While T-Mobile tries to market its unlimited T-Mobile ONE plans 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 one non-unlimited data option, called its Simply Prepaid plan. It costs $40 a month for one line, $70 for two lines, $100 for three lines, $130 for four lines and $160 for five lines. Those monthly charges don’t include taxes and fees. For those prices, each line gets 10GB of high-speed data. The plan also offers unlimited talk and text in the U.S., plus high-speed mobile hotspot data that uses your monthly data allotment.
There is also a T-Mobile prepaid plan that offers unlimited high-speed data, called the T-Mobile PrePaid One Plan. It costs $50 for one line, $80 for two lines, $110 for three lines, $140 for four lines and $170 for five lines. Again, the monthly charges don’t include taxes and fees. In addition to unlimited high speed-data, you also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S. and unlimited mobile hotspot data, but only at 3G speeds.
Both of these plans include options to 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.
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.