T-Mobile’s UN-carrier 5.0 – simplified rate set-up, prices will include taxes

T-Mobile’s UN-carrier 5.0 – simplified rate set-up, prices will include taxes
If you are a consumer on just about any level, chances are you know about taxes. Income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, take your pick.

Phone bills in the United States have loads of taxes and fees that get added to the bottom line. Moreover, these taxes can vary by city, and fees vary by state, on top of whatever the FCC plugs into the mix as well.

It is not uncommon to see fees and taxes add as much as 15% to a bill. There is not any single major culprit either, the fees literally assault you with pennies. In California for example, there are no fewer than 10 surcharges and “other fees” in some parts of the state. Line items such as, “City Utility Users Tax” (38 cents), “Relay Service Device Fund” (2 cents), “State 911 Tax” (8 cents), and more, all add up, especially if you have more than one line, since these are assessed at a per-line level. Plus, because some are flat fees, and others are a percentage based tax, they are not uniform across the board.

These fees have legitimate uses (most of them anyway), and have been a part of the telecom billing landscape since even before the days of MaBell and McCaw Cellular. All that appears to be on the way for another change.

A tip we just received indicates that T-Mobile will upset the market once again with the announcement of UN-carrier 5.0. Team Magenta’s post-paid customers will see their rate plans priced to be inclusive of all taxes and regulatory fees. That means, the plan pricing that T-Mobile offers will be all-in. Clean and simple.

This pricing takes a page from rate structures that are typically reserved for the pre-paid market. MetroPCS branded rates are structured the same way. This will certainly be a hit with consumers and will make balancing the check-book all the easier, and it stands to save customers even more money. This may also have appeal to those that were pensive about setting up service with T-Mobile but not being granted an employer-based discount (current customers grandfathered).

As for the prices of the rates themselves, there is no indication those will change since it would be counter to the “Simple Choice” message T-Mobile has been pushing with its plans.  This will be a significant development in the face of traditional telecom billing for customers.

We will bring you further details about this announcement and any other news that may be made at T-Mobile’s Un-carrier event this coming Wednesday from Seattle.

Thanks for the tip!

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50 Comments

1. sun0066

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Love everything about t mobile , phones, plans , etc .it is a company pro consumer 100% thanks t mobile !!!!! When other company try to control plans etc you instead serve everything unlimited , love t mobile !!! Long live to t mobile And pls keep away of sprint !

3. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

T-Mobile is late at doing this, I had the $50.00 simple choice plan, after TAX it was almost $54.00... I switched to "Cricket Wireless", and get a half GB more LTE High Speed for the same $50.00 TAX included, and with auto-pay, you get another $5.00 off the price... $45.00, 2 1/2 GB 4G LTE Speed, unlimited talk, text, and data, TAX included... Beat that T-Mobile!... Oh Yeah, international sms to 35 countries FREE.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I believe Straight Talk one ups that with 3GB 4G LTE, unlimited voice and messages for 45.00 a month...

20. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

T-mobile was doing this on their prepaid no credit check plans, not their postpaid plans though.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Lately I have considered both T-Mobile and Cricket, and I am still in the decision making process. The way I see it is Cricket is slightly cheaper and offers better coverage in rural areas, but T-Mobile offers faster LTE speeds (take note that it says in fine print for Cricket that the LTE speed is throttled at 8 Mbps, which isn't bad but it's worth noting).

33. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

except you're restricted to either 4 or 8Mbps..

34. David789

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

But You must agree that T-Mobile is pro-consumer-friendly company.... Although you may still find more cheaper plan with any other MVNO but T-Mobile has some difference.............. telecomvibe[dot]com

36. UMAFan

Posts: 14; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well Tmobile gives you free international sms to nearly EVERY country. They are giving free data and sms when you ROAM internationally. Tmobile has WiFi calling. Also Cricket throttles you to HSPA+ speeds on an LTE connection so you are essentially a second class customer to at&ts prime customers. Also two lines on Tmobile is $40 per line. 3 lines are $30. 4 are $25 per line.

43. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Cricket does family pricing too and I think when I compared 5 lines they came out to the same price of $110 for both T-Mobile and Cricket.

45. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah, Aio/New Cricket was there first with all-inclusive. Straight Talk has taxes and fees on top of that $45, plus they still suspend people for streaming video.

15. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

You must not leave major cities. My travels through South Dakota would have been a real treat stick on 2G. How is poor coverage pro consumer? Come get a TMo phone and just try using it outside big cities.

17. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Theyve rolled out LTE faster than any other carrier in the US... man, what does a company have to do to get a freakin break?! Consumer friendly changes over and over again, best plans of any of the major carriers, no contracts, BYOD, free international text and roaming, but they dont have coverage in nowheresville, South Dakota... they can go to hell!

37. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Look. TMO's coverage map has changed very little in 3 years. There are 3rd party coverage maps that show this. Heck there own maps show this. I travel the country and trust me this is true. Inner city, urban is usually not a issue, but once outside into medium sized suburban and rural forget about it. How many towers you all seeing going up?

42. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Indeed, if you travel all over the country, then T-Mobile I'd not for you. If course, neither is Sprint and you're better off with AT&T, as Verizon is just a CDMA plantation.

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

LOL nice, they actually have crappy coverage in nowhereville North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and the Upper peninsula of Michigan. Also here in minnesota I am suprised how bad the ping rates are I consistantly get 200+ ms on LTE with tmobile

46. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

T-Mobile only works to it's fullest extent in MPLS and St. Cloud in MN, only in Fargo in ND. It's 2G everywhere else in those states.

2. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

The only thing I hate about T-Mobile is their service sucks outside of big cities. That's the only reason I would never switch to them.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ok, how much population does a city need to be big? I live on the outskirts of a 35k city, and I do fine with my signal...

18. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

I'm talking LTE service. I live in south east Ohio and T-Mobiles LTE service is non existence. But AT&T and Verizon have it. That's why I've stayed with AT&T for so long. They have great coverage and LTE.

25. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If you check out the pcmag LTE test, T-Mobile acknowledges there's a problem in Ohio, and they're working on it.

30. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I complained to them there speeds were to slow in my neighborhood and like 3 weeks later the area around me got upgraded from 2G to 30mbps LTE.

38. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If you live in SE ohio, you dont live in a big (or even medium) city. Athens is the biggest choice that way, and its abour 25000 people. The 200th largest city in the US is Waco TX, at 125k population. I get it, if the company doesnt have coverage there, thats fine, but people try to make it out to be more nefarious than it is. Verizon and ATT have had ~25 years to build out coverage (and much of their growth has been merger, not build out), so of COURSE their network is large and in charge. Tmobile has been in the game what... 8 years as they currently stand (not including Aerial/VoiceStream days).

47. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Bad comparison. T-Mobile through all it's incarnations has been around just as long as the other three in their incarnations. DK just chose not to throw around money until recently.

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I love T-Mobile. Each carrier has pros and cons but T-Mobile is making wonderful strides these days. Verizon- Amazing coverage and LTE but the most expensive and no unlimited At&t- Same exact situation as Big Red, but for personal reasons, I despise them lol Sprint- Good prices and decent coverage. Unlimited but unless you have consistent LTE, wimax and 3g are pathetic. Seriously it's terrible(30+ seconds for a Google search) T-Mobile- Good coverage in city's but little to no signal in other places, blazing fast lte and great HSPA+ to back it up, good prices, and UNLIMITED that's to die for. It's literally the only carrier I have some type of hope for.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Verizon, AT&T, T Mobile are all about equal in my area, with Sprint sucking in coverage...

24. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where would that be?

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Chicago. T-Mobile actually outperforms AT&T most of the time here.

41. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

I've heard that EVEN in as big a city as Chicago, the SPRINT coverage is really bad; I don't DOUBT that because here in San Francisco, SPRINT is also terrible; T-MOBILE has excellent coverage here though...

48. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Central California

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They do not have unlimited 4G data, but their 2G is pretty decent in my area...

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