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T-Mobile Introduces $40 'Simple Starter' Plan With 500 MB Data
by Karl Bode 12:29PM Wednesday Apr 09 2014
T-Mobile today added a new wrinkle to its wireless options, unveiling a new "Simple Starter" that provides users with unlimited talk, text, and 500 MB of data for $40 per month. Once users reach their 500 MB hard cap (there's no throttling as with other options), a device message will pop up offering users $5 for an additional 500 MB for the day, or $10 for 1 GB to be used over the next week.

According to a T-Mobile press release tethering is allowed under the plan, which will be available in stores this weekend, or for prepaid users starting on May 17.

"We are freeing consumers from the predatory practices of traditional US wireless companies and that includes these plans that start with a low price and a low data limit, but then hit you with insane fees if you send one too many emails," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile in a statement. "It's wrong! And I personally want to drive those ridiculous schemes out of this industry."

Meanwhile, a blog post by Legere suggests there's some additional "uncarrier" announcements coming over the next several days.

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buzz_4_20

join:2003-09-20
Limestone, ME

A great plan

That's a pretty good deal. ESP for those who want a smart phone but don't want a high bill.

Cabal
Premium
join:2007-01-21

Re: A great plan

Not really. Simple Mobile's $40 plan (on T-Mobile) has 1 GB HSPA+, unlimited throttled data after the cap, and all the other stuff that's included here.
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whiteyonenh

join:2004-08-09
Keene, NH

Re: A great plan

said by Cabal:

Not really. Simple Mobile's $40 plan (on T-Mobile) has 1 GB HSPA+, unlimited throttled data after the cap, and all the other stuff that's included here.

Or, you know, you could just get the $40 plan on aiowireless, which is on att's network, for $40/mo ($35/mo after monthly autopay credit), and includes 500MB of high-speed data, then unlimited throttled data. Personally, t-mobile works like shit here, and att's network is much more built-out. To each their own i guess.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY
It's a HORRIBLE deal. There are numerous AT&T and Verizon MVNO that have much better coverage and pricing. A number of them throttle to a reasonable amount after the cap.

My parents pay $27 for more (unl/500 MG + $5 intl free) on an AT&T MVNO with far superior coverage. Take that as a ratio, thats 50% MORE expensive for less coverage. These guys also let you buy flex $ and they don't expire, like this one day TMO bs.

Now if you are used to paying postpaid rates, I can feel you. But for onesies, twosies you would be dropping mad $$$ not to use MVNO.

Tmobile has become "the man" again. It barely lasted 6 months...
andrewc2

join:2011-06-05
Matamoras, PA

Re: A great plan

What MVNO is that?
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: A great plan

H20wireless or black wireless. Same company. They hard cut off tho. Aio wireless or cricket is more expensive but they don't cutoff and you can use lte. My parents love their nexus4 so they are happy.
amungus
Premium
join:2004-11-26
America
Reviews:
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·KCH Cable

weird option

Would be more reasonable if the extra data lasted longer than a day or a week. That's quite the aggressive "deal" for such a plan.

I suppose the value is there for very, very light data users, but is otherwise not that great of a deal. I'm sure most would rather go for their unlimited plans, even if throttled at 500MB.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: weird option

Yeah, I thought the same thing. The overages should last all week...

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Good Deal!

This is the kind of thing that makes me appreciate T-Mobile. Well, done, TMO!

We're in the category of users that don't use much data. In fact: I don't think even I, much less my wife, have run out of the 500MB of 4G data I get on the plan we're on, much less had to resort to throttled data over 500MB.

Jim

motoracer

join:2003-09-15
united state

Doesn't make sense...

So say I use 500MB in 2 weeks...I pay $5 for an additional 500MB that is good for only 1 day...what about the rest of the month?
andyross
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL

Re: Doesn't make sense...

Then you should go for the week of 1G data, unless you want to pay $5/day.

delusion ftl

@comcast.net
Then you should probably be on the 50 dollar 1GB plan. Try not to over-think the issue.

MxxCon

join:1999-11-19
Brooklyn, NY
The rest of the month will be exactly the same..$5/day/500mb or $10/week/1gb
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morbo
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join:2002-01-22
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Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

Is the 500MB a hard cap, or does it permit 2G speeds?

