Ever since John Legere became T-Mobile’s CEO, basically every announcement the company made shook wireless industry hard. For instance, T-Mobile was the first to remove long-term agreements from its offer and then stopped charging overage fees. Of course, there were many more moves and every single one of them made the competition squirm under pressure. And now the Magenta network is doing it again by unveiling T-Mobile One, a new data plan that brings an end to data buckets.
A huge change is coming to T-Mobile. Instead of tiered data users will get truly unlimited data without any limitations nor throttling.
How much it costs
Yep, it’s not a joke and no mistake either. Come next month T-Mobile will be offering only one plan with as much 4G LTE data as you wish. Of course, the plan will also include unlimited talk and text. How much will you pay for unlimited access to high-speed data? It depends on how many lines you have. The first line is going to be the most expensive and will set you back $70 per month. The second line will be a tad cheaper and will cost $50 per month, while lines number three to eight will be priced at $20 per month each. Keep in mind, though, that these prices apply only to customers who use autopay. If you’re not one of them, you will be charged $5 extra for each line.
If you want to add a tablet to T-Mobile One, you will be able to do so for $20 per month. Adding smartwatches and other wearables will cost $5 per month, though these devices will be limited to 2G speed.
It sounds like a pretty sweet offer, especially if you are using lots of data, but there’s a dark side to this seemingly perfect option. First of all, you may expect your 4G LTE speed to get slower than maximum at times. It should concern you especially if you tend to use more than 26GB of data per month, since according to T-Mobile, such users “may see their data traffic prioritized behind other users.”
Moreover, streaming video will be limited to 480p, pretty much like Binge On. If you prefer your video in HD quality, then it will set you back $25 per month per line. As far as tethering is concerned, it’s limited to 2G speed, though you can get 5GB of tethering at 4G LTE speeds for $15 per month.
The new T-Mobile One plan seems like a great option for customers who use a lot of data, but those who only occasionally check the email or the weather may not be so happy with the change. Luckily, switching to the new plan is not obligatory, so if you are a current T-Mobile customer and want to keep your plan, you can do so. The new plan will be available to postpaid subscribers starting September 6, while prepaid customers will have to wait until some undetermined point in the future.