Aug 22 AT 8:57 AM Nick Gray 53 Comments

T-Mobile to launch truly unlimited 4G Data plans on September 5th


If data caps and throttled data speeds have been keeping you up at night, T-Mobile may have just what you’re looking for to ensure a good night’s sleep. Starting on September 5th, T-Mobile will release its new nationwide 4G data plan. The new T-Mobile unlimited 4G data plans will cost $20 per month when added to a Value voice and text plan or $30 per month when added to a Classic voice and text plan. For T-Mobile’s Value customers, the new unlimited data plan would be priced the same as the current 2GB plan while Classic plan customers will be paying $10 more per month over the 2GB plan – making it an offer most data hungry users will not be able to refuse.

Currently, Sprint is the only other service provider in the country which offers truly unlimited data, but T-Mobile has a lot more coverage with its HSPA+ network than Sprint does with WiMax and LTE combined. T-Mobile has not stated when it plans to light up its first LTE markets, but we’re hoping T-Mobile will be promoting truly unlimited LTE in the next 6-9 months.

T-Mobile’s press release does not mention how the new unlimited data plan will be priced for those on family plans. We’ll have to wait to see what the final breakdown is once the plan is rolled out on September 5th.

Which would you rather have: T-Mobile’s truly unlimited 4G data or the new shared data offerings from Verizon and AT&T?

Show Press Release

T-Mobile Unleashes Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data

Starting Sept. 5, T-Mobile will be the only carrier with a nationwide 4G network to offer unlimited nationwide 4G data

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Aug. 22, 2012 – T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced an industry first – a truly Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Featuring no data caps, speed limits or bill shock, as well as fast, dependable nationwide 4G coverage, T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan offers the ultimate worry-free experience. The new plan is designed to satisfy both data-hungry customers who want to experience all their smartphones are capable of and those wanting the peace of mind of never having to keep track of their data usage.

Today’s smartphones offer amazing experiences, and consumers are increasingly relying on them for everything from navigation, entertainment and shopping to just staying connected. With the introduction of the Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, T-Mobile® is the only U.S. carrier to empower customers to do what they want, when they want, with their smartphones by making fast, nationwide 4G data accessible for everyone  without limits and at a great value.

“We’re big believers in customer-driven innovation, and our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is the answer to customers who are frustrated by the cost, complexity and congested networks of our competitors,” said Kevin McLaughlin, vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA.  “Consumers want the freedom of unlimited 4G data. Our bold move to be the only wireless carrier to offer an Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan reinforces our value leadership and capitalizes on the strength of our nationwide 4G network.”

For customers seeking an unlimited experience on their smartphones, T-Mobile offers several ways for new and existing customers to take advantage of its Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. New customers can purchase any smartphone in T-Mobile’s robust lineup of innovative devices or bring their own compatible smartphone and have access to a worry-free unlimited data experience on T-Mobile’s fast nationwide 4G network. Current T-Mobile customers on Classic or Value plans can simply upgrade their existing service by adding an Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

The Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will cost $20 per month when added to a Value voice and text plan or $30 per month when added to a Classic voice and text plan. For example, a single line Value plan with unlimited talk and text combined with unlimited nationwide 4G data will cost $69.99 or a single line Classic plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited nationwide 4G data will cost $89.99.

Available starting Sept. 5, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will provide smartphone customers with uncompromised, dependable access to data on the blazing-fast speeds of T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network. The Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be available at T-Mobile retail stores, on and through select dealers and national retail stores.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • jaxidian

    Hey, you took my post! ;-)

    This is a GREAT deal, though! 2 lines with 1k minutes and unlimited data for under $100, or 5 lines for ~$160!

    LOVE to see T-Mobile doing this! I’m definitely jumping in on this in a couple weeks!

    • jaxidian

      BTW, if you currently have the 5GB option right now, you can upgrade to unlimited by saving $5/mo! Of course you lose tethering, but that’s a hard upgrade to pass on!

      • inviolable

        Don’t lose tethering if I’m rooted lol

      • Charlesbrown79

        Would you mind expanding upon this? If I upgrade now I’ll save $5?

