T-Mobile’s prepaid plans just got more data without a price bump

tmobile smart fit t mobile headquarters hq sign image poster logo brand
Ken Wolter/123rf
Smartphone leasing programs on T-Mobile may be a bit of a wash, but the Magenta Carrier’s Simple Choice Prepaid plans are still the ones to beat. And today, they’re getting even better: T-Mobile announced that it’s increasing 4G LTE data at all available tiers without raising prices.

Here’s how the changes break down: the carrier’s 1GB, $40 a month plan is increasing by two gigabytes to 3GB; the previously 3GB, $50 plan now offers 5GB; and the top-tier 5GB, $60 plan is doubling to 10GB. Not bad.

Related Offer: Shop T-Mobile Prepaid Plans

As was true previously, those allowances denote only high-speed data; exceeding a prepaid allowance won’t kick you off the network, but will relegate you to unlimited data at 3G speeds. Each plan features unlimited talk and text, plus T-Mobile’s Music Unlimited benefit — music streamed via participating services doesn’t count against your data cap. The carrier’s Binge On is a part of these packages, as well — video streaming at standard definition (480p) is “free,” according to T-Mobile — but its implementation is contentious, to say the least.

Controversy aside, T-Mobile’s prepaid plans remain some of the best around. For the sake of comparison, Sprint’s offerings start at 1GB for $35 on the low end and up to 6GB for $55 at the very highest. 2GB on AT&T is $45 a month, and Verizon offers less for more — 1GB for $45 a month.

It’s not entirely surprising, then, that T-Mobile had a strong year. Ahead of the carrier’s formal earnings Q&A in February, T-Mobile reports that it added 2.1 million customers in Q4 2015, 469,000 of whom were prepaid. The company said that it managed to rack up 8.3 million new customers for the full year — around the same number it added in the prior year, incidentally — and now stands at more than 63 million total customers. Another impressive stat? T-Mobile added nearly one million square miles of new LTE coverage in 2015.

If any of the beefed-up plans sounds intriguing, now’s certainly not a bad time to jump on board.

Computing

Paid browsers are the future, and Firefox might offer a better deal than Chrome

Just like Google, Mozilla is planning on offering premium web-browsing services. Unlike Google, however, it seems like Mozilla might have a better strategy for encouraging users to subscribe to its future premium plans.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Deals

IP Vanish unveils deals on monthly and annual VPN plans for Father’s Day

Now in a limited time Father’s Day deal, IP Vanish has slashed prices on its one-month, three-month, and one-year VPN plans, saving users up to 73%. Consider protecting your digital privacy and peace of mind with these priced-down plans…
Movies & TV

How much does Netflix cost? Here’s a pricing breakdown of its plans

Wondering how much a Netflix subscription costs? You're not the only one. That's why we put together a quick-hit guide covering all the Netflix plans, whether you want to opt for 4K streaming or a disc-based option.
Mobile

Huawei's folding phone held back for more tests, will be released in September

The Huawei Mate X is an exciting 5G folding smartphone with stunning looks. The Mate X has three screens, a clever hinge system, and a Leica camera. All the details you need to know are right here.
Android

You can pre-order the Galaxy S10 5G from Sprint starting today

Samsung announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show, as it's the first 5G-ready smartphone to hit the market.
Mobile

5 features I’d like to see in Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone

We’ve had a sneak peek at Google’s forthcoming Pixel 4 smartphone, and it offers few clues about what we’ll get. These are the 5 features I’d like to see Google include to take the Pixel line to the next level.
Mobile

These are the best Moto Z4 cases to boost your new phone’s longevity

The Moto Z4 is the newest way to experience Motorola's flagship range. But just because it's cheap, doesn't mean that it's expendable. Make sure your new and beautiful Moto Z4 survives for a long time with one of the best Moto Z4 cases.
Mobile

Pixel 4 gets spotted in real world, showing not even Google can stop the leaks

Rumors abound about the Google Pixel 4, Google's next Pixel phone following the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. Getting around the leaks, Google straight-up teased an image of the back of the phone. Here's what you need to know.
Home Theater

Diagnose and fix some common Apple AirPods problems with our handy guide

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Deals

Fitbit Versa and Samsung Gear fitness smartwatches get big Amazon price cuts

Some of the best options can get pretty pricey, but with smartwatch discounts on the Fitbit Versa and Samsung Gear Sport, they are really quite affordable right now. You can save up to $125 on a new fitness watch.
Mobile

Huawei’s lock screen ads were a mistake, but may be a sign of things to come

Ads were placed on the lock screen of Huawei device owners yesterday, causing outcry on forums and social media. Huawei initially said it wasn't responsible, but that's no longer the case. Here's what happened.
Mobile

These are the best Pixel 3a XL cases and covers to protect your Google phone

If you want to change up the look or feel of your new Google phone, you want some decent drop protection, or both, then we have you covered with this list of the best Google Pixel 3a XL cases and covers.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Leaked date and what you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a month away, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.