Mobile Introduces Lower-cost 'Essentials' Unlimited Plan

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan

T-Mobile Introduces New “Essentials” Plan, Starting at $60

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

T-Mobile has a new smartphone plan focusing on the holy trifecta: unlimited calls, messaging, and data, and very little else. To that end, the new Essentials offering should suffice. You can have up to six lines on the new plan, with the fifth and sixth lines each costing an additional $15 per month.

So now customers can choose between a $160 plan with no taxes, or go with the $120 plan and get taxes slapped on later.

Costs aside, it's a bad look for T-Mobile to be adding a new "unlimited" option that doesn't include taxes and fees. What used to be a $10 add-on for more tethering data and unlimited 3G speeds while traveling overseas, is now $15 per line. Without autopay, it's an extra $5 per month, per line. And T-Mobile ONE Plus International is $65 per line per month; yes, it adds yet more still.

The plan is a viable option for those who are looking to save money on their phone bill and don't need or want Netflix and the worldwide data. "They seem to be doing everything they can to turn rate plans into a hot, confusing mess". Theyve got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More…Unlimited and More Premium?! The other guys make it so confusing!

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"The Un-carrier wants to make it easy", CEO John Legere said in a press release.

Is it is really stupid simple now?

T-Mobile has been one of the most aggressive wireless carriers when it comes to limiting costs and trying to give users more value for what they pay.

T-Mobile's move to a tiered pricing structure for its unlimited options follows similar moves by the rest of the nation's wireless operators. Unlimited data while on our network. That's harder to say since taxes and fees can vary, possibly cutting savings down to much less than $10 a month. Customers also get unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada as well unlimited texting and $0.25 per minute calling in other global destinations. 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. Is T-Mobile still the UnCarrier?

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