Data Stash coming to Prepaid from March 22nd

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Good news: For all of you on one of  T-Mobile’s Simple Choice prepaid plans, Data Stash is coming your way starting March 22nd. T-Mobile’s newly-promoted CMO, Andrew Sherrard announced it on the company’s blog this morning.

Every single prepaid customer with a qualifying Simple Choice plan will start with up to 10GB of 4G LTE data, like postpaid customers did in January. Once that’s run out, you’ll start using your monthly allowance. Any data not used at the end of each monthly bill cycle will be carried over, and “stashed” for 12 months.

“This month, we’re taking Data Stash even further. I’m happy to announce that, starting Sunday March 22nd, Data Stash will start rolling out to Simple Choice prepaid customers. Every single one of our prepaid voice customers with a qualifying Simple Choice plan will start out with a Starter Stash with up to 10 GB of 4G LTE data. And when that’s all used up, they’ll start rolling forward their unused data for use up to a full year. Automatically… and at no extra charge.”

Sherrard also used the announcement as an opportunity for calling out the competition. In particular, AT&T and Verizon.

Un-carrier, as always, is about changing the industry as much as it is about giving customers great offers and removing their pain points. He calls them out for either responding to T-Mobile’s moves with cheap imitations, like AT&T’s Data Rollover, or – in Verizon’s case – not responding out of “corporate pride”.

“Data Stash is good for customers… and it’s good for the wireless industry, an industry that ranks right down there with cable and insurance companies in customer satisfaction ratings. And it’s precisely things like confiscating your customers’ data − data they’ve bought and paid for − that drives so much frustration with the carriers.”

If you’re a prepaid user, let us know how this is going to impact you. Do you regularly use up your 4G LTE allowance, wishing you had more?

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  • Goat

    I’m sure this is going to make alot of people happy

    • Cam Bunton

      Oh, for sure! Sounds awesome.

      • Goat

        Also I like the article thumbnail :3

        • pseudoswede

          It’s like an epic fail of trying to draw hair on her armpit; then drawing that thing on Janet Jackson’s boob at the Super Bowl.

  • besweeet

    This probably won’t work for the popular $30 100 minutes/unl. text/5GB pre-throttled data, right?

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      “starting Sunday March 22nd, Data Stash will start rolling out to SIMPLE CHOICE prepaid customers”

      the $30 plan is not a simple choice plan, so, no.

    • Potential X Customer

      It better

    • No, because, you see, to some in this forum, if you chose a prepaid plan, you are an underling, undeserving of the same perks as those like them in a postpaid plan.

      • fentonr

        Well, I hate to break it to you, but you kind of are. Prepaid doesn’t get the same roaming or network priority that post paid does. Those are some of the drawbacks and why prepaid is a bit cheaper.

        • While this is true, it makes no sense anymore, since there are no roaming fees. It used to be the case that customers would contract the service and the carrier would pay the roaming fees and then charge the customer later. In effect, the carrier was loaning the amount to the customer, thus it had to screen customers with good credit. With the demise of roaming fees and the changes in the pricing structure to fixed price, there are no more charges to the customer beyond the fixed price, so there it makes no sense to screen customers for credit worthiness and the line that separated prepaid and postpaid has no reason of being anymore. The distinction between prepaid and postpaid is utterly artificial now and only persists because the carrier wants so. I may be wrong in this assessment and I’d appreciate being corrected.

        • fentonr

          Customers don’t pay roaming fees but the carrier still does if you roam onto a different network.

        • As I said, yes, the carrier pays, but it doesn’t credit them to the customer for later settlement anymore.

        • fentonr

          Right, but the customer paying for it or not doesn’t have anything to do with it. A carrier could lose money on a line/account in a given month because of roaming fees. This is generally ok, generally speaking, with a post paid account because the carrier is likely to make it up the next month. Prepaid is much more likely to be used for only a single month which is why they don’t allow as much roaming, to reduce the chances that they will lose money because of roaming and the line doesn’t get renewed.

        • The carrier doesn’t lose money, for the cost estimate of the roaming charges is already part of the plan price. As long as customers pay their bills, whether in advance or afterwards, the carrier is made whole.

        • fentonr

          Well, that’s not true. It can’t be built into the price of the plan as the amount the carrier is charged is based on the amount the customer uses. That’s why if you roam heavily for 3 months in a row they review your account and decide if they will terminate the line or not.

          This is the whole reason that they made the change to only allow a limited amount of roaming data a month. That change was estimated to save them 400m a year.

        • I said that the cost estimate was part of the plan price, not the actual cost.

          But it’s true that they usually say that prolonged use outside home area, meaning excessive roaming, might result in the plan being canceled.

          Small carriers like TMUS will perhaps always have to be more strict about it, since they rely on roaming in the big carriers’ networks.

      • matt

        the prepaid $30 walmart plan gives you the same music streaming perk as someone who pays $50 for 1 gb. so i figure roll over on walmart is a possibility. i wouldn’t bet any on them giving us data stash tho

  • Kannan

    It doesn’t make sense, extending the offer to prepaid customers but not to $50/1GB postpaid simple choice customers. I feel like left to suffer alone, while people who pay less than me, and who pay more than me, get to rejoice with more data.. Absolutely Unhappy with this move if they don’t extend this offer to $50/1GB postpaid simple choice plan.

    • lomsha

      This was explained before.

    • PHL

      I’ve got a 4-line plan with the 2.5GB/Line promo. Would be nice to get the Data Stash, but I can’t really complain. I’m hopeful that when my promo expires at the end of this year, there will be some other type of promo to offset the loss.

