Monday, 20 August, 2018

Mobile Unveils 'Essentials' Unlimited Plan For Customers On A Budget

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan T-Mobile Introduces New “Essentials” Plan, Starting at $60
Sherri Watson | 09 August, 2018, 19:14

T-Mobile revealed most of the details of Essentials, but the basics are that it's supposed to be a plan that only includes unlimited talk, text, and data.

The most alarming aspect of the Essentials plan is T-Mobile's admission that "during times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers" and further reduction if using more than 50GB of data per month. A second line on the account costs $30 and up to four more additional lines $15 each. Customers also get unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada as well unlimited texting and $0.25 per minute calling in other global destinations. What used to be a $10 add-on for more tethering data and unlimited 3G speeds while traveling overseas, is now $15 per line.

Currently, we dont know if T-Mobile Tuesdays and Music Freedom would be limited to T-Mobile ONE plans from now on.

"The other guys have got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More ..." It does get a bump in tethering data, though: 20GB of hotspot per month instead of just 10GB, now the T-Mobile ONE plan has 10GB included. Well have to wait until T-Mobile releases its terms and conditions for the new plan to see exactly which of the T-Mobile perks it will or will not include. All of those prices are with autopay enabled; if you forgo autopay, you'll pay $5/month extra per line. Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials. But does it make sense for a current T-Mobile subscriber? The carrier's other plans cost more, but have more features. Wireless companies (including T-Mobile, which was contacted for this article) don't provide any guidance on average taxes, given the vast difference in how the taxes and fees are calculated and applied in different states. If not, and you don't ever go to Canada or Mexico, then I'm not sure why you wouldn't downgrade to this new Essentials plan. Taxes and fees are also not included in that rate.