New T-Mobile deal offers four lines of unlimited for $100 per month

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T-Mobile Essentials has been around for a couple of years now as a lower-cost unlimited plan, but soon T-Mo will be offering it for even less.

Starting July 24, T-Mobile will launch a special deal that’ll offer four lines of Essentials for $25 per line for a total of $100 per month. That’s a savings of $20 per month compared to what you’d normally pay for four lines on an Essentials plan.

That $100 per month price does include autopay. If you’d rather not enroll in autopay, you’ll need to pay $5 more per line per month. That monthly price also does not include taxes and fees.

You can also get up to two more lines for $20 each with this plan, meaning you could get up to six lines of Essentials for $140 per month.

T-Mobile Essentials offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE smartphone data as well as 5G access as no extra charge. Unlimited 3G mobile hotspot usage is included as well, as is access to T-Mobile Tuesdays and the deals that it offers. Two other things to note is that streaming video is limited to SD quality and that Essentials customers may notice slower data speeds during times of network congestion.

This deal will be available for a limited time. Existing T-Mo customers on an Essentials plan with four lines can swap over to this new pricing, but T-Mobile says you may lose features and promo credits.

Customers who take advantage of this deal can also get a special discount on a new 5G phone. For just $5 more per line, you can get a Samsung Galaxy A71 5G with bill credits and eligible trade-in.

If you’re happy with your current plan but would still like to upgrade to a new 5G phone, current T-Mobile and legacy Sprint customers can get a Galaxy A71 5G for free or a Galaxy S20 5G for half off with eligible trade-in and 24 monthly bill credits. This deal will also launch on July 24.

Here are the trade-in values for the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G deal:

Save $600 when you trade in

  • Apple: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11(any variant)
  • Samsung: GS9 series, Note 9, GS10 series, Note 10 series, GS8 series, Note 8
  • Google: Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
  • OnePlus: 7T Pro McLaren, 7T, 8, 8 Pro
  • LG: V60 ThinQ

Save $300 when you trade in

  • Apple: 7, 7 Plus (any variant)
  • Samsung: GS7 series, A20, J7 Star
  • Google: Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • OnePlus: 7, 7 Pro, 6, 6T
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ

And here are the trade-in values for the Galaxy S20 5G deal:

$500 off when you trade in:

  • Apple: iPhone 11 only, XS series, XR, X, 8 series
  • Samsung: GS9 series, Note 9, GS10 series, Note 10 series
  • Google: Pixel 4, 4 XL
  • OnePlus: 7T Pro McLaren, 7T, 8, 8 Pro
  • LG: V60 ThinQ

$300 off when you trade in:

  • Apple: iPhone 7 series
  • Samsung: GS8 series, Note 8, GS7 series
  • Google: Pixel 3A, 3AXL, Pixel 3, 3 XL
  • OnePlus: 7, 7 Pro, 6, 6T
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ

All of these deals will be available for a limited time.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • F4LL0U7

    Any idea if the Essentials plan includes Kickback? Since the pandemic started, I’ve been saving $10 per line every month since we’re staying at home on wifi.

    • George Salcedo

      Kickback was great while it lasted, it’s no longer a feature T-Mobile offers on any of the new plans.

      • F4LL0U7

        Gotcha, thanks! I guess sticking with what I have (at least until quarantine is over) is the best bet!

  • Francisco Peña

    Anyone know if we can get teh S20+ and still get the $500 off? I’d rather have the + version… but dang, they are offering $500 on the S9. Wanted to pass it down to family, but that is a good deal.

    • Brian

      Francisco, I believe that they would still give you the $500 off on the S20+ or S20 Ultra. It usually would apply for the entire series of phones (aka the S20 series). The $500 is definitely worth it for the S9, especially if you had purchased the S9 on a BOGO at launch really only paid $360 for it.

      • Francisco Peña

        pretty tempting. If the S8 was $500, I’d give my wife’s up and hand her my S9 and get the S20+. will have to think hard about this.

