T-Mobile rolls out new Value plans with 'worry-free' unlimited data

Summary:Now that both AT&T and Verizon have ditched their unlimited data plans, it's time for other carriers to step in to fill the void. T-Mobile is doing just that.

Now that both AT&T and Verizon have ditched their unlimited data plans, it's time for other carriers to step in to fill the void. T-Mobile is doing just that...at least while it's still independent from AT&T.

Promising to save customers up to "hundreds of dollars annually," here's how these new Value plans breakdown. There are both single-line and multi-line options available, and a new two-year agreement is required for new and existing customers.

Here's where it gets slightly tricky. T-Mobile will be offering plans with a range of price points for voice minutes, with unlimited texting and data packages tacked on. However, T-Mobile also specifies that these data allotments come with 2GB, 5GB or 10GB high-speed data choices.

The bright side is that there aren't any data overage charges with these plans as customers will choose their minutes and then "only pay for the high-speed data they need." However, if a customer uses more than the data allotment he or she originally signed up for, that person will see reduced speeds for the remainder of the billing cycle. This could work out to be cheaper, but it's certainly not simpler.

Here's a chart drawn up by T-Mobile in which the mobile provider attempts to illustrate its point:

To clarify, one example that T-Mobile offers is the new Value family plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2GB of high-speed data. That will cost $49.99 per line for two lines monthly, or $99.98 total per month. Of course, don't forget taxes and other surcharges.

These new Value plans will launch on Sunday, July 24th. Additionally, T-Mobile will be unveiling new Value plans for small businesses this summer.

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Topics: Mobility

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