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Mobile Essentials Is a New Unlimited Plan for $60 a Month

09 August 2018

T-Mobile introduced a less expensive version of its unlimited plan, offering four lines of no-frills service for $120.

For starters, the advertised $30 rate is only good for a family of four (or more) with autopay enabled (pricing starts at $60 for a single line and scales down as more lines are added).

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T-Mobile said the plan offers unlimited talk, text and smartphone data. "During times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers", T-Mobile warned in a statement. If you decide to skip autopay, you'll have to pony up $5 more per month. Lines three through to six are $15 per month each.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available starting August 10. Essentials doesn't include things like a free Netflix plan or the ability to use data internationally. On the one plan, customers benefit from LTE speeds when roaming, a Netflix subscription and an allowance for in-flight data. For $10 more, users get 1080p video and 10 GB of hotspot data before dropping to 3G. T-Mobile said that its One Plus plan includes HD streaming, twice the data speed overseas, and other perks, like in-flight texting and unlimited music streaming. You'll need to get a credit approval to sign up. Well have to wait until T-Mobile releases its terms and conditions for the new plan to see exactly which of the T-Mobile perks it will or will not include. But does it make sense for a current T-Mobile subscriber? The Un-carrier wants to make it easy. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo.

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What do you think about this new offering from T-Mobile?

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. 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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Mobile Essentials Is a New Unlimited Plan for $60 a Month