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T-Mobile Launches Own “Best Ever” Family Plan, 10GB of Data Plus Unlimited Talk/Text for $100

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T-Mobile’s John Legere is just as sick of seeing AT&T ads for their “Best ever prices” family plan as you are. To try and directly compete with that plan, T-Mobile will launch their own best ever-like pricing, with a new family plan that runs just $100 per month for four lines, yet includes the same 10GB of data as the competitors, along with unlimited talk and text.

For comparison, T-Mobile put together a chart to show you how this new plan beats out not only AT&T, but also similar plans from Verizon and Sprint. Since the chart was created by T-Mo, you have to take it for what it is. However, it does show the major points here, like price, which is $60 lower and the 2.5GB of data per line, with no overages. T-Mobile is still giving away unlimited data and text in over 120 countries with this plan, plus they are letting you stream music from many of the top music services without it counting against your data. 

Keep in mind that the other carriers used shared data with their plans, so that full 10GB of data can be used however a family sees fit. For example, one person in your house could use 6GB of data, because they need to, while another less-data-hungry member may only need 1GB per month. With T-Mobile’s plan, each line is given 2.5GB of data, but if one of those family members wanted to use 6GB of data, they would be throttled after eclipsing the 2.5GB mark. So while these plans are somewhat comparable, they are indeed different.

But hey, pricing! Marketing speak! Shouting! In the end, it all depends on who has the best network coverage in your area, but can still give you a decent price.

This new plan is available starting July 30 through 2016.

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Via:  T-Mobile
  • Jon Rojas

    It’s a shame T-Mobiles network sucks.

  • NachoEvans

    Wow. So long, Verizon. I’m willing to sacrifice a little quality for a $200 savings a month.

  • Matt Alford

    Tmobile forgot to tell you about the 20 to 30 dollars a month per line for the phone installment plan. If you and 10 dollars for each line for the jump program your bill comes out to around 210 dollars a month before taxes and fees. They deleted my comment on Facebook because I pointed that out

  • qubius

    Nice family plan until your Netflix movie keeps stopping because the network can’t make it through paper bag. T- Mobile has zero low band spectrum in Pittsburgh home of the last BatMan movie. Batman keeps dropping calls from the bat cave.

  • darensdorff

    Anyone catch the fine print on the source page? You only get the 2.5GB per line up until 1/2/16…then you’re taken down to 1GB per line!! What the hell am I going to do with 1GB per month?

  • Sporttster

    Forget all this limited 4g bs! Sick of it! And they can stuff their limited “unlimited” plans where the sun don’t shine, too. Have truly unlimited through Verizion who I’m sure would love to yank it out of my hands and charge me more for much less. The day they do that and there’s no true unlimited is the day I go back to a regular phone. Sick and tired of the unlimited ‘gouging’…..

  • stayflyer

    Network is terrible can’t even consider it.

  • http://twitter.com/7Syon Eclectech

    T-Mobile’s plan steamrolls the other plans. Might be time for me to throw in the towel at Sprint.

  • SantaClausless

    Why not double or triple the 4G LTE limit to 20GB or 30GB rather than just lowering down the price to $100?

    • monkeybutts

      They increased it 2.5x. The same plan was 1 GB per person before 4 GB total

  • Jeremy Gross

    what happened to t-mobile unlimted data?

    • Ryan Chapman

      its still unlimited, they just throttle the speed after 10 gb

  • blahblahblah

    I’m conflicted. I wanted to convert to T-Mobile, but decided not to after looking at coverage and price. I pay $112 every month for 2 lines on vzw… out the door (udp & a dummy line) . so price isn’t a selling point anymore. I get coverage everywhere, even in the middle of West Kansas. I’ve only ever had no coverage once.. which was in eastern New Mexico. so.. not every Verizon customer wants to jump ship quite yet.

    • Ryan Chapman

      do the test drive with Tmobile and you can see if its comparable

  • Aaron C

    Wonder how much this will save me? I have five lines on my account — three with the 1GB and two with 3GB. I pay about $165 including taxes. Wonder why they only include four lines instead of five, which is the max you’re supposedly allowed on one T-Mo account?

  • Donnie Dangus

    Love TMobile and the $30 plan, hate having no reception in stores.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Given that throttling is coming to Verizon users with unlimited data, this is an attractive option even if the high speed is capped.

