T-Mobile, only hours after AT&T added throttled unlimited data to their Mobile Share plans, dropped Uncarrier 12 on us with a real unlimited focus that “goes all in on unlimited.” That focus comes via T-Mobile ONE, the new “100%” unlimited data plan that starts out at $70 for a single line, but can drop to as little as $40 per line for a family of four with auto pay enabled.
Since this is unlimited, most of the details here are pretty straightforward outside of a couple of potential sticking points, so we’ll dive right in to the basics.
Here is what you get with T-Mobile ONE:
- Unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data
- Unlimited mobile hotspot at just 2G speeds (that’s not a typo); if you need high-speed data, you can add 5GB tethering data for $15 per month
- Unlimited 480p video streaming; $25 per month add-on if you want HD or higher
- You also get T-Mobile’s Simple Global, Mobile Without Borders, Carrier Freedom, WiFi Unleashed, Stock Up, and T-Mobile Tuesdays
- Price: 1st line at $70, 2nd line at $50, lines 3-8 at $20 per, and lines 9+ at $30 per (all of those prices are with auto pay enabled)
- Add tablets for $20 per month or connected wearables for $5 per month
Who can sign-up for T-Mobile ONE?
- New postpaid customers can sign-up on September 6.
- New prepaid customers might see the option someday.
- Current customers can choose to switch to ONE or stay with what they have.
What’s the catch? There are four items here that stand out:
- BingeOn, which is throttled 480p video, is on all of the time and you can’t turn it off. Well, you can turn it off to get higher-resolution video, but it will cost you $25 per line per month.
- Tethering really isn’t included, since you can’t do anything at 2G speeds. If you want tethering at “high-speed” (hopefully that means LTE), you have to pay an extra $15 per month.
- For new customers, as far as we know come September 6, this is your only choice. So at $70 for a single line, that’s not exactly the cheapest in the game. T-Mobile is saying that their biggest sells are family plans with multi-line accounts and then you get down to around $40 per line on average, but for single users, this isn’t ultra-affordable.
- Finally, even though they are calling this unlimited, 26GB is really the unlimited data cap here. If you use 26GB of data in a month, T-Mobile can throttle you temporarily at “specific times and places that may experience high network demand or congestion.”
UPDATE: Here is a deeper dive into why T-Mobile ONE isn’t really that great of an unlimited plan.
These new plans arrive September 6. You can find more information at T-Mobile’s website.