Mobile's new unlimited plan drops perks, offers basics for discount

T-Mobile store

T-Mobile store

The Essentials plan will cost $30 per line for a family of four - $10 less than T-Mobile One.

Early on Monday morning, T-Mobile launched its new Essentials plan, a mildly stripped-back version of its flagship "unlimited" plan, T-Mobile One. T-Mobile warns that during congested network hours "Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers". Subscribers will get unlimited talk, text, and data in the United States for $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. For one line, the Essentials plan costs $60, while One costs $70 (including taxes).

T-Mobile Essentials will be available from the carrier's stores nationwide starting August 10.

The return of unlimited data plans has been both a blessing and a curse for customers. What used to be a $10 add-on for more tethering data and unlimited 3G speeds while traveling overseas, is now $15 per line. 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... Credit approval, deposit, and $25 SIM starter kit may be required. T-Mobile just made its selection of plans more confusing by introducing Essentials, bringing the total number of plans up to three (Essentials, ONE and ONE Plus).

What it doesn't include are some of the perks reserved for T-Mobile One customers. As mentioned. Netflix is included with both plans. [T-Mobile] wants to make it easy.

T-Mobile's LTE network has tripled in size over the last three years and now reaches almost every American! Also worth noting is the fact that T-Mobile says this is in addition to taxes and fees, extras that are normally included in the overall rate (remember the whole advertising campaign about this?). Wireless companies (including T-Mobile, which was contacted for this article) don't provide any guidance on average taxes, given the vast difference in how the taxes and fees are calculated and applied in different states.

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