T-Mobile has placed a heavy focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past year or so, and that push continues today.
T-Mobile today revealed a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) plan. For a limited time, the plan is priced at $6 per year up to 12MB per connected device. Customers can renew after 12 months or 12MB.
Last October, T-Mo launched its NB-IoT network, and the tech should be available nationwide by mid-2018. NB-IoT is an LTE-Advanced technology, and T-Mobile touts that its plan is ideal for services that require low bandwidth, long battery life, and a large number of sensors.
NB-IoT isn’t the only Internet of Things service that T-Mobile offers. There’s also Cat-1 IoT Access Packs available for applications that need more bandwidth and voice, and T-Mo is planning a nationwide launch of Cat-M technology shortly after its NB-IoT is available.
While T-Mobile continues to add new phone customers, it’s also looking to grow in other segments of the market. We’ve seen more of a push for business customers from T-Mobile lately, and this focus on the Internet of Things is another way for T-Mo to attract customers and grow. T-Mobile touts that its NB-IoT plan is one-tenth the cost of Verizon’s Cat-M plans, so businesses and cities that want to connect lots of devices with small, steady streams of data may want to consider T-Mobile’s plan.