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T-Mobile $50 Monthly 4G Plan to Get 500 MB of Data


TmoNews.com is reporting that T-Mobile is increasing the data allowance included with the $50/month Monthly 4G prepaid plan.  Currently that plan induces 100 MB of full speed data per month. After 100 MB download speeds are reduced to 128 Kbps or less.  Beginning Jan 28, the plan will deliver 500 MB of high speed data per month before the speed throttle kicks in.

Users will see the increased data beginning with their next plan renewal after the 28th.

T-Mobile hasn't announced the change yet, but the TmoNews story includes a screenshot detailing the data increase. The screen grab appears to be from an internal site for T-Mobile customer support personnel.

In addition to data, the $50 plan includes unlimited voice minutes, unlimited messaging and off network voice and SMS roaming. The 500 MB of data is not throttled and users can expect near LTE speeds in areas where T-Mobile has implemented 42 Mbps HSPA+.

This is a nice move by T-Mobile and makes the $50 plan much more competitive.

Update: It's the evening of Jan 28 and T-Mobile's Monthly 4G Plans page is still showing The $50 plan as coming with only 100 MB of 4G data. Either the plan was delayed, T-mobile management has changed its mind or the rumor was a hoax. Time will tell.

Source and Image: TmoNews

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  1. More competitive, yes, but still not terribly competitive, even with their own MVNOs.

    I wonder if this opens the door for them to finally add more data to their $30/1500 min plan. PagePlus offers 250 MB at that level, compared to TMo's 30 MB. I would not expect T-Mobile to go to 250, but 100 or 150 might be considered progress.

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  2. the $15 hotspot add-on is gone from the additional services page. does anyone know what's going on with it? is it gone for good?

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    1. T-Mobile has announced that the $15 tethering option is no longer available on the $70 plan. It should still be available on the other monthly plans. If the option is missing from the website you will need to cll T-Mobile to activate it.

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  3. Good news, but don't know if it will help me. I got a new Lumia 710 off ebay and got the $50 plan. Was impressed with the area of coverage, tho only got about 1 meg down speed. Used up my 100MB in three days :(.

    BTW, it looks like you get edge speeds after that initial 4G allotment is used. Not a big deal for me, but may be for some. With Nokia Drive offline maps, you don't need to worry about being constantly connected.

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  4. How much does data overage costs?

    If you don't watch videos or download any large files, 100MB can last a week. 500MB is great for checking your e-mail and reading articles on the webs.

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    1. After you use 500 MB data speed is throttled to 120 Kbps for the rest of the plan month. There is no option to purchase more high speed data.

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    2. Just renew your plan early for $1.67/day extra.

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  5. This is competitive with their MVNOs if you need voice and sms roaming.
    I think only Solavei beats this plan, and they only offer one choice.

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    1. Walmart Family Mobile beats this for most people. It is now $40 unlimited for the first line, including 1GB per month. Roaming included. It is postpaid, so you pay taxes. Mine would add $4.83 per month. Still cheaper than $50, or even $47.50 at Callingmart with 5% discount.

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  6. Solavei can go take a flying leap.

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    1. They do seem to be 'taking off.' ;-)
      Have you earned a Trio yet?:
      $29/month unlimited everything, including voice and data roaming.

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  7. I live in a Tmobile 4G town. But there is no 4G in my part of town. When I leave city limits for work, it's all 2G or white on Tmobile's coverage map. I want the Nokia Lumia 710 bad. Oh well.

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  8. Verizon will have the same plan soon for $10 more per month:
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-launching-new-unlimited-prepaid-plans-on-February-1st_id39071
    $70 with 2 GB.

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    1. Unfortunately, you're stuck with Verizon prepaid phones in that situation. It's also not unlimited, you hit a wall when you run out of data instead of a 160Kbps

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    2. Actually, Verizon allows any non-LTE Verizon phone on their prepaid smartphone plans. including BlackBerrys and the iPhone 4 and 4S.

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  9. So... Did this happen? Their site doesn't say anything yet.

    S

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    1. You're right it looks like the change to 500 MB for the $50 plan has been delayed or cancelled.

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  10. Yeswap, Just received an text from T-Mobile on January 31 stating: "Great News! We've upgraded your $50 Monthly 4G plan at no charge! Now enjoy 5x more 4G data (500MB/month) staring at your next plan renewal!"

    My Plan Renewal is on Feb 3, so will get back to you if its true thanks..

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    1. Ok Yeswap, I have included an screen shot of my T-Mobile account showing the free extra 400 MB as a promotion offer. Don't know what the means but time will tell.

      http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k293/bigstar247/Capture.jpg

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    2. Thanks for the screenshot. I've heard of other people on the $50 plan getting that text. I hope that it means that everyone on the plan will get 500 MB every month going forward. Though if that's the case I don't know why T-Mobile doesn't start advertising the plan as coming with 500 MB.

      Here's a link to the screen shot image:
      http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k293/bigstar247/Capture.jpg

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