CCNnorthcali

join:2004-03-07
San Francisco, CA

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Re: Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

It's a soft cap. 120kbps speeds once you go over.

EDIT: I was wrong, everyone else is right. From T-mobile's website specific to this plan:
quote:
The Simple Starter plan is an unlimited talk and unlimited text with up to 500MB of high-speed 4G LTE data. Once a user reaches the 500MB of high-speed data, the service is suspended, with the peace of mind that no overage fees will apply. For additional data, on-demand data passes are available via My.T-Mobile.com, visiting a TMO store or calling Care.

morbo
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1 edit

Re: Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

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Thinkdiff
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-07
Bronx, NY
kudos:11
No, this plan has a hard cap. You need to add a day or week pass once you exceed 500MB to continue using any data.

The regular Simple Choice plan has unlimited data (1GB at 4G, unlimited at 2G).
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Karl Bode
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join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

Yeah I believe it's a very hard cap with no throttling.
buzz_4_20

join:2003-09-20
Limestone, ME

Re: Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

I'll take a hard cap that stops working over an instant overage any day.

MxxCon

join:1999-11-19
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Hard cap or soft with 2G throttling?

would you take hard cap that stops working over 2G speeds?
shmerl

join:2013-10-21

Not impressed.

The real "uncarrier" would be cheaper unlimited 4G.

MxxCon

join:1999-11-19
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Not impressed.

Real "uncarrier" is »ting.com/rates
itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

Re: Not impressed.

Except Ting uses the Craptastic Sprint Network.

whiteshp

join:2002-03-05
Xenia, OH

Re: Not impressed.

Ting uses Sprint+Verizon for coverage. They stand apart from most MVNOs in their expanded coverage area is MUCH better.

Been on Ting for over a year now after dropping my grandfathered T-mobile plan after they DROPPED coverage in my town. Paying with Ting average $26+-/month for my nice Moto android phone. Girl friend pays the same for her Iphone on Ting. Add extra phones for only $6 and customer support is based in Canada with less than 5 min hold times if any wait. I'll take Ting over T-mobile any day.
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Slowverse

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL

Terrible!

AIO, Straight Talk, or NET10 all give you 2 gigs of additional data plus FAR better coverage for 5 more per month. T Mobile is slowly becoming less disruptive by raising prices. Unlimited data will be next to go...

delusion ftl

@comcast.net

Re: Terrible!

cool, you listed prepay/mvno. Can you compare this against other post pay providers plans?
clone

join:2000-12-11
Portage, IN

Re: Terrible!

What is so magical about postpay? This really isn't that great of a deal. Not when, as the GP stated, you can get AT&T's much larger and more reliable network for the same price (or $5 cheaper on auto-pay) with a throttle after 500MB, or for $10 more ($5 more on auto-pay), get AT&T's network and 2.5GB of data.

Or is T-Mobile postpaid some kind of magical wonderland that justifies the mediocre deal you're getting?
jm101

join:2011-07-17
Oakland, CA

Not bad

Not bad but I am pretty happy with T-Mobile's $30/month plan which includes 100 minutes, unlimited text, and up to 5 GB of high-speed data. I don't even use half of the minutes. 4G can be slow at times and even go down to 2G but for $30/month I can't complain.
ipwn3r456

join:2013-07-31
Los Angeles, CA

Re: Not bad

Yeah I still prefer that plan over this. I don't need unlimited talk, data is more important with most people.
crucialcolin

join:2004-09-12
Roseville, CA

Re: Not bad

Myself as well. This new plan actually scares me a little as I can now see the $30 plan being phased out for the new one. Especially since it's somewhat of a special offer plan anyways. There's no way I could keep within 500 MB while 5gb is more then enough. According to T-Mobile average 1gb with just light browsing use. I'd much rather have little voice and more data. Hopefully we will be grandfathered if it does go by the wayside.
ipwn3r456

join:2013-07-31
Los Angeles, CA

Re: Not bad

Wait, are you serious? I was going to consider that plan once i am in college, great. T-Mobile is ignoring those users that wants more data but less talk.
jm101

join:2011-07-17
Oakland, CA
said by crucialcolin:

Myself as well. This new plan actually scares me a little as I can now see the $30 plan being phased out for the new one. Especially since it's somewhat of a special offer plan anyways. There's no way I could keep within 500 MB while 5gb is more then enough. According to T-Mobile average 1gb with just light browsing use. I'd much rather have little voice and more data. Hopefully we will be grandfathered if it does go by the wayside.

