With T-Mobile One Plus price hike, Verizon is the cheaper carrier for a family of 4 (UPDATE)

With T-Mobile One Plus price hike, Verizon is the cheaper carrier for a family of 4 (UPDATE)
A post on reddit allegedly made by a T-Mobile retail employee reveals that the nation's third largest carrier is " about to raise its prices to 'Verizon levels.'" T-Mobile will reportedly increase the cost of its T-Mobile One Plus from $5 a month to $10. With the Plus add on, T-Mobile customers receive certain features that are free with Verizon's basic unlimited plan. For example, T-Mobile One Plus includes streaming video in HD resolution, 10GB of free hotspot data each month, free Wi-Fi on planes, and better rates for international roaming. But these are features that Big Red customers already receive with the basic Verizon Unlimited plan.

UPDATE: It is now official. T-Mobile has doubled the price of T-Mobile One Plus to $10 per month.

Now that the rumor is legit and T-Mobile One subscribers have to pay $10 a month for those extras, four lines of T-Mobile One Plus will be more expensive than Verizon's similarly endowed plan. Let's go to the tape. If this price hike is put through, it will cost a family of four $200 a month (pre-tax and fees) for T-Mobile's top unlimited features ( $160 + $40 for the Plus additions). Verizon subscribers receive the same features with $180 covering a family of four.

You do save taxes and fees on T-Mobile, as long as you sign up for auto pay. That alone could make the difference and leave both carriers asking for basically the same after-tax dollars for similar service. But even if T-Mobile merely matches Verizon's pricing for the same features, that would be a disappointment to fans of the Uncarrier. T-Mobile has long used its customer service and pricing to differentiate itself from Verizon and with this price hike, T-Mobile is losing its pricing advantage on the top tier of unlimited features. And despite T-Mobile's constant reminder about the coverage and speed of its pipeline, in the court of public opinion Verizon is seen as having the superior network. That also is backed up by some third party bean counters.

How will T-Mobile respond to this? We expect to see T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere come up with some response even if it is just to deny the rumor. Meanwhile, the speculation is that T-Mobile is ready to put this new pricing in place as soon as tomorrow.

source: T-Mobile



1. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a wash around here. Verizon has slightly better coverage, T-Mobile has much faster speeds. But I have dead spots with Verizon around me, and areas where I drop to their pathetic 3g.

20. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Samsung phones don't always have the best reception.

25. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I know. Remember "antennagate", where samsung told its users that they were holding it wrong? Oh, wait....

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Taxes and fees are included in the plan regardless if you sign up for autopay or not... You save $5 if you sign up for autopay...

26. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011


27. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Then they are about even taxes and such are usually around 12%

3. kevv2288

Posts: 298; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

It's not a rumor anymore, its already listed on t-mobile's website as $10/month.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

This is exactly the reason to keep Sprint separate, as soon as merge happen the competition will go out the window.

5. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Taxes and fees included PLUS constant line promotions giving 1/2 off or free lines means that this is just a slanted piece. Is T-Mobile becoming more expensive? Yes! And it's because now they are able to compete on more than just price alone. It's also why we should never allow #3 and #4 to merge.

6. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I can see Tmobile trying to charge more when they deploy 600 MHz but currently they can't match Verizon coverage. Speeds are fast but many places are lacking coverage.

7. j_grouchy

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Kinda puts a damper on the whole "get out of the red" campaign, though.

8. kevv2288

Posts: 298; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I currently am on on the regular tmobile one plan with taxes and fees are extra because i also have a t-mobile hotspot device and I would lose the binge on feature if I switched. I am going to cancel the hotspot soon. Idk if it's a glitch but I noticed if I click to change to the taxes and fees included and select one plus it changes to an extra $15 instead of $10. If I simply change my data add-on without changing to taxes included it stays at $10. This is either s glitch or maybe t-mobile is being greedy and actually charging $15 for one plus on the taxes included plan?

9. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

How else are you going to pay all those T-Mobile engineers to run around and fix their stuttering LTE Network woes if you don't hike up the prices?? Oh... wait....

10. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

In small towns, verizon wins hands down.

11. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is the same add on that limits video resolution to 720p, anyway, right Alan?

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You still haven't forgotten that argument you has with Alan, @izim1 Wow.

24. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It wasnt just one and it's pretty hard to forget that someone, specially someone who's supposed to be a professional tech blogger, can be so clueless, and too childish to just admit they were wrong even after having the official tmobile information page shown to them. Alan is a special breed. That having been said, this add on was $15 at first, then the free promo in February(which was throttled, right Alan!), then the $5 promo and now up to $10. Still cheaper than it was at the start so im not even sure why people are complaining. This is for new subscribers of the add on. If you already have it, from when it was free or $5, your bill isnt going up.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Coverage for TMO id great, speed not so much. While at Six Flags on the 4th, i had all bars but internet barely worked or simply didnt. This is where CDMA has huge advantages. But VZW is too expensive and ive already been with them since 96. But for what they charge, having 6 lines with them would cost way more than I want to pay. I also dont like how VZW screws their Samsung phones UI and features/capabilities. Dont like @TT and certainly not ever going back to Sprint. oh and VZW doesnt allow ypu to make additional device payments, which TMO does. So price isnt the only thing to consider.

14. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I imagine that every carrier has poor speeds on the 4th . The traffic and density on a tower near a popular holiday destination always takes a hit. They've had some growing pains, but that's no surprise, and 1 million customer per quarter for like 14 quarters straight says a lot. There's nothing better out there if you're in their coverage. 600mhz will be huge for them and customers over the next 2 years.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its this bad anytime I leave the Chicago Metro area in general. What sucks too is, I live only 15 mins from work. At work it works perfect, but when I get home its so congested. In fact its so bad, I have a TMO cellspot in my house.

13. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Dam. I guess they have to make back some of that 600 MHz money they spent. I've been on T-Mobile for a 3 or 4 years and been pretty happy with them. But if there going to cost the same as others all bets are off.

15. Ocr22

Posts: 29; Member since: May 12, 2017

Im out. Of T-Mobile . im gonna be paying the same as my friends do on verizon. But at least they have working coverage outside the city. Guess ill be going to verizon.

16. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

this article is so wrong... T-mobile includes taxes and fees, so they are actually cheaper than verizon, plus their sim card fee is less than Verizons activation fee and One + includes features and benefits that verizon doesn't offer: Gogo Inflight wifi, Voicemail to text, Name ID, faster international speeds. T-mobile also includes things in just their standard plan; T-mobile Tuesdays, visual voicemail(costs extra on verizon), spam ID ($3 on Verizon), throttle limit 32GB and rising vs 22GB on Verizon, plus accessory financing, and JUMP Upgrades..etc

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"this article is so wrong... T-mobile includes taxes and fees, so they are actually cheaper than verizon" The author needs to see this. It'll be appalling if this article spews wrong info the about T-Mobile price hike, as I've read a few users already saying they'll be leaving T-Mobile because they think T-Mo is now getting as expensive as Verizon.

21. bwstonemd84

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

I agree #4 needs to stay to keep the prices competitive. I have tried all carriers in the past few months and TMO comes out on top. Verizon has dead spots galore. TMO has dead spots but if I am going to get dead spots everywhere why pay Verizon prices. Verizon speeds don't even compare. Whatever works for you though. TMO just works best for me.

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And here I am on the 5GB "singles" plan on Verizon only paying $87 per month including taxes, fees, and device payment.

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Never again Verizon. No way. You could be the cheapest of all and I still say F off.

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