For many cellphone users, unlimited mobile data plans have gone the way of the dinosaur. Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T have both dropped such offerings. So, where do you go if you truly want all-you-can-eat data? It seems that T-Mobile may be the savior for those that use massive amounts of bandwidth each month.
T-Mobile recently announced it would start offering a truly unlimited nationwide 4G data plan, which officially starts today. The best part is there are no data caps, no speed limits and no extra fees thrown for consuming large portions of data.
In the past, T-Mobile has used the term unlimited but dramatically dropped the speed on those who use more than 5GB of data or 10GB for their higher-end plans. This is a welcomed change.
Surely there must be a catch to all of this, right? Yes, there is. The new unlimited plan will not allow hotspot capabilities. This means no sharing your smartphone's 4G with your laptop and other devices. If you want to share, you'll have to stick to an option that makes use of data throttling.
While this might not be ideal, it's hard to blame T-Mobile. Opening up the door to mass sharing with no limits could be a very costly move for T-Mobile. Either way, this is a lot better than competitor offerings.
In order to drive interest in their new unlimited plan, T-Mobile is even offering a few deals for some of their 4G smartphones. One of these deals is for the HTC One S, which you can now get for free with a two-year contract (after rebate).
Are you interested in switching to a T-mobile unlimited 4g plan? Or does the lack of a hotspot sharing option turn you off?
T-Mobile Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation With Launch of Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data Plans
From the iconic Sidekick to industry’s only national Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, T-Mobile continues to reinvent the mobile experience
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 5, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. marked the 10th anniversary of its T-Mobile brand in the United States by making its new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan available in stores today. The plan underscores T-Mobile’s longstanding focus on delivering customer value and service excellence through constant innovation.
“Since our inception, we’ve always strived to shake up the industry with plans, network capabilities, and innovative products and services for our customers,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “Today’s release of our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan continues our tradition of bold moves that enhance the customer experience and change the way wireless is done.”
T-Mobile USA established its nationwide brand in September 2002 and has been quietly innovating ever since, beginning with Sidekick®, the first all-in-one wireless device with an unlimited data plan for consumers. The company is now one of the largest employers and best-kept secrets in the Seattle area, built on a legacy of wireless industry firsts, including these:
First Personal Coverage Check (2005) – Provided consumers with transparent view of network coverage where they live and work First Wi-Fi Calling Service in U.S. (2007) – Allowed voice calling over Wi-Fi
First Android phone – T-Mobile G1™ with Google™ (2008) – Kicked off wave of subsequent Android offerings
First U.S. carrier to launch an HSPA+ network (2009) – Today, T-Mobile’s fast and dependable nationwide 4G network is available in 229 markets, reaching well over 220 million people
First to break from Subsidy Model (2009) – T-Mobile’s Even More plans and later Value Plans allow customers to pay for their devices over time or to bring their own devices to T-Mobile
Today marks another first: T-Mobile becomes the only carrier with a nationwide 4G network to offer unlimited nationwide 4G data. Featuring no data caps, no speed limits and no overages, as well as fast, dependable nationwide 4G coverage, T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan offers the ultimate worry-free experience for data-hungry smartphone customers. The Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is available at T-Mobile retail stores, on http://www.T-Mobile.com/unlimited-data-plan, and through select
dealers and national retail stores.
To help customers quickly take full advantage of all the cool things smartphones can do — without limits or overages — T-Mobile customers who activate a new two-year contract on an Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be able to benefit from a sale on select 4G smartphones, including the HTC One S with $0.00 down payment, after $50 mail-in rebate card.1
For more information on the Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan and accompanying device sale, visit www.t-mobile.com/unlimited-data-plan. For more information about T-Mobile’s decade of innovation, see the
timeline and supporting fact sheet.