T-Mobile's new Simple Choice plans cut my monthly 5-line plan by $80

T-Mobile's new Simple Choice plans cut my monthly 5-line plan by $80

Summary: T-Mobile must be making other carriers nervous as it shines the light on the subsidized phone pricing racket currently in place and moves to a model that offers fairness and high value to consumers.


I have been a T-Mobile customer for over 10 years, and stick with it because I get great coverage where I live, work, and play. With its new Un-Carrier plans, I just called up and saved $80 per month over my old grandfathered MyFaves plan and got more features.

I held onto my old 3,000-minute grandfathered plan because I liked the idea of 5GB of high-speed data and didn't really find much need for unlimited minutes. However, after reviewing my data usage over the last year, I found I hit maximum months of 3GB to 3.5GB of data usage while my wife and daughter (I had three lines with data) hit 100MB to 400MB.

T-Mobile's new Simple Choice plans cut my monthly 5-line plan by $80
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I was paying $200, plus taxes, for these five lines with 3,000 voice minutes, unlimited text, 5GB of data on one line, and 2GB of data on two lines.

With the new T-Mobile plans, I will be paying $120, plus taxes, for unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messaging, 500MB of 4G data on four lines, and 4GB of 4G data on my line. Each line also supports mobile hotspot functionality. The data is advertised as unlimited because if you exceed these limits, you do still get extremely slow 2G data. I can always add 2GB to a line for another $10 if it gets to be an issue and still be way ahead in savings.

It is refreshing to have a family plan with so much provided at such a low cost, and I hope T-Mobile sees a resurgence in customers. I've been extremely happy with the company for years, and dropping my monthly fees this much just makes me want to stay at least another 10 years.

I imagine I will be buying a new phone or two on T-Mobile soon as well, and love that T-Mobile doesn't continue to steal your money after the phone is paid off like the other carriers do. T-Mobile may just open the eyes of the consumer and finally shed some light on the fact that subsidized phones are not a good deal for buyers.

When you buy a new phone on T-Mobile, you will be paying full price, but the upfront cost is lower than most all subsidized phones and you pay a monthly fee for 24 months to pay for the phone. Other carriers still charge you a monthly fee, on top of the subsidized upfront cost, and then continue charging you the monthly fee after the full price of the phone is covered. Will people finally wake up with T-Mobile's spotlight on pricing?

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  • Yes, their plans are great

    I also saved with T-Mobile after I migrated form Verizon. I have 2 smart phones, one is with unlimited data, the other uses 500 mb just for checking e-mail - $115 a month. With Verizon the same thing will be somewhere in the 180-s . T-Mobile customer is outstanding - I got a rep for 3 minutes. With Verizon normally it was about 20-30 minutes after I have been switched from rep to rep. And Verizon's switch was holding my voice messages for 3-4 days. When I complained they try to make me idiot "it's your phone to blame". Verizon kiled a lot of my time and the business with this company was not a pleasure.
    • yeah, sounds like the phone needed to be reset.

      Yeah. VMI (Voicemail Notification Indicator) on older cellular networks is based on some crazy voodoo magic that requires PRL upgrades and resetting the phone. Remember, the cellphone networks actually charged additional for voicemail in the past.

      I think this is also why companies embraced the Visual Voicemail app on the iPhone because it solved a problem other customers never had. As long as I could remember, voicemail was always included on Sprint and TMobile. It wasn't an add-on feature that had an add-on fee.

      I had a similar problem with a pager years ago. If the pager was off, it didn't get messages, and had to be reset by a professional when it was overloaded with messages.
      donald duck 313
  • I'm still a fan of the internet plan

    at $30/month, 5 lines would still just be $150/month, and every line would have 5GB data. given that your children likely don't need so much data (make em work for it!), a family plan is a better way to go though.
  • Are you sure it's 24 months?

    "...and you pay a monthly fee for 24 months to pay for the phone"

    Their previous plans financed the phone over 20 months. Did that change with these new plans?
  • Saved $90/mo

    7yr old plan here (2 unlimited everything lines, 1 500min w. unlim text+data and 1 2G tablet), paying $200/mo after a corporate discount from when I was in the military. Now down to $110.mo (we typically fall right underneath 2GB, due to being on WiFi a lot).

    I'm not overly concerned with the phone subsidies or payment stretching over 2 years. I intend to use my Google Nexus 4 FOREVER! :)
    Michael Wales
  • Yeah but

    If their network isn't improved, that's not something that is worth bragging about. I mean, after all paying $80 less for a poor product is not a bargain.

    I will reserve judgment until I see it in action in areas that the old T Mobile never worked.
  • I would love

    to switch to them but I regularly travel all lower 48 states & worried about coverage, it doesnt look that great nationwide, in the cities it looks great but I travel pretty much every corner of the country
  • Expensive phones...

    This looks pretty good, and I like the idea of no contract plans, but why are the phones so expensive? I mean Virgin and Boost mobile, both prepaid carriers, sell the Samsung Galaxy SII for under $300, but on t-mobile it's $415.00. Same good for the Google Nexus 4, which is $350.00 on Google but over $400.00 at t-mobile. And cricket wireless will sell you a Samsung Galaxy SIII for $399.00 whereas the phone is more than $500.00 at t-mobile.
  • Big price drop for me too

    My bill just dropped from $240/month to $120/month for 5 lines. 1 @home line (land-line replacement with unlimited voice), 2 unlimited voice/text/data and 2 500 min/unlimited text and data lines.
  • You get what you pay for

    True that the plans are inexpensive, but the thing that gets you is the $20/month for each phone. unless you want to pay for the phone outright when you get it. I like how you say that you pay $130/month for your plan, unless you own your phone outright you will be paying $230 for that same plan. I know for myself I cannot live off of 500 MB so on each line I would need to pay another $20/month therefore for 5 lines I would be paying $330/month not including taxes, insurance, and surcharges. Also the coverage isn't as great as the large two. So like I said in the subject "You get what you pay for". I have learned that the hard way with Sprint. Once my contract is up I am actually leaving for AT&T since I want what I am paying for and I need the quality service that they have.