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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