T-Mobile Introducing New Data Plans For Phones

Looks like T-Mobile is preparing some major changes to their current rate plan lineup with new Family Plans and now, new data plans for phones. The new data plans will start on May 22nd and bring along four new options:

  • $10 for 200MB
  • $20 for 2GB
  • $30 for 5GB
  • $60 for 10GB

These changes bring absolutely no overages to T-Mobile customers although customers will be dropped to 2G speeds when they hit their monthly allotment.

I don’t know about our readers but I would have preferred to see T-Mobile provide  an actual unlimited option in between the 5 and 10 GB range and not give us four different options. What say you?

Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Anonymous

     preparing for the iphone are we? yeah its coming

    • Jcj1969

       GOD I hope it is NOT COMING!!

      • Anonymous

        That’s a stupid ass comment. Why wouldn’t you want T-Mobile to acquire a device that will help reduce churn and improve their postpaid performance?

        • Anonymous

          Well for one, there’s the “iPhone effect” on the network, or the fact the iPhones seem to prelude Android inferiority a la ATT. Reps will just try to push everyone into them. I’m all for the iPhone on tmo, I think it’ll definitely stave off churn and put beginner smart phone users into a smartphone.

  • Anonymous

    I am really amazed at how people always find something to complain about… This is great, it offers you NO OVERAGE <—- same as "unlimited with throttling" for the same price but with cheaper options for users, this is great for customers, it's tiered data done right. Please read before you guys come in here up in arms, it's crazy how dumb the majority is…

    "American are, after all, no strangers to deeply held beliefs based on misinformation."

    Eric Alterman

    • Wish_1d

      Amen!!! These ppl need to read and learn there plans be for commenting. If ppl have unlimited data right now it’s 5GB AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN!! And if you go over it’s still free just a lil slower.

  • Deceptivesmiles

    All the commotion about throttling makes me wonder what some of yall do w/ yall phone data.lol I’ve only used 1.56gb on mine and my billing cycle ends on the 20th. Am I doin it all wrong by havin both Comcast AND a data plan? 0_o about throttling makes me wonder what some of yall do w/ yall phone data.lol I’ve only used 1.56gb on mine and my billing cycle ends on the 20th. Am I doin it all wrong by havin both Comcast AND a data plan? 0_o

  • Respawn

    People are stupid. These plans are great. No overage charges and more options. Plus a special, more expensive option for all the data hogs that don’t know what Wi-Fi is. Perfect!

    You get charged up the wazoo for overages with AT&T. Verizon throttles you at 5 gb. Sprint has a crap network (that is still better than AT&T’s).

    Seriously, you freak out over T-Mobile trying to save you money? What’s next? “Don’t lower gas prices! I hated my limbs anyway.”

    • DIAMOND PRINCE

      Amen!!! Some ppl are stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon doesn’t throttle at 5GB. I use over 15GB/m with Verizon and I have never been throttled. There are people (which you can on the thread on HowardForums) that use more and haven’t been throttled.

      • DIAMOND PRINCE

        I don’t know what your talking about but verizon does throttle after 5GB I had verizon before tmobile and lots of my friend work at verizon so trust me I know!!

        • Anonymous

          You really don’t and you’re just making up a load of BS. Verizon said they would “potentially” start throttling a little before the iPhone launch, and I doubt you had Verizon up until Feb ’11. There are also people using a ton of data without any throttling: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1706851-Anyone-been-throttled-yet. I have yet to read anyone getting throttled from Verizon aside from the few Sprint/T-Mobile fanboys who try to use it to justify their arguments.. I have yet to read anyone getting throttled from Verizon aside from the few Sprint/T-Mobile fanboys who try to use it to justify their arguments.

        • Anonymous

           LOL… I don’t trust anyone who says “trust me.”  That’s a red flag that someone is lying.  Car salesmen say that all the time.

          But I don’t someone for another reason, so you get the double whammy of distrust. 

          I don’t trust people who can’t write proper grammar or whose posts are littered with misspellings.

