Most T-Mobile plans are unlimited. But once you hit a certain threshold on its faster, 4G LTE network, T-Mobile will cut your speed to 128 kilobits per second — about twice the speed of dial-up modems, for those who remember them. You’ll get back to the fast lane when the next billing cycle starts.
For individuals, plans start at $50 per month, which will deliver unlimited talk, text, and data. This basic plan, though, only entitles you to 500MB of high-speed, 4G data (more on this below). For an additional 2GB of high-speed data, you’ll need to shell out an extra $10 a month (for a total of $60). And if you want unlimited high-speed data, that will cost you $70 per month. The plans also address hotspot use, which we’ll address in a later question. Tmobile also run promotions from to time the latest is this cool selfie stick from amazon giveaway promotion . Sign up and get yourself one today
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The total cost from T-Mobile if you want an additional 2GB of data is as follows: You’d pay $50 for unlimited voice and text messaging and 500MG of high-speed data for your smartphone and 500MB of data to use mobile hot-spot services. If you want to add more 3G/4G data for your smartphone, you’d pay another $10 for 2GB for a total of 2.5GB of data for your smartphone only. If you want more data so you can attach Wi-Fi enabled devices via your phone, you’d pay another $10 for 2GB of hot-spot data, giving you 2.5GB of data to use for the mobile hot spot.
Family plans are similar, but with higher pricing. The base plan for two lines brings the same unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of high-speed data for $80 per month. Increasing your amount of high-speed data, however, will increase your bill $20 per tier (for 2GB or unlimited).
The “Unlimited” Data can get up to 5GB of 4G speed data to your phone. While you don’t lose your data after that point, your speed will be dropped considerably to where it is almost unusable. The data speeds drop to 2G after you use up your 5GB of data.
T-Mobile wants to put a phone in your hands free of charge when you sign up for one of their prepaid plans. This offer is valid on the “Un-carrier’s” Simply Prepaid, Simple Choice Prepaid, and Simple Choice No Credit plans. Well, not technically free of charge. You will have to pay for the device up front, but you’ll get a mail-in rebate up to a $50 value to cover the cost of the device. Yeah, $50: that’s the kind of price-range we’re looking at here for these phones.
T-Mobile’s $30 plan is one of the best values data values in prepaid. It only includes 100 voice minutes, but there’s unlimited messaging and unlimited data with the first 5 GB/month at full speed before throttling to 120 Kbps. Unfortunately, this plan is saddled with restrictions. It’s available only online or with new phones purchased at Walmart and requires activating a new account with a new SIM. If you have this plan and switch to another plan you can’t switch back to it without activating another new SIM! To get this deal you need to activate a T-Mobile Prepaid Activation kit (a SIM and an activation PIN) online at prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-activate.
The best way to maximize your savings with T-mobile’s prepaid plan is to purchase a $100 refill card right off the bat. That way you have instant “gold rewards” status — you pay only ten cents a minute (1000 minutes for $100) for talk time, ten cents for each text message (sent or read), and your minutes are good for a full year. While there are other prepaid plans that offer ten cents a minute (Net10 being the only one I know of, actually) their refill cards all expire after 90 days. If you are like me and don’t use your cell phone every day, or don’t make too many calls each day and keep your calls short and to the point, a $100 refill card can last a full year or longer — costing you less than $10 a month for cell phone service.
Regardless of whether the T-Mobile plan is a good fit for you, it’s a good reminder that you should occasionally review your monthly data, voice and text usage to see if you’re getting the most out of your plan or if you could be saving money by switching plans or providers.
Remember that for any plan you select, you will not have to commit to using the service for a set length of time. So, provided that you’ve paid off any new device that you buy you can end your service at any time without penalty.