While T-Mobile tries to market its unlimited T-Mobile ONE plan to postpaid smartphone customers, some T-Mobile prepaid plans are still available for people who don’t want to spend money on data they know they won’t be using. These plans are great for customers who want to use T-Mobile’s network, but who already own their own unlocked phone, or if they purchase one directly from the carrier without a contract.
Keep in mind these prepaid plans are being offered by T-Mobile directly. The carrier also owns a no-contract subsidiary, Metro by T-Mobile (formally MetroPCS), that has its own plans.
T-Mobile Prepaid Plans
At the moment, T-Mobile offers two non-unlimited data options under its Simply Prepaid plans. One costs $45 a month (plus taxes and fees) and offers 4GB of high-speed data, and the second costs $50 a month and includes 10GB of high-speed data. Both plans offer unlimited talk and text in the U.S., plus high-speed mobile hotspot data that uses your monthly data allotment.
You can add unlimited calls, text, and your plan’s data amounts in Canada and Mexico for an extra $5 a month. Paying an extra $15 a month to any pre-paid plan adds unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 countries, and unlimited calls and texts to mobile phones in over 30 counties.
There are also two unlimited 4G LTE pre-paid plans. One is T-Mobile Essentials Prepaid for $60 a month. You get unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, but if you go over 50GB of data before the end of your billing cycle, you may experience some congestion at times. You also get unlimited mobile hotspot data at 3G speeds and unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Canada and Mexico. Video streams are limited to 480p. For $70 a month for one line, you can get the T-Mobile One PrePaid plan. It has all of the features of the Essentials plan, except you can also get up to 5GB of high-speed data in Canada and Mexico.
For an unspecified limited time, T-Mobile is offering a prepaid unlimited plan for $50 a month, not including taxes or fees. It comes with unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data in the U.S., along with unlimited mobile hotspot at 3G speeds. The only real catch is you can only get this plan if you got to one of T-Mobile’s brick-and-mortar stores — it’s not available online.
The “Uncarrier” also offers a plan for people who own feature phones, or only rarely use their smartphone features outside their home or Wi-Fi network. The T-Mobile’s Pay as you Go plan starts at just $3 a month and offers 30 minutes of calls and texts in any combination. Any calls and texts beyond that 30-minute limit cost $0.10 each. You can add support for calls to over 70 countries 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. Prices begin at just $5, which gets you 500 MB of data for one day. You can also pay $30 for one month of data, with a cap at 3 GB.