If you’re about to sign a new contract with T-Mobile, don’t do it. The wireless carrier will be doing a complete overhaul of its rate plans on May 22, and they’re generally good news for consumers. The new plans start off from 500, 1000, and unlimited minutes, with the option of adding text and 200MB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB data plans.
The new Individual Plans are as follows:
- 500 minutes of talk will cost you $39.99, and with text it’d be $49.99. If you want to data on top of that, the price goes up quickly; $59.99 for 200MB, $69.99 for 2GB, $79.99 for 5GB, and a whopping $109.99 for 10GB.
- 1000 minutes of talk will be $49.99 a month. If you want to add anything else on top of that you’ll get upgraded to the unlimited plan.
- Adding text to the unlimited plan will cost you $59.99 a month. Then, for adding data plans you pay: $69.99 for 200MB, $79.99 for 2GB, $89.99 for 5GB, and finally $119.99 for 10GB
On the Family Plans side things look quite similarly, just a lot more expensive:
- 1000 minutes of talk will cost you $59.99, and adding text to that will cost you $79.99. For data plans, you’ll pay: $99.99 for 200MB, $119.99 for 2GB, $139.99 for 5GB, and $199.99 for 10GB.
- 2000 minutes of talk will be $79.99 a month. If you want to add anything else on top of that you’ll get upgraded to the unlimited plan.
- Adding text to the unlimited plan will cost you $99.99 a month. If you want some data with those minutes, you’ll pay: $119.99 for 200MB, $139.99 for 2GB, $159.99 for 5GB, and finally a humongous $219.99 for 10GB
Adding a line to your Family Plan will cost you: $10 for Shared or 500 minutes, and $30 for unlimited.
Overall, we’re glad that T-Mobile is making some changes for the better — despite the imminent acquisition by Ma Bell. On the other hand, I get depressed every time I take a look at the pricing situation that we have here on the U.S.
Most smartphone users nowadays spend most of the time on the Internet, not calling or texting. So why is it that wireless carrier still want to jam those calling and texting plans down our throats? If I just want to get a smartphone so I can check Facebook and IM with my friends, why do I have to pay an extra $49.99 for features that I never use like calling or texting. Where’s your $30/month data-only plan, T-Mobile?
Then there’s that “Truly Unlimited” tagline that T-Mobile is showing everywhere. I’ve got some news for you, T-Mobile, 2GB a month is not even close to unlimited. It does have a limit, it says it right there: “2GB”. In fact, we can’t even use those 2GB as we wish. As we found out yesterday, if you want to video chat with Google Talk on T-Mobile you better be on Wi-Fi, or better yet, get the Nexus S 4G from Sprint. Now how about changing “Truly Unlimited” to “It’s just 2GB a month, and you better use it to just check your email.” That looks much more honest.
Whoa, I just noticed I’ve gone into a full-on rant in the middle of some some good news article. In summary, T-Mobile customers will soon get some slightly better deals. Don’t expect any significant improvements however, it’s just lipstick on a very ugly pig.