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T-Mobile Adds New $45 2GB Prepaid Simple Starter Plan

T-Mobile quietly launched a prepaid version of its $45/month Simple Starter Plan. Like its postpaid counterpart, the plan includes unlimited voice and messaging and 2GB of high speed data, minus the high telecom taxes charged on postpaid.

The new plan is an upgrade to the original $40 prepaid Simple Starter plan which comes with 500MB of data and is still available.

The data included with both Simple Starter plans is hard-capped. When the 500MB or 2GB data allowance is used up, data service is suspended for the rest of the plan month. This is in contrast with T-Mobile's $50 and higher priced prepaid monthly plans which include unlimited throttled data after their high speed allotment is used up.

The Simple Starter plans also lack the more expensive plan's unlimited international texting and "Music Freedom", with doesn't count the data used by certain streaming music services against the high speed data allowance.

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  1. $45 for 2GB? Doesn't the $50 plan only include 1GB?

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    1. That's correct, but the $50 plan has things that the $40 plan doesn't as mentioned in the post.

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    2. I did read the post. But unlimited slow data, international text and Music freedom doesn't seem worth $5 more for half the high speed data. $45 for 2GB with roaming sounds better than what most T-Mobile MVNOs offer.

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  2. T-Mobile's prepaid website states that there are no data overages on the $45 plan. To me that means they will throttle data after the 2 gb limit is reached, but I could be wrong.

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    1. Data stops at 2GB. The plans with throttled data after the cap are described by T-Mobile as having "unlimited" data.

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    2. In this case, "no overages" means that your data is shut off instead of them letting you continue to use data and charging overage fees for it. I will agree that it is a bit confusing, at T-Mobile has also advertised "no overages" on their unlimited plans.

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    3. it's prepaid. no overages. data stops except where the plan says data is unlimited.

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  3. Thank you both for the information and explanation.

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  4. It seems that straight talk would be a better deal for the same price and more data.

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    1. I used to think so, but found out from so many reports that Straight Talk's data line goes through some sort of proxy and throttles and blocks so many things out of the gate. Not to mention widespread reports of them arbitrarily cutting people's data usage off at 200MB and all. I've heard no good about it at all.

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    2. I have used ST with the BYOD for Tmobile and Verizon both 3G coverage at the time. Never seemed to be slow or throttled at all.
      I am still holding out for MVNO's that have Verizon BYOD to offer 4G someday in the near future.
      Dennis will let us know when that happens. :)

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  5. Does data stop or is it throttled? If throttled, what are the speeds?

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  6. This would be a great deal if I lived in a good coverage area. I'm pretty much married to VZW though because it is the only carrier to get adequate coverage in my apartment.

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  7. Is this really news? There was always a prepaid simple starter plan and the announcement last week didn't exclude the prepaid version from the $5 add on. The web site wasn't updated on day one for either prepaid or postpaid.

    Was there some period when is was available for postpaid but not prepaid?

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    1. A new prepaid plan is always news on this site. The $45 plan went live on prepaid yesterday, I don't know when it did on postpaid. Last week's announcement linked to the postpaid Simple Starter plan page only, not the prepaid one.

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    2. Dennis: I agree that this is news. I would think that any major change to any pre paid plan, as well as a new plan. is news.

      I might draw the line at making a news story if a rate was changed from, say, $46 to $45. But this one is major.

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  8. Understood about the plan being news. I just thought that the plan was available for both pre and postpaid the entire time.

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  9. Remember that T-Mobiles coverage is like Sprints. Shoddy. Many times I have gone out of a major town or city and their data shoots right to 2G or EDGE. Even their voice coverage is abysmal. Use the coverage maps before going with them. Its an invaluable tool.

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    1. I disagree that their voice coverage is abysmal. Maybe for you it is, but through out most of North Carolina their voice coverage is excellent. Data is superb in major cities/urban areas. The coverage maps are an invaluable tool.

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    2. Maybe T-Mobile coverage maps are better, but I find most coverage maps are hopelessly optimistic. Every carrier has pretty good or excellent coverage in most major cities and along interstates. It's when you leave those areas you really learn about coverage, and that's where I spend most of my time. Besides, when in a city I always have multiple communication options. When I get a flat tire in the mountains I need a phone that works.

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  10. Does the $45 prepaid plan allow tethering? It appears that the postpaid plan does allow tethering.

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    1. No tethering included. The $15 add on option should be there. I use with my $30 5GB plan

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    2. The $45 plan *DOES* include tethering. I do not have an option in my account info to add $15 for tethering as it's already included.

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      http://support.t-mobile.com/thread/75910

      See the last post on that page from a T-Mobile employee. "The Pay by the Month plans starting at $40 and up do include Smartphone Hotspot."
      I have the 45 plan and am able to tether with it.

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  11. Are T-Mobile's Simple Starter plans available to current customers or only to new customers?

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  12. Is roaming on the $40 and $45 plans the same as roaming on the $50 and higher plans?

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    1. Roaming coverage is the same but the $50 and higher plans include a limited amount of data roaming and the cheaper plans don't.

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