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Earlier this month we told you that T-Mobile was working to revamp a couple of its pre-paid plans to include unlimited data, and that is finally official as of today.

(Note from David: Except, that data isn't really, truly unlimited. I mean, if you count 2G EDGE [which is what you get when you exceed your cap] as "data," then yes - you can have all the EDGE you can eat. But that's like eating sand. And not beach sand, either - it's dirty playground sand. That is T-Mobile's definition of "unlimited data," and it's nothing but marketing department spew, plain and simple. Anyway, back to the story.)

Post-paid plans have also been revamped with the same unlimited data scheme: if you go over your planned amount, you don't pay more money - the speed just slows down.

Here's a quick look at the new plans; pre-paid first:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 100MB of high-speed data for $50
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 5GB of high-speed data for $70

The $70 deal definitely sounds like the way to go if you use any data at all.

Post-paid plans (single line):

  • Unlimited talk, text, and Data with 200MB of high-speed data for $69
  • Unlimited talk, text, and Data with 2GB of high-speed data for $79
  • Unlimited talk, text, and Data with 5GB of high-speed data for $89
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 10GB of high speed data for $119

Still not bad at all if you're the type that would rather take advantage of contract pricing for new devices.

Last but not least, family plans also saw a bit of a change:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 200MB of high-speed data for $119
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 2GB of high-speed data for $139
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 5GB of high-speed data for $159
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 10GB of high-speed data for $219

Minute-limited account also saw similar changes in the area of data, with similar pricing changes. Hit the links below for more info, or check out the full press release that follows.

Individual Plans

Family Plans

Prepaid Plans

New T-Mobile plans feature unlimited data with no overages

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 23, 2011 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new suite of family and individual plans that expand on the exceptional value and consumer choice the company provides to make data affordable for families on America’s Largest 4G Network.

The plans, available for new and existing customers, offer single-line and multiline options with a range of price points for talk or unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data — with no data overages —  offering 200 MB, 2 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB of high-speed data. Each of the plans also includes unlimited nationwide T-Mobile to T-Mobile calling, and unlimited nights and weekends. T-Mobile also continues to offer one of the industry’s most affordable entry-level unlimited data plans, starting at just $10 for 200 MB of high-speed data per billing month.

Beating the competition, T-Mobile’s $139.99 unlimited family plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 GB of high-speed data offers a savings of more than $350 per person, per year on a two-line annual plan, compared with similar smartphones plans from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.1

“Our new rate plans powered by America’s Largest 4G Network put us in an excellent position to capitalize on the 80 percent of wireless customers in America who want smartphones,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “We’re providing customers with the 4G coverage they need, an exciting portfolio of 4G smartphones, and the value and flexibility to meet the diverse desires of their entire family.”

T-Mobile’s family plans are also more flexible than ever, allowing customers to select different data options and add-a-line features to meet the needs of first-time smartphone consumers, data-hungry young adults and text-centric teens all in one customized package.

The new family and individual plans are available now. To find the T-Mobile plan that best fits their needs, customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

1 Based on comparison against comparable post-paid plans for smartphones from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint; pricing does not include taxes and fees or cost of phone. Plan features and limitations may vary. Data as of May 2011. See T-Mobile.com for additional rate plan and pricing information.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

T-Mobile Offers Monthly4G Plans Featuring

Unlimited Talk, Text and Web With No Annual Contract

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 23, 2011 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced  two new No Annual Contract, unlimited Monthly4G plans starting at $50 per month, bringing more choice and value to customers on America’s Largest 4G Network. The new plans make it easier than ever for customers to step up to a rich data experience across T-Mobile’s entire portfolio of Android™-powered, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry® smartphones without an annual contract.

“Consumers today want more value and simplicity in how they purchase wireless,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “And that’s exactly what we’re delivering with our new Monthly4G plans — providing customers with the nationwide network, great prices and a choice of any of our latest smartphones.”

With Monthly4G plans, customers can enjoy unlimited Talk, unlimited Text and unlimited Web service on their smartphone from T-Mobile. Monthly4G plans start at $50 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited Web with the first 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds, or $70 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited Web with the first 5 GB of data at up to 4G speeds*.

