Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Mobile’s cheap new data plan is always throttled

Mobile’s cheap new data plan is always throttled

Each line after that, for a total of up to six lines, costs $15 per month. Pricing starts at $60 per month for a single line and goes up to $30 per month for the second line and $15 per month for lines 3-6. Without autopay, it's $5 more per line.

It's not often that T-Mobile introduces a whole new rate plan, but today that's exactly what the carrier has done. "During times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers", T-Mobile warned in a statement. Essentials includes unlimited talk, text, and 2G data when roaming, but only in Canada and Mexico.

T-Mobile Essentials is a new plan that aims to offer just the basics of a smartphone plan. Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot use, but capped at 3G speeds. And "Customers using 50GB/mo. may notice further reduced speeds".


The Essentials plan is only modestly cheaper than the One plan, especially for a single line of service.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available beginning August 10th.

In return, you get what used to be the core premise of every phone plan: calls, messaging, and data. Customers also get unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada as well unlimited texting and $0.25 per minute calling in other global destinations. For a family of 4, that would be $120/mo or $30 per line. Both T-Mobile One at $70 a month and One Plus at $80 a month aren't subject to slowdowns until after 50 GB of data. About T-Mobile US, Inc. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo. The tax numbers in this article are a best-guess estimate and will undoubtedly be different based on your location. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials. T-Mobile commissioned a survey in which "a whopping 86 percent of respondents "it is wrong for the price on your monthly wireless bill to be more than the advertised price" and said "wireless carriers should include taxes and fees in the prices they advertise", T-Mobile crowed in its press release".

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