Mobile Introduces New "Essentials" Plan, Starting at $60

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan

T-Mobile is also raising the price of T-Mobile ONE Plus.

T-Mobile is making it a little easier for you to get service you want at an affordable rate. If not, and you don't ever go to Canada or Mexico, then I'm not sure why you wouldn't downgrade to this new Essentials plan. The plan essentially is the least expensive of T-Mobile's three unlimited options, and the launch of the offering comes amid similar tiered-pricing strategies from the rest of the nation's wireless operators.

T-Mobile's Essential plan sits below the carrier's "One" plan that includes a Netflix subscription with two or more lines of service, Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi, worldwide roaming and other goodies.

As for mobile hotspot use, that's also included, though not at the same sort of speeds as T-Mobile ONE customers might experience. A single Essentials line is $60 per month, while adding a second is another $30 per month. The other guys make it so confusing!

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T-Mobile's LTE network has tripled in size over the last three years and now reaches almost every American! Video streaming on the new plan is limited to 480p quality, and during times of network congestion, T-Mobile Essentials customers may encounter slower speeds.

T-Mobiles plans are no longer simple for the average customer to understand.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available beginning August 10th. A $5 24-hour Global Pass will give 512MB of up to 4G LTE data plus unlimited calling in Mexico, Canada, and other worldwide destinations. Now you have to decide if you want all the extra stuff and whether you want to pay for it or not. If you need faster, $10 per month adds on 10 GB of LTE mobile hotspot access. For lines 3-6, you can add on $15/mo per line. The carrier's other plans cost more, but have more features. To get those prices, don't forget that you'll need to sign-up for autopay, otherwise the price is $5 higher per line.

T-Mobile has always been transparent, and this move is a step backwards for the carriers entire UnCarrier movement, the last of which was UnCarrier "Next": which included the movement to eliminate taxes and fees. Is T-Mobile still the UnCarrier?

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