T-Mobile has a reputation for consistently challenging the supremacy of the two largest carriers in the nation. It’s not hard to see why. While its network coverage may lag behind in some places, T-Mobile customers can definitely enjoy some of the cheapest cell phone plans in the nation.
The Uncarrier has a ton of unlimited plans to choose from. With T-Mobile, you get four postpaid options – One, One Unlimited 55+, One Plus, and Plus International.
T-Mobile Cell Phone Plans
If you’re sick of all data limits and want an unlimited data plan, then you need not worry at all. T-Mobile phone plans still have you covered with their T-Mobile One Plan. This plan offers unlimited everything. All plans under the T-Mobile One Plan will have 480p video quality as compared to the HD standard of 1080p resolution. Another restriction is that your mobile data and tethering is throttled after the monthly limit of 26GB of data is all used up.
- $70 for 1 line (Netflix not included) – $70 total
- $60/line for 2 lines – $120 total
- $47/line for 3 lines – $140 total
- $40/line for 4 lines – $160 total list
T-Mobile One Plus
For $10 more a month per line, you can upgrade to the ONE Plus plan. If you are a person who travels a lot to other countries or just contacts many people overseas, there’s the T-Mobile One Plus International Plan. In addition to all the benefits of T-Mobile One, the Plus plan boosts video streaming up to HD resolutions, and you can get free unlimited Wi-Fi access on any Gogo-based flight along with unlimited international calling to landlines in over 70 countries, along with unlimited calls to mobile numbers in over 30 countries. Finally, mobile hotspot data is boosted to 4G LTE speeds for the first 10 GB on your billing cycle, before going back to 3G speeds.
T-Mobile Prepaid Plans
Simply Prepaid Plans
While the T-Mobile One plan is a great deal, it’s not very cheap if you’re getting a plan alone. And it has a lot of features that casual phone users might not need. For those who don’t mind a limit here and there if it saves a few bucks, T-Mobile has a few other plans.
These three Simply Prepaid plans have a cap on 4G LTE data, but otherwise come with unlimited 3G data, talk, and text:
- 10GB Simply Prepaid plan for $50/month for a limited time
- 6GB Simply Prepaid plan for $55/month
- 4GB Simply Prepaid plan for $45/month
Thanks to the limited time deal, the 10GB plan is a great bargain, and the 6GB plan is pointless.
T-Mobile ONE Prepaid, which is one of T-Mobile’s signature unlimited plans, grants you unlimited high-speed 4G LTE network data, plus all the great features that are typically found in the Simply Prepaid plans. This unlimited data plan also provides you with Mexico and Canada unlimited service, unlimited 3G T-Mobile hotspot, and HD video streaming. However, there’s a caveat to that last perk. If you want HD video streaming attached to this unlimited data plan, you must pay a small fee for an HD 24-hour pass, otherwise, you’re stuck with 480p+ – or standard definition – video streaming. Also, the pass does not include T-Mobile hotspot. But hey, the option
However, there’s a caveat to that last perk. If you want HD video streaming attached to this unlimited data plan, you must pay a small fee for an HD 24-hour pass, otherwise, you’re stuck with 480p+ – or standard definition – video streaming. Also, the pass does not include T-Mobile hotspot. But hey, the option is there. Finally, it should be noted that after 30GB of data usage, your data may be throttled. See T-Mobile one Prepaid
Pay As You Go Plans
For the cheapest and most bare-bones plans, T-Mobile also offers some pay-as-you-go options for users with basic phones or who don’t think they’ll use their smartphone very much but want the option available.
- Talk/Text: $3/month – Any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts, plus 10 cents for each additional text or minute
- Data: $5/day – 500MB of 4G LTE
- Data: $10/week – 1GB of 4G LTE
T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+
A recently launched plan from T-Mobile is specifically for customers that are 55 years of age and older. The plan, which is geared towards older and retired couples, charges $50 a month for the first line, but just $10 a month for the second line. That means two people that meet the age criteria can get unlimited data for a total of just $60 a month (with the Autopay billing setup). See T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+
T-Mobile One Military
The new T-Mobile One Military plan takes 20 percent off the first line and half off up to five additional lines. This works out to $55 for the first line, $25 for the second line, and $10 per line for the third through the sixth line. For my family of five, that means a monthly total of $110 with all of the great T-Mobile One benefits. It’s finally time for this veteran to upgrade my grandfathered plan. See T-Mobile Military Discount
T-Mobile boasts having doubled its network coverage over the course of the last two years. While that may be the case, it still lags behind its larger competitors in the US market. Until this issue is resolved, it will continue to struggle to break into the ranks of the truly elite services.
However, there is still a lot to love here. A full range of device options, zero overage charges, and plans starting at $3 offers something for everyone.
We recommend at least giving T-Mobile a look. If you find that the coverage is good in your area, you might just be surprised at what you find.