T-Mobile is looking to eliminate all of its wireless data plans for new subscribers, and instead offer them a single unlimited plan called T-Mobile One. This new plan is slated to officially go live on September 6th of this year, and will come with unlimited voice calls, text messaging, and high speed 4G LTE data.
The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States has also decided to make some changes to its unlimited options. For the first line of service, the price will become $70 per month, the second line of service will cost $50 per month, and additional lines of service will be priced at $20 per month for up to eight lines with auto pay activated. Without auto pay, the rate will be $5 more per month. For families with four members, the new plan will be priced at $40 per month for each member.
Considering that T-Mobile’s existing data plan right now starts at $50 for a couple of gigabytes of data a month, the T-Mobile One plan will be costlier at $70 a month. However, this rate is definitely cheaper than the wireless carrier’s current unlimited plan offering, which is priced at $95 a month for a single line of service.
Also, customers will do wise to note that if they want to use their handsets as hotspots, they will need to pay more if they are looking to share their mobile data at 4G speeds. According to T-Mobile, unlimited tethering or data sharing at 128 kilobits per second is included in its upcoming T-Mobile One option. Users who want to enjoy 4G will have to be willing to pay an extra $15 a month for 5 gigabytes of data each month.
And there’s one other thing. The new T-Mobile One plan will play all video content at a lower quality, sacrificing high definition for a regular definition format. The reason for this is that T-Mobile is aiming to minimize the number of data megabytes consumed by users, especially those that are fond of watching video content through their mobile devices, and this way, the wireless carrier can still offer its new unlimited plan at relatively cheaper rates. T-Mobile has actually done something like this before in its Binge On service, which allows subscribers to stream videos from certain websites without it counting against their data package, and is claiming that users could not tell the difference in the quality of the stream. As for diehard HD fans, they still can avail of T-Mobile’s HD video option, which costs $25 a month.
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