T-Mobile Launches Cheaper Unlimited Data Plan 'Essentials' - without Netflix Bundle

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T-Mobile has unveiled a cheaper unlimited mobile plan called 'Essentials', offering unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the U.S. for an average of $30 per line for a family of four with autopay.

The new plan is $10 cheaper than the standard unlimited option T-Mobile ONE which cost $40 per line. And for power users, T-Mobile also offers ONE Plus with all the most-popular premium services like high-speed mobile hotspot (with twice the high-speed data, a total of 20 GBs, and unlimited 3G speeds after, starting August 10) HD streaming, caller ID and more – for just an extra $10 per line when you add ONE Plus for the whole family or $15 for a single line.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available in T-Mobile stores nationwide starting August 10 and starts at $60 for a single line, $30 for the second line and $15 per line for lines 3-6, plus taxes and fees with autopay. Without autopay, it’s $5 more per line.

During times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers, T-Mobile said. Users will be throttled when they exceed 50GB of used data in a month and videos will typically stream at 480p quality, says the Operator.

The new plan however doesn't include additional Netflix bundle and no free data given for travelers going abroad like the other unlimited options it sells.

John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile
They seem to be doing everything they can to turn rate plans into a hot, confusing mess. They’ve got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More…Unlimited and More Premium?! No wonder nearly half of Verizon and AT&T customers are still stuck on data bucket plans with overage penalties.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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