      • Francisco Peña

        Got this from TForce..
        “Get up to $500 off (via one-time trade-in credit and monthly Recurring Device Credits (RDC)) when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10+, or Galaxy Note10+ 5G on a 24 month installment plan, and trade in a qualifying phone…. You can choose from any of those devices. This deal will start on July 24. “

  • nutmac

    Existing T-Mo customers on an Essentials plan with four lines can swap over to this new pricing, but T-Mobile says you may lose features and promo credits.

    So I take it that those with free voice lines would lose them (converts to paid lines) when migrating to this promo.

  • jralphroman

    Took advantage of the free line couple weeks ago and also added the OnePlus 8 for $350 with Bill credits. Now I have 3 lines total, now wondering if I can take advantage of this deal and possibly purchase another Oneplus or 2 Galaxy s20 for 1 deal?

    • rrrbc

      The fine print says you may lose your current bill credits.

  • rrrbc

    “current T-Mobile and legacy Sprint customers can get a Galaxy A71 5G for free..”
    No, you can’t.
    They charge you $20/month more for the Essentials Summer Promo plan if you want 4 Galaxy A71, then give you the $600 x 4 phone credits. So you pay an extra $240 for service over 24 months to get the Galaxy A71 x 4 deal compared to the basic Summer Promo $25 x 4. With a minimum phone trade, you might get a discount of $330/phone net.
    What happens after 24 months? Do you still pay $30 x 4 for Essentials? That is the regular price, an extra $240/year compared to the $100/month Essentials Summer Promotion. It would also be a price increase for me and others who just got the 3rd or 4th line free promotion.

    • jawash22

      Just got an A71 coming from Sprint. Today is last day of half off they told me. So $300 for me with bill credits.

      • Mike

        Make sure that phone has all the 5g bands…I think it’s missing millimeter bands.

  • Shaun Michalak

    It looks all good until you look at all the details.. If you do not use autopay, then that $100 goes up to $120.. The Essential’s plans do not include taxes and fees.. So take my area.. with prepaid plans, 6% sales tax, plus about $2 911 fee per line.. so there is $7.20 plus $8 for 911 and taxes.. So basically, I would now be up to about $135 for 4 lines..

    Since Essentials is also de-prioritized vs the regular T-Mobile plans.. and you only get free Tuesdays with it.. It really does not make it worth while in price vs their Metro line of plans.. With the Metro line of plans, you can get 4 lines of unlimited talk, text, and phone data for $120.. But you also get 15gb of hotspot per line (vs 3G speeds on essentials), and amazon prime for free too..

    • Mike

      Why did they make essentials plus taxes and all other plans have taxes included? They kind of took a step backwards?

      • Shaun Michalak

        I know.. But it is easy to overlook.. and most people, once they get on a plan, just deal with it unless something drastic happens.. Honestly, I think it was more to give the “impression” of a cheap price, then anything.

        • Mike

          True on the impression of it. The thing is they have it with SD video streaming and slow 3g speed for tethering. Which is fine, but those taxes do add up.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Exactly.. I think it all depends on where you live as to if it is worth changing plans.. For example, if you live in an area that is not very congested, then it may be more worth it to go to Metro to get service.. But, if you are in a high congestion area, and need the data, then you are better off with a straight out T-Mobile plan..

          The Metro plan could cost about the same as the T-Mobile plan, even after the $5 per line discount from the essentials plan.. at $120 for 4 lines (Metro).. But the Metro plan gives you Amazon Prime, and 4G tethering speeds.. But only about 15gb worth a month.. But again, since the Metro plans are de-prioritized from the start, if you have high congestion in your area, that may be the deal breaker for you..

        • Mike

          I think they use the lack of essentials plan to up sell people to a Magenta plans. Why dont they ever have a good plan for a single line? I always get screwed..I do have a phone line and a tablet line now.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I honestly can not think of one time that I have really seen much of a sale for one line from any company.. They all go off of 3 or more lines to really get a good discount per line.. The sad part is when you can get 4 lines for the price of 2 single plans
          ..

