T-Mobile has just launched a new family plan that lets you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data on two lines for $100. You can add extra phones to the plan for $40 per month.
That means a family of 4 can get unlimited data for $180 per month.
Of the major US wireless carriers, only T-Mobile and Sprint offer truly unlimited data. Most other mobile operators that offer “unlimited” data put limits on “high-speed” data.
For example, I’m a Straight Talk subscriber and I pay about $50 per month for unlimited data, but if I use
2.5 3 GB in a month, my speeds will be throttled so I won’t get the full benefit of 4G LTE or HSPA+ networks.
On the other hand, my Straight Talk service uses AT&T’s network, and AT&T has better coverage in many areas than T-Mobile, so I’m not sure if T-Mobile’s new plan will get me to move back to T-Mobile… but it is tempting.
Also tempting is the fact that T-Mobile doesn’t charge anything extra for data tethering, and the company offers unlimited data and texting in many international markets.
T-Mobile is also bringing back another plan for folks that don’t need unlimited data. For $100 per month you can get 4 phone lines that will have up to 2.5 GB of 4G LTE data per month throughout 2015. Starting in 2016 the data cap will drop to 1GB, but T-Mobile won’t charge overage fees if you go over that amount. It’ll just throttle your internet connection until the end of the billing period.