T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Changes; Including One Rate Plan, Mobile Hotspot, No Contracts and More
We know that T-mobile’s new UNcarrier approach is supposedly going to be announced later today. It looks like the news we reported on about T-Mobile last Friday has now panned out and is completely true. TmoNews has stumbled across some leaked documents. And T-Mobile will in fact be cutting contracts for Value Plan postpaid customers. Along with Mobile Broadband Customers also finding a no annual contract solution on their next purchase. “No annual contract mobile broadband (MBB) is another way that T-Mobile is putting customers first and providing great customer service. T-Mobile is the only national carrier to offer all the benefits of MBB service, without requiring a restrictive contract.”
Of course, that’s not all the magenta is announcing. They are also bringing a whole new rate plan with unlimited talk, text and 500MB of web included automatically. But if you want more data, T-Mobile is giving you the option to add 2GB of data for $10 per 2GB of data each month or you can add the $20 unlimited data plan to each line. So essentially, T-Mobile is offering just one rate plan, so no more choosing. But you can still choose how much data yo want.
Basically, a single line will cost $50 for unlimited talk, text and 500MB of web included automatically. Now to add unlimited data, it would cost you $20/month which would total about $70. Now if you don’t want unlimited data (but who doesn’t want that?), you can use as much data as you want and T-Mobile will bill you $10 for each 2GB of data you use. So if you use 4GB or more, you might as well just get the unlimited plan, since it’ll be the same price or more. You won’t need to call in and ask for changes to your account, just use the data as much or little as you want. You can go up to 12GB of data per line on every postpaid account, which is perfect for the time you travel and consume more data than you would normally. So far there’s no mention of caps or overages, so we’ll have to wonder what would happen once you hit the 12GB cap?
Now family plans. There will be also only one family plan. For two lines, it’ll be $80 per month and that gives you unlimited text, talk and 500MB of data automatically. Each line will cost $10 per month and include 500MB of data along with unlimited talk and text. The data rates are the same as they are for the individual postpaid accounts listed above.
*Postpaid Unlimited data feature can add one of these SMHS add-ons; (capped once allotment reached); 500MB $0, 2.5GB $10 and 4.5GB $20.
So if you thought all that was great, here’s something you love as well. Every rate plan with unlimited data includes Smartphone Mobile Hotspot. Yes you read that right. If you get the unlimited data plan, you get hotspot and tethering as well. Which T-Mobile has been heavily criticized over the past few months about. Now Mobile broadBand with a voice plan it’s $10 and for standalone pricing its $20 per month. Each Mobile BroadBand plan includes 500MB of data, with each additional 2GB of data costing an additional $10 up to 12GB in total. So in theory, a standalone customer with 6GB of data would be paying $50. That’s $30 for the data, and $20 for the device.
Now the equipment installment tier we talked about briefly on Friday, they will be launching a new $25 EIP tier which is more than likely for future launches of the Galaxy S4, iPhone, and HTC One. So that’s all the changes we know of so far. They all look like some pretty good changes. Let’s see what T-Mobile has to announce later today.