Mobile Introduces a Cheaper Unlimited Plan

Doris Richards
August 9, 2018

Despite that, the company thinks there are some customers out there who may be willing to give up a few perks that normally come with their plans in exchange for small reduction in the monthly bill.

T-Mobile introduced a less expensive version of its unlimited plan, offering four lines of no-frills service for $120.

In return for a discounted price, Essentials customers lose the free Netflix that comes with the One plan, as well as the free high-speed roaming in Canada and Mexico, and the free low-speed roaming in most countries around the world. During times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers. T-Mobile Essentials is designed for those who say they just want the basics: unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the US - all at the industry's best price, only $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. Using that average, a single line of T-Mobile Essentials would cost $71, which is more than a single line of T-Mobile One!

As its name suggests, T-Mobile Essentials offers the basics. All of those prices are with autopay enabled; if you forgo autopay, you'll pay $5/month extra per line. The breakdown is $60 for the first line, $30 for the second and then $15 per line for lines three through six. Family plans can get One Plus for $10 per month per line.


T-Mobile's move to a tiered pricing structure for its unlimited options follows similar moves by the rest of the nation's wireless operators.

Currently, we dont know if T-Mobile Tuesdays and Music Freedom would be limited to T-Mobile ONE plans from now on. Adding the third and fourth line cost $15 each, bringing the total cost for a family of four to $120 per month. The tax numbers in this article are a best-guess estimate and will undoubtedly be different based on your location.

Costs aside, it's a bad look for T-Mobile to be adding a new "unlimited" option that doesn't include taxes and fees.

One other tidbit: T-Mobile will throttle Essentials data speeds when its network is congested. They've got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More...

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