T-Mobile introduces new data plans…and does it right!

Today, I logged into my T-Mobile account to check on my usage and pay my bill and I noticed that pretty quietly changed their data plans.  They went live on July 24th but still looks quite different then most other carriers.

T-Mobile has seriously upgraded their networks with their 4G coverage.  Yes, there are people arguing as to whether it is actually 4G or 3.5G or something else but quite honestly, does it really matter what it’s called?  I’m interested in exactly how everything works on different carriers.  But I have heard (and read) about how some people say that one carrier is better then the other because it has “real 4G” and T-Mobile does not.  That’s kind of ridiculous to me.  I’m more concerned about the end result and speeds I’m getting from my network and whether I can do what I want to do or not.

I hate overages just like everyone else in the world.  Some carriers have chosen to charge more when you go over but honestly, I’d rather be throttled down to a slower speed and not get a surprise on my next bill.  That’s the path that T-Mobile has opted for.  They now have these options:

-Unlimited Simple = 200 MB of full speed data for $10 per month
-Unlimited Plus = 2 GB of full speed data for $20 per month
-Unlimited Premium = 5 GB of full speed data for $30 per month
-Unlimited Ultra = 10 GB of full speed data for $60 per month

After you’ve reached your quota for the month, you can either choose to upgrade to the next plan, or be throttled down to 2G speeds (roughly 300kbps peak speeds) for the rest of that billing cycle.

I’m totally cool with this for the time being.  I will be using the 5 GB per month plan because I like to stream music.  While, I’m driving, streaming music is basically all that I listen to with apps like Google Music Beta, Tinyshark, Audio Galaxy and occasionally Pandora to name a few.  Typically, I hover around 2-3 GB of bandwidth each month.  So, I  should be good and it’s still fairly affordable…more so then Verizon or AT&T.

If you feel like you are a user who will eat up more then 5 GB per month, you’ve actually go an option rather then being charged an overage based on how much you go over.  You can actually “plan” to use more…up to 10 GB to be exact.  And if you’re going to use more then 10 GB?  You’re nuts and need to get on WiFi more often.

Although, with the announcement of AT&T throttling their “unlimited” data plan holders who were supposedly “grandfathered in” makes me wonder a little bit about what’s going to transpire if and when AT&T closes the deal on the acquisition of T-Mobile USA.  I am very pleased with the speeds that I get on T-Mobile around the city in Washington DC around the Capitol as well as southeast DC and northeast where I live.  I’m even more satisfied with the speeds when I visit my family back home just outside of Philadelphia.  Hopefully, AT&T won’t ruin it…but they probably will.

Comments?  Questions?  Feel free to comment below or email me a jason@jasoncastellente.com.

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