          And the perfect storm for lack of trust…. is when you tell someone off but sound like an idiot when doing it.  Look no further than your first sentence.  It’s “you’re” not “your.” 

        • NoneYa!

          “But I don’t someone for another reason, so you get the double whammy of distrust. I don’t trust people who can’t write proper grammar or whose posts are littered with misspellings.”

          How about idiots like you who blast others for their grammer but don’t other to proof read their own post?

        • Realcool2000

           ha didnt see ur reply to the guy before i wrote mine. lol

        • Realcool2000

           Lol. Your post just described yourself.

          1rst sentence = big whining,
          2nd sentence = left out the word trust, ( so your grammar is as bad as the other guy )
          3rd sentence = you don’t “write” proper grammar  you “use” proper grammar., ( yeah, that means, again, you yourself are using bad grammar )
          4th sentence = you totally sound an idiot telling off the other guy in your response for sure. ( which is what you claim to dislike , lol )

          So look in the mirror and read your own post to yourself ( and make sure to look yourself in the eye so you have your full attention ) hahahahaha!

        • guest

           sorry but you left out the work “like” in your 4th sentence part lol

        • Realcool2000

           I sure did, lol.

      • Anonymous

        Yea I read there were going to have a 5GB cap but canceled it and remained unlimited. I have also heard that the top 5% users get data capped though which I think is better then settings an actual cap. My guess is that they only throttle users that shine among the others and totally abuse the network. the others and totally abuse the network.

        • Anonymous

          They said they were going to throttle the top 5%, but I have yet to see it. 

        • Itscalledtechnology

          This is ridiculous….if consumers don’t push for unlimited plans we’ll never get them! Look at how cell phone plans used to be…charging for a certain number of minutes. So don’t sit here and say we’re never satisfied….otherwise you’d still be on Windows 98 “appreciating” floppy drives and 1GB hard drives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

    I say why dont they just do a 1gb for $10!

    • Aerofanbig

       200mb is WAY too low. When I switched to using wifi at home/work primarily I dropped to about 250-275mb per month hardly using the phone. They need to catch up with the smart phones they are pushing so hard. Even 500mb would be more then reasonable for someone like me who utilized wifi mostly, but does use maps/net a bit here and there while out and about. 

  • Anonymous

     http://www.vipshopper.us

  • Wolfepakt

     Perfect for those of us who live in EDGE only regions!

  • http://twitter.com/justinhottel Justin Hottel

    if you use over 2gbs on your phone….your doing something wrong
     

    • Richardthegrape

      Not really. Between youtube, pandora streaming, You can hit that 2gb cap half way into the month

      • Richardthegrape

        not to mention using gps and google maps. That 2gb cap is gone in no time 

      • Really?

        yeah, maybe these other people aren’t “using” their phones lol.I hit 2 gb halfway. 5 gb hits the spot for me. 

    • Other John

      Agreed… if you are using more than 2gbs you are using your phone waaaaaay to much. Minus the people using it for work related needs for data, you people using more than 2gb need to get a life. 

    • Racecarford

      well if you don’t have a laptop yet like me it’s average 

  • BRICKCITYPIMP124

    ok..so i plan/planned on going to tmobile in june.. this now means what?
    i pick a phone..then pick a talk and text play then pick witch data add on option i want??? 

    • Really?

       These are changes to the data plan prices.I believe you can still get those Talk, Text + Web combos and save some money.

    • Itmustbejj

       This means you talk to retentions when you sign your contract in order to get one of the old rate plans.

  • John

    You know not everyone has WiFi. Believe it or not, some people live in an area without WiFi, i.e. in an area without any other options but cell. Everyone always talks about WiFi and that pisses me off. I’d get it in a minute if it was available to me, but its not.

    • Other John

      and this means what? sorry… maybe you should move. you can’t get home internet?

      • Really?

         or maybe he does but it’s 56k dial up…

    • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

      Well, normally you’d spend anything from $30-70 per month on cable or DSL Internet access to power your Wifi network. With this rate plan structure, you can spend that money on the 10G plan. The whole thing should still work for you.

