T-Mobile New Classic And Prepaid Plans, Classic Available At All National Resellers

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While T-Mobile’s corporate owned retail stores will go live with a Value Plan only environment on March 24th, National Retailers are launching a total revamp of the company’s Classic Plans. Why two sets of rate plans you ask? The simple answer is that T-Mobile’s national retailers like Target, Walmart and Best Buy can’t support the Value Plan structure of commissions paid out by the carrier. In the cases of corporate stores where T-Mobile owns the inventory, it’s ok to offer a down payment in store and have the rest billed out to the customer.

For third-party retailers who own their inventory, there’s no system that allows for equipment installment plans and customers would have to pay full price right up front. We can all imagine how well that would go over. In these cases, what’s the incentive for customers to go with a national retailer over the corporate store? The bottom line is that until a solution is found for EIP and up front pricing, third-party retailers will stick with Classic Plans.

Let’s be clear with all of this UNcarrier material that there is likely some missing info, so act as if these images are missing some, perhaps important details. For those of you asking what will happen to your current plans after March 24th…the answer is nothing. There’s no precedent for a carrier to automatically change rate plans over. The lingering question is whether T-Mobile will ask you to switch to a current plan with your next upgrade or add a line or allow you to keep your then grandfathered plan? That’s a question we’ll likely see answered with an official launch of UNcarrier later this month.

Like T-Mobile’s new Value Plans, they are moving to a one-size fits all Classic Plan. That allows for Unlimited Talk, Text and Web with 500MB of data thrown in automatically. As with the Value Plans, additional data will be the only extra cost allowing customers to choose from unlimited data or 2GB increment all the way to 12GB of data. The standard cost for Unlimited Talk, Text and 500MB of web will be $60, with unlimited data $90. Under the $60 plan, increments of 2GB of data use per month will raise the price by $20 from 500MB to 2GB and then $10 per 2GB increments afterwards.

As for new prepaid plans, some changes on the first two plans with the $50 Monthly4G now bumping solidly to 500MB, $60 moving from 2GB to 2.5GB and the $70 plan staying the same at unlimited talk, text and web.

Remember, these Classic plans (not the Monthly4G, that’s available everywhere) will only be available through T-Mobile’s third-party national brick and mortar and online retailers. In other words, any non-corporate channel you can buy T-Mobile at today — this new Classic Plan will be yours for the taking.

If you want to refresh your memory with the upcoming one size fits all Value Plan, you can do that here.

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  • Guest

    unlimited everything on an unlocked iPhone 5. No contract month to month plan. Will anything change? Can i now add tethering? Isn’t all of tmobile new plans going to be no contracts so why is there talk of postpaid, different type accounts etc? Thanks.

  • adeedew

    Im confused. I have unlimited everything on an unlocked iPhone 5. No contract month to month plan. Will anything change? Can i now add tethering? Isn’t all of tmobile new plans going to be no contracts so why is there talk of postpaid, different type accounts etc? Thanks.

  • Kahlayoh

    For the postpaid prices, it shows pricing with thethering. So I’m hoping they have another set of pricing for non-tethering! Cause those prices are really high if those are the only plans they will be offering!!

  • BigMixxx

    WHAT THE FU….This is a head scratcher!

    To sell nationally, they are being competitive, which is great! Save money by offering up plans comparitive to those of Verizon/Sprint/ATT IS this a shared data strategy? How is this uncarrier!!! it’s Verizon’s plans — WHAT the hell is this! IS there something going on here, we don’t know about??? This REALLY, REALLY sucks, as the Unlimited tier is purposely being structured to be eliminated.

    Verizon shared data plan with 4 gig of data, and two lines: 150! 10 dollars LESS than the same plan on T mobile. But t mobile has unlimited at 160 dollars.
    Huh?

    T-Mobile — For shame. I’m for sure jumping ship now….I’m NOT saving anything at this point. Still beating ATT…

    One would think:
    Verizon upping their LTE service offering along the AWS band, Plans structured JUST LIKE VERIZON. What’s the next step, some sort of merger?!?

    • http://twitter.com/MrNateOrtiz Nathan Ortiz

      The data on the lines is not shared. I’m pretty sure the chart above is showing the amount of data PER line. Effectively giving you 8 gigs of data for ten dollars less than Verizons 4 gigs.

