Mobile announces new 'Essentials' plan starting at $60/month for one line

Gerald Bowen
August 7, 2018

Lines three through to six are $15 per month each. Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot use, but capped at 3G speeds. T-Mobile will begin offering the plan on Friday. Two lines of T-Mobile One costs $120 including tax, so you're saving $14 a month with Essentials - although two lines of T-Mobile One comes with a free Netflix subscription, and when you add the price of that to the Essentials plan, it's almost a wash. The plan lacks any fancy add-ons like global data access or unlimited mobile hotspot, and instead focuses on what most people care strongly about. If you don't have Autopay turned on, those prices will all go up by $5. T-Mobile warns that during congested network hours "Essentials customers may notice speeds lower than other customers". "T-Mobile Essentials is a plan for people who predominantly use their phone domestically", the carrier says, pointing frequent travelers in the direction of T-Mobile ONE instead. And "Customers using 50GB/mo. may notice further reduced speeds". As always, T-Mobile is listening to customers, and T-Mobile Essentials is designed for those who say they just want the basics: unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the USA - all at the industry's best price, only $30 per line for a family of four with autopay. In T-Mobile's home state of Washington, the combined federal, state, and local rate is 25.6%, which is enough to bring a single line of T-Mobile Essentials to $75. Family plans can get One Plus for $10 per month per line. They've got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More...

One other tidbit in today's announcement is that T-Mobile is increasing the high-speed mobile hotspot allotment included with T-Mobile One Plus. About T-Mobile US, Inc.

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For starters, the advertised $30 rate is only good for a family of four (or more) with autopay enabled (pricing starts at $60 for a single line and scales down as more lines are added). As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. The other options debuted many months ago.

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