T-Mobile Adding Tethering, Domestic Data Roaming To Simple Choice ‘Pay-In-Advance’ Customers

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Some  good news to kick off the weekend for T-Mobile’s prepaid customers as the carrier is adding new domestic data roaming and hotspot service to its “pay-in-advance” Simple Choice customers. The carrier told Fierce Wireless they are making the changes to increase the value of their rate plans: “We are excited to confirm T-Mobile is enhancing our Simple Choice Plan for pay-in-advance customers to provide even more value and a similar level of plan features as our customers that run credit.” The services were actually added five days ago, on October 20th, offering T-Mobile’s customers who don’t submit to a credit check access to domestic data roaming across the US. Along with that, customers who opt for the $70 Unlimited Nationwide 4G data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of mobile hotspot data.

So let’s break it down:

  • $50 per month per line: Offers unlimited voice, texting and 500 MB of high-speed data before throttling, as well as the new offer of 10 MB of domestic data roaming and 500 MB of mobile hotspot service. Previously, the plan offered no domestic data roaming, but it did previously offer 500 MB of mobile hotspot service.
  • $60 per month per line: Offers unlimited voice, texting and 2.5 GB of high-speed data before throttling, as well as the new offer of 50 MB of domestic data roaming and 2.5 GB of mobile hotspot service. Previously, the plan offered no domestic data roaming, but it did previously offer 2.5 GB of mobile hotspot service.
  • $70 per month per line: Offers unlimited voice, texting and data, as well as the new offer of 50 MB of domestic data roaming and 2.5 GB of mobile hotspot service. Previously, the plan offered no domestic data roaming and also previously did not offer mobile hotspot service.

This is yet another big move from the ‘Uncarrier’ and offers yet another opportunity for T-Mobile to enhance the customer experience with major benefits and features.

Fierce Wireless

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  • Andrew

    So is there any difference now between prepaid and Simple Choice, beyond being eligible for paying for devices over time?

    • SZL

      I believe you won’t get the international data and text roaming like the Post Paid Simple choice does.

      • Adrayven

        I think you get better domestic roaming as well with post paid.

  • themak

    visiting t-mobile.com, I would not even know that they have prepaid options. You cannot easily get to the prepaid section. As far as differences, @pricead:disqus I think the coverage area is the major difference.

  • neftali

    Keep going T-mobile, give us love!!! wohooo!!!

  • Seriously T-Mobile, Never stop impressing me. Yes, you have some
    faults, but what you do well… you do REALLY well. Very Satisfied

  • Peter

    I cannot be the only one completely disappointed in the 100mb domestic data roaming limit. I drive from Orlando to Asheville NC multiple times a year. During the drive up i95 and i26 T-Mobile completely disappoints with 2g service or worse for at least 60% of the trip. Once you get to asheville and the surrounding area it’s roaming only unless you’re the downtown or suburban areas. For travelers like me that visit rural areas data roaming is my absolute only option and they now cap it. Verizon and Sprint both get excellent full 4g lte in the same exact spot. Thank god for AT&Ts terrible service because at least I can roam on their network since T-Mobile’s is so horrible there.

    • Patrick Valdez

      You aren’t. I’m done dealing with Tmobile’s network shortcomings and Tmobiles “oh well I don’t give a shit” attitude about it. I’m gone once my contract is up.

  • Miguel Rodriguez

    I’m not sure where the line between post and pre-paid plans exists with T-mobile. The 50, 60, and 70 plans seem to be exactly the same. Anyone care to explain?

    • Get_at_Me

      It boils down to devices now. Tmo has mirrored pre and postpaid offerings. Postpaid taxes are higher but you can use eip for device purchases.

    • mikey

      You pay a lot less with postpaid for there additional lines. With prepaid every line is the same price.

    • Rob

      Domestic roaming on at&t is included on postpaid and as long as you don’t overdo it, its pretty much unlimited.

  • Spasillium

    Not that I expect anything extra with it, but what about those who are on the $30 100 min 5GB plan? Some are saying that we get bumped from 100MB to 2.5GB tethering and no roaming?

    • Baxter DeBerry

      nothing, I checked my account and no saying under the plan.. the others have already been updated.

    • Dan

      I didn’t even realize we got 100MB tethering on the $30 100min plan. Not very much, but nice to know if I need it in a pinch.

      • Baxter DeBerry

        it must of just updated cause it wasn’t showing that before

        • Rob

          Dish Network needs to die.

          That’s a pretty sick plan. I’ve heard about it before. Amazing they include any tethering at all!

