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$40/Month Unlimited Plan Coming to T-Mobile Prepaid?

Today, T-Mobile USA announced a new Simple Starter postpaid plan that includes unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of LTE data for $40/month. Unlike most of T-Mobile's current plans, which include unlimited throttled data after the high speed data allotment is used up, this one has a hard data cap, when you hit 500 MB in a month, data is cut off. 

Because it's a postpaid plan, Simple Starter requires a credit check and is saddled with 10%-30% in fees and taxes, many of them corporate taxes that T-Mobile passes on to the user rather than treating them as part of the cost of doing business. Thanks to the fees and taxes, the $40 Simple Starter plan could easily end up being more expensive than T-Mobile's current $50 "Pay in Advance" prepaid monthly plan which comes with the same unlimited talk and text but twice as much high speed data, 1 GB plus unlimited throttled data after the 1 GB is used up. Only point of sales taxes of 0-10% are charged on T-Mobile's prepaid plans.


The good news is that according to a footnote at the bottom of a leaked document (above, click to zoom) published by TMONews, "Simple Starter will be coming SCNC and Pay in Advance customers at a later date."  "SCNC" is "Simple Choice No Credit", a postpaid variant that doesn't require a credit check, and "Pay in Advance" is T-Mobile's brand for its prepaid plans. Based on past T-Mobile announcements, I expect we will see a $40 prepaid plan sometime in the next 30 days.

A $40 unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB plan would fit nicely into T-Mobile's prepaid line up between the $35 unlimited talk and text but no data and $50 unlimited T&T and 1 GB plans.

Source, image: TmoNews

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  1. Too many better options out there currently at that price point (and more coming shortly). Not worth consideration in my opinion.

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    1. yes... better options from a real network. T-Mobile coverage is atrocious. All the data in the world is useless if you have to drive hundreds of miles just to use it.

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  2. Not to mention the $30 Walmart online activated plan, 5 gb data, unlimited messaging and 100 minutes of calling.

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  3. Why not just go with their own MetroPCS? Same price and service but without the extra taxes/fees and it's throttled data after the 500mb.

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    1. Four reasons:
      1. Data roaming.
      2. No-interest, 24-month financing for your new phone.
      3. Better customer service.
      4. Higher priority data speed when network is congested.

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    2. The Pay In Advance plans will get this plan as well. T-Mobile is in the process of doing a few things. Same price points as the MetroPCS brand hint hint why would a parent do this? Next the coming out with another brand within T-Mobile to compete with Simple Mobile Plans....3rd this brand will exclusive to the Prepaid Exclusive locations soon to come....

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  4. Agreed. This one is nonsense. Lots of cheaper options on better networks.

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  5. Looks like the pretty great T-mobile tablet promo announced today requires a post-paid phone plan...or could you pair this with the 30 Walmart plan--for a total of 6.2 GB per month for 30$ until next year...when it would go up to $40...plus taxes and fees????

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    1. You have to put the tablet on a postpaid plan to get the discounted "same price as a WiFi tablet" deal. I believe, but am not 100% sure that you have to pay the price difference if you cancel the postpaid plan after less than 2 years.

      The $30 5GB, 100 minute plan is for phones only, T-Mobile will block your data if you try to use a SIM activated on that plan in anything they recognize as a tablet including all iPads and Nexus tablets.

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