Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

  • Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

T-Mobile may have said last week that they had no current plans to increase pricing on their unlimited offerings, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to make changes.

T-Mobile Essentials is priced at $60 for one line, $30 for the second line, and $15 per line for lines 3-6, plus taxes and fees with autopay.

As always, T-Mobile is listening to customers, and T-Mobile Essentials is designed for those who say they just want the basics: unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the USA - all at the industry's best price, only $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. "During times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers", T-Mobile warned in a statement. Subscribers will get unlimited talk, text, and data in the United States for $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. Adding the third and fourth line cost $15 each, bringing the total cost for a family of four to $120 per month.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available from the carrier's stores nationwide starting August 10. While customers will still get unlimited data, text, and talk, the plan does not include perks like worldwide data or hotspot capabilities. What used to be a $10 add-on for more tethering data and unlimited 3G speeds while traveling overseas, is now $15 per line. And T-Mobile ONE Plus International is $65 per line per month; yes, it adds yet more still. They've got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More...

For those of you who don't care about traveling outside of the USA, or using mobile hotspots, consider T-Mobile's latest rate plan, T-Mobile Essentials. Credit approval, deposit, and $25 SIM starter kit may be required.

T-Mobile's LTE network has tripled in size over the last three years and now reaches almost every American! Customers on the Essentials plan will also be the first to be throttled when T-Mobile's network is experiencing congestion, so it's probably not a great buy for users who need a guaranteeably fast connection. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo. T-Mobile commissioned a survey in which "a whopping 86 percent of respondents "it is wrong for the price on your monthly wireless bill to be more than the advertised price" and said "wireless carriers should include taxes and fees in the prices they advertise", T-Mobile crowed in its press release". "T-Mobile Essentials is a plan for people who predominantly use their phone domestically", the carrier says, pointing frequent travelers in the direction of T-Mobile ONE instead.

T-Mobile One Plus International, finally, is also an upgrade over ONE.