    • Nick

      I’m on this plan too and was also wondering….

    • mgldan

      Has anyone with this plan tried to enable the tethering on iOS 7?

  • jury_rigger

    Can someone elaborate on this? So previously, pre-paid customers couldnt get data AT ALL, even if there was T-Mo service in the area, because they were roaming?

    As for post-paid Simple Choice customers, there are no caps on domestic data roaming, you just (likely) won’t get 4G, or even 3G speeds, correct?

    • taron19119

      No pre-paid customers had no roaming and post-paid gets Limited 3g roaming now pre-paid customers get Limited 3g roaming but less roaming then post-paid customers

      • kalel33

        Roaming on other carrier’s towers is limited to Edge, there isn’t any 3G roaming and then you’re limited to 50MB hard cap.

        • taron19119

          for who because post-paid customers get 3g roaming on at&t

        • kalel33

          I roam quite a bit on AT&T in my area and it’s only 2G, where I know they have 3G and HSPA+. Are you talking LTE? Because I am ignorant on LTE roaming, since I don’t have an LTE phone. Also, I’m postpaid.

        • taron19119

          No cause when I was roaming I got a 3g icon and t-Mobile don’t use 3g icons just 4g and 4g Lte icons

        • Rob

          It depends on the area. at&t determines if you get EDGE or 3G.

        • Rudy Belova

          Edge speeds, yes (I was getting around 60kbps, and that was also using at&t 3g in west Virginia)

    • Peter

      Post-paid customers are now subjected to a 100mb domestic data roaming cap as of last year. For people that routinely travel it’s quite horrible because even though T-Mobile might work well in larger cities or in the area we live T-Mobile also has the worst coverage area in rural or mountainous regions and along nationwide highways.

      Am I totally mistaken here or is there no data limit on international roaming now? If so T-Mobile is treating their international traveling customers (aka the richer clients they want to steal from other carriers) much better than their domestic traveling customers.

      • kalel33

        50MB per month is you’re on the unlimited plan and 100MB per month is you’re on a plan above 5GB.

        • Guest

          10MB with 500MB plan.

      • jury_rigger

        wait, when u say 100mb domestic roaming cap, you mean a cap for getting the fastest roaming speed for that first 100, after which you get throttled? you dont totally lose data altogether if you use up your 100 for the month, right?

        • Santa’s Little Helper

          Domestic roaming is capped. No throttling. Also, the amount of domestic roaming is controlled by your data plan. I believe the 500MB, 2.5GB,and Unlimited or higher plans are 30MB, 50MB, and 100MB respectively.

        • Scott

          Only 10MB with 500MB plan.

        • Rudy Belova

          It’s throttled too. I get about 60kbps roaming on at&t

      • 21stNow

        It’s not T-Mobile that is treating the customers bad. This is all dependent on the roaming agreements that T-Mobile can negotiate with other carriers. International carriers are more willing to allow T-Mobile US customers to roam on their networks than domestic carriers are.

        It makes sense if you think about it. Why would AT&T allow T-Mobile customers unlimited roaming on their network? AT&T and T-Mobile US are competitors whereas Orange and T-Mobile US are not competitors. If AT&T allowed for unlimited roaming on their network by customers of other carriers, no one would pay AT&T’s prices; they would just pay for T-Mobile and use AT&T’s network.

        • Anonymouse

          afaicr tmbl has a 7 year roaming deal with mabell as a result of the merger going bust. does anybody know when it is going to be implemented?

        • Patrick Valdez

          Instead of investing in LTE they should have worked on adding HSDPA on it’s rural system, heck even adding GPRS and EDGE data to areas they don’t even cover, like most of the state of Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming vast portions of Texas. That move would have made them more competitive to people like me. I’m a long haul truck driver. I told a Tmobile rep that I may have to bite the bullet and switch to Verizon once my contract is up as I have a spare Verizon phone (talk and text only) and that phone always shows a strong signal everywhere I go whereas Tmobile is either roaming on someone else, barely getting Tmobile 1G or flat out showing no service. I also told them that the data roaming caps were unacceptable IMO as I roam frequently. When I was informed that Verizon had data roaming caps and no unlimited data, I countered that I could live with the data caps on Verizon and I could count on one hand with one finger the times my Verizon phone showed it was roaming on an extended network.
          IMO T mobile should put up with paying roaming fees and remove the caps or extend their network. That’s just the cost of doing business.

        • No

          In WY most of the roaming is on local carrier Union Wireless, in NE it is on local carrier Viearo wireless….. Not AT&T.
          And my one can roam 4G on both. Wish tmo would work out agreements with them!

