August 10th will bring with it the launch of T-Mobile Essentials, T-Mo’s new plan for people who “just want the basics.” It’s now been confirmed that T-Mobile has another rate plan change planned for that date.
T-Mobile will discontinue its T-Mobile One Plus International add-on on August 10th. The carrier confirmed the news to me today, with the following statement:
“We simplified and made almost all of the features from ONE Plus International available on ONE Plus. We still offer Stateside International Talk as its own separate add-on option for customers and customers who have ONE Plus International can keep it for as long as they keep their plan.”
T-Mobile One Plus International includes unlimited international calls, unlimited 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada, 256kbps data speeds in 210 countries and destinations, and unlimited Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on flights to, from, and within the U.S. It also includes unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot, HD video streaming, Voicemail to Text, and Name ID. The add-on costs $25 per line per month.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile One Plus includes HD streaming, 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, 256kbps data speeds in 210 countries and destinations, Voicemail to Text, Name ID, and unlimited Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on flights to, from, and within the U.S. That add-on currently costs $10 per line per month, but on August 10th, it’ll increase to $15 per month for a single line or $10 per month per line on a family plan, and it’ll also be bumped up to 20GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage.
Finally, the Stateside International Talk add-on that T-Mo offers is $15 per line per month. It gets you unlimited calls from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to mobile numbers in more than 30 countries and landlines in more than 70 countries.
It’s always disappointing to see carriers eliminate rate plan options because it means fewer choices for consumers, and that’s the case with T-Mobile One Plus International, too. While the One Plus add-in is gaining more 4G LTE hotspot data on the 10th, customers who do a lot of traveling will likely miss One Plus International. The good news is that we learned about the add-on’s retirement early, so if it interests you, you should sign up for One Plus International before it goes away on August 10th.