  • Dave

    I’d have a better chance rolling snake eyes than completing a phone call outside of a metro area.

  • Franz

    Small correction. “This new plan is available starting July 30 through 2016.”

    The new plan is available starting July 30th until September 30th of 2014. It just lasts until January 2nd of 2016. Then you can keep the plan for 1GB of high speed data per month instead for 2.5GB of high speed data a month.

  • Nick

    They never explicitly say it – but unlimited data in other countries is ALL on 2G speeds since North American phones are only marginally compatible with the rest of the world. Kind of a useless feature in my opinion.

    • Marek

      still better than nothing or accidentally incurring data roaming charges. for free? I’ll take it

    • Franklin Ramsey

      That actually isn’t true. They only promise 2G speeds in those other countries. It actually varies per country. Some of them people are finding they get 4G speeds, some 3G and some 2G as that is the only technology available with the partners t-mobile has in the area. It all depends on who T-Mobile partnered with and what technology is available.

      • monkeybutts

        My friend went to Mexico recently data in some areas their was 3 Mbps others were 0.1 Mbps. But any free data is better than nothing. Text messages were just as instant as they are here in the US.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Like I said, depends on the area and the provider that t-mobile teams with in said area. I’m on Verizon, so it doesn’t matter to me either way, but would be nice to have.

  • Brett Crowley

    Sounds good and all… but Tmob still only has 2g here in some part of Connecticut so still, no thanks.

  • Curtis

    I am testing out T-Mobile’s network via their 7 day test drive: http://goo.gl/KDu9E7 and then we’ll see if my family makes the jump.

    Edit: Fair warning. The test drive unit is an iPhone 5s. Not too big of an issue for 7 days, but it’s worthwhile to note.

  • Marek

    Is the promo only for 4 lines / what about 5 lines? does that still apply (for $110)? So I just go into t-mobile store on wednesday and say that I want it and they give me more 4g data (I think that’s the only difference to Simple Choice)? I wary of those switches, they always mess stuff up, I hope my corp discount will stick.

    • Aaron C

      Same issue here — 5 lines. I would have like it if they did the shared data as well, since two of my lines us a lot of data, while three use 500MB a month. Would be nice to save the data for those who use it.

      • Marek

        I’d take 10gb shared on 5, still better than 1 gig

  • BoFiS

    Will this affect pricing on family plans with let’s say 2 lines?

  • pyro74boy .

    I’m leaving Verizon on October 1st because they are playing games with me and going to be slowing down my data speeds whenever they want to. I bet Verizon is going to be losing a lot of customers over this. T-mobile has much better deals on a much better overall network. I’m going to be telling EVERYONE I know about what Verizon is doing and then lying to me telling me I’m the best part of their network and as thanks to me [Someone who has been with them for a long time.] they are going to be slowing down my unlimited data speeds. BYE BYE VERIZON AND HELLO T-MOBILE FOR ME. EPIC FAIL ON VERIZON FOR GIVING ME MORE REASONS TO LEAVE THEIR NETWORK.

    • Droid22

      Can’t use 50gb a month and not draw attention. Lol

      • pyro74boy .

        I don’t use that much. I do use around 10GB sometimes more and sometimes less depending on the month.

        • Droid22

          I use 5-6 a month. I think it’s anything over 4gb they will throttle.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            This isn’t true. It is only if you use over 4.7GBs AND the cell you are connected to is congested. If the Cell Tower you are connected to is fine, you could have already used 100GBs and they won’t throttle. It isn’t an automatic throttle after a user uses a set amount of data.

          • pyro74boy .

            They should not throttle at all to people who pay to have unlimited data there’s no excuse about it and I for one will not put up with Verizon playing these stupid games with people and they won’t even get the chance to have fun with me because I’m shopping around for a new phone and service and as soon as the right deal comes around I’m going to be taking it. At this point it’s just a matter of time.

    • harrydevlin

      Be careful. Coverage on T-Mobile is abysmal outside major cities. If you never travel then you can get by with it.

