T-Mobile introduces new value Pay-as-you-go plans, $0.10 per text/min flat rate


On August 17th, T-Mobile will be launching a brand new Pay-as-You-Go plan, making it simple and more affordable and – in the process – the lowest offer amongst the major nationwide carries .

Under the new plan, texts and calls cost a simple flat rate amount. Each text will cost $0.10, as will each minute during any phone call you place. There’s a monthly minimum of $3, which will give customers 30 minutes of talk, or 30 texts, or a combination of the two up to the value of three bucks. Of course, you can spend more than $3 per month if you wish, and there’s no credit check, no deposit and no contract.

T-Mobile is also introducing a new set of on-the-go daily and weekly 4G LTE data passes. It’s $5 for a 1-day, 500MB pass or $10 for a 7-day, 1GB pass. So now, Pay-as-you-go customers will get access to LTE!

With these new plans, it should mean T-Mobile customers don’t have to guess how much a call or text is going to cost, or try figuring it out based on how much they’ve preloaded. Under the newer, simpler plans, it won’t matter if you’ve preloaded $3 or $3 billion, it’s still 10 cents per text and 10 cents per minute. Of course, if you’re spending $3B in prepaid top-ups each month, you should probably consider one of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans. You’d save a fortune.

This all comes a few days after T-Mobile became the most popular prepaid carrier, and I can’t help but feel it’ll become even more popular after these deals go live.

Via: T-Mobile


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  • Matt

    I guess this will work for the occasional user.

  • TheVorlon

    So it is the same as the old “pay-as-you-go” except now they are forcing you to spend $3 per month.

    • commonsense

      No its not the same…if you put $10 in (the old minimum) the charge per minute was higher. The only way to get 10c/minute was to load on $100 at once.

      The $3 minimum, c’mon, if you can’t spend $3/month on keeping a phone number active AND getting minutes to use it then you need to work out some priorities in life.

      • TheVorlon

        I use these in phones that primarily use wifi.

        So I barely use $10 PER YEAR.

        And yes, the original account was set up with the $100 buy in for the 10¢ rate 1yr expiration.

        • Bob Archer

          So, $8 per month is better than $3 per month?

        • TheVorlon

          You never passed basic math.

          Let me help you.

          $10/12 = 83¢

          Or perhaps you seem to think that the entire balance on the account has to be used up in the year… Which is no.

        • jj

          I in fact never passed math — so don’t make fun of me ;) but why is it your minutes don’t expire? Website says that if you put $100 the duration is only for a year. So intuitively it would seem to me that the way you’ve been doing it you’d have to keep feeding $$ so your minutes didn’t expire after a year, unless you were grandfathered in to a prior system.

        • TheVorlon

          “Website says that if you put $100 the duration is only for a year. ”

          And if you keep reading, you’ll find the information that says adding any amount to the balance renews it for another year.

        • jj

          Okay, I see, pretty smart. (Actually, I didn’t attempt to decipher the fine print but I’ll take your word for it) Thanks! Maybe they’ll grandfather you in and you can keep what you have otherwise for you, relatively speaking, its a big hit since you’ll now spend in 3 months what you used to pay in a year.

      • UncleFan

        ” The only way to get 10c/minute was to load on $100 at once…”

        Yeah, but that $100 lasted a WHOLE YEAR if you didn’t use it. Now they’re going to CHEAT you out of $3 every month.

        This goes against the whole concept of PAYGO.

      • STW

        Yea. My PRIORITY right now is to GET RID OF T-MOBILE from my life!

    • TheAnswerer

      Pretty sure that tmobile almost always allows people who are grandfathered in to keep their current plans. Just keep yours then.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      It has always costed a minimum of $3.33/month ($10/90 days). The difference is that now you get 30 minutes for that $10, instead of 10 like before. In order to get 10 cents a minute you had to buy the $100 1000 minute year card, which costs about $8 a month. It is by far a better deal than what was offered before.

      If you are referring to the 1 year expiration you get after enrolled in gold rewards, with that you still have to load $100 refills to get the same rate any customer gets now. If that works out better for you, then just keep it. Plans are always grandfathered. No need to complain

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Good to at least have options, good job TMO

  • Aaron Peromsik

    The per-minute rate is mostly lower than before, still higher than some TMO-based MVNOs, (such as PTel 5c/min 2c/text) but the minimum monthly spend is lower (PTel is $5). OTOH on the Verizon MVNO side, PagePlus has a lower minimum monthly spend at $2.50. But phone choice is an issue there.