      - People who pay for broadband can spend less on wireless data.
      - People who don’t can spend a little more.

      Personally, I think the plans would benefit from the option of being able to add a gigabyte of high speed data for an extra fee if you go over your allotment, but otherwise I think they’re good.

  • Anonymous

    i’d say this is a strategy to keep control over tethering, since computers would use much more data
    in fact if it wasn’t limited speed beyond the allotment i would cancel my internet and just tether, so higher speeds and unlimited is a red flag unfortunately :(

    but as far as their plans, i don’t like the $30 per 5GB and i would have expected that they charge less than $60 for the 10GB plan

    overall the ones who benefit the most are the 200mb users. so lower speeds beyond 200mb is pretty good for older generations who just check emails and use maps and so on..

  • OldPro

    I’d like to see Shared Data on Family plans like they do for Voice Minutes.  The two of use could easily fit within the 2 Gig limits, but separately, if we got Android phones, we would probably both go over the 200 mb limit.

  • TGASTT

     Ok.. with all these future changes, how do i know which one i have? Right now, I KNOW i am on the preferred android 5GB for $20… BUT nowhere does it say 5GB on my features. Could Tmobile all of a sudden make it 2GB (will cost the same as android preferred  5/22 )without me knowing? 

    • DIAMOND PRINCE

      If you read the fine print on the tmobile paper it says it. Maybe on your contract not %100 sure. But they tell you it when you sign your contract also when you call and ask they tell you. It’s always been 5GB FOR YEARS. and if tmobile changes something they have to let you know. If you have a contract don’t worry it doesn’t affect you.

      • Anonymous

        Not true. Throttle points dropped from 10 GB to 5 GB last year on smartphone plans, and they didn’t tell anyone. 

        • Ngcampbell@gmail.com

          That’s not true

        • garet

          yes it used to be throttled at 10 GB they changed it in the last year I believe.

        • Wcassaday

          I was a manager and a customer care / technical care tier 1 trainer at a tmobile call center for year and I know with 100% certainty that tmobile has always throttled at 5gb.

        • Andrew

          You are correct. It used to say 10gb and then you were throttled after it. I actually have a copy of my old agreement somewhere. 

        • Andrew

          You are correct. It used to say 10gb and then you were throttled after it. I actually have a copy of my old agreement somewhere. 

        • Andrew

          You are correct. It used to say 10gb and then you were throttled after it. I actually have a copy of my old agreement somewhere. 

        • Andrew

          You are correct. It used to say 10gb and then you were throttled after it. I actually have a copy of my old agreement somewhere. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/robert.mauro Robert Mauro

          Wrong, it went from GB for many users to AN INCREASED 5GB. Not everyone had the 2GB plan. Various phones were sold with various packages. They standardized those packages to 5GB, which was either THE SAME throttle cap for some users, or an INCREASED throttle cap for the rest.

          I hate f’ing loser liars. Go troll someplace else.

    • http://twitter.com/wdfichtel W. Daniel Fichtel

      Your plan will not change unless you change to a different feature.

  • Catsigh

     My 3G speed sucks already- now I have to deal with throttling as well.  If the AT&T deal doesn’t sour me, this will. 

  • http://twitter.com/wdfichtel W. Daniel Fichtel

    Just a note to those who are concerned about being “throttled” – currently, if you exceed your monthly data usage, you are throttled back to speeds akin to a 56k modem. Slow. The change in data packages also brings about a change to the throttle speed, which will now sit at 2G. Those of you who don’t live in 3/4G coverage, or who voluntarily turn your phones down to 2G only to conserve battery will never even notice a difference. The $10 and $30 plans are otherwise identical to what is currently offered. The other price points are just additional options, and good ones at that. turn your phones down to 2G only to conserve battery will never even notice a difference. The $10 and $30 plans are otherwise identical to what is currently offered. The other price points are just additional options, and good ones at that.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ✔

