T-Mobile USA launches uncapped, unthrottled data plans

It’s a given that less is more in terms of data plans these days — in a manner of speaking, that is. AT&T and Verizon are both slapping customers with data limits based on increasingly¬† higher prices (with the latter even dead set on dropping the last vestiges of unlimited by force with any new subsidized smartphone upgrades). Of the two carriers that still offer unlimited, only Sprint is left standing without any sort of “throttle caps” arrangement — that is, the act of slowing down network-level bandwidth to a mobile device after the first 2 gigs of data use is gone.

Or is it?

Turns out that T-Mobile USA — which is the throttle cap purveyor mentioned above — wants to follow Sprint’s example. T-Mobile got rid of bandwidth caps a long time ago but it continued to limit data usage by throttling the connection speed of users who used over X GB a month. T-Mobile has now introduced a new plan that offers truly unlimited data — no bandwidth caps or speed throttles. The plans come in at $20 for value plan users and $30 for classic plan consumers; you can switch to them now — just call up T-Mobile.

Take note that T-Mobile USA does not have a LTE network like AT&T and Verizon Wireless (T-Mobile uses a “4G” HSPA+ network which, while fast, isn’t even close to what LTE offers) so you may be getting unlimited data but you won’t get unlimited LTE data. Also note these new plans do not include tethering — you have to pay extra for WiFi hotspot. Of course you could try to tether without paying but T-Mobile will likely block your tethering access if you are caught.

While it’s undoubtedly too late for Big Red’s customers for this idea to be introduced — and probably the same as well for the “striped orb” — it’s nice to actually see somebody taking a stand against data limits once more.

[via Engadget]

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  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Elliot: Oh why do you torture yourself with 2G on an iPhone? I realize that you may prefer iPhone over Android but the two aren’t that different that you must give up 3G/”4G” just to use an iPhone.
    You must be using your phone a lot for that much data/text/voice activity. :-P

  2. Elliot


    Our plan is unlimited.
    However, I don’t use that much. I maybe use less than 1 GB (since iPhones on T-Mobile can only use EDGE ATM, and it’s painful to use), maybe use 1k-2k texts a month, and use less than 500 minutes a month since I don’t really talk over the phone that much. Not sure about the other two lines, however I’d think they use much less data and more voice.

  3. Elliot

    My family pays $100/month for 3 lines, everything (minutes, text, data) is unlimited. We’ve been using this for quite a while.
    About the tethering: I use an unlocked iPhone and use the personal hotspot feature with no problem. I contacted T-Mobile’s Twitter about this and they said that while you shouldn’t be allowed to do this, they’ll block it eventually.