Reversing a trend in the phone industry, T-Mobile has just announced that it will soon begin offering a wireless service plan with unlimited data. The company promises no caps, no throttling — truly unlimited.
Years ago, this was something available from all carriers, but since then these have been phased out by some. Neither AT&T nor Verizon offers an unlimited data plan to new customers. Instead, these two have tierd plans, in which the amount subscribers pay depends on how much data they want to exchange.
Seeing an opportinity to set itself apart from its larger rivals, Sprint has held onto its unlimited plan. And now T-Mobile has re-introduced its own.
T-Mobile never went to tiered plans, but it did institute throttling, which significantly slows down the speed at which subscribers can transfer data after they reach a certain point. This won’t happen with the upcoming plan.
While this carrier’s 4G HSPA+ network isn’t as fast as the LTE services offered by AT&T and Verizon in real-world tests, it does offer download speeds in excess of 5 mbps, not that far behind its rivals.
Unlimited plans are popular with those who frequently use their smartphone or tablet to stream audio or video, which uses a lot of bandwidth. Those who are hoping to use T-Mobile’s upcoming unlimited plan to give wireless access to a tablet or laptop should be aware that this won’t be possible, as it does not include hoptspot service.
Price: Surprisingly Low
When it goes into effect on September 5, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will cost $30 per month when added to a Classic voice and text plan or $20 per month when added to a Value voice and text plan. A customer looking for unlimited data, voice and texting would pay $90 a month.
For comparison, AT&T or Verizon cutomers with 4GB of monthly data transfers and unlimited voice and texts pay $110. Sprint’s plan that offered unlimited data, voice, and text is $110.
T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan will be available to new or existing customers.