T-Mobile quietly hikes data plan prices and puts a cap on Data Stash

T-Mobile quietly hikes data plan prices and puts a cap on Data Stash
The big news from T-Mobile's Uncarrier X event yesterday was more data at each pricing tier, and the addition of "Binge On", which is basically allows for unlimited streaming of "optimized content" from certain video providers (and ignoring Net Neutrality in the process, but we'll cover that later.) Unfortunately, what T-Mobile didn't tell anyone was that it would also be hiking data plan pricing and installing a data cap for its Data Stash feature.

Simple Choice Amped will give users more data at each tier, but it will cost you. The base plan which is now 2GB of data stays the same at $50; the second tier has gone from 3GB for $60 to 6GB for $65; the third tier has gone from 5GB for $70 to 10GB for $80; and the unlimited data plan has gone from 7GB of hotspot data for $80 to 14GB of hotspot data for $95. 

All of these prices only apply to new customers, because of course T-Mobile has previously promised to never raise your rate plan, but there's a bit of a caveat there as well. If current users use the "Family Match" option, meaning every line on a family plan gets the same data plan, you can get the doubled data at the price you're currently paying. But, if you only change the data plan on one line, you'll have to pay the new data premium. This is a big deal, because only users who pay for data will get Binge On, you can't be on the free data tier to get that feature. 

Lastly, T-Mobile has quietly added a 20GB data cap on its Data Stash feature, which rolls over unused data for 12 months for those who pay for extra data. You will be able to opt-out of this data cap, but only if you also opt-out of Binge On. The idea seems to be that T-Mobile doesn't want people hoarding data to be used for HD video (which is not part of Binge On) or for use on video platforms not part of Binge On, like YouTube (which is a severe failure of Net Neutrality, but again, we'll talk about that another time). 

Overall, it looks like T-Mobile is not doing so well with transparency or with making its "Simple Choice" plans all that simple to understand. 


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17 Comments

2. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Do the Netflix no data count work with the 100 dollar 2 line unlimited

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You already get unlimited so what's your point...

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay doing the math the only ones that are SOL are single line users, 2+lines plans do not have to worry about a price hike, since prices will be the same as of now.

8. tonyv13

Posts: 117; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Well I have unlimited and I don't think I would ever change my plan since all the phones I purchase are unlocked :) 3 lines unlimited everything plus 5gb tethering for 140$ can't complain :)

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I would consider T-Mobile if they actually get some rural coverage. I don't think they've put up a new tower in years.

12. METALHEADx92

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

They're working on it. I live near some rural areas in CT and I've seen a huge difference over the past few months. Went from Edge to 4 bars of LTE. By 2016 most problems should be fixed for the most part.

10. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I have tmobile and it's not unlimited. They throttled you after like 21gb if there's congestion.

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

If you ever get throttled on unlimited you need to call them. I got throttled once when I was traveling. I called them and then suddenly no more throttle.

11. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Not really that good of a deal sadly here. As there are many MVNO's/Prepaids with lower prices & more data now.

14. shinywindow unregistered

Sounds like the author is butt hurt and stuck with Verizon or AT&T

15. shinywindow unregistered

And iphone arena sucks balls

16. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

no uncarrier event for this event. lack luster network. i know a family who switched to tmobile from vw and now is regretting every month. oh but im saving 140 a month is his answer. what are you saving if u cant use the network or make a call when you want. if you think you have data issues now wait till binge on consumers start piling on.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

VW is into telephony now? Lol

17. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

you people wouldn't admit a problem with tmobile regardless!

19. synthetic_llama

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Hey it's like the non-gmo organic products

20. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

oh wow such a big hike in prices if anyone complains please go sit in a dark corner for the rest of your lives

21. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Why does every writer on PhoneArena not know how to write proper English? They don't even understand the basic rules of sentence structure.

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