Simple Mobile in May, I speculated that América Móvil would probably not make any significant changes to Simple. It turns out I was wrong. There are changes coming, but they are good ones.
According to a leaked email from Simple Mobile to dealers that was posted on HowardForums, the T-Mobile MVNO is making several improvements to their prepaid Monthly Unlimited plans. The changes, which are effective this coming Wed, Aug 1, include:
- "Faster" data On the $40 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Worldwide Text & Web Plan - For years Simple has catching flack from its users for advertising their $40 plan as having unlimited "3G" data. Users have consistently reported that their data speeds on this plan are always 120 Kbps or less, which is nowhere near what anyone expects from 3G. Hopefully this change means the $40 plan will finally deliver at least 384 Kbps, which is the maximum data rate achieved UTMS, by the oldest and slowest true 3G standard.
- The price of Simple's $50 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Worldwide Text & 4G High Speed Web plan is being cut from $60/month to $50. This plan has always delivered true un-throttled 3G and HSPA+ 4G speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
- For BlackBerry users the $50 plan will now include both un-throttled 4G data speeds and BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) BIS is needed for BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), BlackBerry Email, the BlackBerry Facebook app and BlackBerry App World to work.
Both the $40 and $50 plans include unlimited domestic voice calls, unlimited domestic and international text messaging and free 411 directory assistance. The $50 plan also includes a $5/month international call credit. Unlimited calling to Canada, UK, Mexico, India, China, Dominican Republic and 46 other countries is available as a $10/month add-on for both the $40 and $50 plans.
Although data is advertised as unlimited, users have reported that their speeds on the $60 "4G" plan have been throttled when they exceed 2 GB of data use in a month. Users on both the $40 and $60 plans have reported that their data was shut off after 3 GB in a month.
Simple Mobile uses the T-Mobile native network (coverage map). Unlike T-Mobile Prepaid there is no off-network roaming.
Update: the plan changes are now active and posted on the Simple Mobile website. A couple of Simple Mobile $40 plan users posted on HowardFormuns that they are getting 230 and 241 Kbps download speeds. That's twice as fast as it was before although still on the low side for 3G.