      • http://twitter.com/MrNateOrtiz Nathan Ortiz

        Sorry….8 gigs for just 10 dollars more…

        And it looks like you don’t lose your initial 500MB. So you may just be getting a total of 9 gigs.

    • xmiro

      not really Verizon plans.
      For $100 on Tmobile you get 2 lines + 1GB data with no overages (2 lines @ 500MB each). For $140 you get 3GB of data with no overages, while on Verizon it’s 2GB, shared, and you have to pay extra for anything over that

      On AT&T mobile share plans it’s $45 per smart phone plus $40 for 1GB of data. What T-Mobile gives you for $100 with 2 lines with a contract, on AT&T you get for $130.

      4GB of data with overages on AT&T and a single line will be $110 before taxes ($40 per smart phone + $70 for data), on T-Mobile is $90 for 4.5GB and no overages

      And on AT&T if you wanted to Tether on a Mobile share plan it’s another $20 on top of whatever bucket of data you bought, on T-Mobile it’s built into your plan unless you’re on Unlimited 4G.

  • BigMixxx

    ok, I give up. Gonna need more info. So I’ll wait….

  • Industrymaster

    None of you have any sense at all. T-mobile’s current classic plans are as follows
    $60 – unl talk and text
    $20-2gb data=$80
    $30-unl data=$90
    &35-5gb data w/tethering =$95
    Now look at the new plans. You are getting Free data with the unl talk and text.
    You are getting an extra .5gb and free hotspot with the new 2.5gb plan (still $20)
    And unl is still $30.
    You might have to pay $10 extra bucks on add-a-lines but you are getting unl min, text, and 500mb of data that is impossible to be charged overages on. Now it doesn’t take a genius to realize this just someone who actually reads and pays attention.
    Plus these plans are only intended for those customers who do not live near a corporate store, or who are too stubborn and unintelligent to see the value in the value plans. Unless you go to sprint and suffer on the worst data network available you are not going to get a better price with a major carrier, period.

    • Thinker

      There is no 2.5gb but besides that I see your point

      • http://twitter.com/MrNateOrtiz Nathan Ortiz

        I think you might get the standard 500MB of data in addition to the 2GB you may opt to purchase. Effectively making it 2.5GB. Although I may be wrong.

        • chantie

          you are right the initial 500mb will carry over.

  • abc

    WHAT? I thought T-Mobile was getting rid of contract classic plans.
    And why is it so expensive? 90 dollars for 1 line and 4 gigs of data?
    T-Mobile keeps screwing things up, confusing customers and causing people to leave.

  • Danny Calderon

    Why would you go to a T-Mobile store to get more minutes and data at a cheaper price but you lose those savings buying a new phone from them cause the phone jacks up your bill by $20 a month by the time you finish paying for the phone a new one is out so you get that phone you never save anything. on the other hand you go to Target buy a new phone for $99 straight up what would be the incentive to go to T-Mobile to save $5 a month . the 2.5 GB plan at a target would run you $80 at the T-Mobile store the same plan would run you $60 but it only saves you that money if you already own a phone if you buy one from them you end up saving $0.I don’t know about you but I would rather buy a new phone for $200 than to put down $200 on the phone and pay for it across the 2 years. This will also probably confuse a lot of people they might end up hurting in the end.

    • http://twitter.com/MrNateOrtiz Nathan Ortiz

      The scenario you gave sounds like 6 one way, 1/2 dozen another.

      Except that I have seen the value plan save families $60 – $80 monthly.

    • xmiro

      so don’t buy a $600 phone every 6 months?
      Who do you think pays for that $600 phone whether you get it with contract or no contract?

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    Considering a change, but damn nothing is worth leaving my $30 plan, it’s just not worth it lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      it really isn’t unless ur the motor mouth type.

  • Alex Zapata

    I wonder if they’ll allow people on the truly unlimited value plan to add tethering data in the future. I know I wouldn’t mind.

    • 21stNow

      Read the article that’s linked at the end of this one. You can add tethering/mobile hotspot.

    • xmiro

      they are allowing it… Look under SMHS add-on

  • Zac

    Another poorly written article that makes me understand less for having read it. How could you fail to mention the involvement of subsidies?

    • chantie

      why would they keep classic plans around and have you pay more on a classic then a value and not give a subsidized price? we’ve all known classic = subsidies value =full retail does he need to state the obvious?

