T-Mobile launching Internet of Things Access packs that bundle wireless data and modules


T-Mobile’s been making a big Internet of Things (IoT) push over the last year or so, and today that effort continues.

T-Mobile has introduced two IoT Access packs that aim to make it simple to get IoT devices online. The base plan includes up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device, and $6 per year per device afterward. The step-up plan offers unlimited data at 64Kbps for $25 per year per device, with a limited time offer of $5 off the first year for each device.

No matter which plan customers choose, T-Mo will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module via bill credits.

In other T-Mobile IoT news, T-Mo says that it is continuing to work on Category M and Narrowband IoT. These next-gen modules can utilize T-Mobile’s LTE coverage and will help to give IoT customers options for faster data and longer life cycles compared to 2G networks.

Today’s announcements are just the latest in T-Mobile’s effort to be part of the growing IoT market, following partnerships with companies like Twilio, Sequans, and Novatel Wireless. With its new IoT Access packs, T-Mo aims to make its service attractive to IoT customers by bundling the service and module into one purchase, making it easier and faster for customers to get their IoT devices online.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Verizonthunder

    So, T-Mobile returns dial up speed for consumer as home internet?¿

  • Alex Zapata

    Interesting, looks like they’re really trying to go after a lot of the abandoned AT&T IoT subscribers……

    • a d00d

      LOL, wouldn’t you? This is a total growth industry whereas the cell PHONE market is mature (maxxed out). The only reason VZW and Sprint can’t is because the networks are incompatible (at 2G). Sprint has been trying to come up with deals like TMo but may be having issues finding companies to make TD-LTE devices. Also, they’re the only ones without any low band spectrum. As for VZW, they have their own people with some lock-in with 1xRTT or EvDO that they’ll have to move, but apparently they’ve decided to wait as well.

      But if you have’t switched off 2G by 2020 at the absolute latest, you’re going to be hurting. Depending on carrier, it may be sooner than that as well.

  • Mike

    But their service is so unpredictable and unreliable. Right now I’m at the E speed. The other day I was at 0.1 Mbps down and 0.4 Mbps up. Can’t get much done with these super high speeds even though it’s billed as the fastest Network in USA. 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, Pa

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Those speeds are more than enough for IoT

  • john

    Is it 5MB or 5GB?

  • steveb944

    Pretty good pricing.

  • moonoverparma

    I am completely confused as to what this is.

    • a d00d

      ATMs, GPS trackers for the FBI/CIA/cops and robbers, milk cartons (see comment above), and other telemetry like weather stations. It is NOT for web browsing.

      • moonoverparma

        So things that use very small packs of data?

        • a d00d

          Now you you get! :)

  • Dyana A

    I am with you moonnoverparma. I don’t understand it at all.

  • Tim Kelley

    64kbps?? OK… Dialup was 56kbps and websites were a hell of a lot less cluttered. 99% of the websites you attempt to access would time out.

    • Prode

      It is crazy, but thank god alot of these devices can get wifi that way there is no need for a sim card.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        These are meant for use where wifi isnt realistic, ex massive farms with thermometers set up throughout it that upload data

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      That is not what these devices functionality entails. For their intended purpose 64kbps is plenty of bandwidth and 5mb is a lot of data

      • Critic4U

        everyone of my devices would burn through that in minutes if not seconds.

        • J.J.

          You really have no clue of what this article is about and should not be posting comments on this.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Do you have weather sensors on remote farms? Cash registers/vending machines that accept credit cards in remote areas with no wifi or hard wired internet options? Thats the sort of applications for these IoT devices

      • Mike

        majority of people would go thru the 5MB just syncing their emails lol

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          How do you all still not get it… this is NOT for personal devices like tablets, phones, etc. It IS for things like weather balloons, vending machines that accept credit cards, atmospheric sensors, etc. that collect and periodically upload/download very small amounts of data. You’re not “syncing your email” with these devices

        • Mike

          5mb is still not a lot payment methods considering chip transactions downloads data to the chip and also upload from the chip on every transaction .

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          The data downloaded and uploaded in this instance is nothing more than hex codes no more than a few bytes in size

  • Walt

    5mb? LOL

    • For things like a flood sensor, how much data do you think it needs? If your flood sensor needs more than 5mb of data, you have bigger problems than data.

    • “The unicode textual data for ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe (18 paragraphs long)” is 6.95KB. So if you were to send the whole poem as an SMS, you could send it about 715 times (or 23 times per day), or 12,870 individual paragraphs (or 12,870 really long text messages). You likely only spend about 2MB – 3MB a month in actual SMS data per month (under fairly heavy use, and including emojis [which are basically additional characters in the unicode standard – think of this as having extra keys on a keyboard] ). Other SMS data, such as images, video or voice, you could retrieve later. I think $20 a year for me to build a text only SMS device would be cool. I don’t really use my phone… at all.

  • To help explain this (hopefully) as there seems to be some confusion — this is intended for little sensors and whatnot. Think about devices like the Automatic plug-in module for cars (it just pings the server once per car ride with your GPS locations/some status updates).

    Another example would be something like a temperature or motion sensor… Something that maybe reports a few bits/bytes a couple of times and hour, or only when it’s status/state changes.

    These things require very little bandwidth since the payloads are so small. There’s a ton of opportunity for these in industrial and agriculture outside of the home as well (eg no wifi or bluetooth).

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Exactly. Most of the people posting here have no idea what these devices do.

      • R Firestone ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

        I’m still confused on the how IoT thing

        • a d00d

          Watch The Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror episode “Life’s a Glitch, Then You Die” (3rd segment in THoH 10) and then you’ll sort of get it.

        • Critic4U

          Me too I just call them Internet devices, whoever came up with this IoT thing is pretty out there. lol

        • loT Comment

          LOL, LOL, very funny post about the loT.

  • samsung freud

    I may be wrong, but doesn’t this plan perpetuate 2G and keep away some resources (people and time) from deploying LTE coverage?

  • m_shark

    Wonder is if there’s a restriction on a type of devices eligible for connecting to these plans.

  • Chuck

    How can I sign up for this? 64k unlimited for 25yr sounds great. I would like to move a weather station and an alarm system to this. Right now I am paying for full fledged internet service to a location that only needs it for those 2 things.