T-Mobile's cheapest 5G plans are getting even better with a surprising data upgrade

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T-Mobile's cheapest 5G plans are getting even better with a surprising data upgrade
America's always generous leading "Un-carrier" is even more full of surprises than usual lately, unveiling not one but two awesome new feature-packed 5G plans, throwing yet another batch of free lines at pretty much all of its customers, extending the hugely popular T-Mobile Tuesdays program to Metro, and quietly beefing up the perks of its ultra-low-cost Connect options, all in the space of a little over a month.

The latest important change for an undoubtedly large number of cash-strapped T-Mo subscribers comes with absolutely no fanfare or advance notice, upgrading the high-speed data allotment of both prepaid Connect service tiers by a cool 500MB.

That may not sound like a lot for postpaid users on costly Magenta or Magenta Max plans, but the $15 and $25 a month Connect options previously included 2 and 5 gigs of data respectively, so an additional 0.5GB can make a world of difference for plenty of people.

Released roughly a year ago "in response to COVID-19", as well as in keeping with "5G for Good" promises made in anticipation of the completion of its Sprint acquisition, the T-Mobile Connect initiative was always aimed at helping financially challenged consumers stay connected during the tough times we haven't quite overcome yet. With this surprising upgrade, T-Mo's "lowest priced smartphone plan ever" should be able to meet its goal with even more ease and efficiency.

Of course, your 15 or 25 bucks a month will continue to buy unlimited talk and text in addition to the bumped-up data buckets, which by the way include both 4G LTE and 5G network access. 

It's also worth highlighting that this data allotment enhancement seems to be unrelated to T-Mobile's solemn vow of adding 500MB to your ultra-affordable Connect plan every year through at least 2025 at no extra charge. In other words, if you signed up for a prepaid Connect plan at some point last year, you should be getting this 500MB upgrade now and another identical one when passing the 12-month mark on your dirt-cheap line of service.

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