The self-described "Un-Carrier" is also changing up the way it bills for mobile broadband on tablets, hotspots and data sticks today. There is now very little distinction between adding a phone and adding a tablet to your plan, with simplified pricing throughout. For stand-alone devices on their own account, tablets, hotspots, laptops and data sticks will have a base charge of $20 per month for 500MB of high-speed data, throttled to 2G thereafter. Each additional $10 per month adds 2GB to that allotment, all the way up to 12.5GB per month for $80.
If you are adding a tablet, hotspot, laptop or data stick to an existing individual or family plan, the prices are cut by $10 per month. So if you already have a phone line with T-Mobile, adding a tablet with 500MB of data is the same price -- just $10 -- as adding another phone line with 500MB of data.
This is a huge move in the right direction for T-Mobile, as it helps confirm what we all know already -- that data is data, no matter what device you're using it on. The carrier hasn't historically been a popular destination for users wanting tablet and hotspot data plans, but this may help sway some customers going forward.