Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Mobile rolls out cheaper tier of unlimited service

Mobile rolls out cheaper tier of unlimited service

The plan essentially is the least expensive of T-Mobile's three unlimited options, and the launch of the offering comes amid similar tiered-pricing strategies from the rest of the nation's wireless operators. Unlike this wireless device provider's other unlimited plans, a Netflix subscription is not included. That's who T-Mobile Essentials is for.

T-Mobile Essentials is priced at $60 for one line, $30 for the second line, and $15 per line for lines 3-6, plus taxes and fees with autopay. Essentials includes unlimited talk, text, and 2G data when roaming, but only in Canada and Mexico. To get those prices, don't forget that you'll need to sign-up for autopay, otherwise the price is $5 higher per line.

The most alarming aspect of the Essentials plan is T-Mobile's admission that "during times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers" and further reduction if using more than 50GB of data per month. 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. "T-Mobile Essentials is a plan for people who predominantly use their phone domestically", the carrier says, pointing frequent travelers in the direction of T-Mobile ONE instead.

In other words, Essentials customers will be the first to be throttled during times of network congestion. And Verizon charges $80 for the first line of service on its cheapest "gounlimited" plan. They've got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More... For a family of 4, that would be $120/mo or $30 per line. T-Mobile One is $160 for four lines. Oftentimes, the only way to find out what you'd actually be paying in taxes and fees is to start the application process for a new line, which requires proof of residency and is therefore hard to do.

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

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