T-Mobile document, it appears like the Un-carrier will be offering their new Simple Choice Data-Only rate plans starting tomorrow, March 30.
According to earlier reports, this Data-Only plan would include unlimited texting and data. Since the plans do not include the usual voice service, subscribers under the plan would have to use an Internet-based calling app like Skype or Whatsapp. It seems like the Data-Only plan is geared towards millennials that don't use their phones that much for voice calls but for texting, Web surfing, and accessing other apps. By introducing the Data-Only plans, T-Mobile would shake up the whole mobile phone industry and could entice new customers to switch to them.
The Data-Only plan is available in six options:
- 2GB - $20 per month
- 6GB - $35 per month
- 10GB - $50 per month
- 14GB - $65 per month
- 18GB - $80 per month
- 22GB - $95 per month
But while we're only learning about T-Mobile's Data-Only plans, a spokesman for the Un-carrier has clarified the leaked document. As it turns out, the Data-Only plans have been available for some time already. The leaked document just displays the increased data on the plans, which will be taking effect tomorrow. These plans have been created specifically for individuals with a hearing problem but are still available to anyone. This is why T-Mobile hasn't spent a lot on its marketing.
But who knows? Maybe if enough people will want the Data-Only plans, T-Mobile will be compelled to make this an option for prepaid too? Would you go for a Data-Only plan?
Update 3/30/2016 A new Wall Street Journal article is reporting that T-Mobile says that the data only plans are only be available at T-Mobile stores, not online. The plans are for phones only and will include unlimited texting, voice calls (other than 911) will be blocked. A T-Mobile employee posting on Reddit says the plans are also available through telesales and that the customers on the data-only Simple Choice plans can use T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) to finance phone purchases. EIP is not available to prepaid accounts so these plans are postpaid plans with higher postpaid taxes.