TmoNews is reporting that T-Mobile will be making some changes to their prepaid offerings starting March 24. The changes are part of T-Mobile's new "Uncarrier" revamp which will mean the eventual elimination of contracts, subsidies and early termination fees for postpaid customers. If you are interested in the postpaid changes, TmoNews has a good breakdown here. For details of the prepaid changes read on.
The TmoNews report is based on leaked training materials intended for sales personal at national T-Mobile dealers like BestBuy, Costco and Target. It appears genuine, but last minute changes to unannounced plans do happen so consider it a rumor for now. Here's what's supposed to be changing:
- $60 Unlimited Monthly 4G - 4G data before throttling increased from 2 GB to 2.5 GB.
- $50 Unlimited Monthly 4G - i4G data before throttling increased from 100 MB to 500 MB.
- $30 1500 minutes Monthly 4G - will remain available, but won't be "promoted".
- $1 Pay by the Day - discontinued, current customers will be grandfathered.
- Web Guard - This annoying "Web Nanny" will be opt-in rather than the default.
- Black Berry Internet Service which currently is a $10 add-on will be available at no charge.
- $10/month Unlimited International Talk & Text can be added to "any plan".
The leaked documents also say that there will be no changes to Pay As You Go or prepaid Mobile Broadband plans. But it's unclear what's happening with the the $70 Monthly 4G plan or the $30 "Walmart" plan that includes 5 GB of high speed data, 100 voice minutes and unlimited messaging.
The documents contradict themselves on the $70 plan. It currently includes unlimited, unthrottled data. But in one place in the document it says the plan will include only 5 GB of 4G data. In another place it says; "Unlimited talk, text, web with high-speed data! Customers enjoy no caps, no limits and no overages" In the TmoNews article's comments, someone quotes a "T-Mobile Regional Territory Manager" as saying that the 5 GB cap reference is a typo and there will be no changes to the $70 plan. I tend to believe that as the $70 plan was just upgraded from 5 GB to unlimited a couple of weeks ago and has been advertised by T-Mobile on TV as having unlimited data.
The future of the $30 5GB plan is not clear. It's not mentioned at all in the documents, but that makes sense as it's only available at Walmart and online, not through the national retailers that the documents are intended for. My gut feeling is that the plan will continue to be offered by Walmart and probably online as well. But we won't really know until the 24th. If you want that plan I recommend activating it before Sunday the 24th if possible.
Provided the $30 5GB plan remains available and the $70 plan keeps its unlimited data these plans are almost entirely good:
- BlackBerry users get free BIS
- $50 and $60 plan users get more data.
- The international add on, which is currently restricted to $50 and higher plans will be available on all plans. I wonder if that includes pay as you go? (I'm guessing probably not).
- Few will miss Web Guard being turned on by default. It blocked lots of innocent sites likeTwitter and blogs hosted on Blogger and Wordpress.com and was a pain for international visitors who had to show their passports at a T-Mobile store to get it removed.
The only real negative is the loss of the $1/day unlimited text plan. It was handy for pay as you go users who could switch to it on days when they needed to send lots of texts. It's grandfathered, but that probably means that if you switch back to pay as you go you can't go back to the $1/Day plan.
Source, Image: TmoNews