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The plan will be made available in stores this Saturday

T-Mobile has been at its UnCarrier strategy for a year now and there's no signs of stopping as the wireless carrier unveils a new budget-friendly plan.
T-Mobile has announced its "Simple Starter" plan, which is only $40 per month and includes unlimited talk and text and 500MB of capped data. 
The new plan is aimed at customers that use little or no data on their phones. T-Mobile says its low-end plan differs from others at Verizon and AT&T because it doesn't hit users with massive overage charges when customers go over the threshold. T-Mobile's plan is meant to be "predictable," and with Simple Starter, the company promises customers will never pay data overages again.
In other words, goodbye bill shock.  
"With AT&T’s entry-level plans, for example, your costs immediately jump by increments of $20 when you slip over the threshold into massive overages — in what amounts to an obscene 44% price hike on those customers least able to absorb overages and bill shock," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere [SOURCE: NYT]

"It’s wrong. And I personally want to drive those predatory bait-and-switch schemes out of this industry."

The plan will be made available in stores this Saturday, and a prepaid version is due to be released on May 17.

T-Mobile has offered other UnCarrier moves in the past, such as such as paying up to $350 in early termination fees (ETFs) and offering free roaming for unlimited international text and data. It looks like there's more on the way in the coming days, as well. 

"Our new Simple Starter plan represents our commitment to advocate for consumers and to change this industry," said Legere. "With Simple Starter, you’ll never pay data overages again – ever. Come to T-Mobile and experience complete freedom from the fear of bill shock. This Un-carrier approach to value plans – and the announcements to come this week – are purpose-built to accelerate this momentum, continue disrupting and innovating this industry, and deliver even more amazing value and freedom to our customers."

Sources: T-Mobile [1], [2]

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sweet deal
By Argon18 on 4/9/2014 1:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on Wifi at home, at work, and at friend's houses. My data usage last month was ~300 MB. I know which plan I'm switch to. $40 is a really sweet deal.

RE: sweet deal
By stm1185 on 4/9/2014 1:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like the plan I was on at $50 a month before they doubled my data, now I can downgrade and save some money. Nice.

RE: sweet deal
By esteinbr on 4/9/2014 2:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's really close to the original single line $50 a month Simple choice plan. Since they released that original plan they've added a bunch of features to add value including doubling the data, international roaming, calling, texting, etc.

This plan drops all the extra's but it does differ in one way apparently. The original plan throttled once you used up your 500mbs. This plan will cap and you'd have no data once you hit your cap until your next billing cycle starts. Still not a bad plan if you aren't using up the data. I'm pretty sure I'll be switching my wife to this plan as her data usage has been between 50-100mbs so 500 is more than plenty.

One could point out that MetroPC has a $40 plan with Unlimited talk and text and 500mbs but throttles after the 500mbs and the 40 includes all taxes and fees so it ends up being slightly better if you do ever hit the cap and slightly cheaper because of including the taxes and fees but is a prepaid plan. I'm not sure how the roaming compares to T-Mobile proper when they don't have coverage or other subtler things like prioritization of access when cells are busy.

RE: sweet deal
By retrospooty on 4/9/2014 1:28:02 PM , Rating: 1
Yup, that is where I am. I dont think I have ever used even 200mb in a month. Wifi is everywhere you go, and usually when out and about people are not dong anything data intensive. I would be on this immediately if not on contract.

RE: sweet deal
By stm1185 on 4/9/2014 1:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
I thought T-Mobile was paying out contracts, might want to look into it.

RE: sweet deal
By retrospooty on 4/9/2014 2:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
They are... Moved my wife over 2 months ago - I meant I am on a company paid contract, so free Verizon is still better. If I were not, I would dump Verizon in a hot second and go T-Mo. Sweet deals, faster updates, less intrusion.

Plus, at least where I live (Phoenix metro area) we have had no reception issues at all with T-Mo.

RE: sweet deal
By Marlin1975 on 4/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: sweet deal
By stm1185 on 4/9/2014 3:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
Their plan is worse. That is not unlimited talk, text and data, which the T-Mobile plans do. On that plan you go over in any category you pay up.

Which is why they have a $40 plan with unlimited talk and text, yet not data, which makes it still worse then T-Mobile's as again you are facing overage charges.

Not to mention they piggy back on a 3rd rate network, dont even list 4g or LTE on their Map, and seem to only offer crap phones.

By BRB29 on 4/9/2014 1:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta give it to that man in the pink shirt! he's on fire!

RE: Tmobile!
By techxx on 4/9/2014 1:39:41 PM , Rating: 3
I like his attitude and plan on getting off my Sprint contract soon as possible. T-Mobile has a lot better coverage in my area as well.

