T-Mobile is now the third most popular wireless carrier in the US, as it surpassed Sprint to gain that spot in 2015. It currently has 81.3 million customers as of April 2019. While that’s well behind the subscription numbers of the number one and two US carriers, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, T-Mobile has been aggressively going after both of them with new promotions, such as T-Mobile Tuesdays, and changes to its plans.
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Indeed, T-Mobile is currently the only carrier among the top four in the US that only has unlimited data plans for post-paid smartphone customers. If you want to get a phone on a T-Mobile Plan, you have to sign up for one with unlimited data. If you have already purchased a phone in full, T-Mobile also offers pre-paid plans that include options with limited data.
Without further ado, let’s jump in and look at the very best T-Mobile plans you can buy!
T-Mobile plans – Essentials, Magenta and Magenta Plus
The Uncarrier has three main unlimited plans to choose from – Essentials, Magenta and Magenta Plus
The T-Mobile Essentials plan costs $60 a month for one line, $45 each for two lines, $35 each for three lines, $30 each a month for four lines, and $27 each a month for five lines. It offers unlimited talk. text and in the U.S., unlimited texting abroad, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada. Video streaming is limited to SD resolution, and mobile hotspot data is available, but just at 3G speeds.
The basic T-Mobile Magenta unlimited plan charges $70 a month for one line, $50 a month each for two lines, $37 a month each for three lines, $40 a month each for four lines, and $25 a month for each additional line. It offers unlimited talk and text in the U.S., and unlimited talk, texting and data while you are in Canada and Mexico. T-Mobile Magenta now offers customers 3GB of high-speed LTE mobile hotspot data per month, per line, with unlimited 3G speeds after that.
If you are traveling on a plane with Gogo internet service, T-Mobile Magenta offers unlimited texting and one hour of free Wi-Fi data on those flights. It also offers the Netflix Basic streaming subscription service for free. If you want to stream video from other sources like YouTube, T-Mobile Magenta offers unlimited streaming, but just at 480p resolution.
T-Mobile Magenta Plus
If you want some extras, you can sign up for the T-Mobile Magenta Plus plan. It costs $80 a month for a single line, $60 a month each for two lines, $47 a month each for three lines, $50 a month each for four lines, and $35 a month for each additional line. In addition to all the benefits of T-Mobile Magenta, the Plus plan offers the Netflix Standard service for free and boosts video streaming for other services up to HD resolutions. You’ll also get free unlimited Wi-Fi access via Gogo when flying. Finally, mobile hotspot data is boosted to 4G LTE speeds for the first 10GB on your billing cycle, before going back to 3G speeds.
T-Mobile Magenta Unlimited 55
T-Mobile also has a Magenta Unlimited plan for customers that are 55 years of age and older. The plan, which is geared towards older and retired couples, charges $35 a month each for two lines. That means two people that meet the age criteria can get unlimited data for a total of just $70 a month (with the Autopay billing setup). The plan has all the benefits of the standard Magenta plan, with the exception of free Netflix. Those same customers can also upgrade to Magenta Plus Unlimited 55, which has all of the benefits of Magenta Plus for $90 a month for two lines, and that does include free Netflix standard.
T-Mobile Essentials Unlimited 55
The newest of the T-Mobile plans is called T-Mobile Essentials Unlimited 55. Like T-Mobile Magenta Unlimited 55, this new plan is for its customers that are 55 years of age and older. It costs $40 a month for one line, or $55 a month for two lines (plus taxes and fees). It has everything in the regular T-Mobile Essentials plan: unlimited talk. text and in the U.S., unlimited texting abroad, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada. Video streaming is limited to SD resolution, and mobile hotspot data is available, but just at 3G speeds.
T-Mobile Magenta Military and Military Plus
If you are a member or veteran of the U.S. military or are part of a military family, you can sign up for discounts on Magenta and Magenta Plus plans. Magenta Military offers the same benefits as the standard Magenta plan for just $25 a month for each line, up to four lines. Magenta Military Plus offers the same benefits as the Magenta Plus plan for just $35 a month for each line, up to four lines.
