T-Mobile Essentials plan now available


The brand new T-Mobile Essentials plan is now available.

T-Mobile today launched its new Essentials plan, which is a new offering for customers “who want the basics”. It includes unlimited talk, text, and smartphone data as well as unlimited 3G mobile hotspot. Customers also get unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada and unlimited texting along with $0.25 per minute calling in other international destinations. T-Mobile Tuesdays and the gifts that come with it are included, too.

One other thing to note is that T-Mobile Essentials customers may encounter slower speeds than other customers during times of network congestion. Further reduction could occur if those customers use more than 50GB of data in a single month.

Pricing for T-Mobile Essentials starts at $60 per month for a single line and goes up to $30 per month for the second line and $15 per month for lines 3 through 6. Those prices include autopay, and customers who opt out of autopay will have to pay $5 more per month. Also of note is that unlike T-Mobile One, the T-Mobile Essential plan pricing does not include taxes and fees.

T-Mobile also offers some add-ons for customers that want to enhance their Essentials plan. These include 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage for $10 per month and a $5 24-hour Global Pass that offers 512MB of up to 4G LTE data plus unlimited calling in Mexico, Canada, and other international destinations.

T-Mobile Essentials is now available in stores and by calling 611 customer support.


Essentials isn’t the only bit of plan news that T-Mobile made today. The carrier also made some tweaks to its T-Mobile One Plus add-on, bumping it to 20GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot per month (up from 10GB). The price of the add-on has been raised to $15 for a single line, but that price goes down to $10 per line per month when you add One Plus to a family plan.

Finally, T-Mobile has retired its One Plus International add-on, just as we knew it would. The add-on offered unlimited international calls, unlimited 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada, and unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage in addition to the perks included with the One Plus add-on, all for $25 per line per month. If you signed up for One Plus International before today, you can keep it for as long as you keep your plan.

So those are the big plan changes made by T-Mobile today. Anyone signing up for T-Mobile Essentials? Did you add One Plus International before it was discontinued?

Sources: T-Mobile (1), (2)

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  • PC_Tool


    …said absolutely no-one.

  • pda96

    I have the 10GB/line Simple Choice. Since I don’t use a lot of data, the Essentials plan is a downgrade as far as I’m concerned.

    • Nobody Special

      I have 5 voice lines ($100) under my Grandfathered Simple Choice Unlimited Data Plan with Family Stateside International Calling ($10) for all the lines totaling $110 Dollars plus taxes & fees, the Essential Pan is a downgrade for me too.

      • pda96

        What’s perplexing is that TMO doesn’t seem to be interested in converting all the Simple Choice customers to One. That would simplify their accounting a great deal. If they offered that $140 for 4 One lines like they did a few months ago, without any strings attached, I would convert in a heartbeat.

        • SirStephenH

          Everyone’s grandfathered in, why would we ever want to change? Even if they gave us a good deal, they’d just jack it up on us in two years because we’d have lost our lifetime pricing by switching plans. They can chip away at the edges, but most of us left aren’t going anywhere.

        • pda96

          One word “promotion”. As you might have noticed, a lot of TMO promos are for One or SC Unlimited customers only. This is discriminatory to say the least. But most legacy customers are toe jam to TMO as we don’t qualify for these promos.

          I’m quite happy with my SC 10GB/line plan. I’m not interested in unlimited data since no one in my family is a heavy data user. The only incentive the Unlimited plans offer is qualification for the promos that TMO has now and then. This is why I want to switch.

        • Hurlamania

          T-Mobile did it previously to jump customer to Simple Choice from older plans they basically gave them the same rate that they were paying and they called it select choice so in theory they could do a T-Mobile one Legacy or something like that where you pay what you’re paying now but you get a T-Mobile one plan something to that effect you get the idea

        • Chris Collins

          I agree if they offered me 3 lines for under $120 bucks on one I would jump for it but they haven’t.

        • pda96

          Don’t despair. I suspect as a way to convince the gov’t that their merger with Sprint is beneficial to consumers, TMO will have a bunch of “deals” for everyone to feast on. Easy brownie points, right?

  • Hurlamania

    Who would get that by the time you add taxes and fees you might as well get a T-Mobile one plan that certainly makes no sense I think the inmates are running the asylum

    • Acdc1a

      If you go to the well hidden essentials site you’ll see exactly why they created the plan. I love the marketing piece, hate the plan.

      • Hurlamania

        I see that I know exactly what you’re talking about and their commercials are funny too because they don’t say anything about the plan they just show people having a great time say they have unlimited for the rest of us for $30 a line once you get in the store no one’s going to get that once they see the price compared to the T-Mobile one plan
        I can picture smartshopper immediately going so you’re telling me for $2 or less I can get a whole bunch of more because taxes and fees are included in the other plan LOL or it could be so you’re telling me for $0.75 more I get all this extra stuff LOL

  • Acdc1a

    I have 4 voice lines and a tablet on ONE taxes included for $130 monthly. I don’t think I’ll be migrating…

    • Phil

      Lol no doubt.
      I’m doing an old-school 25.00 unlimited talk/text plan with
      20.00 4G LTE Simple Choice unlimited /5gb tether & 10.00 2gb tablet plan
      All grandfathered in!