       Curious what your definition is of 2G, because 2G is GPRS, which is no faster than 56kbps. So nothing changes. Now if they said 3G-Like or 3G speeds Id assume EDGE up to UMTS/HSPA (not HSPA+)

      • TMOREP

        Wrong, Edge is 2G and the speed is around 2-3 times that of GPRS which is 1.5G.  I frequently turn my phone from 3G to 2G and am on Edge and the speed is just under half of 3G and much faster then GPRS. So quit your complaining or go to Verizon where once you reach 2 GB you get charged $10 per GB past that point, they don’t just throttle you and let you continue to use it at a slower speed they rape you for more money.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp 

  • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

    wait so tmobile is taking away unlimited data plans?

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile never had unlimited data plans. They have always throttled after a certain point. The big news here is that they are now offering tiered data without fear of overages. This is huge, but T-Mobile isn’t promoting it properly. Typical.

  • RKG

    There is a serious lack of reading comprehension when it comes to news about data plans. Relax and read slowly. Anyway, one thing always comes to mind when reading comments here and on other blogs:

    Some of you use your phones WAY too much. Do you not have a home internet connection or something? WiFi is in a ton of places now and I cannot fathom using more than 2GB of data in a month on a cell phone (laptop, yes). As it is now, the four lines on my family plan rarely use over 1GB each.

  • Aortiz2k

    SO what the hell is unlimited smartphone data

  • Jabombardier

    Bloggers should go back to using pay phones because they are never satisfied.

  • wth

     It’s no wonder they’re losing customers left and right.  This is not in the interest of increasing customers, it’s just a money grab.  Wireless data is becoming so pervasive that t-mobile should do the t-mobile thing and come out with an affordable unlimited plan instead of the convoluted mess this appears to be…

    • Tmo_CEO

       Money grab?  5GB for $30??   That’s a price DROP.  If you need more than 5G/month, but a flat-screen, b/c obviously you’re doing nothing but Netflix, which isn’t really what a phone network was designed for :(

  • wth

     It’s no wonder they’re losing customers left and right.  This is not in the interest of increasing customers, it’s just a money grab.  Wireless data is becoming so pervasive that t-mobile should do the t-mobile thing and come out with an affordable unlimited plan instead of the convoluted mess this appears to be…

  • Davidam60

     Guys please remember “5GB” IS “UNLIMITED” It has always been the “unlimited” and then throttled. It will still exist “UNLIKE GREEDY AT&T” This plan offers more veriety and less bs! Because customers still have no overages which is a very good thing, Tmobile users will be more happy with their plans. Get the 5gb plan, or try the 2gb plan if your a light user 200mb is for really lite usage!

    Why T-mobile? No overages~Yup thats the best reason!

    • Anonymous

       I agree, this is a novel approach.  Don’t tack on more money, just slow me down.  If I want to pay more to stay at full speed longer, then there is a higher plan. 

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

     http://www.vipshopper.us

  • Anonymous

     http://www.vipshopper.us

  • o0cynix0o

    I’ve been throttled twice already….really sucked. 

  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Hurycne

     So does that mean I can change everyone else on my family plan to the reduced plan? When we got our family plan they forced us into the unlimited Android plans at 30 bucks a line.  The rest of the family get no where near two gigs per line? So this can be a way to save money. I have been with T-mo since voice stream and it did in fact used to be 10 gigs before throttling put into place when the G1 was introduced.  I have been throttled twice already and yes it sucks.  

    • Respawn

      I don’t see why you couldn’t switch. You just have to have some type of data plan

  • ColdFeet

    I think I’m making the switch to one of these plans come the 22nd. Let’s just hope they don’t charge a fee to switch. I can totally see T-Mobile doing that. What did they call the $35 fee for the Even More plans? A migration fee??

  • Anonymous

    Nobody, and I mean NOBODY (land line included) is going toward unlimited, so yeah I don’t think we are going to see that too soon. 

    But what about a $100 truly unlimited wireless data plan for smartphones?  Do you think something like that would make all parties happy?  Then $150 for data cards and mifi’s?

  • Iequalhomer

    so where are these new plans?