      • Cruise Guy

        There is a soft data limit. First,it is 2G so exactly how much data could you really use? Second, in the small print, its says it is NOT for parents sending their kids to Europe for the year, and only good for 90 days at a time, or something like that, and you have to have used a greater portion of data use in the US. Its all in the fine print. But for the average user going to Europe for a few weeks, its perfect.

  • Nick Cannon

    How do you enable this? Tells me to upgrade on Note 2

  • Dan

    I recently ran out of minutes on my prepaid $30 100min 5GB plan and had to resort to VOIP for a week. Call quality was perfect. Last time I tried VOIP a few months ago, it was spotty. Maybe the improvement was due to the added roaming.

    FWIW, I’m in Hawaii (where T-Mobile coverage is pretty good) and using the Spare Phone app, but waiting patiently for android Hangouts to include calls like the iPhone.

  • Nick

    I’m still confused. I have the $30 – 100 min – unl texting – 5GB LTE plan and last time I was roaming (about half a month ago) there wasn’t any data. Does this change now? If so, how much would I get before getting capped?

    • hx516

      Its just for simple choice plans. that plan is not included

  • jose

    I just used some of my 2.5gb from
    My 70$ unlimited everything plan. Tethering is working great on my
    New Blu life play4G.

    • Not Jose

      Stop plugging this phone. Cool, we see you bought it. But it’s crap. It’s practically made with Moto RAZR technology. Give it a break already.

      • jose

        I am just letting people know that there are other options out there. Why pay 600$ when you can have a comparable device for around 200$.?

        • Bklynman

          Thanks Jose. Also if anyone wanted to buy the Lg f6, Amazon has it on sale $199. For the folks out there looking to buy one of those 6″ phones,Blu,has 5.7″ model for $299.
          I do not own this phone,I do not own any Blu phones,just happen to be on Amazon,when I saw them,remember Jose,
          said he had one,I didn’t read the review on that big phone.

        • jose

          Yeah I saw the 5.7inch blu phone on amazon for 299$ also it’s
          Compatible with tmT-Mobiles 1900 and 2100 bands as well as gsm bands. I will purchase one after I sell my new Blu life play4G in about a month or two. I only keep devices about two or three months
          Then I sell them. I am thinking about getting the notes 3 or the blu 5.7 inch device.

        • also not jose

          Because it’s not comparable? 1gb ram, mediaTek “quad core” a7 garbage and no warranty, etc.

          Should have just waited for the nexus if you wanted a cheap premium experience

        • jose

          Are you finished Richard.?

    • Bklynman

      I check out Blu phone play on Amazon,unless it was different model,or the company upgrade the phone,what I read one person who has the phone,
      write does not have the bands for TMobile 3g and 4g network. I didn’t goes thru all the Blu phones line up, I believe it is the same model you have.
      How can you be using the data on that phone without TMobile bands on it?
      Not saying you are lieing or anything could be different model I look at on Amazon,they have at least 6 different models on there of the Blu phones,just like to know which one u have.

      • jose

        I get T-Mobile hspa + 42mps on this device. Unfortunately it doesn’t get LTE. There is two versions of this device the 100a and the 100i.the 100a is compatible with T-Mobiles 1900 and 2100 bands.

  • cris levin

    not sure how true it is, I have $60 prepaid plan with them, when I turn on MHS, connect my laptop, my browser on the laptop kept being directed to TMo sales page as if I don’t have the service.

    So is this “free MHS” real or just an empty ads?

    • J-Hop2o6

      If you have a problem, just change your Browsers UAP to a mobile UAP.

  • deng

    Roaming is a welcome addition considering how limited their coverage is. Will TMO MVNOS receive free roaming as well? How about Metro and Go Smart?

  • Stephen McAteer

    Eh, this seems to be a reaction to at&t’s AiO Wireless subsidiary, all of their pre-paid plans include free tethering. i use them currently and use hotspot tethering, with out hacking(can’t since its windows phone)… plus i get AT&T’s lte network.

    • TechHog

      … And AiO was a reaction to postpaid simple choice.

      Also, how much did they pay you for this ad?

    • Cruise Guy

      AIO is going away. Being folded into one of the crappy prepaid other carriers. It was just in the news. Bye Bye AIO.

  • Chong

    I am on $70 prepaid. I did 11GB last month. Now they are adding 2.5GB to my Hotspot. I gotta love Tmo! I don’t want too many people coming to Tmo and mess up the bandwidth! You all can stay with ATT.

