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Best T-Mobile Cell Phone Plans 2022

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T-Mobile is home to the nation's largest and fastest 5G network, and with each of its plans coming with full 5G connectivity, you have plenty of options. Whether you're looking for a cheap plan with enough data to get by or a massive unlimited plan for constant HD streaming, T-Mobile has a good fit. T-Mobile's Magenta MAX plan is the best of the network, with unlimited premium data and HD video streaming and a massive 40GB of mobile hotspot data so you can stream to your heart's content.

These are the best plans from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Magenta MAX

5G ready

Reasons to buy

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Unlimited premium data (with no speed caps)
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40GB high-speed mobile hotspot data
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Taxes and fees included
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Up to 4K UHD streaming
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Travel benefits

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for a single line

T-Mobile didn't name Magenta MAX its "best plan ever" for no good reason. This newest addition to the T-Mobile lineup was created with the savvy 5G smartphone user in mind. Though it costs $85 per month for a single line, taxes and fees are already included, and the price drops significantly when you add a few lines thanks to T-Mobile's "third line on us." Still, this is T-Mobile's most expensive plan and will make the most sense to heavy users.

Magenta MAX comes with unlimited premium data so you'll get as much speed as a tower can manage regardless of how much data you use. Of course, you'll also get standard T-Mobile features like unlimited talk and text, scam call blocking, T-Mobile Tuesdays discounts, and great benefits for frequent travelers, such as international texting to 210+ countries, unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada—including 5GB of 4G LTE data and once that's been consumed unlimited 2G—and unlimited texting and WiFi with Gogo in-flight. Magenta MAX even offers unlimited 2G data when traveling abroad with speeds up to 256kbps and no roaming charges.

Magenta MAX comes with Netflix bundled in with a single SD screen for one line and HD for two screens with two or more lines. This is made even nicer by Magenta MAX's lack of streaming quality restrictions. Though the average person probably doesn't need quite so much data and cool features, T-Mobile's Magenta MAX is an excellent choice for anyone who doesn't want even the slightest constraint when it comes to using their smartphone.

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T-Mobile Magenta

Family-friendly

Reasons to buy

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100GB premium data
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Taxes and fees included
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5GB high-speed mobile hotspot data
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Travel benefits

Reasons to avoid

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SD streaming
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Slower international data speeds (128kbps)
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Netflix Basic not available for a single line

T-Mobile's Magenta plan is one of the best cheap phone plans you can get, making it an excellent option for a family plan. You'll get most of the same features as you would with the Magenta MAX plan with some intelligent cuts that many won't even notice. Magenta starts at $70 per month for a single line with savings for multiple lines. It's also nice that taxes and fees are included, so there are no surprises on your bill.

With the Magenta plan, you'll get a whopping 100GB of premium data, which is much more than enough for your average smartphone user, and 5GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data (later unlimited at 3G speeds). And it wouldn't be a family plan if it didn't come with Netflix on Us. This plan comes with Netflix Basic, so one screen SD, as long as you have more than two lines. Unlike the Magenta MAX plan, video streaming quality is limited to SD (480p), so if HD is a must, you'll have to upgrade plans or buy an HD day pass.

Regarding international benefits, this plan's features are very similar to Magenta MAX, the only difference being that international data use is slower at 2G speeds (128Kbps). You probably won't notice the difference. Ultimately T-Mobile's Magenta plan is great for families, and you could definitely still be satisfied with less. But in this day and age of connectivity, T-Mobile's Magenta plan is perfect for anyone that's a heavy data user, needs some high-speed mobile hotspot data (think long road trips in the car), and occasionally goes on vacations abroad.

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T-Mobile Essentials

Back to basics

Reasons to buy

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50GB premium data
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Affordable single line
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International texting and Mexico & Canada usage
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Unlimited mobile hotspot data

Reasons to avoid

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Slower mobile hotspot speeds (3G)
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SD streaming
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Doesn't include Netflix on Us
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Taxes and fees aren't included
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Doesn't include international data

T-Mobile's Essentials plan is one of the most affordable, especially when it comes to a single line. For $60 per month, you'll get all the core necessities you need out of a phone plan. Remember that this price doesn't include taxes and fees, so your final price may be more than expected.

For most people, the Essentials plan's 50GB of premium data will be more than what's essential. If you only use your mobile hotspot data every so often, then unlimited data at 3G speeds will suffice for basic browsing, email, and social media. But if you're someone that's frequently working from your laptop with no (or spotty) WiFi, then faster mobile hotspot data could be useful.

This plan doesn't have as many international benefits as Magenta, either. You'll still be able to text internationally and with unlimited usage in Mexico and Canada at up to 128kbps speeds. Unfortunately, this plan doesn't let you use your data anywhere else abroad, and it doesn't have fun perks like Gogo in-flight texting and WiFi. T-Mobile's Essentials does what it says it will: give you the essentials.

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Metro by T-Mobile Unlimited

No strings attached

Reasons to buy

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T-Mobile 4G LTE and 5G network
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Variety of plans
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Decent prices for a single line
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Optional add-on services
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Amazon Prime, Google One, and unlimited music streaming with certain plans

Reasons to avoid

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Data and mobile hotspot data aren't unlimited with all plans
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SD video streaming
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Data isn't prioritized

Metro by T-Mobile is one of the best MVNO carriers you can use. T-Mobile owns Metro, so if you're finding that T-Mobile's postpaid options aren't a good fit, Metro is a solid alternative. Metro has a few plans to choose from, but its base unlimited plan will make a lot of sense for those looking to save. In line with T-Mobile's Essentials plan, this plan keeps it simple with talk, text, and data with no significant extras.

