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Updated - T-Mobile's $70 Prepaid Monthly Plan Gets Unlimited, Un-Throttled Data



The usually reliable TmoNews site reporting that effective Jan 9th. T-Mobile's $70/month prepaid Monthly 4G Plan will come with truly unlimited, un-throttled data. Currently speeds are throttled for the remainder of the month after 5 GB of data is used.

The report doesn't name or quote any sources but does include the above photo of some sort of poster or flier listing the $70 monthly 4G plan as including unlimited data.

Ominously the photo only lists three Monthly 4G plans, priced at $50, $60 and $70. Both of T-Mobile's current $30/month plans are missing! Unlimited, un-throttled data is nice, but I sure hope the $30 month 100 minute, unlimited messaging and 5 GB of data plan is not going away.

Update 9-Jan-2012: Today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, T-Mobile USA confirmed that beginning tomorrow Jan 9th, it will offer unlimited HSPA+ 4G data with no caps and no overages on its $70/month Monthly 4G unlimited prepaid plan.

Also starting tomorrow, the prepaid LG Optimus L9 dual core Android 4.0 phone with it's 4.5 inch, qHD screen, will be available at the no-commitment price of $199.99. The L9, which has a list price of 369.99. is currently on sale for $249.99 with a free $50 prepaid airtime included. I don't know if the $50 card will still be included when the price drops tomorrow but if it is that would make one sweet deal.

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  1. Funny... If this is true, it just goes to show how cheap data is to them! This means that for just $10 they're willing to throw in the kitchen sink!

    When they give me 1gig of data with unlimited T&T I'll go back.
    Until the "Ultra Mobile" looks like my best bet!

    Steve

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  2. In the marketplace, data is really overpriced. AT&T and Verizon attempted to make up for lost voice and text revenue by metering data and charging beaucoup bucks for overages. Since Sprint and T-Mobile will be offering 70.00 all you can eat, prepaid plans this will put significant pressure on AT&T and Verizon to change their pricing/plan structures or risk losing customers. Sprint and T-Mobile are smart and are going to gain customers fed up with the shared data plans that only offer monetary value to AT&T and Verizon. Last year, Fierce Wireless predicted that prepaid would not grow as much. It looks lie that will not be the case.

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    1. Verizon and the rest are still building out their LTE networks so it still cost billions for the Capex spend. These carriers are rationalizing the data to help maintain the LTE experience -- the last thing they want is to give LTE a bad rep from data hogs. 10 GB of LTE is only $80 a month on a 2-year contract on Verizon and you can switch between the 5 GB for $50 and 10 GB without penalty. I use between 5 to 7 GB a month and prefer the $50 plan with $10 to $20 in overages. Then there are times where I stay at $80 for a few months. I get 12 mbps as peak download speed and average 5 to 6 mbps when download a large file 700 mb or more.

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  3. Sprint and T-Mobile are really trying to step there prepaid game up.

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  4. The title of the poster over the $ says UNLIMITED T, T & D Plans, so hopefully we will still have the other, limited monthly 4G plans.

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  5. I don't know about AT&T, but Verizon can get away for charging super-premium for their plans, there is just no comparison in the network quality. They have over double the number of cell sites than BOTH T-Mobile AND Sprint.

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  6. True, Verizon wins on quality! This is why I use Page Plus because even though PP uses only the native Verizon network, the coverage is still comprehensive.

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    1. Can you use your phone as a hotspot on PP like T-mobile or MetroPCS for an additional monthly fee? The same is true for VM 4G phones.

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    2. You can try, but I read on forums they they look for certain patterns and will stop you when you are caught. It is against the terms of service.
      When I had the Tmobile $30 5 GB plan I used my phone as a hotspot for home internet for two months and did not have a problem.

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    3. You misunderstand -- the carrier wants the users to pay an extra fee for the mobile hotspot feature. For MetroPCS, it was an extra $10 a month, for VM, it was $15 extra but they increase the data usage to 3.5 GB before throttling. This means there is nothing to catch AND is not against the terms of service.

      Again, my question is does PP offer the mobile hotspot feature for an extra monthly fee?

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    4. Page Plus allows hotspot use at no extra fee.