  • guest

    As a T-Mobile employee… I’m wondering if this article is 100% inaccurate… and I do mean 100%…. In stores we have heard absolutely nothing about classic plans remaining and have heard EVERYTHING about there only being one plan… why else would they say “All Value Plans”? The whole point of the Uncarrier is to simplify everything… if this article pans out to be true then it would make everything much more complicated. Where did this information come from?

    • Bratty

      Its a leak. Could be 100% wrong, 0% wrong or anything in between. As a store employee, you may not be updated on this as it applies to 3rd party resellers.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        This…and it’s 100% right, I’ve seen this from 12 different sources at various different retailers. I’m comfortable calling this 100% accurate.

        • Bratty

          I assumed you would check with a few different sources before posting. This is more than a “concept” slide.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Yeah, something like this would never go up without triple checking. That I got the same slide from a number of regular sources all of whom are within the scope of national retail told me this was far more than just concept. This is happening.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I don’t think you read the article all that well then…as a corporate employee you wouldn’t see this information. More importantly, if you do read this blog, you have to consider that i’m never going to tell where it came from. I will tell you this, of course it didn’t come from the corporate side, which is why…I specifically made an effort to highlight that corporate stores won’t have these plans. It’s 100000000% accurate.

      Again, read the article and understand why national retailers that sell T-Mobile can’t move to Value Plans like corporate stores can. That should clarify why this is accurate.

  • no2apple

    TOTALLY CONFUSING.. Basic 2-line family plans start at $100 with 500MB data ????????

    I have legacy 2-line, 500 Mins talk, Unlimited Data for 89.99…..Comparable plan now show $180 ????. Whatz cooking here.. ofcourse I aint quitting t-mobile but hopefully they keep my classic plan..

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      Well its classic pricing w/ unlimited mins, not value bro. Not sure what you expect.

  • http://twitter.com/joebein Joe

    I’d like to refer you to this discussion. The prices listed on this site are apparently the price WITH a subsidy. These plans are going to be available cheaper if you buy your phone outright.
    http://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/comments/19yzkl/uncarrier/c8wq9qo?context=3

  • Prod1702

    This is the same thing T-Mobile has already for their Classic Plans. They are just adding more tier lvls. T-Mobile is going to have 2 Plans. Classic = Contract, discounted phones because of contract, Value = No Contract, you pay full price for the phone because no contract and are able to use EIP. Take a look back at March 4, 2013. David wrote a article call “(Update) Breaking Down T-Mobile’s New Uncarrier, No-Contract, One Rate Plan Fits All Approach.” This article talks about the new Value Plan with no contract. All T-Mobile is doing is changing the tier lvls. Right now on a Classic Plan, Unl Talk + Text and Data is $160. Same as what David is talking about above.

  • Dakota

    It’s good that people who still want subsidized phones can get them.. The question is whether y that w will be promoted or s big secret

    • xmiro

      I’d guess you won’t see ads from T-Mobile but if you were to walk into a Walmart or BestBuy you’d be offered classic contract plans

  • oasdsadsa

    When they say for new Classic Plans, “Unlimited Talk, Text, Web + 500 MB of High Speed Internet” does that mean that the unlimited internet is 3G and we would only get 500 MB of 4g? Or does that mean unlimited 4g internet + 500 MBs for hotspot? If anyone knows, please respond. This makes a huge difference for those that use their cell internet often. Thank you!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      Unless all the towers in your area have been upgraded to HSPA+, then no, you will still get slow speeds after your high speed allotment.

  • lovingmyGN2

    What the hell t-mobile? I don’t get the prepaid chart it says $70 for unlimited data but only first 5gb at 4g speeds but on the right side of the chat it says: Unlimited talk, text, web with high-speed data! CUSTOMERS ENJOY “NO CAPS” No limits, and no overages. So what the hell gives here? This is confusing me. Is there a5gb limit or not? Can Somebody please explain this to me. T-mobiles gonna lose allot of money if they throttle at 5gb again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      Prolly a misprint. Don’t know why they have commercials saying “Now Unlimited 4G with No Annual Contract” then pull this mess.

  • samsavoy

    So for $10 less than AT&T I can have no LTE and much worse HSPA+ coverage!

  • UncleFan

    Has anyone figured out yet whether you can pair an EIP with the mobile broadband plans?

  • OnlineRefugee

    Where T-Mobile is going wrong:

    - It appears there’s still fine print (something the “uncarrier” was supposed to be eliminating).