RE: Tmobile!
By SAN-Man on 4/9/14, Rating: -1
Unlimited Data
By Homerboy on 4/9/2014 2:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
I still think the $30/month for unlimited data, unlimited text and 100mins talk is TMo's best offer.

I don't talk much (I have a phone and home and work). Texts are a plenty and data is a monster for me.

RE: Unlimited Data
By ven1ger on 4/9/2014 3:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Damn...didn't know they had that as an option as only looked at family plans. It maybe worth it for my kids' phones as they are mostly only using data and texting anyway.

different strokes
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 4/10/2014 11:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose this is a good plan, but it's literally the complete opposite of what I would like. I'd take 500 combined minutes and texts with unlimited data for $40 in a heartbeat, but then again, I get by just fine for about $25/mo on Ting.

not really
By Morawka on 4/11/2014 10:27:26 AM , Rating: 2
how in the hell do you guys get by on 200MB? Open up one webpage and 20% of your data is gone. Push notifications will eat it away in a week.

500MB is not much better. The best deal was $50 Unlimited Talk Text and 2GB of Data unthrottled.

why all the downvotes for the anti tmobile comments?

By Marlin1975 on 4/9/2014 2:29:13 PM , Rating: 1
For $29.95 you can get 1,200 Minutes, 3,000 Text/Picture Messages, 500 MB Data.

Straight talk has unlimted everything for as low as $42 a moth if you pay in full, not month to month.

There are a lot more options than the Big3-4. Shop around as mnay share towers now so the difference is more minor than before.

Switched from AT&T two months ago
By Chaser on 4/10/2014 4:16:49 PM , Rating: 1
I couldn't be more pleased with their "new" service coverage. T-Mobile has their game on. A very happy median: major carrier coverage, performance and service yet closer to the virtual provider pricing without their hit or miss coverage or abysmal customer service.

Still not a deal
By SAN-Man on 4/9/14, Rating: -1
RE: Still not a deal
By esteinbr on 4/9/2014 2:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
It's Post Paid but not a contract unless you finance a phone. BYOD or pay in full for your phone and there is no contract.

RE: Still not a deal
By ebakke on 4/9/2014 2:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's not a contract. So FAIL FAIL FAIL right back at you.

RE: Still not a deal
By SAN-Man on 4/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Still not a deal
By ebakke on 4/9/2014 3:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
A) I'm not required to buy their phone.
B) If I choose to buy their phone, I can pay for the phone up front. Any contract, should I choose to want one, is simply for the phone. Everything in your original post was referencing the plan, not the phone.

RE: Still not a deal
By ven1ger on 4/9/2014 3:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
Don't see how you call it a contract when it is basically a pay as you go service now. If you want to change to another carrier, you're able to just call T-Mobile and quit your monthly payments, I think they'll also pro-rate you any time you have left. This isn't to be confused with the contract plans they still offer via kiosks and other telcom shops that offer T-Mobile plans. When I made the change to T-Mobile, I had to go to a T-mobile store because the Costco that was offering T-Mobile only had contract plans.

When last I looked Unlimited Data was offered at $20 per line, which is similar to the other major carriers, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

RE: Still not a deal
By SAN-Man on 4/9/14, Rating: -1
RE: Still not a deal
By retrospooty on 4/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Still not a deal
By Flunk on 4/9/2014 3:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
So it's better to not have the option? You can't really fault them for offering more options for phones.

RE: Still not a deal
By stm1185 on 4/9/2014 4:12:43 PM , Rating: 2
Let's be fair. He is right, you can end up on a contract with T-Mobile. Yet that contract is for an installment plan for a phone; giving you the choice of paying for it over a longer period of time. Letting those who do not have $660 available for a phone purchase, yet can manage $25 a month, have one too.

But I guess this guy just hates poor people.

RE: Still not a deal
By Dorkyman on 4/10/2014 7:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
You can get a really good previous-generation phone in like-new condition from eBay for $200 or even less. I've done it three times.

RE: Still not a deal
By johned3 on 4/9/2014 9:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
You can always pay the phone off and be done with it. Also, if you cancel, the only "ETF" you owe is the cost of the phone.

RE: Still not a deal
By ven1ger on 4/10/2014 3:50:59 PM , Rating: 2
I have my own phones, and only a month to month payment, with no contract to stay with Tmobile. And like I said that there are other locations that sell Tmobile plans but those are contract plans.

So, I understand the difference, but it seems that you don't. So how exactly are the other plans cheaper now that they are trying to offer no contract plans that don't seem much of a bargain when I compare them with Tmobile. When I compare Tmobile against other companies NO CONTRACT plans, they just aren't as reasonable.

As I've said before separate the cost of the phone from the cost of the service and you'll notice the price of your service may not be as good as it seems. If you can't grasp that, I don't think you'll be able to figure out why Tmobile offerings are hard to beat.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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