Mobile US introduces cheaper Essentials plan with unlimited data

T-Mobile Essentials: new unlimited data plan

T-Mobile may have said last week that they had no current plans to increase pricing on their unlimited offerings, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to make changes.

T-Mobile has a new smartphone plan focusing on the holy trifecta: unlimited calls, messaging, and data, and very little else. Interestingly, T-Mobile said it will throttle Essential customers during times and in places with heavy network demand. T-Mobile ONE has all the value and extras that most customers want - the industry's best travel benefits, Netflix included for families, unlimited mobile hotspot and so much more - for just $40 per line, taxes and fees included, for a family of four with autopay. That's who T-Mobile Essentials is for. The plan is similar to pared-back "unlimited" plans that have recently been debuted by Verizon and AT&T: You get mostly-unlimited mobile data, talk, and texts for less than the flagship plan, but lose additional extras like high-speed hotspot data and worldwide roaming.

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The plan still comes with the ability to turn your phone into a mobile WiFi hotspot, but that is limited to 3G speeds. And Verizon charges $80 for the first line of service on its cheapest "gounlimited" plan. T-Mobile said that its One Plus plan includes HD streaming, twice the data speed overseas, and other perks, like in-flight texting and unlimited music streaming.

The plan is a viable option for those who are looking to save money on their phone bill and don't need or want Netflix and the worldwide data. Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials. Despite that, the company thinks there are some customers out there who may be willing to give up a few perks that normally come with their plans in exchange for small reduction in the monthly bill. Taxes and fees are also not included in that rate. If not, and you don't ever go to Canada or Mexico, then I'm not sure why you wouldn't downgrade to this new Essentials plan. Is T-Mobile still the UnCarrier?

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