Mobile’s latest unlimited plan cuts out the extras

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan

T-Mobile may have said last week that they had no current plans to increase pricing on their unlimited offerings, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to make changes. T-Mobile Essentials will be available in T-Mobile stores nationwide starting August 10 and starts at $60 for a single line, $30 for the second line and $15 per line for lines 3-6, plus taxes and fees with autopay.

It's offering a new "unlimited" data plan, T-Mobile Essential, for $60/month. 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. Without autopay, it's an extra $5 per month, per line. The plan is similar to pared-back "unlimited" plans that have recently been debuted by Verizon and AT&T: You get mostly-unlimited mobile data, talk, and texts for less than the flagship plan, but lose additional extras like high-speed hotspot data and worldwide roaming. Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot use, but capped at 3G speeds. And T-Mobile ONE Plus International is $65 per line per month; yes, it adds yet more still. Oh, and you won't get that free subscription to Netflix.

What it doesn't include are some of the perks reserved for T-Mobile One customers. If you add a 2nd line, that'll be an extra $30/mo.

"The Un-carrier wants to make it easy", CEO John Legere said in a press release.

T-Mobiles plans are no longer simple for the average customer to understand. The Essentials plan is created to save the carrier money and confuse customers in the process.

Overall, if you don't need extras like global calling, the T-Mobile Essentials plan will let you save a few bucks. Oftentimes, the only way to find out what you'd actually be paying in taxes and fees is to start the application process for a new line, which requires proof of residency and is therefore hard to do. In January 2017, T-Mobile made a huge deal out of rolling taxes and fees into the price of its One plan, and all of the arguments it used back then against taxes and fees still apply.

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