T-Mobile bolsters new unlimited data plan, moves up launch date

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Aug 29, 2016
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  1. Less than two weeks after eliminating “confusing” data plans and moving to a single, unlimited data option, T-Mobile has modified its new plan to offer additional perks (some of which come at a premium).

    If you recall, T-Mobile One offers unlimited talk, text and data although streaming video is limited to standard definition quality. What’s more, tethering is limited to just 2G speeds which, in today’s data-intensive, connected world, is virtually unusable. Subscribers can opt for HD-quality streams for an additional $25 and pick up a 5GB bucket of high-speed tethering for $15 a pop.

    Needless to say, these restrictions and options didn’t go over well with users.

    On Monday, the carrier said it was quadrupling the speeds of its mobile hotspot, boosting it from 128kbps to 512kbps (still slow but at least somewhat usable for basic tasks). T-Mobile also introduced a one-day HD pass which grants the ability to stream video in HD quality for a full day for $3.

    The bigger news, however, is the new T-Mobile One Plus add-on. For an additional $25 per month (the same cost as the HD upgrade before), users can get unlimited HD day passes, unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspots and 2x faster (unlimited) data speeds – from 128kbps to 256kbps) while traveling abroad.

    This adds a lot more value to the upgrade, making it one that users are much more likely to take advantage of. It's worth pointing out that T-Mobile's definition of "unlimited" data is 26GB or less in a given month. If you exceed this threshold, your usage will be "de-prioritized" during times of network congestion.

    The new T-Mobile One plan was scheduled to go live on September 6 but Team Magenta has moved the launch date up to September 1.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,996   +1,317

    Plan sounds way more confusing to me than previous ones.
  3. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +357

    I'm willing to bet that this has something to do with the 'unlimited streaming for select services' deal - and the FCC investigating it to decide if it was a violation of net neutrality.
  4. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 252   +124

    Meh, I went with Project Fi and never looked back.
  5. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    How has Project Fi been? I've been hesitant to move to them cause I'm told that they don't support Band 12 for LTE.
  6. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 252   +124

    I have had no problems so far. Nexus 5X in Dallas.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +873

    Wait, so now tmobile has unlimited 4g hotspot, as in zero caps?

    That is actually tempting. But I am still put off by their behavior and pricing. But to be able to ditch the cable company for the most part would be very nice......

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