        • Richard Yarrell

          With Tmobile being a great prepaid option for many people with great handsets for use. And now this being on Tmobile for me at has been a wonderful joy. With the upcoming devices of the Htc One+, Galaxy Note 2, and the new Galaxy Nexus 2 on November 5 the great options will exist for purchase especially from the Google play store. If you currently have the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note then you should be very happy to have this option. Tmobile and it’s GSM HSPA PLUS 42MPS network is simply much better than people want except. Info for my Tmobile folk…

          • squiddy20

            Good job. As usual you’ve failed to answer the guy’s very simple question, and instead threw in a self-serving little story about yourself. What a tool.

          • Max.Steel

            But…but…”Verizon is THE BEST”. That’s what you said, Dick.

        • jaxidian

          Sorry, I just saw this question. I’m on a Family value plan and I pay $25/mo for 5GB data. When this comes out, I can upgrade to unlimited and it will only cost me $20/mo for that upgrade. So by upgrading, my bill goes down. :-)

      • goldenboyrb

        you only lose tethering if you use Samsung after SGS 4G, up to (I believe) the SGSII. there is an easy way around it on the APN settings on other devices other than Samsung, though they change the way SGSIII APN settings are being set up. here’s how:
        Go to Settings > Wireless & Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names > T-Mobile Data > find APN type
        older devices will have these: default,supl,admin,dun,hipri
        newer devices will only have default,supl,admin,hipri

        all you need to do is just add the ‘dun’ on the newer devices

        although I saw on the HTC One S settings, the default APN settings being locked. so, do as follows:
        Go to Settings > Wireless & Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
        Simply make a new APN, name it anything you want and copy all the settings like the default APN, and dont forget about the above settings.

        I have never seen this failed on me. let me know if it doesnt work anymore. cheers


      unlimited 4g, but no signal anywhere.
      welcome to terrible-mobile!

      • Ike

        That’s so true. If I could get a better signal in my own house (let alone anywhere else) I’d probably renew my contract when it’s up in a couple months.

      • David

        Yes very true, 100% agree.. 4G is available in Chico, ca but 8 miles away is 2G so bye bye went Terrible mobile..At least they could of backed 3G up on the hill…

      • inviolable

        I get fine signal in my area.

      • Richard Yarrell

        You sound like your talking about Verizon and it’s crusty ass cdma Lte network. Don’t brother appreciate because Tmobile is much better than you would know or it gets credit for.

        • redraider133

          Tmo may be “much better than it used to” but still is not even close to the same amount of coverage as “crusty ass Verizon cdma” that is just plain facts. I hope tmo expands with the new spectrum they got and increase their coverage. They got the plans now just need more nationwide coverage

        • squiddy20

          Meanwhile, T-Mobile is slated to get that same “crusty ass”, “battery draining” LTE network you so despise in 2013. What’ll you do then Dick? Run to Cricket or Tracfone?

          And you might want to take a look at T-Mobile’s coverage maps and compare it to Verizon’s. There’s more coverage for talk AND data with Verizon. That’s a fact. Why do you think T-Mobile only has about 34 million customers compared to Verizon Wireless’s 109 million? Surely if T-Mobile had the larger network, there’d be more customers on it, no?

          • UMA Fan

            Actually, by the time T-Mobile deploys LTE the chip sets that will be coming out by then won’t be as power draining. You’ll have LTE right on the chip and such. T-Mobile is launching straight to LTE-advanced anyway so it’ll be a huge step up from what everyone else if offering anyway.

            Secondly since T-Mobile is the only national carrier with WiFi Calling, the same IMS technology could be easily deployed over LTE giving people better battery life if your calls/texts/data go through that one LTE radio.

            Currently with T-Mobile’s WiFi Calling on Android, you get better battery life because your cellular radio is powered down and your calls/texts/data just go through WiFi. On Tmo Blackberries you could always shut off your cellular radio and just do everything through WiFi it was great.

    • Jim Jones

      That’s what I came here to see. I hate when they say stuff, like “when added” because then you have to figure out what’s the best option overall.

  • Steve Barry

    Holy crap, this could be huge. We all know TMob is one of the most dev-friendly carriers out there and if they can match Sprint prices and not throttle data at all, it’s a win-win for everything we know.

    I’ve been with Sprint for over a decade and just re-upped with them not too long ago. I’ll give them a fair shot with their LTE and see how that and Network Vision pans out. If it’s still crappy when everything is implemented, I’ll gladly jump over to TMob and take advantage of this.

    A truly unlimited 4G GSM carrier? Get phones/updates directly from Google if you choose the Nexus route…man, this could be fantastic.

  • MoSDeeb

    With T-Mobile’s speeds and truly unlimited this is like giving my galaxy nexus a present haha.