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  7. To me, Nationwide Unlimited Data should include roaming, and that would be the bigger story as currently no monthly 4G plan includes data roaming. I see for their postpaid, nationwide unlimited data plans that a small amount of data roaming is included.

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    1. That would be nice, but they have to pay AT&T for this and pass on the cost in the monthly price.
      You might be willing to pay $5, $10 or more to get this, but many if not most people probably would not. Especially if it was Edge speeds in most areas.

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  8. Just an FYI re: Yeswap's comment on hotspot use on Page Plus.

    I checked Kitty forums and the hotspot feature IS NOT being supported by Page Plus AND use of hotspot feature requires a third-party app that is hit or miss depending on the device.

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    1. The point is that Page Plus Terms of Service to not forbid tethering. As always with a non-Page Plus device, setup and programing is 100% up to the user.

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  9. "Some specific instances that exemplify abuse of unlimited prepaid cellular plans include customers:

    Having the phone in use 23 hours per day
    Tethering a phone for continuous dial-up access...

    As you can imagine, any of the scenarios above could start to have a negative impact on the quality of service all customers receive."

    They could easily decide that tethering for data use also has a negative impact on the quality of service.

    http://www.pagepluscellular.com/protection.aspx

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  10. TOS para. 13 Unintended Use
    "WE CAN, WITHOUT NOTICE, LIMIT, SUSPEND, AND DEACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT OR ANY AGREEMENT WITH YOU FOR THESE CAUSES, OR ANY OTHER GOOD CAUSES WHICH INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
    if you:
    breach this Agreement;...
    allow anyone to tamper with your Handset;<<<<<
    export the Page Plus Cellular Handset outside the United States;
    or if you or any user of your phone:
    threatens or commits violence against our representatives;
    uses vulgar and/or inappropriate language toward our representatives;
    steals from us;
    harasses our representatives;
    interferes with our operations;
    “spams,” or engages in other abusive messaging or calling;
    modifies your Handset from its manufacturer’s specifications;<<<<<< or
    uses the service in a way that adversely affects Page Plus Cellular Service or other customers.<<<<<
    We can also temporarily limit your service for any operational or governmental reason.<<<<<

    These items above <<<< could be interpreted by Pageplus as not allowing tethering; e.g., modifying devices to allow tethering; tethering slowing down the data network for other users.

    http://www.pagepluscellular.com/Terms%20and%20Conditions.aspx

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    1. They could, but I've never heard of anyone being warned or losing service over tethering.

      PagePlus doesn't have an unlimited data plan so there's really no reason for them to block tethering as no one can use more data than they've paid for.

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    2. Here is a report. It is a little old:
      http://www.kittyforums.net/showthread.php/1773-Page-Plus-tethering

      I agree about the plan limits. However, couldn't lots of constant data use over several hours by multiple users slow service for others, particularly on a tower that is crowded?

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    3. Kitty has changed her tune since then and is now asking people to try activating MiFi wireless hotspots on Page Plus.

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  11. This is a game changer. The only thing I keep reading is that the top speed will be capped at 14.4 mpbs so as not to compete with the full 42 mpbs of postpaid speeds. We will see.

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    1. There was a scan of a flier posed on XDA-Developers two months ago that said speeds were limited to 14,4 Kbps on the $70 plan. But current promotional materials for the $70 plan don't include that disclaimer so sppeds are probably unlimited.

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    2. Well, it isn't truly unlimited because you cannot use the phone as a hotspot. That would have been a nice feature but, okay, I'll live.

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  12. 14.4 MBPS is plenty good enough! You can more than stream HD movies at those speeds. I'll still take it!

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  13. I saw the printed brochure in my local T-Mobile factory store...it says data is throttled to 14.4Mbps via the little asterisk on the plan. If so, this is yet another more hype than substance promotion...what a surprise.

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    1. Very few phones are actually going to pass 14.4 Mbps in use, and the signal has to be pretty strong.
      At this speed, I don't think it would be easy to sense you are being throttled.

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  14. This deal brought me back to T-Mobile. What's more, the HotSpot application works on my Android HTC myTouch 4G. Yep, this is awesome!

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