Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

06 August, 2018, 19:39 | Author: Eric Barnett

While customers still get unlimited data, talk and text, there are no perks like free Netflix or global data or hotspot capabilities. T-Mobile says it reserves the right to throttle your connection in times of overall network congestion, and that "Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers" at such times. As you might expect, though, the savings only really kick in when you activate multiple lines.

T-Mobile Essentials is a new plan that aims to offer just the basics of a smartphone plan.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is pushing new, cheaper plans. With that said, it does include hotspot data at 3G speeds, 2G data use in Canada and Mexico, and 480p (DVD) quality video streaming. Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials.

T-Mobile is zagging when everyone else is zigging.


The carrier on Monday introduced T-Mobile Essentials, a cheaper alternative to its T-Mobile One plan.

One line of T-Mobile Essentials costs $60/month, $30/month for the second line, and $15/month for lines 3-6. If you don't have auto payments enabled, you'd need to pay $5 extra per line per month.

The Essentials plan will be available starting August 10. A $5 24-hour Global Pass will give 512MB of up to 4G LTE data plus unlimited calling in Mexico, Canada, and other worldwide destinations. The add-on now offers 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, but that'll be bumped up to 20GB starting August 10th. The price of T-Mobile One Plus will also be increasing, going to $15 per month for a single line. For a family of 4, that would be $120/mo or $30 per line.

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