      I’m still on original JOD1.
      I might dump it due to overpriced hardware big $ down payments.

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  • Teo T

    I think the bigger news here is T-Mobile One being available for NCC customers again, WITH international roaming added. It’s finally on parity with credit check customers.

    For some reason NCC had One, then was only offered 10gb, and now it’s back along side Essentials and 10gb.

    • Andrew Singleton

      NCC includes only North American roaming (Mexico and Canada), but it does not include any other international roaming, just to clarify. Also, 10GB NCC is gone. NCC now mimics the 2 postpaid offerings (One and Essentials) and their pricing.

  • lomsha

    Not sure why this plan exists.

    • Hurlamania

      The plan exist to compare it to Verizon and AT&T unlimited plans where they have those lower-tier unlimited plans that’s what they have on their website as their main information comparing it to the $40 a line Verizon Etc

    • Chris Collins

      It exists because it would work fine and save a few bucks to the majority of non technical smart phone users.

  • stuman19741974 .

    It’s a dumb plan. I gotta think they did it so they can market more apples-to-apples vs VZW and ATT (their plan plus taxes model). Then when a new customer comes in to sign up (and learn that taxes and fees cost a fortune extra like the 24% in Chicago area) they just go with TMO1 anyway.

    • Nobody Special

      i agree.
      but if you have a customer willing to pay more for less, then let them.
      The choice always rest in the hands of the customer.

  • dcmanryan

    Finally a plan for idiots!! T-Mobile has been lacking on an idiotic plan for idiots and this fits the bill nicely! Way to go “Uncarrier”.

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    What I’ve noticed about T-Mobile is their customer service has been horrible. They’ve outsourced. Thus at night it indicates their calls are being outsourced to a call center in the Philippines. If this continues I’ll end up switching carriers. When I call I want U.S. based support.

    • Sharti24

      When you call in ask for “technical support” for whatever your issue is. it will route you to an american call center everytime

  • Nobody Special

    During congestion, Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers and further reduction if using >50GB/mo. Taxes and fees are not included in the cost.

    This means, T-Mobile has added a new level of throttling:

    – 1st ((((NEW)))) level throttling will only affect Essential Plan subscribers during time of congestion.

    – 2nd level throttling will affect Essential Plan and all other subscribers who have gone above the 50GB threshold during time of congestion.

    – 3rd level throttling will only affect subscribers using their phone as a wifi hotspot during time of congestion. Note: Subscribers of the T-Mobile One Tablet Plan or Mobile Internet Data Plan will not be affected. But if you have the T-Mobile Essential Tablet Plan 3rd level throttling applies).

    • SirStephenH

      It’s not throttling, it’s deprioritization. Throttling caps the speed while deprioritization essentially makes your data less important. If the network is uncongested then you won’t notice a difference compared to other users but if there’s congestion then your data will be deprioritized and your speed will decrease in a greater ratio to other non/less-deprioritized users. I see it as Essentials being at the regular unlimited over 50GB prioritization all the time, then dropping to an even lower prioritization after they reach 50GB. It kind of just sounds like a MVNO to me.

    • stuman19741974 .

      So, compared to this “Essential” plan, isn’t a family of 4 better off just going with the MetroPCS plan? 4 lines of unlimited data for $100 WITH taxes and fees included?

  • Jason Caprio

    I have to say this. Have you been practicing your #feeface lately? T-Mobile is such a joke.

    • Acdc1a

      Don’t drink and post Jason…

      • Jason Caprio

        Wasn’t drunk lol. I think it’s a total joke that T-Mobile acts like they’re doing people favors when they do not include taxes on their “budget” plan. So $70/month for 1 line T-Mobile One, $60 plus tax (maybe $5 tax) for T-Mobile Essentials. Not much cheaper!

        • Sharti24

          They’re doing it on purpose to say “ hey we offer low prices like sprint” when it goes to the FCC come merger time

        • Jason Caprio

          Most likely. My fiancee and her parents use a family plan still grandfathered on Simple Choice with 2GB each person. They hardly use any data so I saw this plan, crunched the numbers, and she didn’t feel like paying any more than she currently is. If it included taxes, it would have been worth it.

        • Hurlamania

          You can also post these concerns on the other tmonews page that talks about the FCC taking questions and comments from the public to voice your concern there’s a link in that article I’m sure she magical price reductions if the merger is blocked and perhaps some old plan add-ons come back or knew better pack bundles. They may even start being nice to their customers again.