I am a little scared about this as well. I typically use less than 500 MB a month but it's still good knowing that I have plenty of data.
Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX

I can see it

I can see it.., 40.. 50.. 60.. 70.. 80..

40 could still get you the opportunity to get a new smart phone while trying to save money... your total cost would be lower than the others if you just don't use that much data to begin with..

even with a hard cap.. tmobile is offering different than the competitors here.., now as far as this plan on prepaid (its worthless for the most part..) but regular plans this is prob where this plan shines

MxxCon

join:1999-11-19
Brooklyn, NY

Not really "uncarrier".

The real "uncarrier" plan would be what they have right now and once you reach 500MB give me an option to upgrade to the next tier plan, not this stupid "pass" crap.
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brad152

join:2006-07-27
Phoenix, AZ
Reviews:
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Re: Not really "uncarrier".

You can always upgrade your plan mid-month if you need too, you'll just pay the plan difference on the next bill.

There is a place for this plan, and there is actually quite a large base of people that are around Wi-Fi enough that this could work, it's a niche plan but it's there for those people.

And as far as the MVNO's, who cares what they're offering? they are here-today-gone-tomorrow deals usually, and the ToS can change at anytime, This is from an actual post-paid carrier. MetroPCS will do the unlimited talk/text/500MB then throttled data for $40/mo as well.

Personally i do not care for AT&T's liberal use of the AMR-HR codec across their network (and it causes horrid audio quality compared to T-Mobile), so i'll stick with T-Mobile personally (and have since 2006 with no issues to date living in random places across the country)

MxxCon

join:1999-11-19
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Not really "uncarrier".

Stockholm syndrome, anybody?

GoAio

@qwest.net

AIO

With aio (now Cricket) you can get 500MB (soft cap ... throttled after that) of data with unlimited talk and text for $35 per month (with auto pay).

aio is AT&T so you get LTE everywhere and great coverage. However, LTE is supposed to be throttled to 8 Gbps down. With that being said ... for $35 per month ... 8 down is plenty fast enough to get or send emails.

Slowverse

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL
Reviews:
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Re: AIO

said by GoAio :

With aio (now Cricket) you can get 500MB (soft cap ... throttled after that) of data with unlimited talk and text for $35 per month (with auto pay).

aio is AT&T so you get LTE everywhere and great coverage. However, LTE is supposed to be throttled to 8 Gbps down. With that being said ... for $35 per month ... 8 down is plenty fast enough to get or send emails.

It's 8 Mbps which is plenty fast for anything you need to do from a phone.

simlesa
Premium
join:2006-04-14
Astoria, NY

Clarification

said by Karl :
According to a T-Mobile press release tethering is allowed under the plan, which will be available in stores this weekend, or for prepaid users starting on May 17.
What exactly happens on May 17?

michieru
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join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL
Reviews:
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No John.

This isn't a deal and of course you know it.

If you can have a family plan with 4 lines with each line costing $25 then why can't you just provide unlimited data at $45 per month?

You want to be disruptive? Charge $30 for unlimited calling/text with 1GB data.
txeohaak

join:2014-04-10
new york

new plans

T-Mobile offers... but I have a plan with them, so-called three gyga, and I can't see any video as you dial the three gygas, go easy then it gets very slow but slow... everything is a scam, I do not is much English and bundled me head, now not is to do... almost not have internet and paying for them

Billy Brethr

join:2005-04-01
San Antonio, TX

STUPID

I have MetroPCS. I get unlimited talk, text and data for a flat $40.00 per month, including taxes, fees, and that special fee that goes to Nancy Pelosi so that she can bathe daily in the blood of sacrificed virgins in order to keep-up her youthful appearance. All of this with no contract. This "deal" is stale and outdated. The era of charging exorbitant fees for going over on minutes or data is over and it's not surprising that the worst offenders of this practice are the last to know it.