Mar 11 AT 4:01 AM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

T-Mobile details HSPA+ data plan pricing

T-Mobile USA announced today that their first HSPA+ device, the webConnect Rocket, will be available beginning this Sunday, March 14. Their HSPA+ network offers a home broadband-like experience with a theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps. Initially, the service will only be available in Philadelphia, but major cities on both coasts will be announced in the coming months.

The webConnect Rocket will retail for $99 (with 2 year contract) or $199 off contract. Customers who pay full price for the Rocket are eligible for the cheaper Even More Plus plans.

The new pricing plans include:

Even More webConnect data plan (two year contract):

  • $59.99/mo. for 5GB per month ($0.20/MB overage)
  • $29.99/mo. for 200MB per month ($0.20/MB overage)

Even More Plus webConnect data plan (no annual contract):

  • $49.99/mo. for 5GB per month ($0.20/MB overage)
  • $19.99/mo. for 200MB per month ($0.20/MB overage)

Unlimited nationwide T-Mobile HotSpot WiFi access is included in both plans and doesn’t count toward monthly data usage.

HSPA+ data is capped at 5 GB per month. By comparison, Sprint’s 4G WiMax does not include a data cap for mobile usage.

T-Mobile initially said they would have broad national deployment of HSPA+ by mid 2010, but it is now planned for the end of 2010. T-Mobile recently completed their upgrade to HSPA 7.2 across their entire 3G nationwide network and now they are working to put the necessary backhaul in place to support these faster speeds.

Keep in mind that all current T-Mobile Android phones support HSPA 7.2 which is compatible with the newer HSPA+ standard. We expect T-Mobile will have an Android handset with HSPA+ support by the end of this year.

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  • http://Website dethduck

    t-mobile may have completed the 7.2 upgrade but they sure as hell haven’t activated it yet. I have still not seen speeds greater than 1mb. On another note I have to say that 5gb is not a lot for the price.

    • http://Website Pete53FR

      What good is 21MB down with a 5 GB CAP?

  • TXCHLInstructor

    The two pricing tiers appear to be backwards. Are you sure the no-contract price is lower than the contract price?

    I was hoping that the price would be competitive with the new Clear Communications 4G service, but I guess that was too muh to hope for.

    • http://Website Chris

      No, I would think that is correct. With no contract you would have to buy the device outright. It will probably cost $300 or more.

  • http://Website Ramon

    Hello sprint!

  • http://Website Rev

    Well, my WiMax service doesn’t have the coverage of T-mobile’s 3G network, but then I don’t need that 99% of the time. I usually need something that covers metro ATL.

    I suspected it would be priced by TMO at this level: too expensive for what you get, typical wireless TelCo pricing

    My WiMax service is effectively $25/month for 6 to 11 Mbit/s down – 1.0 MBit/s up, no caps. No contract. Around $50 for the wireless USB device.

    I am a happy TMO customer on a Even More Plus (no contract) plan with an N1, but this doesn’t have me ready to dump WiMax yet for my laptop.

  • http://Website kasrhp

    Im still not understanding this supposed 7.2mbps 3g rollout. Im pulling 563 kbps in Tampa, FL on my Nexus One. Its pretty sad.

  • http://Website Miguel

    This article is poorly written. I had to read it carefully several times in order to understand exactly what it was trying to convey.

    “The webConnect Rocket will retail for $99 (with 2 year contract) and multiple data plans are available.”

    Then the data plans are listed, yet the author fails to mention that the cheaper Even More Plus plans require the purchase of the equipment at the unsubsidized price. So the reader is obviously going to gravitate towards the cheaper monthly rate.

    “Unlimited nationwide T-Mobile HotSpot access is included in both plans and doesn’t count toward monthly data usage. By comparison, Sprint’s 4G WiMax does not include a data cap for mobile usage.”

    In the same paragraph the author is comparing T-Mobile’s product with a cap, but including WiFi access, to Sprint’s product which has no PUBLISHED cap, but does it include WiFi access (for when you are in a bad coverage area)????

    “Keep in mind that all current T-Mobile Android phones support HSPA 7.2 which is compatible with the newer HSPA+ standard. We expect T-Mobile will have an Android handset with HSPA+ support by the end of this year.”

    In this same paragraph, the author contradicts himself. He says that all current Tmo Android phones support HSPA 7.2, whis IS compatible with HSPA+. But then the article goes on to say that an Android handset supporting HSPA+ will be released by the end of the year. What gives?

    • http://Website b


      HSPA+ can provide speeds of 21Mbps, HSPA 7.2 can provide speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. All current devices are HSPA 7.2, but are compatible (meaning will still work on) the HSPA+ network. However, they will be limited by the HSPA 7.2 hardware to 7.2Mbps even though they are on the HSPA+ network. The new device will be capable of the 21Mbps speed since it is an HSPA+ device. There is no contradiction, just a matter of understanding the technical stuff.

      • http://Website Miguel

        I thought there might be a technical explanation for the difference. Thanks.

  • http://Website Deep

    I agree with those who are not seeing HSPA speeds. I am in Cleveland and I am not seeing any speeds over 600 KBPS down.

    • http://Website Nico

      Do forget that 7.2 mbit/sec is theorical. Also 7.2 mbit/sec = 900 KBytes/sec, so you download speed seems pretty good to me

      • http://Website Nico

        *Don’t forget

  • http://Website Grant

    Hmmm…it seems even the people at T-mobile don’t know what is really going on with their network.