        • Mike

          They did something superior with the 55+ plan, but of course most don’t fit into that. I agree it is sad when 4 lines cost less than 2 lines. I think that goes back to where new phones comes in..They rather sell 4 new versus 2 new, and have you in a payment plan for 2 years.

        • Shaun Michalak

          They even changed the 55+ plans.. I remember that they were lower when they first came out.. Then went up in price about a year later.. Either way, i was talking about regular plans that everyone can get, not just certain people..

        • Mike

          They found a way to raise rates by adding things to a plan, like hotspot data or video quality, etc.. Either way it probably cost them more to restrict data speeds versus just letting the network run. I’m sure 5g will be treated the same, if not more.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I agree.. But I do not think that they did the video quality thing because of rates.. I think that they did that one due to excessive use and limitations of bandwidth on their network.. Too many people use it needlessly.. There are people out there with screens that would only support SD, and still insist on streaming the video in HD.. People that insist on having video chat on even though they are not using it, or even looking at the phone.. Things like that..

          I personally think that people started using too much bandwidth, way too fast, and their network just could not hold up with the limited resources, and this was a way to reduce loads on their networks.., Of course, the extra money is a bonus.. But I believe that it kept the people that did not care from blasting the data use on videos, that really did not care too much about the difference.

        • Mike

          There are many people that are not tech savvy and may not know the difference of sd to hd, I’m not sure how a sd screen can be set to hd in the first place? I do know that some push the data limit mostly by streaming tv. What’s actually funny is when they roll out tvision again, I’m sure it may run off the cell data, so if that happens, then what caps will they have? I’d guess no caps on tvision. But that could be something left back on LTE. Have to see what prices that tv will have.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I would guess that they will probably wait until they have more band 41 installed, or they will only sell it in areas that they do have it installed for people to use??

          I am not actually sure if you can run HD on a SD screen.. I was just using that as an example.. Look at the people that are buying 4K antennas for their TV, to get 4K TV, when they do not have a 4K TV.. I guess that is a better example, but whatever..

        • Mike

          I know what you mean about people and the newest thing. But I surely don’t ever think someone needs to run 4k on a cell phone, at some point a picture looks good. It’s like the camera on the s20, when in the world do you need over 100 megapixel zoom ?for a 6×9 photo? You dont.. It’s almost crazy to think that’s needed.. Most pictures only need around 15 megapixel

        • Shaun Michalak

          The only people I can think of that need that kind of a zoom are the people spying on celebrities.. or famous people.. Unless they are taking pictures of the moon that is..

        • Mike

          Yes , those would be the type, but they would have to get a tripod to hold steady the cell phone. A camera to me isn’t a selling point. A good screen is important.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I think a “decent” camera could be.. I am not asking for top of the line, but I do not want a camera that looks like it was from a phone 10 years ago.. I remember trying out 2 phones that came out at about the same time.. The Aristo 2, and the Galaxy J3.. The camera on the Aristo 2 was decent for general pictures.. The J3 was horrible in any kind of low light situations.. The picture would get all grainy looking and stuff.. So in an aspect like that, I would go for the Aristo over the J3 because of the camera.. But if the price went up a lot just for that.. nope.. or for that kind of a zoom.. Still nope..

        • Mike

          Oh yes those cameras from 10 years ago were basic. Funny in a sense how things have come along. Better pictures, better screen size and quality, plus better sound and faster processing speeds, I just really wonder how much quality is needed past 1080p? At some point the human eyes can only take so much.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Well, they say that from a small distance, if you have a 50inch TV, you really can not tell the difference between 1080 and 4K.. When you think about it, it is like those old paintings.. The ones where they make the whole pictures with dots.. Up close, you see tons of dots.. Go back 20 feet, and you can not tell that it is made up of dots.. IMO, if you are able to really see a big difference between 1080 and 4k, you are sitting WAY too close to the TV..

