Based on a leaked image (courtesy of TmoNews), it appears that T-Mobile is planning to introduce six new Simple Choice plans on March 30th of this year. From what we can glean from the image, it seems that the soon to be launched plans by the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States are designed for specific customers, especially subscribers who tend to depend on Voice over IP (VoIP) and chat messaging mobile apps, or those who only make use of their mobile devices to either send or check text messages, or browse the information superhighway. In other words, these upcoming Simple Choice plans are of the data only variety, but still include unlimited text messaging, with absolutely zero minutes allotted for voice calls.
The rates start at $20 for 2 gigabytes of data, and reaches up to $95 for 22 gigabytes of data. Standard rates for Simple Choice start at $50 for a couple of gigabytes of data, although it should be noted that T-Mobile currently offers a prepaid option that is priced at $30 for 5 gigabytes of data, a hundred minutes of voice calls, and unlimited text messaging. However, these plans are only made available to customers with GSM handsets, as well as users of BlackBerry devices who either own a BB10 handset or a BlackBerry Priv (the BlackBerry device that is powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system).
For a full summary of the six new Simple Choice data only plans, here they are:
$20 a month -- offering 2 gigabytes of data
$35 a month -- offering 6 gigabytes of data
$50 a month -- offering 10 gigabytes of data
$65 a month -- offering 14 gigabytes of data
$80 a month -- offering 18 gigabytes of data
$95 a month -- offering 22 gigabytes of data
As mentioned earlier, these plans will also include unlimited text messaging on top of their monthly data allowance.
The fact that T-Mobile is purportedly starting to offer data only plans is certainly interesting. And it may be a sign that there is an increasing number of mobile users who are interested, after all, in availing of plans wherein they do not have to make use of voice call minutes. It may also be proof that the ways in which people communicate with other people constantly change over the years -- from landline phones to cell phones to messaging mobile apps to video chat platforms. Voice calls will not likely go extinct entirely, but it goes to show that sometimes, data and text messaging are enough to connect with family and friends.
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