T-Mobile launches new unlimited data plans ... sort of

With Verizon and AT&T both dumping their unlimited smartphone data plans, the nations fourth biggest wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced today that starting on July 24 it will offer an "unlimited" smartphone and laptop data plan. What's the catch? While there are technically no broadband caps or overage fees, T-Mobile will be limiting the speeds that you can get data beyond a certain point.

Today's press release announces that T-Mobile will offer what it is calling its "Value" plans that will give new customers unlimited phone and texting along with "high speed" data with 2 GB, 5 GB and 10 GB limits on its smartphones and USB laptop sticks. Pricing for these plans has yet to be announced but T-Mobile claims that its customers can save "hundreds of dollars annually" under these new plans. If you go over the "high-speed" caps you can still get data from T-Mobile's phones and laptop sticks but at a lower speed. Exactly how much slower has also yet to be announced. T-Mobile did give one example of pricing under its Value plans stating that users can pay $49.99 a month per line for two lines and with a 2 GB "high speed" limit.

And what about Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the US and now the only one out of the four that truly offers a no limit data plan? Engadget reports that its CEO Dan Hesse doesn't see Sprint changing that stance in the near future although he added "nothing is guaranteed forever". He also stated that Sprint plans to make some 4G announcements sometime this fall.

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este said,
I'll stick with my Sprint unlimited data plan (and just hope they dont change it any time soon)

Would it matter if they changed it though? I believe we're all grandfathered into our current plans -- possibly just until the end of our contracts -- but I know I just renewed my unlimited everything plan for $69.99 and that was after the bump to $79.99 recently.

Regardless, this is a good idea I think. It's a way for t-mobile to save money but without raping it's customers like at&t.

One has to wonder...at least I do, Lol that why are they showing stuff off like this as the 4th carrier when there is a pending merger. We all know AT&T won't do anything of the sort. So, I'm thinking with T-Mo doing this its showing that there a lot of good things to have by having a 4th national carrier...not three thus going against the merger. Lol

Steve B said,
One has to wonder...at least I do, Lol that why are they showing stuff off like this as the 4th carrier when there is a pending merger. We all know AT&T won't do anything of the sort. So, I'm thinking with T-Mo doing this its showing that there a lot of good things to have by having a 4th national carrier...not three thus going against the merger. Lol

Even if the merger does happen it will be quite some time before T-Mobile USA is AT&T wireless

kvaughan said,

Even if the merger does happen it will be quite some time before T-Mobile USA is AT&T wireless

Once the merger is approved, and officially starts, ATT going to start to convert the existing T-Mobile towers / infrastructure in to 4g towers. As long as you have a phone that can connect ATT towers (some can / some can't) your fine, but once the T mobile towers you did connect to are coverted.. if it can't connect to ATT you'll need a new phone. ATT & T Mobile are both GSM... but they use slightly different frequencies. It will all depend on the antenna your phone is equipped with.

On T-Mobile now.. if merger approves and contract up, going with sprint. Nice thing is the Vibrant works perfect without sim card, just no phone ability, as a mini andriod smart device (or at least does with custom firmware).

etempest said,
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ATT & T Mobile are both GSM... but they use slightly different frequencies. It will all depend on the antenna your phone is equipped with. ....

Actually, any T-Mobile phone capable of GSM will connect to AT&T's GSM network- both operate GSM in PCS/1900MHz band; AT&T also operates GSM in cellular/850Mhz.
It's with UMTS where their bands are different as AT&T uses cellular (850) and pcs (1900) bands while T-Mobile utilizes AWS (1700/2100) band.
With both rolling out LTE in AWS, compatibility is restored.

So basically, it's like Virgin Media's home broadband throttling, but really really strict (You'd have to be on 20Mb and download nearly 10GB in half a day to be throttled by VM).

zeta_immersion said,
I don't get it ... you pay $50 for 2Gb/mo per phone?!


Its part of the family plan. $100 for a month for two lines with unlimited voice, text, and 2Gb of data.

Steffan said,

Its part of the family plan. $100 for a month for two lines with unlimited voice, text, and 2Gb of data.

2GB "high speed" limit, there are no limits on data. "While there are technically no broadband caps or overage fees, T-Mobile will be limiting the speeds that you can get data beyond a certain point."