In late July of this year, T-Mobile announced its Simple Choice Family Plan. Offered for a limited time only, the plan allowed subscribers to have four lines of service with unlimited calls, unlimited texting, and 2.5 gigabytes of high-speed data per line -- all for just a monthly charge of $100.00. The introduction of the plan was a timely effort by T-Mobile to counter similar family-friendly offers by its competitors, namely Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
This time around, the carrier is attempting to sweeten the deal even more. T-Mobile has recently confirmed that they are increasing the Family Plan offer -- instead of just four lines of service, the plan now allows subscribers to add up to six lines. This should appeal to large-size families, especially those who find the original plan a bit limited.
In the extended Family Plan, the additional two lines of service will still come with 2.5 gigabytes of LTE data, for an extra $20.00 every month. This means that families can use the six lines of service, and get to enjoy unlimited calls, texting, and data usage while paying only $120.00 monthly.
However, T-Mobile's Family Plan only offers 2.5 gigabytes of LTE data per line of service until January 2016. Beyond that date, the data usage will go back to the regular 1 gigabyte for each person inclusion. If customers want to continue enjoying their 2.5 gigabytes LTE data allowance, they will have to upgrade to another plan, which will unfortunately cost higher. As for those who want to take advantage of the expanded Family Plan's special rates, they have until September 30 of this year to sign up for the plan.
More Expansions Just Around The Corner?
Amidst this recent upgrade in the Simple Choice Family Plan, reports have surfaced suggesting that there may be further expansions down the line. As reported by TMoNews, T-Mobile may be planning to expand its current Family Plan to up to 10 lines of service. Each of the additional four lines of service may cost $20.00 each, on top of the $120.00 that subscribers have to pay for the first six lines of service. The 2.5 gigabyte data allowance will also apply, that is until January 2016 only.
If this report is confirmed by T-Mobile, the carrier will effectively be going toe to toe with Sprint whose Framily plan similarly offers 10 lines of service. Sprint's plan starts $55.00 per month (for unlimited calls, texting and 1 gigabyte of data on 1 line) and then drops by $5.00 for every line that is added, allowing users to pay as low as $25.00 for each service every month.
Sprint is not immune to upgrade rumors too. Sources report that Sprint is about to unveil a family plan that offers four lines of service for $160.00. This rumored plan offers unlimited calls and texting as well as 20 gigabytes of shareable data.
Yet another individual plan is reportedly being brewed by Sprint -- this time around promising unlimited talk, text and data for only $50.00 per month. If this plan comes to fruition, it would no doubt pose a threat not only to T-Mobile's $30.00 per month individual, but also to Verizon's newly launched $60 Single Line plan.
While all of this is yet to be confirmed, it does make the playing field a bit more competitive than it already is. In the end, whatever plans may be offered, the customer still has the last say.
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