  • Ryan Chapman

    Hmm, I pay $100 for 6 gigs and 2 phones with T-Mobile, just signed up last week… I wonder if I can lower my bill

    • Marek

      since there’s no contract i dont see why you couldn’t. the only q I have is if that promo is applicable to family plans with exactly 4 lines only.

      • monkeybutts

        You can order activated SIM cards on their website and never need to use a phone.

        • Marek

          what if i got 5 lines/phones already?

    • monkeybutts

      You can probably order two SIM cards and get the $100 pricing, you lose half a GB, but you can get some friends or some family to take one of the lines. Buy a cheap phone to use in your car for music, gps, etc tethering to other people in the car. Lots of different possibilities.

  • ThatBabyAintMine

    This has, in some form or fashion, always been available, just not publicly advertised. For current T-Mobile customers, this has been at the bottom of the page where you can change your data plan:

    “Also available: limited high-speed data options from 9 to 21 GB, and unlimited high-speed data options with Smartphone Mobile HotSpot at 9 and 11 GB. For assistance call Customer Care at 1-855-559-4829.”

    So this isn’t a “launch” of this tier data plan as so much as a public acknowledgement of it.

  • Montrale Hammonds

    *2.5GB per line. Yup that about sums it up as why it’s a stupid deal. No way I’m paying for 10GB only for you to tell me how much I can per line.

    • malcmilli

      That doesn’t make it stupid, just makes it less valuable than a truely shared 10gb plan.

  • Fiorta

    Dear T-Mobile:

    Enough with the gimmicks. Fix your POS network.

    Sincerely,
    Your customers

    • Rodeojones000

      I came to make nearly this exact comment.

      • Charles Walker

        Speak for yourselves! T-Mobile has excellent coverage for many cities and seem to be expanding pretty quick.

    • yankeesusa

      Its too bad tmobile coverage is not good in your area. Luckily most people in major cities get great tmobile coverage and this way save a lot of money. Hopefully tmobile continues to improve in their weak areas.

      • Fiorta

        I get excellent coverage, like you said, in the major city metro area I live. The second I venture 30 mins in either direction my phone goes to 2G. Also, their coverage does not penetrate walls very well. The network needs work.

        • yankeesusa

          No one said their network didn’t need any work. Their actually working on that right now. Especially with the 2g converting to 4g and as far as coverage inside buildings I have had no issues except my lte drops to hspa+ which is still just as fast if not faster than most lte from other companies. They are also working on making that better with the aquisition of the 700 band from verizon. So if there are issues that you just can’t handle with tmobile then choose a company that does work for you and come back to tmobile once they fix the issues.

          • Fiorta

            Holy sh*t, the network needs improvements. You and I both know this. My original post stands. Stop with the gimmicks and fix the network. End of story.

          • yankeesusa

            It’s not a gimmick if it works in your area. which for the past year I switched from sprint and att both and am loving my coverage with tmobile where I live. When I travel I hit a couple dead spots but then when I arrive in at my destination its back to being great. I will definitely switch if by same time next year things are looking the same.

      • harrydevlin

        If you never leave major cities you can get by with T-Mobile. Unfortunately, many people like to go on trips that take them outside urban areas. With T-Mobile, you basically need either a separate “traveling phone” or a SIM card that lets you gain access to the AT&T network.

        Saving $60 per month is wonderful but giving up the ability to use your device is not so wonderful.

        • yankeesusa

          I definitely agree with you on that. My wife has a different phone other than tmobile just to make sure that one of us has signal when we travel. But where I use my phone over 98% of the time I get 20mpbs or higher on average. I’m looking forward to the 2g conversion and maybe the merger although the merger won’t affect anything for at least a year.

    • harrydevlin

      T-Mobile has neither the money nor the ability to improve their network to cover more than cities.But what would be nice is to offer paid roaming. If you spend most of your time in an area with T-Mobile coverage but travel occasionally to non-urban areas there should be a way to get at least voice and text coverage without having a separate SIM card with a different phone number, and the hassle of changing SIM cards.

      You could get an H20 SIM card and have access to AT&T’s network, plus roaming, for as little as $3.33 per month but it’s a hassle.

    • Ian Jackson

      Their coverage isn’t great, but where they have coverage, it’s awesome and usually the least congested. I personally enjoy having T-Mobile. I hardly ever have issues. I don’t go too far from Houston so it’s great.

