T-Mobile Essentials plan trims the extras and the cost while T-Mobile ONE Plus targets power users

T-Mobile has been one of the most aggressive wireless carriers when it comes to limiting costs and trying to give users more value for what they pay. 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. Yesterday T-Mobile introduced the new T-Mobile Essentials plan for those consumers who want to reduce their monthly bills even more. At the same time, T-Mobile has bundled several optional features to create a new T-Mobile ONE Plus option for users who want to pile on some extras.

The new T-Mobile Essentials plan limits users to unlimited talk, text and data. The things that you don’t get with T-Mobile Essentials compared to the normal T-Mobile ONE plans include benefits like Netflix, some international access, and unlimited mobile hotspot capability. By giving up those options, users can save 75% for a family of four with the price per line dropping to $30 per line versus $40 per line. The breakdown is $60 for the first line, $30 for the second and then $15 per line for lines three through six. All of those prices are based on signing up for autopay which saves $5 per line.

At the other end of the spectrum, T-Mobile is also targeting users who want some extra benefits. The new T-Mobile ONE Plus gets a new tier of mobile hotspot capability with access to 20GBs of data and unlimited 3G speeds, HD streaming, and Caller ID among other benefits. The new Plus plan will run an extra $10 per line for family plans or $15 for a single line.

These new plans will be available starting this Friday, August 10th.

source: T-Mobile


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.


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    With taxes/fees and Netflix, it will be around $148. If you frequent Can/Mex and rely on 4G tethering often, the One plan is a much better value.