    - This is nevertheless confusing.

    - T-Mobile’s prepaid offerings do not appear competitive.

    - IMO the prepaid carrier to beat is Straight Talk.

    Take a look at Straight Talk’s website. It has one price for unlimited talk, text, and 4G data. (Yeah, Straight Talk’s 4G is not as fast as others 4G, it might even really be mid-level 3G. But since most people now use WiFi actual speeds don’t matter. E.g., consider that carrier-based tablets were a bust. Fact is, people don’t want or need 4G carrier access. Moreover, I have never seen people time page loads on their phones using a stopwatch. To them, e-mail works fast enough, even if 3G).

    Also notice the simplicity of Straight Talk. There’s no asterisks leading to pages of fine print. There’s no flashy headlines, only to be diluted or rendered meaningless in the page content or fine print (T-Mobile’s “UNLIMITED DATA” that was really limited comes to mind).

    - People don’t like pricing charts, performance graphs, or technical gobbledygook. People like to know what they are going to pay each month. (That’s why I have always said that carriers were being deceptive when advertising one rate, only to tack on $8 to $10 monthly in additional fees and taxes. Then, of course, if you are AT&T there’s the profitable AUTOMATICALLY IMPOSED data, text, and talk overage charges.)

    - Carriers love postpaid contracts because it is so profitable. They handcuff customers for two years and enjoy hitting them with grossly overpriced base services, additional fees, and huge income from users exceeding talk, data, and text limits. (Limits which are set artificially low to assure overage charges, at least from time to time, to where a customer feels it an achievement to have a month or two of billings without overage charges.)

    - I guess T-Mobile is suffering an identity crisis. It is run by postpaid execs who find it difficult to abandon its postpaid ways. And it is trying to enjoy the best of the postpaid and prepaid worlds. I don’t think that’s possible, at least not when the likes of Straight Talk are your competition.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      Straight Talk is not for power users. It is more comparable to GoSmart $45 plan. Monthly4G is for power users of high speed data and those who want direct T-Mobile support. duh!

  • Genecio

    I do know one thing, for ME these plans (Value/UN-Carrier) are cheaper for an individual line than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.

  • xmiro

    what would be killer… if T-Mobile let those of us on family accounts move unused data from one line to the other! In reality on AT&T Mobile Share 1 account with 2 lines shares a 4GB data bucket (2GB per line), but on T-Mobile 1 account with 2 lines has 4GB of data EACH for a total of 8GB per account! Not quite mobile data sharing like AT&T and Verizon but still taking advantage of the total data

  • goforth

    Cell companies can’t change their plans monthly cost every month- Control the cost of the phones is what they all want and where you can purchase them.

  • Sharklover

    So now tmobile is charging more than sprint. Sprint is only charging $70 for unlimited everything and they subsidize the phone. Tmo want to charge the same without phone subsidy or $90 with. I think this will cause many to switch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

      Don’t forget to add on the $10 premium data fee for Sprint smartphones. And ur landline minutes are not unlimited unless you get the $99 plan.

    • CRT24

      That is not their unlimited everything plan. The price you quoted is for 450 minutes and unlimited to mobile phones…..sprint unlimited everything with a “4g” phone is 110.00/mo which is 20.00 more for just the plan than the unlimited value plan with the phone payment included on t-mobile, and 40.00 more that the value plan alone.

    • sharklover

      I was saying that because that’s what I saw in an ad in the newspaper a few days ago. Their website does show $110.

  • Brandon

    This website is really great for employees to get a heads up on what’s to come a little sooner than we find out at work, the problem is a bunch of people who think they are experts find this site, misconstrue the information here, and then start rumors and assume a bunch of things that aren’t true… If you people crying here do not see how much better these new options are then there is either something wrong with you or you are not understanding fully what these plans entail. More than likely you should find your way into a tmobile store and talk to a rep that can explain to you how these plans are worlds better than any other carrier and even much improved from the past. Many of the comments I’m reading are complaining about classic plans rising; this is bc tmobile wants you on value, value is a better…you guessed it; value. Plans are constant

  • Finsingh

    Wow I just find hard to believe how many stupid people are writing here… Even if the new classic prices are more than grandfathered classic prices why do you think your price will change unless you do something to change your plan. If you do not like the new plans do not switch them stay with what you have now