  • big

    Go go tmobile!!!!!! Show them how it gets done!!!!!!!!

    • Rodeojones000

      So getting it done means having terrible coverage?

      • Ryan Chapman

        I live in LA and I just switched last week from Verizon, my T-Mobile is cheaper and internet has been way faster

      • malcmilli

        I personally dont really care about its coverage half way across the country. What matters is where I am. And its fantastic.

      • monkeybutts

        They are getting better every month.

        • PoisonApple31

          So is Sprint.

  • shamatuu

    Why does it expire in 2016? They should make it forever since its such a good deal?

    • master94

      It’s to good of a deal. They want to make money. Plus they are betting on price increases soon

    • Marek

      trying to guess the fine print: It looks like it’s a limited time deal that starts 7/30 and expires this september. And re 2016 maybe you go back to 1gb in 2016? (after 2 years)

  • happybanger

    If verizon offered something like this I would highly consider leaving my unlimited date.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    But T-Mobile service, I’d have to pass.

  • d-rock

    I wish he would get sick and tired of the dominating coverage AT&T and Verizon have over T-mobile.

    • Omar Amer

      you cant expand without funds. ATT and Verizon has a time advantage over Tmo… both of them have been around well over a decade vs Tmo. At this point, they need customers for those funds to roll to pay for more coverage(and correspondingly, spectrum).

      • d-rock

        T-mobile started out as Voicestream wireless in 1994. Voicestream was one of the dominant nationwide providers in the late 90s. They’ve had PLENTY of time to get their network coverage sorted out. I know they chose not to invest in their infrastructure. I know they will NEVER be a player on the nationwide 4G coverage scene…they have CITY coverage nationwide, but not true nationwide coverage.

        T-mobile’s coverage is equivalent to Cricket’s coverage. Hit the cities only. When the city limits are reached, so is your limit of coverage.

        I think 20 years is plenty of time to grow a network IF you want to. They don’t want to.

        • Jared Denman

          Maybe the old cricket. Aio/cricket is beyond good for me here in Indiana. It uses att.

          • d-rock

            Yes…old cricket of course…the one that only had coverage in the cities, like T-mobile.

        • Stone Cold

          DT refused to put money into they are just like old Sprint. Won’t spend until it is too late.

  • hormosapiens

    this is so much of a good deal that i suggest people move to areas covered by tmobile. :)

    • harrydevlin

      LOL. I did know of someone who planned their road trips based on what coverage their carrier had rather than changing to a carrier that covered more interesting routes.

  • Pootis Man

    Freaking awesome. I love T-Mobile.

  • David Mann

    This seems great until you read the fine print at the bottom of the original T-Mobile post: “Offer ends 9/30/14. Pricing for 4 lines only. 10GB data per line/month until 1/2/16; then 1GB data per line.” Just another promotion from a company trying to bolster their subscriber numbers.

    http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues-insights-blog/plus-ten.htm

    • shelderman

      Thats not totally true. The first line will get 5GB, every line after that is 1GB per month come 1/2/16. And still unlimited but throttled.

      • David Mann

        Interesting… where do you see that information? I can’t find it on the T-Mobile site.

      • patt

        Where do you see that? my friend has 4 Lines with T-MO I would like to give him a link so he can see it.

    • yankeesusa

      The promotion itself ends but the plans that have already been activated with this format will still have this format.

    • malcmilli

      Yeah, but it lasts for a year and a half, so still a good, even if they pay for your ETF, you switch and then you switch back when the Promo ends and go back to ATT. You can save some money for a couple months.

  • Muji Samovar

    The fact T-Mob hasn’t published some sort of network coverage tool suggests they know it’s a weak point, and are intent on focusing consumer attention on low prices.

    I have seen plenty of anecdotal testimony that service sucks, speeds are slow, etc. But is there any empirical evidence to show it is, in fact, worse in general/urban/rural cases? Because the major barrier to signing on with TMob for most are concerns about network performance. If that’s an urban myth, then that would be important data.

