The new T-Mobile One plan goes all-in on unlimited data but limits video streaming to 480p


If you were thinking that T-Mobile’s Un-carrier events are starting to tone down, think again. CEO John Legere has just announced Un-carrier 12, an initiative that will end the existence of the data plan on the Magenta network.

Starting September 6th, T-Mobile will only offer a single plan. Appropriately called the T-Mobile One plan, it will include unlimited voice, text, and LTE data. 

T-Mobile says that only subscribers who use up the most data will be throttled. If you’re among the top 3% data consumers, T-Mobile will prioritize other users at specific times and places when and where the network is really busy. The carrier says that only subscribers using up more than 26GB of data per month are currently placed in the low-priority bucket.


The new plan will set you back $70 a month for the first line, $50 for the second one, and then $20 a month for the next up to 6 lines. T-Mobile is marketing this structure as a plan that costs $40 per line for a four-member family. 

T-Mobile’s current Simple Choice plans all include unlimited voice and text. The plans cost $50/$65/$80 per month for 2GB/6GB/10GB. Unlimited data costs $95 per month and includes 14GB of LTE tethering from your smartphone.

Add in the fact that the new plan will also include a bunch of T-Mobile’s other Un-carrier benefits, such as Mobile Without Borders, T-Mobile Tuesdays, and Carrier Freedom, and it might look like the new T-Mobile One plan is everything wireless subscribers from the US could possibly ask for. However, there are a few notable downsides to bear in mind.

One huge caveat is that the T-Mobile One plan only includes unlimited video streaming at a resolution of 480p. If you want to stream HD video, you’ll need to hand out $25 a month per line. 

T-Mobile’s Video Streaming Service used to include unlimited 480p video streaming from a range of partner websites. Customers could opt to turn off the option and have their HD video streaming counted against their monthly high-speed data allowance. With the T-Mobile One plan, however, you’ll be forced to pay a $25 monthly premium (per line) for HD video streaming.

We’re sure that net neutrality experts, Netflix, and other HD video streaming websites will object to this change. 

Another potentially controversial change introduced by T-Mobile One plan will axe the ability to use your smartphone as a high-speed mobile hotspot. You’ll have unlimited tethering but your speed will be limited to 2G speeds. If you want high-speed tethering, T-Mobile will offer 5GB buckets for $15. 

Aside from covering smartphones, the new T-Mobile One plan can also be applied to wearables and tablets. Supporting a wearable at 2G speeds costs $5 per month, while $20 a month will get you unlimited high-speed data for your tablet.

Existing Simple Choice customers will be able to maintain their current plan. Starting September 6th, however, the T-Mobile One plan is the only one that the Magenta network will offer. 

In the upcoming days, chances are good that a lot of people involved in the US IT sector will share their opinions on the new T-Mobile One plan. You can join in on the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.

source: T-Mobile

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35 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

This is what I call putting the heat to the competition

6. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

What? This plan is straight azzcheeks, and I'm a Tmo Stan, been with them for like 7 yrs now

10. mmajeski06

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This is what I call emulating the competition and handing them a gift. Charging extra for HD video? The only heat that is putting on the competition is for them to copy it and thank T-Mobile for the new revenue stream. It could be argued that ATT, Verizon, and even Sprint are more like the "Un-Carrier" of 2-3 years ago than the current T-Mobile is.

20. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i love TM but this is down right horrible deal

25. TerryTerius unregistered

26 gigs of 4G data, unlimited text & calling, no extra charges for Mexico and Canada, music streaming and video streaming don't count against your data. With HD video and tethering that brings your plan out to $100 a month in total. What would the equivalent (or closest) plans cost on Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T's networks?

2. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Making people pay a premium for HD video is ridiculous.

12. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

My thoughts exactly 480p wtf is this 2009! If you have 26gb before u get throttled I don't get why it matters if the video is 1080p or not??

3. Fona13A unregistered

Do they think they're being honest by telling us they throttle data? It's called stating the obvious, and T-Mobile are just run by smug pricks.

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i take transparency any day

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Lmao T-Mobile at its best

5. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I would jump in now because the family plan now is $30 each for the first four lines. Though there is a data limited at 6GB for each line, that's enough for the most users. The new plan has unlimited data but is $40 each for the first four lines. That's $40 difference each month and $480 each year.

7. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

And If you can get by on 2GB/mo, it's $25/line, which saves an extra $120 per year

27. ECPirate37

Posts: 345; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Yeah, I'm on the family plan with 4 lines for $120 total, 10gig per line. I'll gladly keep my plan over the new plan. Taking away tethering is a big deal.

8. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I love my promotional plan, $120 for four lines with 10 gigs each and roll over. Still happy to see this since it will push other carriers.

22. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

this is what i got! i be sticking with this for years to come at this rate

9. mmajeski06

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I mean I guess if you use a TON of data this is a good deal - but since the current plans have Music Freedom and Stream On, it's kind of hard to use a ton of data. I was on T-Mobile for a year or two and Music Freedom reduced data usage a lot. For two lines this new plan on T-Mobile would cost me $120. Right now on Verizon I have two lines - so that is $40 total for line access and then $90 for 16GB of data with rollover (I get throttled if we go over, haven't even come close yet). So that's $130 for my plan on Verizon. So I pay $10 more and I get HD video whenever I want, and I know T-Mobile has improved their coverage, but Verizon has worked EVERYWHERE. I remember losing my T-Mobile signal in pretty much all rural areas - and the entire state of West Virginia during a move.

11. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I love that i just came back from Mexico city and Guadalajara and was able to use my phone just like here at home . Only complaint was when i got off the plane i got "Movistar" and a big old 3G icon on my s7. Weird cuz 2 months ago i was connecting to TELCEL 4G lte just fine. I mean speed wasnt bad but it was nothing like lte.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

WTF!!! This is horrible. What happened to the old T-Mobile??? They are starting to charge for everything just like Verizon.

29. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Oh....don't worry is coming, once their consumer base grows several percentage more. They are going to start charging premium money; they are suffering from the Walmart syndrome. Low ball the competition, and later show their fangs.

14. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

LOL...480P on a smartphone and tablet is ok with me...still better than analog cable, and depending on the channel, it is almost/just as good as digital cable. I currently have the 4 lines for 150.00 package with unlimited data on all phones with 12gb tethering each phone. out of the four lines, two lines have gone over 30gb/mo with no throttling. Hopefully i wont get forced to leave my current plan.

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

it was ok with this old plans but not this new one as it was a option. This new plan you are claimed to have unlimited data but forced to 480p unless you want to pay an extra $25 per line. Even though you have unlimited data

15. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

T mobile the company that cares for the customers, don't care about the 480 resolution videos it is great for me but unlimited everything with also those international privileges to me is the dream cellular company , mainly after being in sprint that they even charge me when I swapped the esn Viva t Mobile

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Worse than the old plans IMO. Major limits to mobile Hotspot compared to the old plan, and forcing a higher price unlimited data on every line when most don't need it.

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

On a side note, the ads on this website have become atrocious. My surface pro 3 took minutes to load all the ads. ADBLOCK for the Win!!!!

18. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

480p in 2016? GTFO. Hopefully I can keep the unlimited plan I have right now, because charging $25 for HD streaming is garbage. It's my data, let me do what I want with itz even if it means running out fast with HD video.

19. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bad move! you can't claim to be unlimited and ban HD streaming, telling me i can't make a hotspot. BAD MOVE and forcing everyone pay $70 who in the hell can/want afford that? you are going lose a lot of people to s**t cricket for this move

34. TerryTerius unregistered

You can keep the plan you already have if you want to. Not sure what you mean.

24. Shauk

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

re: the $5 tethering thing. No The correct information is as follows "On September 6 T-Mobile ONE customers who wish to add lightning fast Smartphone Mobile Hotspot to their plans can take advantage of three different SMHS options! Pricing: •$15 per month for 5GB of SMHS/tethering •$30 per month for 10GB of SMHS/tethering •$45 per month for 15GB of SMHS/tethering Additional details: Tethering speeds @128kpbs after high-speed data bucket depleted "

26. Shauk

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

I will say it does come off as a bit disingenuous to proclaim having the best network out there build for data, slam your competitors for not being able to handle unlimited plans, and then back away from a true unlimited offering that includes both HD and at least SOME tethering, (like keep the 14gb you're offering people currently on your unlimited plan tmo, cmon) I understand from a usage standpoint most people are probably streaming HD on wifi but still

28. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have the original unlimited plan. I will keep that.

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