Joining the ranks of Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile has enacted a tiered data plan for its customers, but there’ll be a twist to the new Value plans: once a user exceeds their monthly allotment of data, instead of incurring extra fees, data speeds will be throttled down.
The new plans, which go live on July 24, offer users up to 2GB, 5GB or 10GB, depending on which plan they purchase, of streaming music, videos, emails or uploaded photos. However, once consumers surpass this level, they will receive a SMS message asking for an upgrade. If customers decline, their connection will be throttled down to 2G speeds until the next billing cycle.
Though these limits will hinder heavy data consumers, for the average user, 2GB affords them the ability to stream 70 hours of music or 17 hours of videos each month. This plan will now cost $59.99 when combined with unlimited talk and texting.
For those who use a bit more bandwidth, T-Mobile will offer a $74.99 plan with 5GB of data, before throttling, and will also offer a lower-end, data-less plan for $49.99 with unlimited phone calls and text messages. Full pricing for all the plans has yet to be announced, but it is known that T-Mobile will also offer 2GB of data for $100 for two lines with unlimited talk and text. All plans will be available with any of the carrier’s phones, tablets or broadband accessories.
While the question of a grandfather clause for current customers still lingers, these new “unlimited” contracts come months after T-Mobile put a cap on users who transferred over 5GB of data in one month.