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?

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.