Mobile's new unlimited plan delivers the bare necessities

Doris Richards
August 6, 2018

T-Mobile Essentials offers the bare necessities - unlimited talk, text and data in the U.S. - for just $30 per month.

It's not often that T-Mobile introduces a whole new rate plan, but today that's exactly what the carrier has done.

T-Mobile Essentials is a new plan that aims to offer just the basics of a smartphone plan. Customers also get unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada as well unlimited texting and $0.25 per minute calling in other global destinations. T-Mobile's most expensive plan is its "One Plus" that includes all that plus more hotspot data, HD streaming, caller ID and more. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo. T-Mobile says it reserves the right to throttle your connection in times of overall network congestion, and that "Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers" at such times.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available beginning August 10th.


By stripping away the unnecessary, the new T-Mobile Essentials plan helps bring the cost down, so you can have four lines on the plan and pay just $30 per line. If you don't have Autopay turned on, those prices will all go up by $5.

In return, you get what used to be the core premise of every phone plan: calls, messaging, and data. The price of T-Mobile One Plus will also be increasing, going to $15 per month for a single line.

T-Mobile's Essential plan sits below the carrier's "One" plan that includes a Netflix subscription with two or more lines of service, Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi, worldwide roaming and other goodies.

T-Mobile may have said last week that they had no current plans to increase pricing on their unlimited offerings, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to make changes. Family plans can get One Plus for $10 per month per line.

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