB

T-Mobile eliminates 200MB data plan, new smartphone minimum is 2GB
T-Mobile tells it reps how to sell 2GB of data a month

T-Mobile tells it reps how to sell 2GB of data a month

Quietly, about a week and a half ago T-Mobile eliminated the 200MB monthly data plan it had offered for $10 a month as the minimum amount of data that its customers could purchase from the carrier for a smartphone. Now, the minimum is the Unlimited Plus data plan that can be obtained for $20 a month. The $20 gets you 2GB of data that you can use for web browsing, video or any other type of multimedia. What if you have the 200MB plan and want to keep it? In that case, T-Mobile says that you can continue to buy the old minimum amount of data monthly but when you upgrade to a new phone, you will have to pay the full retail price. That should give many T-Mobile customers the incentive to give up the 200MB plan.

A leaked memo for T-Mobile reps shows what they are supposed to say to customers who don't want to give up the old minimum. The reps are told to point out that with the 2GB of data, customers never pay more than $20 a month while the 200MB plan had an overage charge of 10 cents per MB up to an additional $30 per month. With the new plan, if you exceed the monthly 2GB cap, your data speed is subject to be throttled. If the customer is persistent about the 200MB, the rep is supposed to downsell him into a featurephone. And after seeing, say, the Samsung Galaxy S III at work, it is hard to think about going back to a non smartphone.

Of course, heavy data users have the option of signing up for T-Mobile's Unlimited Nationwide 4G plan which removes the threat of throttling from the picture.

source: TmoNews

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20 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

That's fair enough. T-Mo doesn't have a store in my region but they do have HSPA+ coverage which I find strange. lol But since they did this whole spectrum switch, I'm thinking about taking my One X to Walmart and buying a T-mo sim card.

2. Nico85

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Is it 10 cents per GB or 10 cents per MB over the 200 MB? 10 cents for every GB is a steal!

3. BrockSamson

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

"while the 200MB plan had an overage charge of 10 cents per GB up to an additional $30 per month" Good point! At only $30 for an extra 300GB of transfer it's no wonder they got rid of this plan haha!

12. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The overage charge is 10 cents per MB. Anyway, that leaves just AT&T with an ultra-low data plan that's easy to go over.

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Okay, I realize this is not for me but, I still think it's great. In fact, it blows anything currently offered by other carriers for the same tiered amount of data. Why wouldn't someone jump on this. Kudos T-Mobile!!! And, who the hell could make do with 200MB of monthly data; must be those Blackberry users. Now, again, and I can't stress enough, this is definitely not for me; I just hit 21GB of fabulous Verizon 4G Data and I'm only 5 days into my new cycle. But, for all you beginners and Blackberry users, congrats!!!

5. goos2134

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

and you why they got rid of unlimited thanks

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, no different than a welfare recipient, taking advantage of the situation/system and then brags about it.

14. freefour1968

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

If you are paying for unlimited data and the carrier is advertising unlimited data plan the why would you say that? You are buying a service offered by a company. It's their greed that found out you would pay more for less. They even said it themselves when they said less than 2% of users ever went over 2gb a month. So if 98% of your customers buy something that they dont fully use look at how much more they will be suckered into paying for less.

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Except a welfare recipient gets everything for free, I take what I pay for; and, I pay for Unlimited Data. Therefore, I am entitled to Unlimited Data. It's not my fault that you or others on tiered plans didn't recognize the value of Unlimited Data when it was initially offered. You were the same idiots saying, "oh, I don't need internet on my phone; $29.99 is too much on top of my voice plan. I have internet at home." Well, stupid, all I have to say is: HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! How's that voice plan working for you now?

6. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

damm what do u do to hit 21gb

7. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

good job tmobile!

8. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

thats not what the 200 megabyters say :P

9. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Im seriously thinking about changing over to T-Mobile..

13. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

It's not just about price, it's about coverage too. If you live on either coastline T-mobile is a good deal, but if you live anywhere in the Midwest T-mobile coverage is very very spotty at this point. There is a reason why they are so cheap.

10. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

hit 5gb in a week using pc at home with unlimited data plan (idr 200 ~ usd 20) in a week to downloading scanlation comics using domdom manga. thank god, i use unlimited plan, if i didn't, u can imagine my family can't use internet at home. so 21gb, well, u must download movies or streaming hd for manga or xxx.

17. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Manga. Nerd.

15. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

I just upgraded from 5gb to unlimited 4G and my bill stayed the same. $30 for my 5gb data and unlimited was also $30. Not sure why, and i scratched my head for awhile before pulling the trigger but the only difference I could see was hotspot is not offered with the unlimited plan. Which makes no difference to me and my rooted S3. I opted not to go for the full blown unlimited everything plan because it would run an extra $10 a month. I have 500 minutes which I don't come even close to using since my unlimited texts and data cover 90% of my communication needs. My minutes have gone down in direct proportion to my texts going up so unlimited voice minutes is not as attractive as it once was.

16. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Yup, nobody ever really talks on their phones anymore, all texts and data. I'm guessing carriers might even offer a data only (sms, mms, and internet) plans in the not too distant future.

18. MoonlitTear

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2008

I am kinda saddened by this. For Christmas (when I will be exactly one year in my contract) I was going to add a line for myself, put the second line on the the 200 MB plan and do what I did when I was on at&t, have two phones, but I can upgrade every year. I was looking at only 18 dollars more than I am paying now.. This might change my plans. Sad Tmo customer here.

19. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

What's all the fuss about? You just pay $10 more per month and you get 1.8 GB more data without worrying about overrages.

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