  • Guest

    The data aspect is pretty lame. Why not have an option for 1GB LTE with no expiration, good until you use it up?

  • TD

    Or, you know, use an MVNO that uses Tmobile’s network (UltraMobile is $19 for unlimited talk/text and 100mb LTE, and several others have lower pay-as-you-go rates). But I guess if you use less than 50 minutes/texts per month sure.

  • Jeff

    Total fail on the data passes. The Uncarrier move would be to offer pay-as-you go data at a fixed cost per MB, coming out of the same non-expiring balance as minutes and text messages. You shouldn’t have to pay $5 just to check some e-mails.

    • UMA_Fan

      And the better option for just email checking that exists right now would be???

      • Jeff

        A number of MVNOs have pay-as-you-go data. To give just one example on each network: PagePlus (Verizon), Airvoice (AT&T), PTel (T-Mobile), EcoMobile (Sprint).

    • monkeybutts

      You could always connect to wifi not everyone needs data all the time.

    • magenta

      Coming from a rep that works in the #1 prepaid store in the nation, trust me: a fixed mb cost would be a NIGHTMARE if we have people that complain that all their balance is gone for “no reason”

      Should be a good plan.

  • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

    I think we might be mis-understanding the data passes. Unless I’m mistaken (which has been known to happen) pre-paid customers currently have access to 4G LTE data the same as post-paid customers. I suspect these passes are for those that run out of their allotted 4G LTE bucket and become throttled….

    I think we could use some clarification.

    • Nick

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

    • Jeff

      T-Mobile has three prepaid options: monthly plans (which include data), pay-by-the-day (which also includes data), and pay-as-you-go (which doesn’t). The data passes being discussed here are a new option for pay-as-you-go. Unfortunately they suck because they expire after 1 or 7 days instead of rolling over like the minutes do on that plan.

    • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

      Yes, it means that Pay as You Go customers now have access to 4G.

      • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

        ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! That makes MUCH more sense…

        But out of all of my pre-paid customers? Only about 1 in 100 have the “pay as you go” plans… It’s nice the option will exist though…

      • STW

        They DID with the old arrangements. For $3/day you get 200MB of 4G speed.

  • S. Ali

    These prices are competitive against Ting or Virgin Custom (at least for data)

  • PHL

    This is a decent deal for the VERY LIGHT user, but there are better deals out there for most people. For example, you can set up a TracFone that gives you 180 min + 180 texts + 180 MB of data for $20 every three months with rollover. Works out to less than $7 / month, but gives you a lot more. Let’s face it, if $4 a month is that big a deal, you probably shouldn’t have a cell phone.

    • UncleFan

      “This is a decent deal for the VERY LIGHT user…”

      No it isn’t, unless you have a very different of “very light” than I do. In the past I was able to fill up a spare T-Mo paygo phone with minutes once a YEAR with Gold Status and I didn’t have to worry about it until a year later. Now they’re going to drain $3 out of my account every month? No thanks!

      • SB

        I am not getting a simple math. With $100 refill, you can get 1000 minutes which is valid for ONE YEAR ONLY. That turns out to to 10c/minute, and irrespective of how light your usage may be, you will still lose out if you don’t use up all the minutes within ONE YEAR. Assuming you use 30 mins/month, under the new plan, you will pay $3 x 12 mons = $36/year, which is WAY LESS than $100/year. If you want more, you can still get it at 10c/min. Of course you lose out if you use less than 30 mins/month, but then you lose out anyway even for a $100/year plan. Can someone please explain if I am wrong in my understanding?

    • Dakota

      The shopping channels like QVC and HSN often have tracfone specials where they offer triple everything for life. You might want to look at that next time they offer it.

  • colonelcasey

    What about gold rewards? What happens to that?

    • ChitChatCat

      Existing users grandfathered, new users none, just like with most new offerings I imagine.

      • STW

        YEAH RIGHT! The moment you have to refill, that’s when they get you to switch. They ALWAYS get their customers by the BALLS. THEY ALWAYS DO.

  • Terry

    So how does this new plan work? Do you just load up with say $30 and they just deduct 10 cents for every minute/text you use and if you don’t use $3 in a month they just deduct the difference at the end of the month? And I guess they repeat this every month till your balance is gone? I’m glad they’re adding the data passes back though I wish it was at the old level of $2.49 for 250 MB.