    • Ryan Chapman

      They offer a 7 day test drive, so I don’t think they are real concerned with their coverage. I did the test drive and it convinced me to move over

    • yankeesusa

      They have a network coverage map on their site and they also offer the 7 day test drive. Just try it, if it doesn’t work for you don’t go with them. Easy enough

    • monkeybutts

      Why do that when there are free ones? Check Sensorly OpenSignal RootMetrics etc. Rootmetrics has speedtests maps they will tell you what is available down to the street level where tests have been conducted, it will give you best speeds, average speeds, technology available (ie LTE, 3G, etc), and even the signal strength in dBm

    • harrydevlin

      They have their coverage tool at http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx/

      One test ZIP code I always use is 95389. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have coverage. T-Mobile has no coverage and no roaming. 97604 is another test ZIP code. Same result/

      Bottom line: If you like to travel outside of major cities choose a carrier with good rural coverage and/or roaming. T-Mobile competes solely on price.

  • http://thatgeekdad.blogspot.com/ Rob Delaney

    Want to but can’t. I live in rural america where Verizon is king and AT&T is barely a Duke and Tmo is dude at McD’s who isn’t even being paided minimum wage because the owner is so shady. I tried the test drive with Tmo (BTW, REALLY REALLY EXCELLENT PROGRAM but you have to have a credit card) and no luck where I live.

    • http://www.nsa.gov/ National Security Agency

      So does this make Sprint the homeless guy on a park bench?

      • Bill

        Sprint has better coverage than T-Mo, so becareful throwing stones in that glass house

        • http://www.nsa.gov/ National Security Agency

          I’m on Verizon so my “glass house” is metallic glass and (in Teddy KGB voice) in my house I’ll throw stones whenever the fak I like.

        • master94

          True better 3g coverage but not speed or 4g

        • yankeesusa

          If you call having slow dialup speeds better than go for it. Sprint may have more actual map coverage but if you were to compare both sprint and tmobile in a city where they both have coverage it is no competition at all.

        • malcmilli

          better 56k coverage

        • monkeybutts

          Better coverage where calls fail 50% of the time or go straight to your voice mail when the phone is on and connected to the network

        • Brian Barcus

          Sprint covers more geography but the dead zones inside their coverage are a real problem. With TMO, I get blanket coverage in the region they cover. Leave that area and the phone is cut off from the world but that’s OK with me since I rarely leave the region.

      • http://thatgeekdad.blogspot.com/ Rob Delaney

        Sprint is the girl working retail at Lane Bryant who is making $9 an hour but only gets part time hours at 16-24 hours a week. So she has to work a second job at the same McD’s for below minimum wage because of said shady owner.

  • Kofi Williams

    It’s not a truly shared data plan if everyone has to take an even split of the 10GB cap.

    • derp hurr-durr

      If I give you half of my cake, I’ve shared it with you.

      It may not be your favorite definition of shared in this scenario, but it is definitely valid.

  • http://www.nsa.gov/ National Security Agency

    I have a dream! That one day Red companies and Pink companies will come together as a Light Red company that provides impressive coverage, service and phones with a price that is reasonable and doesn’t make you feel like you just left prison.

    • Omar Amer

      you shall be dreaming for a long time, Red companies like money way too much think about their consumers first.

      • Zoloft_User

        Red Companies: A company you pay for its services, which will leave your bank account in the red in the end.

  • schoat333

    Pretty good plan. I made the switch to T-Mobile about 4 months ago, and have been happy with it. So far, any place where I didn’t have signal, neither did people with AT&T. Even had a place where VZW had no signal, but I at least had edge.

  • Zoloft_User

    That is a pretty good deal! I would love to switch to T-Mobile, but their coverage is beyond terrible outside of cities…EXPAND YOUR 4G COVERAGE, I WOULD GLADLY LEAVE BIG BROTHER!

    • daniel

      That’s why its cheaper I guess. They compete on price rather than network.

      • mgamerz

        They don’t have the spectrum to compete. It is too expensive to expand with their current spectrum.

        • Ethan G

          They’re putting the spectrum they got from Verizon to use at the end of the year, so we should see better coverage over the next few months into next year.

      • Zoloft_User

        Price is important, but at the end of the day I would rather pay for service that is everywhere rather than only in the city. Hopefully, T-Mobile will expand their 4G coverage. About 95% of my family is willing to leave VZW, but can’t because of coverage.

        • Jenna

          You can try their coverage for 7 days on an iPhone for yourself for free, if I’m not mistaken. Worth calling about.