    I thrilled T-Mobile chose to go in this direction and hopefully this will help them sign up new subscribers.

  • Dan13

    Yo-ho, yo-ho! To T—Mobile we go!

    On a more serious note, this is going to put some serious pressure on the other carriers.

    • Yourva Gina

      Final nail in the coffin for t-mobile

      • yankeesusa

        What? Please do a little research before expressing yourself

  • dpleus

    I’d like to see what Family plans will look like with this. Right now I’m paying about $130 a month with VZW for 700 Minutes & Unlimited Texts on two lines, with Unlimited Data on mine and 2Gb on my wife’s line. If I can get comparable coverage, unlimited data for both lines and be able to get a new phone without paying almost full price, all for about the same or less monthly, I’ll be gone in a heart beat.

    • jaxidian

      I had calculated some scenarios with family value plans over here. That might give you a quick answer.

      • Nick Gray

        Your calculation are a bit off. It will be $20 per line for unlimited data on Value Plans. This would bring the price of 3 lines with 1000 minutes and unlimited data to $119 per month.

  • Jesse Moreno

    Ah sorry Straight Talk, you almost had me. T-Mobile — welcome back to “a little thing I call…the circle of trust.”

    • McLovin

      Is this correct?

      1 line, unlimited minutes/text/data

      T-Mobile – contract – $69.99/month
      Straight Talk – no contract – $59.99/month

      • McLovin

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      • redraider133

        Straight talk is $45

      • Dave Clary

        Straight Talk is not unlimited data. Check the wording–it says “Unlimited Web.” That means they figure you can surf all you want and not exceed 2GB a month. Their TOS specifically says no streaming. Reports vary on when they will give you a warning but 2GB seems to be the mark.

      • Daniel

        thing is tmo is actually unlimited st is not at all

      • Nick Gray

        Most people say ST will only give you about 2GB of data per month before they start hassling you. That’s fine for most people, but you might as well go with T-Mobile’s 2GB plans is that’s the case. You can always get unlimited data at a slower speed and you don’t have to worry about them cancelling your line.

  • jamal adam

    T-Mobile is back in action. I like this.

  • uknowme

    I’m all for this. Currently on Sprint, but if this sticks around for another year I’ll be at T-Mobile. Also depends on what happens with this whole Sprint build out.

  • iamXiV92a

    You’re KILLING me AT&T

    • inviolable

      You bob for apples in the toilet…and you LIKE it.

  • Manideep reddy
    Watch it guys! :p
    It’s too funny! :D

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Now they just need this plan on prepaid :). They already have insurance and awesome plans, this would be the icing on the cake.

    • Nick Gray

      With pre-paid you can already get 5GB for pretty cheap. I know unlimited sounds great, but I find it hard to burn through my 5GB allotment even while using Netflix on a daily basis.

  • yankeesusa

    Its true that its cheaper than sprints and if I wasn’t on a sprint 5 line account I would probably switch to tmobile but with sprint since they dont’ charge you to call any cell phone on any network most people on a single line have unlimited everything except land line calling for 79.99 which is pretty decent.

    • Dave Clary

      I switched to TMo from a Sprint 5-line plan. There was some considerable up front cost because I had to pay some ETFs and by some GSM phones, but I’m saving roughly $150 a month so it will pay for itself eventually. Two of my lines have unlimited text and talk and data (throttled at 2GB), and the other three are the same but with 500 anytime minutes. I’m very happy with this deal. I also have Square Trade warranties on all the phones, which is cheaper than paying the carrier monthly.

  • nby

    So…if I were an somewhat unhappy 5-line Sprint user who wants to jump ship to tmobile, how much would I have to pay to get reasonably unlimited minutes, and otherwise unlimited everything (bringing my own phones, which I can buy on CL or whatever)?
    I’m not being lazy, it’s just that plans, fees, and additional option junk that companies throw at you, the price paid is not nearly the price advertised.

  • Dustin Earley

    Mmm I’m gonna have to do this. I pay $10 a month from 2GB on Value Plan. Why not lock in unlimited for only $10 more? Put that Cel-Fi to good use!

  • richard yarrell

    Great news from tmobile now i can watch unlimited gay porn with no worrys about overrages …

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  • jswenson3

    now if only T-Mo had the ability to really put the pressure on to make VZW do the same thing!

  • thechad

    T mobile is great

    • lala

      yes it is