T-Mobile introduces Simply Prepaid; Unlimited talk, text and data for as low as $40 a month
posted by Alan F. / Jan 15, 2015, 11:39 AM
The three options that T-Mobile is offering prepaid users include a $40 per month plan that gives subscribers unlimited talk, text and data. 1GB of that data is traveling over T-Mobile's 4G LTE pipeline. For $50 a month, the unlimited data includes 3GB of 4G LTE connectivity. The top tier is priced at $60 monthly, and the unlimited data includes 5GB of 4G LTE data. Keep in mind that once you exceed your data cap, your internet speed slows greatly from 8Mbps to 128Kbps.
Simply Prepaid will be available for subscribers at T-Mobile's brick and mortar stores, authorized resellers, and the T-Mobile website starting on January 25th. Last year the carrier added 1.2 million new net prepaid subscribers and is hoping it can do better with the new plan.
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This is like direct comeptition, well trying, for Cricket. As much as I love T-Mobile though, these plans can't compete with Cricket due to their Group Discount, and Autopay discounts, plus the taxes being tied into the plan cost, not to mention them doubling your data on the lower and highest tier plan (500MB->1GB, 5GB->10GB). I thought by unlimited , I thought the data would be unlimited (or heck at least something like 10GB), just at lower speeds.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 11:46 AM 3
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Data is unlimited, just a lower speeds. As stated in this article.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 11:56 AM 1
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Actually, T-Mobile has an even better prepaid plan, that Cricket (or anybody else for that matter) can't compete with. $30 unlimited data with first 5GB being LTE, unlimited text, and 100 minutes of talk that can be made unlimited simply by getting a google voice number.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 12:48 PM 5
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Yea but it's still T-Mobile coverage, and 100 minutes is honestly not a lot. Yea you can use voip, but you can't rely on it. Cricket is the best deal when you talk about a combination of value and coverage, that's why I switched to them. I did my research with a huge number of companies. I actually tried using Freedompop and the data service worked just as good as it did on Sprint for me, but text worked off the data, so it wasn't as reliable, and the call quality was poor, an issue I never had with my regular Sprint service. I still have the freedompop service but I downgraded it to the $0 plan. Most of the MVNOs operate off Sprint or T-mobile, and I wanted to upgrade my coverage coming from sprint, not stay the same or downgrade. Cricket was the best MVNO for ATT period. Verizon's MVNOs don't even bother competing at all.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 9:34 PM 1
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Yes, T-Mobiles native coverage isn't everywhere so this $30 plan is not an option for all. I do rely on VoIP quite reliably though! ; ) I have also used Freedompop, and to judge texts working off of data as not reliable based on that experience is simply not fair, because it has been very reliable with Google for me. During my trial with Freedompop it did seem at times as if texts were getting "lost in space", so I know what you are referring to, however I also know they have been working on improving synchronization. I actually have had great call quality using Freedompop with a 3G only phone! Have you configured the app properly? There are a lot of settings to tweak such as audio codec settings for example, that will greatly improve call quality. I have a link on my site on how to do this under the 10 best and most unique mvno article if you haven't already tried these things yourself. I also agree with you that Verizon's MVNOs still have a long way to go, particularly with how limit/throttle their LTE speeds as compared to competitors. I have a question for you now about Cricket. Have you ever noticed what I call "data delays", where you go to load a webpage and the first time it comes up offline or doesnt load, but upon reloading it's fine? What about delayed text messages? I had these issues with an ATT MVNO in my area. "Data delays" can be pretty annoying when you are using your GPS and need to be rerouted and miss turns! A data delay is really just ATT giving preference to its network to it's postpaid and native subscribers.
posted on Jan 16, 2015, 9:25 AM 0
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I think this is targeted at goPhone not Cricket. GoPhone is AT&T's "Premium" prepaid service that they sell in AT&T stores and this new Simple Prepaid will be sold in T-Mobile stores. goPhone pricing: Unlimited Talk/Text + 1.0 GB data = $45 Unlimited Talk/Text + 2.5 GB data = $60 T-Mobile's Simple Prepaid beats both.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 5:19 PM 1
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Just switched to Cricket a little over a week ago, and thought the exact same thing when I saw the new plans T-Mobile launched. I actually tried T-Mobile first, but could only get LTE outside at home and work. With Cricket I'm paying $45 a month, with no taxes, unlimited talk/text, and 3GB of 8MB LTE data. After the 3GB I'm slowed down even more, but still unlimited. All that on AT&T's network instead of T-Mobile. Even got a Desire 510 for free (after rebate) and just popped the SIM in my N5, and have been rocking since! Plan on switch my wife as well and then adding my son so we get the $20 off every month.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 6:41 PM 0
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If you're not on Cricket, you're crazy. I love T-Mobile and all, but Cricket uses a much better, more reliable pipeline and the pricing is cheaper as well as those already included taxes and fees. Switched from Verizon when Aio rolled out nationwide, pay about 1/8 of what I used to. Even after using up my high-speed, I'm still able to stream Netflix and YouTube. These cats got it figured out, and it shocks me because they're part of AT&T. They need to promote Buskirk or whatever her name is to CEO of the ENTIRE company...
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 10:39 PM 1
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huh? there is a fully unlimited plan for 80 bucks which includes fully unlimited LTE with no slow downs.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 11:58 AM 0
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That is also $20 more expensive.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 12:01 PM 2
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Yeah, I'm sticking with my $30/mo for unlimited texting, 100 voice minutes (I usually use 0 of those per month), and 5GB of 4G data.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 1:48 PM 1
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I would be right there with you, but the girl likes to call me when her man is away. This is a perfect plan for guys like me...
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 7:43 PM 0
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T-Mo is making it look like an upgrade to their plans, but they're getting rid of hotspot/tethering, int'l text and music freedom from their prepaid services. And download speed on LTE will be significantly slower than postpaid.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 6:11 PM 2
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