        • nick

          I cant leave either and im in NYC queens. If Tmobile doesnt have coverage here that is unacceptable and I will NEVER SACRIFICE COVERAGE OVER PRICE. So Its VZW for life.

      • Jenna

        They’re expanding their network. It works fine where I am, so I go with T-Mobile. I actually was dropped more on Verizon, and I’ve yet to run into a place where my family on Verizon and AT&T could get a call or data service and I couldn’t.

        The free international data roaming and text as well as mobile hot spot that’s included with all of their plans is priceless.

    • Hilts

      They’d be a huge competitor expanding their coverage. But they never have her in the midwest. I travel through all the midwest states and for years they never expanded coverage ever.

      • Zoloft_User

        I live in the MIdwest — the coverage is beyond terrible outside cities, but I know many would welcome the competition if their coverage can match and/or exceed VZW.

        • Droid22

          Would be a lot better if they merged with sprint

          • SantaClausless

            How so? Sprint is CDMA. TMo is GSM.

        • Sporttster

          The one thing desperately needed is more competition. As with anything, without competition they can gouge the hell out of the consumer and do….

      • TMV

        Have you actually checked lately? This is what I used to think in my area until a few months ago. Family member switched and it blows VZW out of the water in both speed and coverage. It pisses me off since his bill is only ~$30 a month too.

        • TMV

          ^And no, not a shill account. Though re-reading it made me sound like one haha. Just wanted to clarify.

          • Jenna

            Does T-Mobile still buy you out of your current contract with your existing provider?

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Yeah I think a lot of people just need to give T-Mobile a second look. They have drastically improved service all over the country. Its a big enough savings that everyone should find out if T-Mobile is good in their area.

      • nick

        They havent expanded coverage in NYC. So I could ONLY IMAGINE HOW COVERAGE IS IN THE MIDWEST WHERE VZW RULES. Which VZW rules almost everywhere lol so we are stuck.

    • Tom S

      I live in the NYC region (about 5 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel) and T-Mobile is terrible here for everybody I know that has it. It seems that southern California has the best coverage from T-Mobile.

      • prometheus1010

        Don’t know what you’re talking about. I live in NYC and tmo is great. Good service and speeds in all of Manhattan.

      • malcmilli

        I disagree with you there, I live in Queens, and Work in Manhattan, and used to go to school in the Bronx. Tmobile’s service is darn good. It just gets bad in basements of random buildings. Even have service on plenty of the subways. That plus my data speeds are often faster than some of my Verizon friends… at least it was before their new XLTE stuff.

      • Aaron C

        Huh? NYC region here — service is top notch.

    • ImmaDroid

      I would go to T-mo if their coverage was good, Im getting Tired of paying out the butt for Verizon. But as for T-Mo, they
      are horrible around here. I believe its mostly edge or something like that. Still no LTE either

      • SantaClausless

        Then end your butt-wiping contract and go with Straight Talk! You can using your existing phone(s) on AT&T, TMo, or Verizon’s network for $45/month.

        • ImmaDroid

          My Contract is up Sucka!! I have 2 lines, was waiting on the 2nd lines contract to be up since that line is no longer in use. As of July 10th I am 100% contact free from Verizon. Just weighing my options now. The only pro’s to having VZW, is that they’re the best service around here hands down. I get up to 75Mbps by my house, and I still have unlimited. T-mo is T-slow by my house. AT&T is subpar, and not sure about Sprint.
          So with Straight Talk I can get Verizon service? And just throw a sim in my GS4? Also, whats the data like. Only up to 8mbps for 2GB’s or something?

          • SantaClausless

            With Straight Talk, you can use Verizon’s service. Yes, you just need to get their SIM for your GS4 (if it’s a GSM phone). I don’t think Straight Talk’s activation kit comes with a Verizon SIM — you just need to register the phone on their website. Go to their website and order an activation kit.

            Straight Talk gives you 3GB of LTE. The speed depends on your location. I was getting up to 16Mbps using AT&T’s network. There is no contract to sign. Just remember to pay on time every month.