          Personally, I can see better pictures past 1080 on a camera.. That can give photographers more options about cropping pictures, etc.. Especially when you are taking a picture of something from far away.. Something that you may not want to, or be able to get close to.. Maybe for example, a fist coming off of a waterfall.. But for normal everyday use, not so much past 1080..

        • Sayahh

          I’m trying out Visible right now.
          When Visible is fast, it’s fast. When it’s congested, it’s under 1mbps.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Well, it id deprioritized compared to actual Verizon customers, just like how Metro is with T-Mobile, so it does not surprise me.. After all, it is not like only one company has problems with congestion.. With high amounts of people off of one tower, it happen to all companies..

        • Mike

          That does sound good for the Metro plan.. But that goes to show how they treat hotspot. Why can they have 4g for Metro and just offer 3g for essentials? Actually I read that tethering for most plans is prioritized below phone data, so there is another restriction. Streaming HD video is the problem obviously because it’s generally a constant stream, that’s why they prefer SD, so the stream buffers. But back to the plans, they made essentials look cheap so people go and get a Magenta plan. If they would quit giving away free lines of service to groups then we might see real deals.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Those lines to the groups are the real deals.. I think that they way that they look at it is like this.. If you have multiple lines, you are more likely to stay with that company.. It does not take much to switch from one company to the next if you have just one line.. But you have to get all the phones together, or get the new phones and hand them out to everyone when there is 3 and 4 lines on the account.. Plus say that 3rd or 4th person is out of town.. Now you have to get that phone to them, which takes time.. and while they are waiting for it, no cell service..

          You have one line.. not so much of a hassle.. Not only that, but the more lines you have, the more people there is to advertise for you, the more chances you have to sell “up sales”, meaning extras, etc.. I guess it is all how you look at it.. That is just my thoughts at least..

        • Mike

          You have that exactly right, good points all away around. Especially true for business lines and that is funny because it goes back to phones again..The true money is in new phone sales. Now you mention my one line, that is so true. So multiple lines is were the money is also, even though the price per line is cheaper, there is more people to talk about it, kind of like the pyramid plan.

  • rrrbc

    The A71 phones are not free after trade-in because you have to pay an extra $5 x 4 phones for the service plan to get the phones (compared to the Summer Promo $25 x 4).
    +$20/month, +$240/year or +$480 over two years.
    And what happens after the 4 phones are paid off? Do you still continue to pay $120/month for 4 lines? That is the regular price for Essentials.

  • Mike

    Sounds like a nice deal to try until you get to the part about a new phone. They make you jump through hoops to trade in and still pay high for a 5g phone. And that is sneaky adding taxes back on an essentials plan as compared to all the other plans that have taxes included.. Kind of backwards for the un-carrier? Just do some good homework first. The A71 specs are missing sub 6 5g bands.

  • Acdc1a

    Give me a Magenta 4 for $120 and $20 for each additional and I’ll migrate my plan.

  • Will the plan includes calls to/from canada and mexico? And 2g speed data in other countries?

  • TheNoob

    This 4 lines for $100 is horrible. It does not include taxes and fees. After taxes and fees, you’re looking at $110-120. It is Essentials with a minor discount. Magenta was $140 for 4 lines prior to the recent price hikes and for those who took advantage of their July 4 free line on us, you could’ve gotten 5 lines of Magenta for $140. And this is what T-Mobile claims their best ever deal? Yeah, with this horrible CEO who couldn’t put together a deal it probably is…

    • rrrbc

      Value Essentials for 4 lines at $100+ offers a 17% discount off the current Essentials price. Can you find a better deal on postpaid with full service from Vzw or AT&T? (Visible Party Pay x4 doesn’t compare since you can’t get telephone support or help in a store, and it’s prepaid.)

      The only plans I found that are better for 4 lines are T-Mobile free service for state and local nonprofit agencies, or the $25/month Magenta First Responder plan for employees of state and local first responder agencies that do not sign up for free service.
      Vzw has a free plan for students.