  • guest

    i’m assuming that the money will stay active for 90 days just like all t-mobile pre-paid plans. so you can reload anytime you’ll like. the data is a plus for those customers. i’m also assuming the gold rewards will stay the same. t-mobile will probably grandfather all pay as you go customers to this rate plan.

  • Hector F.

    No plan can defeat the $0.04 min & $0.02 text from AirVoice Wireless (At&T MVNO) at just $10 every 30 days with rollover!

    • Dakota

      What about LTE data?

      • Hector F.

        It has LTE data but I don’t know the rates per use, check the AirVoice page.

  • UncleFan

    So in other words… T-Mobile is KILLING PAYGO. Draining $3 out of my account every month is NOT Pay-as-you-go!

    I will definitely be CANCELLING the account my unlocked backup phone on Aug 17 and switching it to a true PAYGO provider.

    • PHL

      Don’t go!!! What in the world will TMO do without your less-than-$3/month business? Bankruptcy is sure to follow! Woe is us!

      • UncleFan

        “What in the world will TMO do without your less-than-$3/month business?”

        Go back to being smaller than Sprint? You obviously don’t understand what PAYGO is all about. I already HAVE a postpaid account with a recurring monthly payment, thank you very much. But for a spare phone, an emergency phone, a phone you might loan to a kid… you don’t want a recurring monthly fee draining out your money for nothing, simply because the phone won’t have any minutes left on the day you actually need it.

        • Moby

          Your current PayGo plan is grandfathered in. As long as you don’t switch away from it, you can keep it as long as you want. No $3 charge.

    • Moses JC

      Bye bye

  • Dakota

    If data, were cheaper on this, I’d give Tmobile a try again.. Many don’t need unlimited texts and calls but guess for now sticking my 3gb LTE & 45$. Does Tmobile still offer that $30 plan if you don’t buy a phone from Walmart and just bring your own. (is that also. 10 cents for every minute or text over 100

  • jdubtrey

    So, it appears that you are charged $3 when you sign up for the new PAYGO, which really negates the benefit of the old pay-by-the-day plans (unless the new PAYGO prorates that $3 when you jump and and out of the plan). Kinda sux if you liked the old scheme. Was the old plan structure REALLY that confusing that they had to do this?

  • Tmobile Customer

    Tmobile is pretty much useless for me. I called Customer Service and they said they cant grandfather the rate plan for me. I guess its time to shop for a new cell provider.

  • m.a.

    This new thing does not help me at all. I don’t use my minutes that much and if I expect to have a heavy use for a day, I switch to the pay by the day. This apparently charges you the $3 when you switch to the PAYO, which defeats the whole purpose of having PAYG. Tmobile already didn’t care about the prepaid, I guess this is their way of killing the prepaid service.

  • sara

    If you guys only knew how much minutes and text messages actually cost the company compared to what is coming out of your pocket every month you would really be p.o.

  • davidwal

    This is going to be good for some pay as you go customers. Just not the elderly that come in once every couple of years and top up with their old Nokia’s.

  • Unhappy T-Mobile User

    The old plan was better. If I didn’t use the phone, I wasn’t charged. This was great for an emergency phone in my car. I would put $10 per year on the phone, and unless I used it I was not charged. Now my account will be drained quickly with the $3 mo charge even though I didn’t use the phone.

    My regular phone suffers as well. I don’t use my cell when I am in town, so I do not want to pay a minimum, When I go out of town, I could switch to a daily plan ($2 or $3 per day) and get internet access. Now, again, I am paying when I do not use my phone.

    The old pay as you go plan was great. You put in $100, for the cheapest rate, and when you use the phone, you pay. When you do not use the phone, you do not pay. Now you have to pay if you use the phone or not.

    I now looking at other carriers. Bad move T-Mobile.

    • STW

      Same here. I put in $100 5 years ago on a prepaid number just for exactly the same scenarios you described here. I still have $20+ on that number at this time. With the new plan, it would have cost me $180 for 5 years instead of the $80 it cost me with the old plan. F* YOU T-MOBILE. F* ALL OF YOU!

      • SB

        How do you have validity after5 years?! The maximum validity – even if you are a Gold Rewards customer – is 1 year!