T-Mobile has long been known for, uh, stretching the definition of unlimited data here in the US with its soft data caps. But today, T-Mobile is officially launching its new unlimited data plan. The difference? It's actually unlimited, unlike the other unlimited data plans T-Mobile still offers. Making sense yet?

T-Mobile's plans have always been super-duper confusing to me (and everyone, I would think), and today, they're making things slightly simpler. I think. Here is the arrangement of the new "Classic" plans, with the new Unlimited Nationwide 4G in the middle:


The catch is that the new Unlimited Nationwide 4G doesn't come with mobile hotspot service. So, no Wi-Fi tethering unless you want a soft data cap. For $5 more a month you gain the hotspot feature, but are capped at 5GB of "high-speed" data. Which, for most people, is probably plenty.

For $10 less a month than you're seeing in the above image, though, you can get a 500 minute plan with these same data packages, and keep unlimited text. So, the lowest price T-Mobile will give you truly unlimited 4G data, text, and 500 minutes is $80 a month - on contract.

Off contract, though. You have even more options. At the cheapest, if you buy a phone off contract (or bring you own device), T-Mobile is willing to sell you a 500 minute "Value Package" with pay-per-use texting and the Unlimited Nationwide 4G plan for $55 a month. Confused yet? Look at this page.

And the fun doesn't stop there - to celebrate the launch of its new super-actually-unlimited plan, T-Mobile is now including the HTC One S (and some other, undisclosed "4G smartphones") in its monthly equipment repayment program. That means you can go buy a One S for $50 ($0 after a mail-in rebate, ugh), and then pay $20 a month on top of the cost of your plan for 20 months as part of your two-year contract. But the One S is only $150 after the MIR on a new two-year agreement, so you'd actually end up paying more by paying less.

I'm going to go take some aspirin now.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • RedPandaAlex

    I have no problem with disabling mobile hotspot on unlimited data plans. I'm sure people would just use it to replace their home Internet

  • Kent Andersen

    "Unlimited-Plus", up to 2gigs? how does that work :)

    • Josh Nichols

      Unlimited data, 2GB of HSPA.

  • http://twitter.com/RajAshish1 Raj Ashish

    Ha ha ha... The moment I open T-mobile's website, i get confused!! :D

    Also, since I have never been with t-mobile, can someone tell me if the "Unlimited Nationwide 4G" means that the data is unlimited only when you are accessing their "4G" network? What happens if you don't have 4G coverage in your area??

    Hold on!.. isn't t-mobile's "4G", not really a 4G but just a high speed 3G!!??

    @David, can you get me an aspirin as well?? :P

    • Matthew Fry

      Data is unlimited regardless. If you are in a HSPA+ area, you get HSPA+, If you are in a 3G area, you get 3G. HSPA+ data used to be capped and then downgraded to 3G but now is not.

  • mike

    Glad I am with sprint. Say what ya want... I could care less

    • fixxmyhead

      whatever u say dan "mike" hesse

    • Matthew Fry

      I will say what I want. Thank you. I've been on Sprint for about 6 years and they have continually forced me off of my grandfathered sero plan by restricting upgrade options and I'm sick and tired of it. First it was sero->sero premium to get a smartphone and now it's sero premium to nothing to get any of the new handsets since they are "4G" (in like 5 places in the US).

      • yankeesusa

        My wife is on Sero premium and with this plan you can get any phone you want. Only catch is that now every phone requires the $10 charge on top of the sero premium surcharge. There is no way to fight this, even with the surcharge and the data fee its still cheaper than any other postpaid plan out there. I'm paying $50 for 500 minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile, unlmtd data and text and unlmtd navigation from telenav on top of the free nav from google. AFter taxes which sero plans have lower taxes than regular plans, the final bill is less than $60/month.

        • Matthew Fry

          Try and get a phone with 4G appended to the end and let me know how that goes for you.

          • yankeesusa

            I did already. She had the evo 3d already on it. Plus my brother inlaw had the galaxy s2 on his premium also.

    • David Keith

      Glad I am with Sprint as well!!

  • Nick

    Root your phone. Unlimited data with hotspot. Win.

    • Matthew Fry

      Although technically unethical, I will be doing this to occasionally provide internet for my wife's tablet on the go :-P

      • yankeesusa

        Until they make it a law, sharing your internet from your phone with another device is not against the law. In fact the law technically protects you. just like internet at home, companies can't tell you how you use your data or what you use it on. It may change in the future but for now as long as its not abused tethering is more than fine. Of course, the cell company can decide to cancel your services if they want but that's another point.

        • Matthew Fry

          I never said illegal, I said unethical. It is unethical because you signed a contract that had provisions set up for tethering and you are circumventing them. If you have an ancient account out of contract for years, it's possible you don't have those provisions.

    • Brandy

      Nick, is that what you did? I've searched the net for a definite answer on if your phone is rooted can you still use the mobile hotspot on the new unlimited data plan? I would like to know for sure by someone who has a rooted phone and has switched to that plan before I do. Thanks!

  • Alex Seibz

    If I went with the Nationwide 4G plan, couldn't I just tether an unlocked Galaxy Nexus using their internet connection, regardless of whether I have a tethering option on my plan or not?

    • http://twitter.com/Luckbuckets Evan Lucken

      That's what I would like to know. I've been able to in the past, I assume because there is not custom firmware from T-Mobile to track that I formation with. I don't know how this would change that but I'd like to know for sure

    • Matthew Fry

      My guess is that it is off on the stock rom but doable on a custom rom. It's a relatively small group of people on custom roms and likely an even smaller minority that would use it as their sole internet connection. They'll still probably go after the top 1-5% of users like Sprint does.

  • Bigz

    For the those who planned to upgrade their existing line to grab the unlimited, you will have to wait until the next billing cycle for it to to be active

  • anon

    Value plans have a 2 year contract fyi

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well that sucks. Missed the fine print on that one.

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    Saw this when I checked my data usage on t-mobile.com. Looks like old plans are automatically grandfathered in to the sweet, sweet unlimited data! http://i.imgur.com/FlIim.png

    • Adam

      Holy moly...you better not be foolin'! Lol. Badass.

    • Anthony Mironenko

      I still have the "(up to 2 GB high-speed data)"

      • Freak4Dell

        I think he meant the old unlimited plans.

  • Dima Aryeh

    O_o wat... that honestly confused me a LOT.

  • Brian

    I just used FoxFi app. Recently it was decided the Android market cannot block these apps on the play store. No root required. Easy install and go.


      well carriers can//fucking sprint


    I thought the FCC ruled that charging extra was illegal?

  • siypion

    "I'm going to go take some aspirin now"
    ok i will to i don't get it (seeing as i'm on sprint O_o)