T-Mobile announced today that it is reshaping its no-contract mobile broadband packages for its 4G tablets, hotspots, and laptop sticks. Beginning May 20, customers will be able to choose between the following pay-as-you-go data plans:

  • 300MB 1-week pass for $15
  • 1.5GB 1-month pass for $25
  • 3.5GB 1-month pass for $35
  • 5GB 1-month pass for $50

The "No Annual Contract Mobile Broadband Service Passes" are priced lower than T-Mobile's current offerings, which include 100 MB for 7 days at $10, 1 GB for 30 days at $30, and 3 GB for 30 days at $50. T-Mobile says that the new passes will be simple to purchase and come with the option of auto-refill. The restructuring comes in the wake of T-Mobile's push to revamp its image, which resulted in a strong first quarter for the number four carrier.

The passes are available on T-Mobile's 4G tablets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the T-Mobile Springboard, as well as the carrier's mobile hotspot and laptop dongle offerings.

Source: T-Mobile


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T-Mobile introduces new mobile broadband service passes


So would it be possible to get one of these plans, and then swap the sim card into a phone? I use about 2 texts and 20 minutes a month, which Google voice easily handles, but I use 4+ gb of data every month. $50 is a lot cheaper than what our family pays per person a month for Verizon, and I'm leaving the family plan around Christmas.......

You do realize that Google Voice does NOT go thru your data plan for calls, right?

Google Voice requires cell minutes.*

(I know there are ways to attempt to get this to work, but they are somewhat obtuse and far from reliable. Believe me, I've tried them.)

what? really!!? i always thought that it uses data not voice minutes, and if that is the case then what is the benefit of having GV then?

Surf on over to voice.google.com and and read all about it.
Here is the basics: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html

It is an elaborate call routing machine.
Its an Answering machine.
You can make long distance calls anywhere in US/Canada even if you don't have long distance on your plan (it calls the other party, then calls you back).
It transcribes your messages to text
It ring several of your phones if you get the Full GV option and answer from any
one of them.
You can get your messages from any phone or your computer and listen to them or read the transcript.

Seriously, Yours was a common misconception when GV came out, but that was 2 years ago. I thought everybody knew this by now.

New activations only. Available exclusively in-store at Walmart, on Walmart.com, and T-Mobile.com.

Even the page you linked to requires you to start by buying a phone. Seems to be no option to BYOP.

You wouldn't want to use this with a phone. T-Mobile already has a $30/month pre-paid plan that gives you 100 minutes, unlimited texts, and 5GB full speed data with unlimited throttled data after that.

With most people buying tablets thru third parties (and the vast majority of them skipping data plans in preference of WIFI only devices) this change seems a little late to the party.

If they were to follow suit and come of with better off-contract pricing for PHONES they might make a bigger impression. There are starting to be a lot of unlocked penta-band phones on the market that can handle T-Mo bands, and a lot more people might be interested in getting on no-commitment contracts.

When you buy a phone thru the carrier, they continue to make money once the phone is paid off. So I can see why none of the carriers are too willing to jump into encouraging off-contract Bring Your Own Phone contracts.

We know. But not nearly that much data. (3.5GB 1-month pass for $35)

If I'm wrong, please post a link to a t-mo phone plan that gives anywhere near that much data and some amount of voice for 35 bucks. I can't find it.

New activations only. Available exclusively in-store at Walmart, on Walmart.com, and T-Mobile.com.

You have to buy the phone from them..

So you buy the cheapest phone you can get and swap the SIM card. That's what my friend did. That's one of the benefits of a GSM network like T-Mobile.

As stated above, New activations only. Available exclusively in-store at Walmart, on Walmart.com, and T-Mobile.com. So even if you have a t-mo capable phone you have to buy another one.

What are you guys doing with all that data on 3g/4g? After setting my phone up to automatically connect to my home, work, and travel wifi hotspots my 3g data usage plummeted (i used to keep wifi off almost all the time since the early eclair and froyo revs were horrible about battery life). My best on 3g had been 2GB/mo. Now, I rarely use more than 300mb a month (sad to think i still shell out the exact same $30 a month to mother******* verizon). Now all Tmobile has to do is get competitive with their smartphone plans and i would probably switch.

You assume everyone has hotspots wherever they travel. Between traveling a couple of hours a day, plus lunch breaks, streaming music eats up a lot of my 3g/4g. I live in the 6th most populated city in the country, but it's so spread out, that catching wifi on the go is impractical.