T-Mobile Prepaid has launched a new unlimited LTE data plan called "Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus." For $60/month plus taxes and fees, subscribers get unlimited talk, text, and LTE data with 10GB of mobile hotspot at 4G LTE data speeds. Video streaming is limited to 480p on smartphones and tablets. After 10GB of hotspot data gets consumed, hotspot data speeds get reduced to 3G data speeds which should be about 600Kbps.
T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus plan comes with multi-line discount pricing. Subscribers can get 2 lines for $90, 3 lines for $120, 4 lines for $150 and 5 lines for $180. The plan is identical to T-Mobile's other unlimited prepaid plan called Simply Prepaid Unlimited. The only difference is that the other unlimited plan does not include any hotspot at 4G LTE data speeds. Hotspot is unlimited but only at 3G data speeds. Pricing for Simply Prepaid Unlimited is $10/month cheaper than Unlimited Plus for both single-line and multi-line plans. Customers can add talk, text, and data coverage in Mexico and Canada to either plan for an additional $5/month. Stateside international calling is available for $15 more per month.
Both prepaid unlimited plans come with a data prioritization policy. Customers that consume more than 50GB of data in a month may have their data speeds temporarily slowed down during times of heavy network congestion. This is a similar policy compared to other unlimited plans on the market. You can see a comparison of all of T-Mobile's Prepaid Plans in the graphic below.
You can check out all the fine print for each plan through this link.
T-Mobile's new Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus plan seems like it was conceived to compete against a similar plan from AT&T Prepaid, in fact both plans are named the same. AT&T Prepaid's most expensive unlimited plan is also called Unlimited Plus. Let's take a look at how the two plans stack up.
Today AT&T lowered the price of its Unlimited Plus Plan to $75/month down from $85/month. However, new subscribers that enable autopay billing can get the plan for just $55/month, which undercuts T-Mobile's new Unlimited Plus prepaid plan by $5. Not only does it undercut T-Mobile's plan in price but AT&T's plan also comes with more features. AT&T's plan includes free talk, text, and data roaming while traveling in Mexico and Canada. It also allows for video streams at 1080p. Both the AT&T Prepaid and T-Mobile Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus plans include unlimited talk, text and LTE data with 10GB of mobile hotspot at 4G LTE data speeds. After 10GB of hotspot data gets consumed, hotspot speeds with T-Mobile slow to 600Kbps, however, with AT&T speeds get reduced all the way down to 128Kbps. T-Mobile's plan also includes a higher data prioritization threshold at 50GB compared to 22GB with AT&T.
When it comes to multi-line pricing, T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid Unlimited Plus plan is cheaper. Here's a breakdown of the costs with each provider.
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Taxes and fees are extra with each provider, and autopay billing pricing is shown for AT&T Prepaid Unlimited Plus. T-Mobile does not offer an autopay billing discount with its plan.
Customers with 2 lines interested in T-Mobile's regular Simply Prepaid Unlimited plan may be better off trying to get T-Mobile's 2 lines for $65/month offer. The offer was made available in September and the link for the plan is still active. It's an in-store only offer that includes all the same features that are included with Simply Prepaid Unlimited.