T-Mobile pushes its unlimited post-paid Magenta plans pretty hard in its marketing materials. However, there are some T-Mobile prepaid plans available that could be a better fit for you and your usage habits.
In general, prepaid plans are great for people who don’t want to pay for data they know they won’t be using. You get to use the same T-Mobile network as post-paid customers do and usually end up spending less money.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile prepaid plans do not come with the host of perks that its post-paid plans do, such as Netflix on Us, Gogo in-flight texting, etc. If you don’t care about these perks, though, why pay more for them?
Keep in mind the prepaid plans detailed below are offered directly from T-Mobile. The carrier also owns a no-contract subsidiary, Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS), that has its own plans.
T-Mobile prepaid plans:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best T-Mobile prepaid plans regularly as new ones are announced.
1. Simply Prepaid
At the moment, T-Mobile offers one non-unlimited plan called Simply Prepaid. The plan costs $40 per month for one line, $70 for two lines, $100 for three lines, $130 for four lines, and $160 for five lines. You can only have up to five lines on Simply Prepaid.
For those prices, each line gets 10GB of high-speed 4G LTE data, unlimited talk, and unlimited texting in the US. After a person uses that 10GB allotment, they’ll be throttled down to 2G speeds until the next billing cycle begins. The plan also offers high-speed mobile hotspot data that applies to your monthly data allotment.
Keep in mind that those monthly charges don’t include taxes and fees.
2. Simply Prepaid Unlimited
If 10GB of data each month just isn’t enough for you, check out another one of the T-Mobile prepaid plans known as Simply Prepaid Unlimited. This plan gives you unlimited 4G LTE data each month along with unlimited talk and text in the US. If you use more than 50GB, though, you could be de-prioritized or even throttled until your next billing cycle.
Simply Prepaid Unlimited costs $50 for one line, $80 for two lines, $110 for three lines, $140 for four lines, and $170 for five lines, with no option for more than five lines.
Unlike the regular Simply Prepaid plan, your hotspot data usage doesn’t come in at 4G speeds. Instead, you have unlimited hotspot usage but that data stream is capped at 3G speeds.
Again, the monthly charges detailed above don’t include taxes and fees.
3. Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus
For a slight price increase, T-Mobile offers a beefed-up version of Simply Prepaid Unlimited known as Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus.
For one line of Prepaid Unlimited Plus, you’ll pay $60 per month. Two lines will cost you $90, three lines will cost you $120, four lines $150, and the maximum of five lines will set you back $180 per month.
Those fees will earn you all the same features as the regular Simply Prepaid Unlimited (see above). However, there is one notable difference: instead of getting unlimited hotspot data at 3G speeds, you’ll instead get 10GB of hotspot data each month at 4G LTE speeds.
Other than this higher-quality hotspot data boost, there are no significant differences between Simply Prepaid Unlimited and Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus. As usual, taxes and fees are not included in the prices.
4. Other T-Mobile prepaid plans features
All three of these T-Mobile prepaid plans include options to add unlimited calls, texts, and your plan’s data amounts in Canada and Mexico for an extra $5 per month. Paying an extra $15 per month adds unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 countries and unlimited calls and texts to mobile phones in over 30 countries.
While there are only a few T-Mobile prepaid plans available, it is nice to know that you aren’t limited to only post-paid options. We’ll be sure to update this post with new prepaid plans once they are announced. In the meantime, you can see how these plans compare with the prepaid plans of the other big carriers in our best prepaid plans roundup.