  • LE119

    Would anyone happen to know if T-mo’s migrating all customers to new plans? I was told they would and I could be getting a better deal if I waited it out? I currently have a 500 min $34.99 Value Talk, with $5 unl texts, and 2GB (*unlimited but throttled after) (no hotspot) for $10 = Around 54 with taxes incl.

    I’m really considering doing an unlimited data plan since I got my 5S on EIP because I’ve begun to stream and download a lot of music, as well as youtube, vevo, etc. The $70 unlimited everything is very tempting, but I barely even use half my minutes. A lot of my messages are iMessages too. Just wondering if it is TRULY UNLIMITED (no throttling)? and would I be able to tether my iPad using this plan? Or is there a better option? Don’t really care for prepaid or any MVNO’s. Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

    • MrMoviePhone

      It is truly UNLIMITED, I’m part of the 5% of tmobile customers who uses on average 90 gigs of data and 2.5 gigs of tethering. It is more than enough for me…I use my GS 4 mostly for watching Youtube, listening to radio, GPS, Netflix, ESPN, and my IPad for surfing the web. Great deal at $70 a month, it just got better.

  • Daniel O.

    It’s sad to hear that David Beren abruptly leaves TmoNews. Best wishes to him and his family.

  • Sidekicker89

    This was David Beren’s last post on this site :'( forever bookmarked..

    • thepanttherlady


      That’s what I get for not paying more attention to Twitter. You’ll be missed, David!! :(

      • Bklynman

        Lady is it true,David is leaving the blog he created?!!
        Without saying goodbye to his daily readers?
        Who going to take over? Does anyone know?
        Sad day indeed TMO news. :(

        • thepanttherlady

          It’s true. I don’t know the circumstances but whatever they are prevented him from telling us here.

        • Jose Hernandez

          Smell fishy to me. No announcement or anything by the new powers that be.?

        • Bklynman

          Read between the lines above,it seems he was force out
          someway. Now we have new day that the music die. :(

  • Daniel O.

    David’s Final post that wont make this site http://pastebin.com/ApS1Y1Pn

    Mod edit to add actual link

    • Fraydog

      Tom Klein, the owner of PhoneDog, could do the right thing, and publish it here anyway.

  • David_4eva

    When will the real story come out? I thought he was the founder of this site? How is this possible? Who will get the scoop now that David’s gone? So sad!

  • Nick

    Tmonews will never be the same without David :(

  • Charles G. WILLIAMS

    David is Tmonews to us. Never be the same again without you David. Lots of love longterm followers of your blog

  • Bklynman

    Best wishes to David and his family,hope
    only the best for him and his family.
    Thanks David for all the information over the years.
    Take and be well.

    • Bklynman

      Take care and be well.

  • PhoneDog Media

    I am sad to announce the death of TmoNews

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Sadly, it’s true. David has left. :’-(

    He wrote this at http://pastebin.com/ApS1Y1Pn, but never posted it. What he wrote is below.

    “This is a post I never wanted to write, never dreamed of writing and hoped would never come to pass. Alas, my time at the head of the site I founded some 5 years ago will come to end due to an unfortunate set of circumstances. My time at TmoNews has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Unfortunately, change is in the air and my position as the pre-eminent T-Mobile blogger along with it. I have loved working with you, my dear readers and friends, day in and day out for years. I’ve lived and breathed T-Mobile for the last 5 years, working on my honeymoon, trips around the country and everywhere in-between.

    There’s nothing about leaving TmoNews that feels right and it’s like an extension of me will be left behind. It’s an emotional moment for me and saying goodbye to the site I’ve worked on for so long is hard. Still, I’ll have the memories of your interactions, emails, tweets, Carly (jokingly) punching me in the stomach and meeting all the fantastic T-Mobile execs and employees that make the company great.

    TmoNews and by extension myself has had a relationship with T-Mobile that for years was a clear mixture of love and hate. Even so, I’ve met some of the best PR folks and company execs that I could hope to ever forge relationships with. There’s a passionate group running the company and,while the business model may change as the industry continues to shift, I hope to see those Magenta colors around for a long time after I say my goodbyes.

    I’ll miss you all terribly and while I know it’s sappy to be emotional about a blog, this site has been my baby for so long I don’t know anything else. TmoNews has been a part of my life through my graduate degree, my wedding, the birth of my son and so many other personal memories that I’d have to create a separate post just to mention them all.

    I hope you all continue to enjoy and love the site and its leadership, whoever that may be, moving forward. TmoNews is bigger than any one man and T-Mobile deserves your continued support. I mean come on, we need someone who will continue to watch out for the awesome one-liners from T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere!