  • http://Website Frank

    miguel, take some english classes … its pretty easy to understand what the author is saying

  • http://Website b

    To everyone complaining about their speeds on the “7.2 network”. Like the author said, t-mo is upgrading their “backhaul” to support those speeds. Think of it this way, no matter how fast your ethernet port is on your computer, you are limited to the speeds coming in to your house. Just because you have a gigabit ethernet card in your home computer doesn’t mean you will get those speeds on the internet. You are limited to the bandwidth given to you by your ISP. Same here. Just because they turned on “faster hardware” doesn’t mean that the ISP running to the towers will allow those speeds.

    I hope that helps…

    • http://Website dethduck

      Except that…

      a.) We were originally told all 3g areas would have 7.2 by the end of last year. year ended, and nothing, heard nothing, T-Mo acted as if nothing was ever said, then…

      b) Towards the end of january they made a big to do all over that 7.2 was live, except…it wasn’t. a week later they backpedaled and offered up that they meant that 3g towers were upgraded with the hardware for 7.2 and that they were working on the “backhaul” which I still don’t if that means hardware or software. Now…

      c) a month and a half later after weeks of nothing all we hear now is how the HSPA+ “backhaul” is coming along, with no mention at all about the 7.2 promised in the interim, while only a select few “test cities” have the benefit of it, the rest of the nations 3g network putters along a 1mb cap.

    • http://Website Miguel

      And guess who they buy the pipes to their towers from in some circumstances… you guessed it… none other than Verizon and AT&T.

      You think their in a rush to fulfill the work orders?

  • http://Website chris

    59.99/mo for 5gb, WTF !?!

    here in austria you can get 7.2 hspa and 15gb for 20 € which is about 20 €/27$

  • http://Website Marco

    Good joke t-mobile. Somebody at the Telekom drunk too much Jaegermeister…..I don’t even have good 3G coverage in San Diego. Means I pay for a service I don’t have very often. Now I should pay for 5GB and probaly don’t even get the HSDPA+ signal…

    • http://Website myg1

      FIRST OF ALL UR NOT PAYING ANYTHING EXTRA FOR THE 3G SERVICE HENCE IF U HAVE IT..the new stick is backwards compatible with reg 3g and hspa 7.2 and i wud get it only maybe in a test market of philly onlie..same as other tmobiles stick just faster speed once hspa+

  • http://Website tmoguy

    Does anyone know if Sprint’s no-cap 4g plan is just a teaser to get you in, and then they plan to cap it? Interesting how they cap your 3g service on the 4g plan but not the 4g (assuming you can get it).

    • http://Website Rev

      Sprint’s 4G is nothing more then a renamed and resold Clear WiMax plan. Clear doesn’t have caps on it, so I doubt Sprint will. If they capped it, customers would simply move to Clear…

      IMO, it’s better to go with Clear anyway: no contract, cheaper hardware, locked in subscription prices.

  • http://Website How about this site start the campaign against 5GB ripoff?

    Site will get 100 times the traffic! Main points are

    5GB is at least 3-5 times less (!!!) of just one person sitting near the screen whole day usage.

    5GB is 2% (!!!) of typical Comcast cable limit which in fact is not exact, flexible, but it is at least not less than that

    Clear does not charge you on its new similarly fast high-speed 4G network!

    You can easily get additional 5GB and will even not notice that. You will notice when you will pay $1000 more !

    Stop the 5GB cap ripoff!

    • http://Website Drew

      I agree with you. I hate the idea of losing my “unlimited” plan as the speeds increase. I did predict, however, that this was going to happen. As T-Mobile pushes out their faster and faster speeds, it is going to cost us. That’s just simple economics. I do however, have no fear in entrusting T-Mobile to give me the best deal available as they have yet to fail me since I started service in 2002.

      I believe, however that these caps and prices might only apply to the USB modems and the notebook T-Mobile is supposed to be releasing sometime this year. I think (hope) we can keep our standard Android data packages and still take advantage of the stronger speeds offered even if the speed is capped at 7.2 Mbps on our phones. I don’t forsee it as that likely that T-Mobile will launch an HSPA+ handset by the end of the year. I’m thinking it may be more like the beginning of 2011, but let’s hope I’m wrong and we see some even better progress from T-Mobile this year.

      • http://Website Wrong!

        Drew, your simple economics and predictions unfortunately are wrong. With time the price per bit sent/received is decreasing dramatically and competition keeps pushing prices down. That means we will see progressively larger caps with faster speeds.

        5GB per month means 166MB per day while just one DivX 700MB movie or one downloaded from Netflix will cost you 4-5 days of your capped traffic.

        Just one update of Grand Theft Auto 4 or other games may weight 2 GB

        In a family of 3-4 you may break this damn 5GB cap limit by factor 20-50 easily just watching movies ! That’s 100GB, but remember, Comcast has 250GB cap and still some people break it too.
        100GB will cost you $20,000.
        250GB – $50,000 fine

        That’s how absurd situation with 5GB cap actually is

  • http://Website Jamar

    aww shut the hell up with that.tmo know what they are doing!

  • http://Website jay9242000

    T-mobile need to focus on their signal for their cellular data , i live in orlando, there are so many dead zone in that area.