John Legere

T-Mobile on Friday announced changes to its Simple Choice plans, giving customers more data, tethering and unlimited international texting at no additional cost. The carrier first introduced its Simple Choice plans as part of its aggressive Un-Carrier initiative, which has been a big part of T-Mobile’s recent growth. In 2013, the carrier added more than 4 million new customers, and boasts 13 million of its overall subscriber base already taking advantage of Simple Choice Plans. T-Mobile said its new benefits will begin March 23, though you’ll have to choose to run credit and take the postpaid option. Those that wish to be on the prepaid service, you’ll be delayed until April 26.

The upgrade will see T-Mobile double the $50 per month Simple Choice plan, from 500MB to 1GB of data. Meanwhile, customers can get boosted up to 3GB of data for an extra $10 per month, or 5GB (instead of unlimited) for an extra $20 per month. Both options include the equivalent data allotment for tethering. There’s also an unlimited data option for an additional $30 per month, which will also give you 5GB of data for tethering. The previous plan offered unlimited data (with 2.5GB for tethering) for an extra $20, so in that respect the price has gone up.

In addition to doubling data and tethering, T-Mobile will also offer unlimited stateside international texting (or you could just use WhatsApp, or any other competing service), while also upping the number of countries and destinations its Simple Choice plans can be used to 122, up from 115.

In typical form, T-Mobile CEO John Legere called data caps and overage fees extortion, calling out basic plans from the Big Two (Verizon and AT&T). “It’s like getting your data from the neighborhood loan shark and paying 100 percent interest when the bill comes due,” Lagere said. “It’s a classic shakedown.”

While T-Mobile still doesn’t quite offer the level of coverage you’d get on AT&T or Verizon, Legere has done a lot to shakeup the wireless industry, causing quite a bit of action and reaction from competitors. Ultimately, that level of cut-throat competition just means even cheaper options for us customers.

T-Mobile Simple Choice update March 2014

T-Mobile Doubles Down on Flagship Simple Choice Plan with More 4G LTE Data, Tethering – and Unlimited International Texting

  • Un-carrier’s Flagship $50 Simple Choice Plan with Unlimited Data, Talk and Text Now
  • With Double the 4G LTE Data, Double the 4G LTE Tethering, More Roaming Countries,
  • and Unlimited International Texting To Virtually Anywhere – All at No Extra Charge

BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 7, 2014 – In another industry first, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced the company is offering customers more 4G LTE data and tethering and unlimited international texting – at no extra charge. The updates reflect the latest stage in the evolution of T-Mobile’s flagship Simple Choice plan, which launched the company’s Un-carrier consumer movement last spring. All Simple Choice customers will automatically enjoy the added benefits of these updates without taking any action whatsoever – in another Un-carrier departure from industry norms.

First, in a move to stay out front of Americans’ fast-growing demand for mobile data, the company announced it is sweetening the deal for Simple Choice customers already enjoying unlimited data, talk, and text on America’s wicked-fast network – now doubling the amount of high-speed 4G LTE data and tethering to 1GB included in the $50 Simple Choice service plan.

“In the mobile age, wireless data caps and overage fees are just this side of extortion,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Take the basic plans from the Big Two with ridiculously low data limits that hit you with fat overages each month. It’s like getting your data from the neighborhood loan shark and paying 100 percent interest when the bill comes due. It’s the classic shakedown.”

The expansion of Simple Choice to include more of T-Mobile’s fastest data and tethering comes as wireless data usage – and tethering laptops and tablets to the web via connected devices – continues to surge. T-Mobile customers use nearly 50 percent more data now than they did just a year ago when Simple Choice first launched, outpacing the industry’s growth rate in mobile data usage. And monthly usage on unlimited 4G LTE plans has nearly doubled to over 5GB.

With these updates, Simple Choice customers still start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited data, talk and text on our nationwide network – but will now get a full 1GB of 4G LTE data and tethering – double the previous amounts. Customers can still add a second line for $30 per month and up to three additional lines for $10 per month. Those additional lines also get the extra 4G LTE data with these changes.

As before, Simple Choice customers can always add more 4G LTE data to each of their lines. They can opt for 3GB of 4G LTE data, including tethering, for an additional $10 a month per line (vs. 2.5 GB previously), or 5GB for an extra $20 a month per line. There is a new unlimited 4G LTE option, which now comes with a full 5 GB of tethering, double the previous amount, for an extra $30 per month (vs. an extra $20 previously).

Second, with the new global texting benefits from the U.S. now included in Simple Choice, T-Mobile is the only US wireless carrier to deliver unlimited international texting to virtually anywhere – now from the United States and over 120 countries and destinations around the world – at no extra charge. Unlike with competitors, there is no need to purchase an additional package or special plan to get unlimited global texting and data. It comes automatically with every Simple Choice plan.

And, customers can roam freely in more places. T-Mobile is adding seven additional countries and destinations where postpaid Simple Choice customers enjoy unlimited data and texting while traveling – and low, flat-rate calls for just 20 cents a minute, bringing the total to 122 countries and destinations.

The new benefits will begin immediately on March 23 for customers who choose to run credit and take the postpaid option. For those who prefer not to run credit and opt for prepaid service, unlimited international texting will start on April 26.

Simple Choice customers will automatically get the added benefits of these program updates, so there is no need for existing customers to change anything about their current services or plans. Customers currently with unlimited 4G LTE data will continue to get unlimited 4G LTE data with no change in price, or they can opt for the new unlimited 4G LTE option with twice the tethering.

“In a couple weeks, every single one of our millions of Simple Choice customers will wake up with more value without lifting a finger,” said Mike Sievert, Chief Marketing Officer for T-Mobile. “Who does that? We do. Because that’s what being the Un-carrier means – giving more to you without asking more from you. I’d love to see our competitors try to follow suit.”