Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Mobile’s latest unlimited plan cuts out the extras

Also, despite being advertized as an unlimited plan, throttling still hits after you pass over 50GB of used data in a month. 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.

Mobile hotspot is actually included in the plan, but it is limited at 3G speeds.

How does this differ from T-Mobile ONE?

The bare-bones T-Mobile Essentials plan is $60 a month.

T-Mobile revealed most of the details of Essentials, but the basics are that it's supposed to be a plan that only includes unlimited talk, text, and data. 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. 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. But things have gotten decidedly more complex since T-Mobile announced that it would offer only a single unlimited plan to its customers. "They seem to be doing everything they can to turn rate plans into a hot, confusing mess".

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"The other guys have got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More ..." The other guys make it sooo confusing! [T-Mobile] wants to make it easy.

Is it is really stupid simple now?

These new plans will be available starting this Friday, August 10th. Now customers need to add taxes and fees to an advertised price – we thought T-Mobile was past this.

So how much is this all going to cost customers? The Essentials plan is created to save the carrier money and confuse customers in the process.

T-Mobile has always been transparent, and this move is a step backwards for the carriers entire UnCarrier movement, the last of which was UnCarrier "Next": which included the movement to eliminate taxes and fees. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. Or has the Sprint merger done something to change that?

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