          • ImmaDroid

            Ok cool thanks Im gonna look into that. Been holding onto Verizon for awhile now and feeling the need to over pay for good service, and the unlimited data too. But i think its time to move on. $160 a month for one smartphone and one basic phone, and 700 anytime minutes sounds quite pathetic when you hear $45 a month plans!

          • SantaClausless

            I was on the same boat as you. I was paying over $200/month (including taxes) for 4 lines. Now, I’m paying $30/month to TMobile’s hidden prepaid plan with unlimited text/data (up to 5GB of LTE) and 100 mins. I was on Straight Talk for a while, but needed more data and less minutes.

          • StormyKnight

            I’m on a Verizon National Family plan. $59.95/mo 900 minutes talk + $30/mo unlimited data, my MotoX and my wife’s dumb flip phone with taxes and such, I’m paying $111/mo. I believe my plan has 500 texts/mo but I come nowhere near that anymore.

          • SantaClausless

            Why didn’t you go with Republic Wireless for your Moto X? For $40, you get unlimited talk, text, 4G data on Sprint’s network. For $25, you get the same except you’ll be on the 3G network. Check out their plans here: https://republicwireless.com/#shop

          • StormyKnight

            I wouldn’t go for a Sprint-based junk system that hands off to WiFi when the signal gets weak. What happens if there is no WiFi to switch off to? I get up to 80GB d/l speeds now that XLTE has become available in my area. I couldn’t dump Verizon for that. I don’t have a problem paying a little extra for a superior network.

          • nick

            DONT LISTEN TO ANYONE VZW UNLIMITED IS WORTH THE PRICE. I PERSONALLY CANT SACRIFICE PRICE OVER COVERAGE.

          • monkeybutts

            Verizon doesn’t give LTE to straight talk

      • Jenna

        Call up T-Mobile and ask… If I’m not mistaken, they’ll allow you to try an iPhone on their service for free for 7 days. Their coverage has greatly improved over the last few months, so it’s worth a try before you buy.

    • Jared Denman

      It’s not that great actually. It’s a 100 bucks plus the monthly charge per device. So if everyone gets let’s say a Galaxy s5 the monthly charge PER device is roughly 20 bucks. That means your monthly price would be roughly $180 which is higher than the competition.

      • Guest

        You do realize that the Verizon and AT&T plans listed also don’t include phone subsidy – just like T-mobile they are bring your own phone or do a payment plan. I don’t know about Sprint, but probably is the same. The price comparison is fair.

        • Jared Denman

          No I did not know that. I was assuming you could still get the phones on contract.

  • Kevin Verdesca

    Technically, you could pay only 40 bucks more for unlimited data from sprint with more than 7 people in your “framily” but 4 people on one bill. But sadly, Sprint doesn’t have the best speed or coverage.

  • chris125

    If only their coverage was better outside of cities. I would have switched in a heartbeat. Hopefully soon

    • StormyKnight

      My brother bailed on T-Mobile after complaining about them for years. When he told me he switched to Sprint he was curious why my face screwed in on itself while I made a hissing noise. I told him that Sprint may very well purchase T-Mobile. He said he didn’t care and showed me his phone. It had 4 bars and a 4G signal that he never got with T-Mobile at his house. Guess I can’t argue with that…

  • PhilD41

    Too bad T-Mobile doesn’t even do business in Iowa. Their “associates” don’t offer the same plans. Wish they did!

    • inklenotrump

      I got my parent’s on T-mobile in Iowa – data coverage sucks but phone and text work – when they travel they’ll be able to uses those Moto Gs more :)

  • Xavier_NYC

    Damn that’s a pretty good deal considering I pay 86 a month for one line on AT&T..

    • monkeybutts

      Just go to Cricket same AT&T network 5 GB, $55 with autopay no overages. Unless you are constantly roaming on other carriers using AT&T no reason not to go to Cricket don’t even need your phone unlocked. They throttle when you hit the 5GB but AT&T throttles their unlimited customers anyways

      • Jared Denman

        I second this. Although the speed is only 8Mbps it is still quick enough for me. Service is great and my wife love the price.

      • David Mann

        I third this. A happy cricket customer for 3+ months with same or better coverage than Verizon in southern NH/Boston metro.

      • Stone Cold

        You mean the same Cricket now owned by AT&T?

        • monkeybutts

          Yes they offer way better rates than regular AT&T