Mobile Offers Unlimited Data With T-Mobile One

Louise Collins
August 29, 2016

The mobile carrier announced on Thursday that it will be going all-in on unlimited data starting in September with its new T-Mobile One plan.

Existing T-Mobile customers will be able to continue on with their current plans, data caps and all.

There's a catch, though. T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have eliminated those and Wednesday AT&T announced its own plan, which slows down your data for the remainder of your billing month when you approach the limit. Customers can also purchase 5 GB of high-speed mobile hotspot service for $15. Additional connections are pricier than T-Mobile's, at $30 a month. However, T-Mobile already excludes a number of streaming services from data caps, meaning that many T-Mobile customers never actually hit those caps.

Although T-Mobile is cutting the price of the unlimited plan, those who haven't been using that much data might eventually pay more for unlimited data they don't need.

The base T-Mobile One plan also limits video streams to "standard definition" - 480p - so if you want to enjoy high-definition content - at up to 4K resolution - you will have to spend an extra $25 per month per line. The allotted unlimited text and talk are limited to Mexico and Canada only, only usable if the AT&T Roam North America feature in their device is enabled.

"Tethering is included, along with updated tethering packages as well, but I think one of the things that's big is you can now add tablets with unlimited streaming for $20 per tablet", Legere said. Sprint and T-Mobile have been pushing unlimited plans recently as ways to distinguish themselves from their larger rivals.

T-mobile plans

For Sprint's offer, a single line of unlimited data will cost you $60 a month, and a second will cost $40 - totaling $100.

Unlimited Freedom will be available beginning Friday, August 19.

Sprint has the most unused spectrum among all carriers, which will allow it to more easily accommodate the increased usage that would come from new subscribers signing up for unlimited data plans. Plus, as The Verge observes, Sprint is also limiting music streaming to 500kpbs and gaming to a miserable 2Mbps.

We certainly don't expect T-Mobile to take this new move on Sprint's end without any sort of reaction, so we're excited to see what happens next.

Can T-Mobile top AT&T's big news from Wednesday?

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