Are T-Mobile's New Unlimited Plans Truly Unlimited?
T-Mobile has unveiled a couple new phone plans that offer unlimited data, voice and messaging, but there's still a catch. In this case, "unlimited" doesn't mean exactly what one might think.
"While data plans for many of our competitors continue to be very expensive, T-Mobile is lowering the price of our unlimited plans and offering more options," said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile USA, in a statement.
T-Mobile announced two new options for customers: the Even More plan for $79.99 per month and the Even More Plus plan for $59.99 per month. Both plans include unlimited talk, text and data. The difference is that the Even More plan comes with a subsidized phone on a contract (the standard method carriers use today), while the Even More Plus plan is for those who already bought the phone they want without subsidies. The Even More Plus plan doesn't require a contract either.
Now for the catch (although it's a relatively small one). While the data is technically unlimited (there are no caps), T-Mobile said it will still throttle data speeds (in other words, reducing transfer speeds significantly) once a user goes over 2GB of data in a single month. In other words, after the 2GB mark, T-Mobile data will be even slower.
T-Mobile says most customers don't even approach the 2GB limit each month, so it's actually a pretty good compromise for most customers. Other carriers have either gotten rid of unlimited data plans (AT&T) or plan to do so soon (Verizon ).
Both of the new plans are available starting today.