Mobile's new unlimited plan delivers the bare necessities

Donna Miller
August 9, 2018

"The other guys have got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More ..."

T-Mobile introduced a less expensive version of its unlimited plan, offering four lines of no-frills service for $120. If not, and you don't ever go to Canada or Mexico, then I'm not sure why you wouldn't downgrade to this new Essentials plan.

Early on Monday morning, T-Mobile launched its new Essentials plan, a mildly stripped-back version of its flagship "unlimited" plan, T-Mobile One. If you want those services, you'll need to bump your plan to the T-Mobile One or similar plans from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T. T-Mobile's most expensive plan is its "One Plus" that includes all that plus more hotspot data, HD streaming, caller ID and more. The plan will be available Friday and costs $60 for a single line, $30 for the second line and $15 per line for lines 3-6, plus taxes and fees with autopay. The other guys make it so confusing!

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Currently, we dont know if T-Mobile Tuesdays and Music Freedom would be limited to T-Mobile ONE plans from now on. "T-Mobile Essentials is a plan for people who predominantly use their phone domestically", the carrier says, pointing frequent travelers in the direction of T-Mobile ONE instead. T-Mobile will throttle Essential customers more than its other unlimited data plans, noting that "during times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers". This might make things complicated for current and potential T-Mobile customers. It offers unlimited talk, text and smartphone data. Now you have to decide if you want all the extra stuff and whether you want to pay for it or not. The new Plus plan will run an extra $10 per line for family plans or $15 for a single line.

So how much is this all going to cost customers? All of those prices are based on signing up for autopay which saves $5 per line.

T-Mobile has always been transparent, and this move is a step backwards for the carriers entire UnCarrier movement, the last of which was UnCarrier "Next": which included the movement to eliminate taxes and fees.

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