You get unlimited talk, text, and data on T-Mobile's network, including 5G connectivity if you have a compatible phone. This plan starts at $40 for a single line, with multi-line savings available for families. While your data speeds will be lower than someone with premium data, on T-Mobile's postpaid plans, most people will find the speeds to be more than acceptable.

Finally, Metro by T-Mobile includes a 1-year trial of ViX+, a streaming platform with Spanish language content. This includes sports like Champions League football as well as live news. Metro by T-Mobile would be a good starting point if you were looking for a cheap unlimited plan on T-Mobile's network.

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T-Mobile Connect

Almost too affordable to be true

Reasons to buy

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Cheap monthly price
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Data increases by 500MB annually
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T-Mobile's large network
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Scam-blocking included

Reasons to avoid

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Capped data
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Taxes and fees aren't included
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No traditional carrier benefits
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No international service

Starting at $10 per month, T-Mobile Connect is one of the cheapest prepaid plans you can get with T-Mobile. You can pick between 3GB, 6GB, or 12GB of data, but either way, you'll get unlimited talk, text, and mobile hotspot data at full speeds until you reach your data amount. The cheapest plan has 1GB of data, 1000 minutes, and 1000 texts. Once you've reached your monthly data allotment, you can buy an add-on data pass. It's a great plan for someone who doesn't need too much data and wants a simple plan without frills at a fantastic price.

One neat feature about T-Mobile Connect is that you'll get an annual data upgrade of 500MB for five years after you've started the plan (at no extra cost). Though you won't get the traditional benefits that come with other T-Mobile plans, such as international service or unlimited music streaming, the reduced price is hard to pass up. However, taxes and fees aren't included, so you can expect your monthly bill to be slightly higher than the plan price, depending on which data allotment you pick. But if you don't use lots of data in the first place and want something basic, you won't find a better price with T-Mobile.

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Simply Prepaid 10GB

Sweet and simple

Reasons to buy

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Mobile hotspot data
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T-Mobile's large network
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Scam-blocking included
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International add-ons
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Music Unlimited is included

Reasons to avoid

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No traditional carrier benefits
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No international service
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Savings aren't significant

T-Mobile offers three different Simply Prepaid plans with two unlimited options and a 10GB option. The 10GB plan starts at $40 per month with multi-line discounts. While 10GB may not seem like a ton, this plan includes Music Unlimited, a feature that keeps your music streaming from counting against your data. With Music Unlimited, it's much easier to make it to the end of the month on 10GB. Even so, if you find it's not enough, the two unlimited options are there.

Simply Prepaid plans include scam-blocking protection and mobile hotspot data—though, with the Simply Prepaid plan, this data is part of the 10GB allotment, whereas, with the unlimited plan, you'll get unlimited hotspot data at 3G speeds. Even better, the unlimited plus plan gives you access to 10GB of 4G LTE hotspot data (later unlimited at 3G speeds) which is more than T-Mobile's Magenta plan offers. Each Simply Prepaid plan also comes with music unlimited, meaning that music streaming won't count toward your data. There's even a data maximizer that will optimize streaming videos at 1.5Mbps speeds to allow high-speed data to last longer.

Like T-Mobile Connect, Simply Prepaid plans don't come with international service, but unlike T-Mobile Connect, you can purchase add-ons such as talk, text, and 5GB of 4G data in Mexico and Canada for an extra $5 per month or international calling for an additional $15 per month. If you use more than 50GB of data in a month on one of the unlimited plans, you may notice slower data until the end of the month.

Experience 5G on T-Mobile with a plan that fits you

Before signing up with T-Mobile, you should always check the network's coverage map (opens in new tab) and make sure you'll get great service in your area. If you're set on joining the un-carrier, then Magenta MAX is one of the best T-Mobile plans out there. Though this plan isn't for everyone, it'll certainly impress those who are constantly connected and devour data. Do you really need unlimited premium data? Probably not, but it's nice to know that your speeds will never slow down and that you also have a very generous amount of 40GB mobile hotspot data.

With remote work, the new norm for many, Magenta MAX will let you spend the day on your laptop without worrying about a reliable WiFi connection. Magenta MAX is also a great plan if you travel since it comes with unlimited data, calling, texting abroad, and Gogo in-flight unlimited texting and WiFi. The plan comes with Netflix on Us, which gives you two HD screens if you sign up for more than two lines, and (last but not least) you'll get up to 4K UHD streaming. Magenta MAX is the plan made for the future of 5G, and it's hard to resist though there are certainly cheaper plans to consider.

If you find that you don't use too much data regularly, then T-Mobile's Essentials plan will give you the best value and everything that you need. It's a great option for a single line or for families (as is the Magenta plan), and you'll still have premium data, access to 5G, and unlimited mobile hotspot data. But if you're on a budget and need something simple, T-Mobile Connect is the perfect plan with no fancy features to distract you. Offering 3GB or 6GB of data, this prepaid plan cuts to the chase for only $15 or $25 per month. But no matter which T-Mobile plan you pick, you're guaranteed to stay connected with the nation's leader in 5G coverage and speed.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.