T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

Summary: T-Mobile has the perfect data-centric plan for Walmart customers -- unlimited data at 4G speeds, unlimited text and 100 minutes of voice for just $30 -- but will it have the phones users want?

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As someone who barely ever use my smartphone for voice calls -- I can't seem to get a strong enough cellular signal in my concrete jungle -- I simply cannot justify paying for multiple hundreds of minutes of voice that I know I could never use, on top of a requisite multi-GB data plan just so I can get the latest phone on the cheap (relatively speaking), and be held to a two-year contract that probably ends up costing me more than the phone is worth.

T-Mobile's latest "unlimited" plan for pre-paid Walmart and T-Mobile.com customers seem to be perfect for someone like me: text and data heavy users who rarely use their phones for voice calls. It offers 4G speeds (HSPA+ with theoretical speeds of 42 Mbps) for the first 5 GB of data and drops down to 2G speeds for the remainder of the month, which should be more than sufficient for most users, but that's not all. For $30 every 30 days, this plan also includes unlimited text and 100 minutes of voice; if you need more minutes for phone calls, your per minute rate is only $0.10. You can even use this phone when you travel to both Canada and Mexico, albeit with roaming charges that are slightly more expensive than AT&T's GoPhone roaming charges ($0.59 cents per minute for voice but just $0.10 per text within Canada via T-Mobile, versus $0.39 per minute for voice and $0.25 per text message from AT&T).

The only thing keeping me from handing T-Mobile $30 this instant is the uncertainly over which phones are eligible for this plan. According to the press release, "Walmart is increasing its line-up of affordable T-Mobile phones to six, including the addition of Walmart’s first 4G prepaid handset," while providing no hints on what this 4G phone may be or when it will be announced. To make matters worst, carrier-branded pre-paid phones are typically not the hottest phones, and the seven 4G T-Mobile phones I found on Walmart's website aren't inspiring me to pay unsubsidized prices for them: the myTouch 4G, SideKick 4G, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, myTouch Slide 4G, BlackBerry Bold 9900, Samsung Exhibit 4G. If I'm able to use an unlocked GSM phone with this plan then I may have finally found the ideal smartphone plan for my needs.

Those waiting to see what the new iPhone is all about before committing to a carrier has plenty of time to compare offerings: this plan won't be kick in until October 16, and is exclusive to in-store and online Walmart customers, as well as T-Mobile.com customers.

All I have to say is thank goodness for competition.

[Source: T-Mobile press release]

Updated @ 2:06pm PT: I was informed by email that AT&T's pre-paid GoPhone plan now offers roaming in Canada and Mexico so I've revised the sentence accordingly. (Thanks, Dan!)

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  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    Being a subscriber to Virgin Mobile's previously awful $25/mo plan for 300 minutes, unlimited data and text, which had shoddy service, awful phones, and a price that's going up, I must say this has finally placed some hope in the practical cell phone market.
    COGlory
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    great, unlimited acces to everythink for this price ? amazing
    SamanthaDeep
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  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    This is a great deal, but I don't see it lasting long. Just a feeling I have.
    Bates_
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    Given that data and text make up most of my phone usage, this just sounds delightful! As soon as it's out, I'm in!
    jetsethi
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    If I hadn't just started up with Virgin Mobile ($35/mo for 300 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, no contract) I'd be very interested in this package. I really don't like 2-year lock-ins, but the price is right.
    ThePublicEye
    • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

      @ThePublicEye There is no two year contract. This is prepaid.
      cydzikm@...
    • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

      @ThePublicEye
      Virgin data is like dial up and coverage is almost non existanet though.
      Fletchguy
  • If they allowed tethering ...

    ... this would be a no-brainer. But i bet they won't.
    daboochmeister
  • Boostmobile's Day Unlimited Plan

    I signed up for Boostmobile from Sprint . I chose Day Unlimited at $2 a day for almost everything unlimited from voice to web.. But there is one catch... YOu must prepay at least $10 to boost which will be good for the next 5 straight days.. then you are out of service until you reboost again. I never knew that until I already ordered a new Samsung Prevail and found out the hard way later on. I hope that Sprint will allow me to open service one day a time at $2 . I would gladly pay $3 a day for the privilege to choose which day I want to use my exciting Prevail , assuming that Sprint based $2 on 5 straight days.. I guess it would be fair to pay a bit more for just one day on a stretch.. I encourage you to contact Boostmobile and ask them to allow us to choose which day to use the Day Unlimited at our own pickings. Enough phone calls to Boostmobile should cow them to improve Day Unlimited offer . YOu will be required to boost with at least $10 a time.. I dont need to use my Prevail 5 days in a row... Who would do that???
    brettze
    • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

      @brettze
      I really dont understand what your saying?? You aks who would need to use their phone 5 days in a row?? Pretty much everyone. I have my evo on boost unlimited with shrinkage which started at $50 am month unlimited everything but I now am paying $35 a month unlimited everything no contract which is pretty much about as good as it comes. I use the wireless tether daily for my laptop and my galaxy tabs.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    PS I wont mind being required to pay up more to reboost if I am allowed to choose which day to use at a higher price per day. I am perfectly willing to give up $10 minimum boost payments in exchange for my right to choose which day to start service on a day to day basis.. If Sprint wants a minimum of $20 per reboost, fine with me go ahead!
    I dont mind..
    brettze
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    I had Tmobile and loved it but they didn't have the phone I wanted. I finally switched. I am not so fond of my current carrier but I love my phone. No issues. Wish I could pick my phone and then pick my carrier.
    nbkz81f
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    Add another $10 and get unlimited everything (well, with usual 2GB cap on data) from simple mobile. Also prepaid and no contract. You'll have to provide your own unlocked GSM phone thou
    maxtov@...
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    For $30 a month, they would have to offer at least 200 minutes + unlimited data to get my attention.
    pauliw25
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    Why would you have to buy a new phone if you havea tmobile phone?? I never had a prepaid plan where if you had one of their phones already you couldnt use it. I have used nextel and sprint phones on boost currently on boost with evo. i have used tmobile phone on past tmobile prepaids and use AT&T phones on AT&T go plans.Big question is if they don't allow tehthering then its a no go for me as I use my evo on boost for tehtering every day
    Fletchguy
    • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

      @Fletchguy I guess because I don't have a T-Mobile phone then I have to worry about which phone to use this plan with. For one thing, if you want the maximum speed available, you need a phone that can do 4G. If this plan is only open to people who buy T-Mobile phones then you'd be limited to the carrier's offerings. But good question about tethering. I'm waiting to find out about that too.
      Gloria Sin
  • Is it really 4G?

    A recent Cnet article seemed to say that what Sprint and AT&T are calling 4G offerings are not nearly the same as Verizon 4G LTE. Is that still true?
    pwatson
    • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

      @pwatson HSPA+ is not technically 4G, it's sort of in-between 3G and 4G, which is why people say it's comparable to Sprint's WiMAX network. I've also heard Verizon and AT&T's LTE isn't technically 4G either so take these acronyms with a grain of salt...
      Gloria Sin
  • RE: T-Mobile's $30 'unlimited' 4G all-in-one plan, coming October 16

    if they have decent phones, att can kiss it goodbye... I'll be out at wallyworld after the 16th to see what they have though. this would be perfect for me because I usually have 100-150 minutes used in a month. of course if att merges with tmobile this might not be so awesome in the long run
    troutsoup