T-Mobile: No more 200MB data plans, 2GB is the new minimum

by: J. Angelo RacomaOctober 19, 2012


Mobile carriers are moving away from their legacy data plans in an effort to promote more usage (and perhaps charging a higher base fee for data). T-Mobile, for one, is changing its minimum data plan. While you can previously subscribe to a 200MB bucket for $10, the minimum is now the Unlimited Plus data plan, which starts at $20. This change was effected last October 10, 2012.

But don’t fret, the $20 bucket pricing gets you 2 GB of data allocation, which can be used toward mobile surfing, multimedia, and a whole slew of online services. If you’re already on the 200MB data plan, you can keep it, but you will have to pay full retail price for a phone upgrade if and when decide to renew your contract.

If you’re already an avid mobile surfer, then going for the higher $20 plan makes sense, since there’s less likelihood of going over your plan and paying per-megabyte charges. That’s 10 times the data allocation for just twice the cost.

Is anyone still satisfied with a 200MB data cap, or is T-Mobile right in setting a 2GB monthly minimum for data connections?

  • Patrik

    Where I live (Sweden) unlmited data is $11 per month. Are you seriously paying $20 for a lousy 2 GB?

    • Nyssa

      Yes we are. I don’t see why they are forcing them to pay that much. I have Sprint so I only pay $10.

    • EasyE

      Yes, as long as people over here keep paying for it, then the trend will continue as long as it takes.

  • briarwood

    Our Family Plan has 3 accounts and we pay $5 a month for 200 MB’s on each of the accounts. We pay full price for phones though but we have no contracts. We never go near the 200 MB limit as we’re always near a wifi connection. So it works for us.

  • What you morons need to do is switch to value plan a month after the classic plan, my HTC One S cost me $230 this way and my data now costs an affordable $10 per month. For what usually amounts to 1.5GB of 12/3.