  • zeiferx

    everyday tmobile becomes more and more bullshit! the “uncarrier” moves that has been done as of late are a joke and we haven’t have any real uncarrier move in years or the fact that while tmo advertise their 5g coverage they don’t mention that “Big Red” 4G competes or out performs their 5g network…. But lets talk about fees and how they are different than “The evil 2” , recently i went to a store to buy a phone outright to replace a mid tier device that i needed and had just been drowned, well surprise surprise there’s a 20 dollar fee to buy a phone at a store that the sales guy didnt even mention or explain until i looked at my bill and asked WTF is this… 20 Dollars just because i choose to buy a phone at your store and you want to say you dont have hidden fees and that you are different? tmo is the same as the other carriers and will get worse. buy at iphone or android at bestbuy is the retail price but buy it at a tmobile store and it will be retail price + 20

    • rrrbc

      1. Big Red charges $40 to activate a new phone in a store, so Tmo’s $20 fee is a relative bargain. You gotta read your receipt before you pay in ANY store.
      2. Big Red does offer very fast 5G in a few tiny parts of 35 cities. Tmo covers almost 6,000 cities and towns now, 220M people. 10,000X more coverage than big red. And Tmo does not charge you $5/mo. extra to tap into 5G that is only available in .04% of their network coverage.

      • zeiferx

        i didn’t know thats how it works just that you usually get a receipt after you pay unless is displayed in a screen in front of you which is not the case at most wireless stores but moving on …
        as a customer of both i can tell you Verizon does not and has not ever charge me 40 dollars to activate a phone, but lets also move on from that, my statement is not about activation fees at all is about a 20 dollar fee for buying a phone at a tmobile store, this fee is separate from an activation fee.
        lets say you walk into a verizon store you want a 1k phone you pay 1k plus tax but if you do the same at a tmobile store you pay 1k + 20 + tax. you buy 5 phones and thats 5×20 doesn’t matter if you activate it or not you still pay those 20 dollars and that’s what im talking about.
        to your second point, i am not comparing 5g top 5g because Verizon is clearly superior in speed even where tmobile has mmwave available at the same time, i was comparing tmo 5G to Verizon’s 4G. im in the nyc/nj area and as someone that has both services in high end phones, verizon 4g out performs tmo 5g right now in many areas, so what good is it 5g if you are not really getting the biggest benefits of the technology other than a marketing tool, it just made more sense to tmobile to deploy 5g on the 600 financially because it will help them archive 2 things. 1 first to 5g nationwide campaign and 2 improve indoor coverage.
        stop drinking the “uncarrier” Kool-aid and analyze things with less fanaticism, the “uncarrier” movement has been dead for years now and they are doing the same thing while trying to sell you the bs that they are still different.
        Quick anecdote: i once had a tmo rep praise the wi-fi calling feature on tmo and that it was great tmo had this while on an apple picking trip. mind you i was calling in because we went to a place that stated in their map coverage was available and good amount. i had around 15 lines with no service since i had made most of my family switch from other carriers to tmobile on the mid days of the uncarrier offers. the fascinating thing about the rep response about wifi calling is that this comment came after i told him i had to create a wifi hotspot on my verizon phone to get my family connected, there was no down anything in the area for tmo they just had no service.

        Like i said have them both, use them both and pay about the same in both (verizon is a little higher by about 30 dollars)

  • MB

    T-Mobile is officially gone. The T-Mobile we knew with Legere is done. They just increased the price for Magenta, Magenta Plus and dumped this for $100+TAX which is same as their old Magenta/T-Mobile One, 4 lines for $120 but now that price without Netflix. I remember the same plan 4 lines for $100 with Netflix on T-Mobile One Plan. Shame!

  • Philip

    Years ago, they have 3 lines for $150 and the 4th line is free. EACH phone gets 14GB of 4G hotspot and real unlimited 4G I guess. I say keep it forever right?