Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Mobile’s latest unlimited plan cuts out the extras

Mobile’s latest unlimited plan cuts out the extras

T-Mobile will begin offering the plan on Friday.

For starters, the advertised $30 rate is only good for a family of four (or more) with autopay enabled (pricing starts at $60 for a single line and scales down as more lines are added). Interestingly, T-Mobile said it will throttle Essential customers during times and in places with heavy network demand.

Customers who do not opt into the Autopay automatic option will pay $5 per line, per month. Lines three through to six are $15 per month each. That's a hypocritical move from T-Mobile, a company that has raked its competitors over the coals over the added cost of their taxes and fees, but it also makes the Essentials plan less of a bargain than it might seem.

For the money, customers will get unlimited talk, text, and high speed data.

The cheaper plan limits video to 480p and hotspot connections are always 3G. Theyve got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More…Unlimited and More Premium?! T-Mobile said that its One Plus plan includes HD streaming, twice the data speed overseas, and other perks, like in-flight texting and unlimited music streaming.


Thank you for signing up for the 3 Things to Know Newsletter. In T-Mobile's home state of Washington, the combined federal, state, and local rate is 25.6%, which is enough to bring a single line of T-Mobile Essentials to $75. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo. Subscribers can still take advantage of the company's T-Mobile Tuesday's app and its weekly offers such as discounted movie rentals.

"The Un-carrier wants to make it easy", CEO John Legere said in a press release.

So how much is this all going to cost customers? Oftentimes, the only way to find out what you'd actually be paying in taxes and fees is to start the application process for a new line, which requires proof of residency and is therefore hard to do.

T-Mobile has been one of the most aggressive wireless carriers when it comes to limiting costs and trying to give users more value for what they pay.

T-Mobile One Plus International, finally, is also an upgrade over ONE.

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