How to get Netflix with T-Mobile One
T-Mobile is letting customers on the Magenta and Magenta Plus plans get access to a free subscription to Netflix. Current T-Mobile Magenta users can open the T-Mobile app, visit MyT-Mobile.com, a retail store, or call customer service to add the free Netflix subscription. If you’re a new customer, you’ll need to visit a T-Mobile store, go to T-Mobile.com, or call 1-800-TMobile to activate this plan.
Once the promotion is activated on your account, you’ll receive a URL to link your T-Mobile account with your Netflix account. It’s worth noting that if you’re an existing Netflix customer, it may take 1-2 Netflix billing cycles for your billing to transfer to your T-Mobile bill. Also, if you have signed up for the more expensive Netflix Premium subscription, which lets you download to four devices simultaneously and offers 4K video streaming on some TVs, T-Mobile will still cover the cost up to the standard fee, but you’ll have to pay the difference through your T-Mobile bill.
Keep in mind this deal is just for regular T-Mobile Magenta plans with two or more lines. Customers on the Magenta Unlimited 55 plan will have to switch to a standard T-Mobile Magenta plan to get the promotion.
Adding tablets, connected devices, and other things you should know
T-Mobile allows customers to add a tablet to any of its Magenta unlimited plans for an extra $20 a month. If you have a smartwatch or other connected wearable, it can also be added to any One plan for an extra $10 a month. All of the Magenta plan prices include the use of the $5 a month discount when using AutoPay to pay off bills.
T-Mobile says that if a person uses over 50 GB of data before their monthly bill cycle ends, he or she may experience speed throttling if their cell tower is congested.
You will also have to purchase a T-Mobile SIM card kit for $25 if you don’t already have one. T-Mobile says that if a person uses over 50 GB of data before their monthly bill cycle ends, he or she may experience speed throttling if their cell tower is congested. This will likely only affect a very small fraction of T-Mobile’s users.
The company has bragged in its promotions for T-Mobile Magenta that its prices include no hidden monthly regulatory fees and sales taxes; all of them are included in the quoted prices. However, they may not include some other fees such as extra data passes, late or restore fees, device upgrade support charge, calling from foreign countries and more, so be aware of that.
T-Mobile Simply Pre-Paid plans
If you only have one phone and don’t want to spend money on data that you know that you won’t use, the uncarrier is still offering pre-paid T-Mobile plans for customers who already own their own phones, or purchase them from the carrier without a contract. There are two options for customers who sign up for one of the company’s Simply Pre-Paid plans. One costs $40 a month and offers 10GB of high-speed data, while the other costs $50 a month and includes unlimited high-speed data. Both plans also offer unlimited calls and texting inside the US. For $5 more, you can add unlimited calls, text, and the data amounts in Canada and Mexico for either plan.
The Uncarrier also offers a T-Mobile plan for customers who are using feature phones, or if they only use their smartphone features rarely. The T-Mobile’s Pay as you Go plan starts at just $3 a month and it offers 30 minutes of calls and texts in any combination. Any calls and texts beyond that 30 minute limit cost $0.10 each. Calls to over 70 countries can also be added to the Pay as you Go plan for an additional $15 a month. If you want data, for things like sending emails or surfing the net, you will have to purchase a data pass from T-Mobile.
T-Mobile’s decision to ditch limited T-Mobiles plans for its post-paid customers was a bold move, and it’s one that many people might love. However, the move towards only offering unlimited plans may turn off some customers who feel they may not use enough cellular data on their smartphone to justify the higher cost of purchasing an unlimited plan.
We want to hear from you on this subject – Do you like T-Mobile’s decision to go (mostly) all-in with its Magenta unlimited plans? Do their plans make you want to switch over from AT&T and Verizon? Would you rather see T-Mobile have at least a couple of limited post-paid plans? Let us know what you think in the comments!