T-Mobile heats up the rate-plan race, more data, unlimited international texting

T-Mobile heats up the rate-plan race, more data, unlimited international texting
Team Magenta is heating things up with its Simple Choice Plans, adding more data for the money, enabling 4G/LTE tethering, more international roaming and unlimited international texting.

The current crop of rates from T-Mobile line up simply. $50 per month gets you 500MB of unthrottled data and unlimited talk and text along with the previously established international roaming just introduced.

Under the new rate schedule, that $50 per month buys you 1GB of data with tethering. Those that want more data used to have a 2.5GB option at $60 per month. That data allowance goes up to 3GB. All the plans still have “unlimited” data, but speeds were slowed after reaching the determined data package.

There is a new 5GB offer which will cost $70 per month, which also includes tethering. T-Mobile’s “totally unlimited” data is still an option, starting at $80 per month. The new unlimited package also includes tethering up to 5GB per month (double the former 2.5GB). Existing customers on the current $70-unlimited option will be able to keep it, but will not get the updated tethering option.

New to all the Simple Choice plans will be free international texting to over 120 countries. T-Mobile also announced that it is adding 7 countries to its list of international roaming destinations where customers can get unlimited data and texting along with 20-cent-per-minute calls. The list of international roaming destinations will now total 122.

The new rate plans go into effect on March 23rd. Existing customers get all the rate enhancements automatically. Just a refresh for the unlimited customers that did not pick it up, your rates remain grandfathered, but the added tethering portion will not be included.

What do you make of T-Mobile’s new plans?

source: T-Mobile


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48 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They shouldnt have changed the $70 unlimited. Instead done a $80 unlimited with tethering. Most people don't tether, do why force it onto future customers? Nice move Legere, but thats a bad mistake.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My thoughts exactly.

39. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

There's one sentence in the press release that I think explains why they increased the prices on the higher end: "Average usage is up 50% in the last year, and on our unlimited plans, it has almost doubled to over 5GB per month." Not very uncarrier, mind you.

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Even better, since i have no contract paying $70 for 5GB if better than fair...

3. papss unregistered

I just switched my att plan and get 10 GB with unlimited text and talk for 130.00 total for my wife and I..

5. papss unregistered

I meant still on att but changed plans due to a special they are running.. Eat that tmobile

11. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

10gb in one week for me.

15. papss unregistered

That's a large amount of data man.. That's not to say I don't use the crap out of WiFi with my time Warner broadband but still.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I go through about 12-16 a week thanks to Netflix, Tumblr, YouTube and Pandora lol.

44. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

i'm in the same boat but i'm on sprint

23. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Is this the value plan or regular mobile share?

36. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

you are aware that 10 gb for 130 is still more expensive than tmobile first line on tom for 5gb is 70 then second is 50 which makes it 120, and of course 10 more will give you unlimited.

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i can eat 10GB in one day. thats like barely 3 HD movies for the two of u. 3+3=6 go to an unlimited plan, ull be happier not being in a data cage.

16. papss unregistered

We have a monster WiFi connection at our house.. No HD movie issue ever as we don't get capped with time Warner

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comcast has yet to throttle me, especially the week where I watched Netflix 24/7 in full HD during the summer lol.

10. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Its a great plan I have it too, only problem I haven't got close to finishing it yet, the highest I finish was 6 gig and I had 4 gig left. If ATT bring rollover data like they did rollover minutes back in the days I would have a ton of internet. I remember when I use to have over 6000 rollover minutes just from not calling much, same will happen if they bring it to data. It would kill the competition, by the end of the year I would have over 60 something gig of LTE to use

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Hmmm. Not sure if $10 is worth it to dbl my tethering... Then again... I did tether 2.5 in 3 days...

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol its not worth $10, but what other choice do u have???? pstt..... rooting.... lols

8. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I will retain my $70/mo unlimited everything.

17. papss unregistered

I agree its a good deal if they had great coverage.. I travel for work and tmobiles coverage just isn't good enough for them to be q viable option.

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Stick with AT&T if coverage matters. :)

42. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

If thats the case, go Verizon, AT&T can't compete

9. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Is this on contract or not

12. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

T-Mo doesn't do contracts anymore. Love your icon btw.

13. jjnbbills12

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

i will keep my 5 lines with unlimited data on VZW so i can use it where i want. i dont mind paying more.

14. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Just switched from AT&T two nights ago and rocking a sexy black Note 3 to replace my Note 2 which replaced my Note 1. I'm paying a bit more then I did with AT&T but with no overage charges to worry about for data usage, Tmobile paying off my AT&T cancel fee, Jump! that will let me upgrade to a Note 4 later this year and the fact that I had to change my number with AT&T cause my old one couln't be ported over, they even credited me the cost to change my number on my account! In short, T-Mobile seemed to care and glad to have me as a customer, AT&T didn't give two craps. The salesmen at AT&T also lied about not having to pay for phone # change online and I had to show them a print out from my account to get them to believe me. Then they said they could only give me 6 numbers too choose from in the store or wait a few hours for new ones. I go online on my account and I a was able to choose from 50 numbers to change too. AT&T is becoming the second child of Verizon

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're financing the phone?

41. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Most people do in this day and age. Kudos for you if you fork over $700 in cash for your phone, but most of of us can't/don't

47. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

'my old one couln't be ported over' BULL!!! that is total BS!! and you know it, someone is playing games on you and giving you the run around! EVERY number can be ported! you obviously let them bend you over and give it you! !!

48. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

this because MOST people are stupid with there FINANCES!

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