    I wish you all the very best of luck, mostly in life but also in your next smartphone selection and app download choices. Life is full of far too many trials and tribulations so be sure to remember…it’s just a phone.

    As for what’s next, that’s a very good question and I wish I had a good answer but for the moment, I’m open to wherever the road takes me.

    Farewell, my friends and all the best.

    If you wish to follow me and my random collection of thoughts about the world, you can do so at:

    Twitter: @davidj

    Google+: http://goo.gl/RivFqe

    Email: davidjberen@gmail.com

  • robert

    i noticed that 100mb of hotspot usage was added to my monthly 4g plan when i clicked on the my account app. i use wifi tether and the data usage doesn’t even register at hotspot data.

  • jim

    GOD bless you David, I have enjoyed your blog immensely.

  • Herb

    So where do I go for my T-Mobile scoop now? I miss David already.

  • Jose Hernandez

    When are the new people in charge around here going to post anything regarding David being made to leave the site he founded?

    They wouldn’t even let him say goodbye on here.

    This smells fishy to me.

    • Nick

      Yeah I was kinda wondering the same thing :/

    • Bklynman

      I was thinking the same thing,if you read what he wrote,it does not feel
      right to leave,like he didn’t have a choice. But I believe there will be no more news on here about Tmobile,at least not like before. I don’t
      think whoever took over is ever going to say why he left. I guess
      for me is back to phone dog,that how learn about TMONEWS.

    • randomnerd_number38

      Fishy, indeed. I wonder what really happened, how much money was exchanged, and with who.

  • randomnerd_number38

    Whoever is responsible for David being gone, you’re the worst and I hope your shady dealings are exposed and reviled. Eat feces you monumental jerk.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    I’ve been coming to this site since 2008. It will never be the same without David

    • Bklynman

      Have not been on phone dog for awhile,I do remember Aaron those,
      what happen to him force out of there like David was here?

      • FuturePS4Gamer

        I think so if you go to YouTube and go to one of phone dogs videos from like 2009 then you should see his videos.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    Awaiting for a new post….

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    My comment from earlier was erased….

  • TMoFan

    I can’t believe what I just read. I don’t know the full circumstances but whoever is responsible should have at least allowed David to post a final message to his readers – he is owed at least that. Many of us have been refreshing TmoNews for a while … it’s the reason for our damaged F5 keys! To leave us hanging without a final word from David lacks respect to the site that he built and to his readers.

    I had to read his final message on pastebin … wtf?

    If you’re still reading this David: I wish you and your family a lot of luck. You did a great job and I always enjoyed your posts.

  • Bklynman

    I know this way off topic,with David being force off his own blog,I like to know
    has anyone gone got a Moto X,how is that phone?

  • Guest

    Say it ain’t so… :-(

  • Bklynman

    Since David left his a email address on paste bin,whatever that Maybe,never heard
    of it until now,his daily readers should all send him either e card,or email thanking
    him for the hard work he put into this blog,before he was force out.

  • thepanttherlady

    David’s contact info is as follows should you wish to stay in contact:

    Twitter: @davidj
    Google+: http://goo.gl/RivFqe
    Email: davidjberen@gmail.com

    Not knowing anyone’s relationship with him, it would be my suggestion that he not be bombarded with “what happened” questions. In reading his Twitter it is apparent he cannot discuss this situation and wants to move forward. I think it would do him good to see that we support him no matter what rather than dig for the “dirt”. :)

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      While I agree that he shouldn’t be bombarded, I do think it’s unacceptable for PhoneDog (or whoever is responsible for informing us now) to not provide at least SOME information regarding his abrupt departure.

      If this was PhoneDog’s choice, they should have the backbone to talk about their choices with their readership. It’s not like they could do this and nobody would ever notice. :-P

      • thepanttherlady

        Absolutely agree.

        I suggest everyone email PhoneDog directly and let your voice be heard. We deserve answers or at least closure on this and not be left hanging.

        • The DarkKnight

          It was phone mutt,that force David out of his own blog????
          If this is true we should bomb his email and site until his services flameout.

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t know the circumstances surrounding his departure but from his “goodbye” letter it doesn’t appear this was his choice, see link below.


    • jose

      Thanks Panther lady’s.!!!

  • harry

    I guess david had a att iphone and not tmobile bhaaaa lmao

  • thepanttherlady
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  • j0nnyBo1

    Until there is “Unlimited Domestic Data Roaming”… All quote: Unlimited plans are False Advertising.