    • Tmoguy

      People that pay less than you don’t get data stash. Any plan with 3GB or more so 60$ and higher

  • TK – Indy

    This is great, but MetroPCS is still a better option than Simple Choice Prepaid.

    • Matt

      So is harbor mobile

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      yup

    • matt

      from what i understand metropcs does not allow you to byod. you must buy a phone from them. that right there limits some people to only tmo

    • matt

      its a better option as long as you have an older phone that metro is wiling to sell you a sim card for and don’t mind not having free music streaming

      • jonathan3579

        That makes no sense. You can bring your own device and get unlimited data for $60 out the door. Who needs free music streaming when you have unlimited?

        • matt

          according to their website , the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 plus are not eligible for a sim card.

        • The Microsoft Lumia 925, 1020 and 1520 are also ineligible. I saw that on their site on Sunday night.

        • matt

          people who don’t want their speed capped at 8mbit ???
          people who want 5gb of hotspot vs 2.5 ??

          i can’t find a lot of differences between a $80 tmo unlimited p,an and a $6t0 metro unlimited plan

          except maybe music streaming and international text and data

        • jonathan3579

          There’s no speed cap on Metro PCS. I have a line with them and a line with T-Mobile and the speeds are identical.

          Call quality and roaming are a whole different story though.

    • monkeybutts

      The downside to MetroPCS they aren’t available in every market.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Awesome!

  • This will not affect me because, though TMUS considers this the right thing to do, it stops short of doing the right thing for everyone. Why only those in prepaid Simple Choice plans and not all prepaid plans?

    • Sean

      You get what you pay for.

    • TK – Indy

      No one should complain about the $30 plan. I have 2 teenagers that wouldn’t trade that plan for anything.

      • StankyChikin

        $30 plan is the best plan on T-Mo

  • guest

    if at&t does this ill leave tmobile for good

    • Snotgoblin

      Guess you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon then. lol

    • matt

      yeah I’m waiting for AT&T to give me unlimited music streaming to all the leading services for my iPad for $20 a month, just like t-mobile does, then i will totally switch

  • Mike

    I get 4 GB of LTE data for $45 with unlimited voice/text on a Metro family plan and that’s plenty for me. High-quality Spotify, Crackle watching, etc. I have only bumped up against the previous 3 GB limit once. As long as I use my home Wi-Fi and when traveling, I doubt I’d ever have much to roll forward or stash.

    • AA-Ron

      Why not pay 5 bucks more and get unlimited data?

      • monkeybutts

        it’s only $5 more if you use an official MetroPCS phone.

  • Blackberry

    Ok, How about a real family share plan for the data??? I barely use 200 MB a month because my blackberry prioritizes wifi over network but my wife has no wifi where she works. So, how about she can use my unused data??? AT&T already has that option. Why not Tmobile??

    • gmo8492

      T-mobile does not want to go with the shared data plan route like At&t or Verizon. They see that it has more negative effect on how people consume their data since in every family plan there is one person who hogs all of it. Shared data plans were set up to make more money of families that consumed more data. If anything you would need to upgrade your plan to a higher data tier or get a separate data plan for your wife.

    • lkb

      @Blackberry
      Yes you can drop your line to the lowest data tier and use the savings to upgrade her line to a higher data tier and come out even, if that helps.

  • Ad_Me_Please

    Damn ads. Phonedog is getting sideways with us.

  • UglyPete

    i really hate these cheesy pictures tmobile uses to promote….

  • Louie Hernandez

    What does this mean for Simple Choice No Credit Check Customers?

    • you will need to change to the new prepaid plans with 3GB or more to activate the stash feature

  • Mo

    For most users this is just a smoke and mirrors offer. Looks good for advertising. I Say this because most of us are in areas with wifi most of the time. It’s like the unlimited calling plans. Do we need unlimited calling since many of us use wifi calling because of the spotty TMO network. I use less than less than 300 mins of my unlimited plan cause I’m in wifi most all of the time. Rather than making un-offers TMO should focus on building a consistent network.

    • Bass Ackwards

      Spotty tmo?
      You in Montana or Nebraska?
      I travel the US, no calling probs.

      WiFi is nice when you’re at home or next to a library…Starbucks WiFi is about as reliable as an IOU from a prisioner on death row.

      My traveling has me hitting WiFi locations infrequently and not long enough for my project.

      Rollover data, unlike minutes, is not a length of time but of connection.
      I can use up a full gig in one night but can’t use 600 minutes in a day (that’s 10hours!)
      That’s where ATT ROLLOVER MINUTES failed as a useable idea, but a great gimmick.
      Data is water.
      Minutes are sunshine.
      I can drink gallons of water quickly.
      Sunshine has it’s own set speed.

      So for me, 3Gigs of data per month will be fine.
      The data from that 3Gigs that I save at WiFi spots will be available for me to “drink” at remote locations (based on my thirst).

      Works for me.

    • spotty TMO network, no way I’m in rural FL where VZ and ATT have good coverage but TMO has stronger data coverage and of course better quality than VZ

  • Rick Rudge

    I use the $100/year Gold Rewards Pay As You Go pre-pay. I’ve got an iPhone and have plenty of access to free Wi-Fi that I can use data on. This has worked out very well for me, so I’m hoping that this will continue to be grandfathered-in. Simple Choice pre-paid wouldn’t work for me.

  • I hardly ever use up my allowance, because I live in an area that has not yet been upgraded to LTE.

  • I have used TMobile prepaid for years since they were the first who had the no overages Plan and I also used it in UK. the data stash is a good idea as I always go over my 1gb allowance.