US wireless carrier T-Mobile is bringing back unlimited data plans. And I don’t mean, 5GB of data at full HSPA+ speeds and then 2G speeds after that. Starting September 5th, 2012, you’ll be able to sign up for a T-Mobile smartphone plan offering unlimited HSPA+ 4G mobile broadband.
The Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data Plans will add $20 to $30 to the price of your phone bill, depending on whether you have a “Value” plan or a “Classic” plan.
Basically, a classic plan is what you get when you sign up for a new plan and get a subsidized phone. A Value plan is what you get when you bring your own phone or buy a new phone at full price.
In other words, here’s what you’ll actually wind up paying (before regional taxes and fees):
- Value Plan: $69.99 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data
- Classic Plan: $89.99 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data
Those are the prices for a single line. You get a little discount on your talk and text phone plan if you an additional phone line. You may also be able to save some money if you get a plan with 500 minutes of talk time per month.
Both classic and value plans require a 2-year agreement.
Sprint also offers unlimited data plans. But T-Mobile claims it’s the only company to offer true nationwide unlimited 4G data plans, which is kind of true since T-Mobile offers HSPA+ in 230 markets, while Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network is only available in 71 markets.
On the other hand, Sprint has already started upgrading to 4G LTE, while T-Mobile isn’t expected to make that transition until next year.