    • just me

      Yes, call customers stupid for voicing their opinion. That will win them over

  • rip ham

    I did the math and instead of paying 149 per month for 2 lines unlimited talk and text and 2GB data and 3 lines 500 minutes and texting. I could spread the data around and get another 500mb and get unlimited talk on all lines for just 10 dollars, works for me, but I have another 19 months on my contract

    • xmiro

      these are also contract plans, Tmobile might let you switch if you like the new classic plans better and keep your contract. I’ve changed plans a year into a contract, just rang 611 and they switched me – just make sure you have a knowledgeable rep so your contract won’t be reset and extended

  • rip ham

    but if each line wanted more data i had better stay with current plan because this one costs over 3X more just to get 2GB per line.

  • Mystery Man

    $140 for 2 lines with 2GB…. I currently pay $135 for 3 lines with 2GB. Why are they increasing prices?

    Currently its $100 for 2 lines with 2GB. Now they want to charge $140 thats INSANE

    • xmiro

      No it’s still 140 for two lines with 2GB data. 99.99, 2GB data is $20 on classic even now. On new classic after the 24th it will be +500mb

    • TechHog

      Actually, it’s 2.5GB

  • Mark

    this would be a terrible change for my family. 5 lines, 3 without date, 2 with 5gb per month unlimited text on all and unlimited calling on the 2 with data for about 160 after tax to get the same thing on the new plans it would cost about 220 and there is no subsidies on the phones… this really doesnt work. If I wanted to upgrade a phone will i still be able to get the subsidized price? If not I’m leaving Tmobile, and I never thought I’d say that. I have been with them for 6 years without complaint until now. This really sucks!

    • xmiro

      easy
      don’t change anything

  • susan

    I JUST SWITCHED PLANS!!

    My bill is dropping from $58 to $31.42, a savings of almost 50%!!!!

    The plan I signed up for has been around a long time, and tmobile doesn’t like people using it so they hide it.

    It’s the 1500 minutes + texts plan for $30 a month.

    This economy sucks, so I’m cutting back on expenses. No web for me!

    • chantie

      that plan is listed in the prepaid brochures. I sign people up for it all the time never was a secret.

  • nandeep

    can the international talk and text be added to the 30$ plan now , becuase it was not allowed before

  • Siarhei Hushchyn

    Ok, some common sense get thru – Smartphone HotSpot free on classic plans (except unlimited). I am not sure about more data ranges.

  • Ziich

    $30 100min/5gb(“4g”data) FTW!!!! you even get unlimited text

  • tmarin

    Why would they pick the negative name, UNcarrier? It’s like saying, NONcustomer! T-Mobile really does need to sell itself to the highest bidder and be done with it. All of the carriers, Sprint in particular, have such better plans it should be embarrassing to T-Mobile.

  • chum lee

    Cool thanks T-mo. I work in a retail store. I didn’t want to sell anything anyway. Nobody will buy from us if they can go phone subsidies from third parties.

  • Nitrouspray

    So if this is the prepaid plan there going with, will still be a $70 a month REAL unlimited 4G data plan option? Id hate to see that go. If i wanted 5GB a month, id rather go with the $30 a month option. Unlimited talk & text is not really relevant for most these days.

  • Trysta

    While these plans do kind of suck I will give T-mobile credit for 2 things

    1) Their lowest data tier is still a usable amount of data. I usually come in just under 500mb on my galaxy nexus per month and I do a lot of web browsing on my phone so if people are careful this might be enough (unlike the 200mb, or 250mb) for most people

    2) It is really refreshing to see a carrier include tethering with all limited data plans. Basically T-mobile is saying if you pay for X GB of data you can use it however you want. I really wish other carriers would do this!

    BUT…I have only been with T-mobile for 2 years and when I signed up for the even more plus plan (which should be equivalent to these uncarrier plans). I was able to pay $59/month for 5gb of data (500min, unlimited texts). Now if I wanted to have a comfortable amount of data (2gb for me) I would need to pay a lot more.

    Shouldn’t the prices be LESS because there is no subsidy? These prices seem pretty comparable with their classic plans for anyone interested in data (which everyone with a smartphone is).

    The prepaid plans do look ok. What are the disadvantages of prepaid again?

  • http://www.facebook.com/notslop Shirlene Davis

    I live on a limited income(disabilty), I was wondering if t-mo has a free gov., plan