T-Mobile has just unveiled a new introductory plan that lets customers get a phone without a contract for a lowly $40 a month with unlimited talk/text and 500MB of 4G LTE data - and the carrier's quick to emphasize that this plans comes with no data overage charges for those who run over. The plan is $10 cheaper than the lowest priced "Simple Choice" plan, which charges $50 for 1GB of data instead, and it will become available a few days from now on April 12th.


CEO John Legere calls this day 1 of 3 Un-carrier announces soon to come. The last time T-Mobile went all "Un-carrier" on us, it did away with traditional contracts, offered to pay early termination fees, introduced international data roaming at no extra cost, and started giving away 200MB of free data for LTE-enabled tablets. That's enough to get my attention.


T-Mobile Simple Starter Plan

Sources: T-Mobile [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • moelsen8

    what does this fallback on after 500 mb? hspa+ or 2g/edge?

    • xsirxx

      and what speeds are those set at?

      • bakedpatato

        normally when you get throttled the speeds are around 56k

        • xsirxx

          Thats not too bad. I get 0.08mbps on my sprint lte connection currently... that was next to my neighbor who has tmobile and was getting 20mbps. I am trying to weigh my options right now but want unlimited no matter what(of any speed).

          • dude

            No, he's wrong, it's not 56k. It's more like 112k.

        • moelsen8

          i should have phrased it better, but thanks, yes throttle speed.

    • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

      According to TmoNews, there is no fallback, data is just cut-off.

  • duse

    Would rather get the 5 GB for $10 less. Just need a VoIP solution to make up for the 100 minutes. Hurry up Google and get that GVoice calling into Hangouts like on iOS.

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  • NERV

    No data overages, pay only when you want more.

    Doesn't it mean that after 500MB it just stops the data?

    • bakedpatato


      "No data overage fees, because…no data overages. Pay only when you want more."

      " Also in the retail memo above, you’ll notice (if you look closely enough) that you don’t get dropped to a lower speed once you hit 500MB on LTE. Your data is cut off after the limit is hit."


      • Josh Haug

        " Oddly, if you scroll down to the bottom of the Simple Starter page, the FAQ’s say that “your
        data speed will automatically convert to up to 2G web speeds for the
        remainder of your billing cycle. At the beginning of your next billing
        cycle youll be back to nationwide 4G data.” So we’re getting two different answers from internal/external sources."

        • bakedpatato

          I agree with you, this is weird w.r.t the fact that T-Mobile has recently always just throttled instead of cut off data. I'm sure this will become more clearer as things go along.

        • Cuvis

          Perhaps it throttles, but you can pay more to get more high speed data?

  • Tomas

    I'm fine with my $30 plan :)
    100 Minutes, unlimited texting and unlimited data with the first 5 gigs at 4G speeds

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      how did you get that?

      • bookwormsy

        Prepaid. You need to buy the SIM card at Walmart or online and then you can do it.

      • sax

        Walmart. It's the best plan there is.

      • Jeff Badger

        Go to http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans and scroll half-way down. You'll see it just under the Pay by the Day section.

        • Ralph1001

          MetroPCS. It has the same plan and uses T-Mobile towers since they merged.

    • dude

      That's because this is not relevant to you. For people who need more than 100minutes this plan is better.

    • dude

      That's because this is not relevant to you. For people who need more than 100minutes this plan is better.

  • WestSiide

    This is no different that metro pcs's $40 unlimited talk/text, 500mb of data.

    • Kelley Cook

      Absolutely its exactly the same as the MVNO they recently purchased - MetroPCS. Its clear that T-Mobile US can see it's a model their customers like. Disclosure I am a MetroPCS convert from AT&T. Service is excellent

  • h4rr4r

    Can anyone move over to it if they already are on the $50 plan?

  • kamiller42

    I will stick with my Sprint Framily plan. Unlimited talk and text and 1GB data with the option to purchase more data for $25.

    • yankeesusa

      Thats a great plan. Especially if you get lte in your area with the possibility of spark in the future. But I decided on tmobile months ago and I'm loving it. Lately sprint has gotten better but my lte speeds with tmo are still better. At work now with my new nexus 5 I'm getting around 32mpbs indoors. With sprint my coworker was only getting 3mbps which now has jumped up to 12mbps.

      • kamiller42

        How many Mbps do you really need to a phone? I appreciate all the speed a phone company will give me, but how much is really necessary? I operate an entire household with a Docsis 3.0 30Mbps connection. Having such speed piped to a single device means what exactly?

        • Guesttt

          ..... It means you can watch a YouTube video and not have to wait 10 minutes for it to buffer enough to watch the entire thing interruption free. Sprint sucks, accept it

          • kamiller42

            You need 32Mbps to watch a YouTube video? That bitrate is about average for a Blu-ray video w/lossless audio. With 3G, you might wait 10 minutes. LTE, not likely.

    • Donatom3

      If you get 5 lines at T-Mobile it comes out to $22 a month per line. $80 for the first 2, then $30 for the next three. That's with 1gb of data that you can actually use. Moving from Sprint to T-Mobile was the best decision I made.

      • kamiller42

        Sprint has broader coverage. T-Mobile is fine if staying in the city, but coverage drops quickly outside that.
        $22 a month with option for unlimited 4G for $30 vs. $20 more at Sprint with annual upgrades. Also, T-Mobile's plan is a family plan. Sprint Framily accepts friends and strangers and gives them separate billing.
        My LTE works fine and getting better. Exercising patient while an entire network rebuild is completed is the best decision I ever made.

        • Guesttt

          Sprint coverage is absolutely terrible. I had them for about half of 2013 in Orlando, Florida, and if I was lucky, I'd get full 3g service. Read the blogs, Internet reviews, hell, even sprints Facebook page is filled with people complaining about their ridiculously terrible coverage and abysmally slow "LTE" speeds. T Mobile trumps sprint hands and feet down

  • DavidFR

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