In addition to the Monthly4G No Annual Contract plans, which became available May 22,
T-Mobile continues to offer a 1500 Talk and Text plan with 30 MB of data for $30 per month, as well as Pay As You Go plans for as low as 10¢ per minute for voice calls. To find the T-Mobile plan that best fits their needs, customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

* Monthly4G plans provide access to wireless service for 30 days; capable device required to achieve 4G speeds. After high-speed allotment is used, speeds slowed for remainder of month. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    The family plan is a rip-off. See, if you only have two family members, getting 2 individual lines will cost you only $140 for 10GB of data in total. If you have 3 members, it's $210 for 15GB (5GB more than the family plan, yet $9 less monthly.) You will need at least 4 household members to see a saving in monthly fee ($280 vs $219), but at this point, you are seeing 20GB of data versus 10GB of data!!

  • http://robert.aitchison.org Robert Aitchison

    I was thinking that being throttled to edge speeds is hardly the end of the world, but then it occurred to me that if you are the type of person who actually uses >2GB of data in a month than you are probably not going to be happy with Edge speeds.

    Still, for the vast majority of people these new plans are very good, it's only the small number who feel the need to steam audio (Pandora) or video who lose out.

    As someone who's never used more than 500MB in a month I'm happy to not subsidize the data hogs.

  • http://none James Hill

    This is exactly why people use Verizon wireless. I have unlimited LTE data that is not throttled. TMobile and Sprint are complete jokes.

  • http://goo-inside.me/ DrMacinyasha

    Hah. How pathetic. I pay $75/month on Sprint happily, get better service than AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, have unlimited texts, actually unlimited data without any caps or throttling (The other three can't say that!), and unlimited calls to ANY cellphone. My sole limitation is 450 minutes between 7a-7p, M-F, only for calls to/from landlines. I hardly see that as a limit. T-Mobile, AT&T, and soon Verizon are all going to have to wake up and realize that people don't want tiered data, or any sort of cap. And there's going to be a scandal when people really start using their Netflix app on tiered plans.

    • Steven

      Don't forget the free mobile-to-mobile. My brother is on my family plan, and if it weren't for that, his girlfriend would cost me a months worth of rent in overages.

      And that's during the day... I swear they're on the phone the entire night.

  • ChrisAlb

    Your Verizon LTE plan will soon be throttled as well. Verizon indicated just a few days ago that tiered data plans will begin the summer.... Something to look forward to...

  • danChi

    The cap is nothing new. They have been throttling after 5gb since last november.

  • Paul

    lol. I just left my T-Mobile prepaid family plan I was paying close to $200 a month for, I went to Simple Mobile, $60 for unlimited talk text and web (but around 2gb simple mobile also does the throttling thing) for me and $50 a month for unlimited talk text and 100mb web for the wife, so for $110 no tax/tag/title (taxes, fcc fee's, etc.) I save money and still use my awesome G2 phone on T-Mobiles not-so-awesome (but 'ok') network.

  • Agnethea

    Rediculous! Appealing to the customer's sentiment by 'introducing' a family conscious plan. I'm looking for the senior plan, and I see only data orientated plans, all things that would expressly enrich the company only. And still it's only tracfone servicing seniors with their SVC plan. Why is no one else interested in my market?

  • Melinda

    Hi Agnethia, I really don't think that any cell phone and network providers out there can beat Tracfone's lowest out of pocket cost prices' on their plans for low usage clients because Tracfone have no networks to maintain, therefore they can afford to pass the cost savings on to the seniors, students and low budget customers. Tracfone uses the major networks so their coverage can only be of a good quality.
    I just checked on the Samsung T155G that is the Tracfone SVC phone and yeah $14.99 is cheap for a phone with larger buttons and letters and which is hearing aid compatible.
    I noticed that the other phones for seniors like the Jitterbug was quite expensive and that D'oro Phone Easy charged an activation fee of $35 which is crazy, as most seniors are battling to pay their medical bills.
    Considering that there are 19 million seniors out there that don't have a cell phone it does make you wonder why no cell phone company is not attacking that opportunity with zest.

  • john

    Yeah. $50 unlimited talk.text and data are suck. First 100mb is 4g speed (after watch 1 or 2 youtube video im ran out 100mb data). After first 100mb data speed like hell. 114kbps (0.14mb) for download as you load any website really slow. Cant view youtube. It take long time to download new app from market or update apps.
    Im post this comment to let poeple know before you go $50 unlimited. Text and talk ok but internet really suck.

    • Pat

      Thanks for sharing. It's really helpful

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