        • Hurlamania

          If you ask a Sprint rep what their taxes and fees are they say about $15 so if that’s the case for some people I know mine or lower but still people will be paying $75 for Essentials
          T-Mobile always says about 10 to 12% which would put you into the 6 or $7 range probably for most people so for about 3 bucks you could get T-Mobile one on average

  • Hurlamania

    It technically doesn’t fall under that category but it’s very close but they’re offering you one plan and they can give you that plan but most people won’t get that plan but the plan is available the bait-and-switch is when they offer one thing and then you can’t get it and you have to buy another but I got your point that ran through my mind also from a marketing standpoint

  • Hurlamania

    they called The Essentials plan because you essentially get nothing for about the same price as T-Mobile one some people may pay more with their taxes in their area

    • (J²)

      Lol that was funny.

      But it offers a little savings, especially considering most people outside of these forums do not care.

      $60/$30/$15 + taxes and fees beats, $70/$50$/$20
      For 3 lines, the cost is $105 vs $140.

      It’s nothing to go nuts about but it’s competitive with what other carriers are offering.

      • Nobody Special

        there is really no REAL savings if T-Mobile skim the features down and sell a bare bones Cellular PLan to the customers that dont know the difference from having unlimited 3G mobile internet hotspot vs 4G mobile internet hotspot with 14GB of fast speed. And also, the Essential customers durring time of congestion will get hit with slower speeds FIRST… I don’t know about you, but i wouldn’t want to get treated like i was CHarlie Brown every time there is a congested network. You see it as savings, I see it as losing valuable features which will hinder your service.

        Everything looks awesome, new and great now…. wait and see all the ESSENTIAL customers complaining about being throttled….. read the fine print before you change plans, the grass is usually never greener.

        • (J²)

          With all due respect……. You must realize that most people previously paid more for features and services they didn’t use or care about… Right?

          I work in an IT department, real world scenario. Most people only care about the basics.

          They aren’t going to bitch and moan about hotspot speeds that they don’t even use!

          I may agree with you but I have to be mindful that these plans are not geared towards me and their is a market for cheap slim unlimited plans.

          Similar to buying a Value or SE model of a car for $5,000 less. If the buyer only wanted the bare minimum why the hell would they pay more for features they didn’t care about? Just because the Value of SE is a life sized match box POS? Lol

        • Nobody Special

          yes i agree with you…. in some instances i enjoy saving a buck or two…. because those dollars add up fast… especially when you calculate the yearly savings.

          But if you have the Deluxe Model car for $50,000 with all the bells and whistles vs the Economy Model for $45,000 without power windows, without the leather seats, without GPS, without the Chrome wheels, without DVD, without the 3rd Row seating…. yes… you may have saved $5,000 dollars…. but you lost more than you gained. But as I stated in previous post, the decision to buy or not rest on the individual. And when you add taxes and fees to the mix…. you actually don’t save anything. All i am saying is, T-Mobile could of done better with the pricing for an “Essential Plan”. And that very well may be their overall agenda… advertise high prices and slowly lower prices to gain more customers…I agree most people want basic, but you should not be expected to pay top dollar to get basic services, thats all.

          Within a year, T-Mobile will notice that the fish aren’t nibbling at their bait…. and will probably shave $10 to $20 bucks off the cost of the Essential Plan…. and then I will say…. “THAT’s A Great Deal !!!!!!!! “ but as the way the plan is now…. it’s not worth T-Mobile ONE users nor Simple Choice users to migrate. But, it may be economically better for a Verizon or AT&T customer to switch to the Essential Plan if they are interested in saving a buck.

        • Jason Caprio

          I could not have explained it better myself. This new plan is a joke and an insult to new and loyal customers.

        • Chris Collins

          I don’t know the vast majority of people never use hot spot and those that do use it for vacations or a few times a year. There really is room for a lower plan like this. I still have not moved from my old simple choice plans because for 3 people it would cost me $30.00 bucks more a month for features I don’t need.

  • Francisco Peña

    Anyone know if the Galaxy S8 is available on JoD?

  • Omar Badat

    It seems like this Essential Plan is a precursor for the big Uncarrier announcement on August 15th, which will be for T-Mobile TV. With all the TV users congesting the network Essential’s subscribers will definitely experience slower speeds. Similar to what happens to MVNOs like MetroPCS.

    Also on T-Mobile’s website it clearly says that video will typically stream at 480p not HD so that is another drawback. So if you do not want Netflix and you do not stream much then this plan works for you. But just be prepared for some deprioritization now and more when T-Mobile TV launches.

  • Lester Dennis

    I just want them to have an option do you have 4 G unlimited hotspot I think a lot of customers would pay more for that option if they had it

    • Nobody Special

      Well…. Actually T-Mobile had a 4G unlimited hotspot feature for sale, you missed that boat by 3 days. August 10th, 2018 That Plan was discontinued. It went by the name “The T-Mobile ONE plus+ International” and it cost only $25 extra. you were able to add that feature to a T-Mobile ONE voice line or tablet line. If you had a dedicated hotspot…. you could of used that tablet sim card and placed it into a hotspot device and took advantage of unlimited High speed 4G for it. There was no throttling unless there was congestion and you had went over the 50GB threshold. It was truly unlimited. Too bad you missed it.

      If customers really wanted it, they should of bought it when it was available.