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T-Mobile doubles tablet data plan, expands family plan

If you add a tablet to your T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, starting September 3rd T-Mobile will charge you $10-a-month for the privilege and will double your data allotment in the process. The plan creates a duplicate bucket of data reserved for that tablet, up to 5 GB per month. This is in stark contrast to other carriers, where adding a new device, tablet or otherwise, draws from your preexisting bucket of data.

It's worth noting that this is a segregated bucket for the tablet — you've got one bucket for your phone (say, a 3 GB T-Mobile plan) and a separate 3 GB for the tablet.

In addition to the new tablet plans, T-Mobile's also expanding their family plans. Previously limited to five lines on a plan, the Simple Choice family plans now can support a full ten lines. T-Mobile still offers each line with a separated allotment of data, unlike the shared data buckets that its competitors offer.

Just yesterday we saw T-Mobile offer a 2 GB second-tier plan for just $5 over the $40 base plan. They've been on something of a roll since the collapse of the proposed merger with Sprint, though they are facing aggressive pricing competition from the desperate and reinvigorated carrier.

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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • That's not bad Posted via Android Central App
  • You can Always count on T-Mobile for being Competitive, a fantastic deal for those who want tablets or large families. I personally don't like the idea of "Shared data", so if I had a large family this is the way I'd go. You never know what certain family members will use and burn through Everybody's data.
  • Looks like T-Mobile is playing catch up to Sprint ... Posted via the Android Central App
  • lol Pretty sure it's the 0ther way around, Good reason why T-Mobile is about to surpass Sprint to become the Nation's Third Largest carrier.
  • Its both. T-mo made the shared bucket irrelevant (their own creation) and increased to 10 lines (sprints creation). I hope that Sprint follows along with the tablet plans (they already have the plans down to $10)
  • You said the key words: "FOLLOWS ALONG"....
    By the end of 2015.. The *Un-Carrier*
    will Rule The Roost.. and ALL carrier's will have no choice but to "Follow Along" to stay up with T-Mobile.
    T-Mobile 4G LTE @ only $30.00 a month.. FOREVER.
  • While I wish this was true, unless they receive large amounts of additional funding from an investor to build out their network pretty soon, the number of subscribers that they've acquired will mean nothing to Verizon or AT&T. They still can't compete on coverage, which is a big deal to a lot of people. Verizon could loose more costumers than T - Mobile even has right now and still be literally 4 times as large as them, in terms of numbers of people contracted. T-Mobile is doing everything right to gain customers, but it is still a company, and as such, needs to make enough money to both keep their investors satisfied and to invest in remaining competitive in their service. Every time they lower their prices, they cut into this bottom line. Verizon may be evil, but they are still making money hand over fist and reinvesting at least part of that back into making their network better.
  • SHHHHHHHHHHHH Don't say that. They get mad around here when you talk sense.
  • But you have to keep in mind: It's not about towers, its about spectrum. The FCC controls spectrum. They also control where spectrum is deployed. The only thing that they dont control is who buys it at the auction. T-Mobile can't just put up a tower anywhere they want to improve everyones coverage. They have to own the spectrum they are using, in the area they plan to use it. As it stands they have maximized their spectrum locations, but they havent maximized the tower tech, which is why they've started using Wideband LTE and VoLTE. The failed merger with AT&T (free 850 mHz for 7 years) and spectrum swap with Verizon (700 mHz for LTE) is going to improve things greatly for the short term. If they can acquire a dearth of more spectrum in the upcoming FCC auctions then the game will change.
  • Without money, it is doubtful they will get what they need.
  • You're officially a Bond villain now. I can see you stroking your snobby looking cat while laughing maniacally. Meanwhile, Bond escapes again.
  • Even one of the best Bond villians saved bond's life several times....
  • Ah, but they still get special consideration at the auctions, due to their small size/capital compared to AT&T and Verizon. There was a big hullabaloo put on by those two at the last auction where they attempted to eliminate T-Mo's special status, claiming they were big enough and wealthy enough to compete at auction on the same terms. The big two have been afraid of T-Mo and their plans for some time, just quietly so.
  • T-Mobile never had a shared bucket Posted via Android Central App
  • Didnt say they did, I said that they made them irrelevant
  • That's not how it reads. You said "their own creation".
  • Then your reading what you want, not how it is written in relation to the original post.
  • That's how I read it too.
  • If you're waiting for him to admit he's wrong, forget about it. He spends his day trolling pro T-Mobile threads, throwing ice water on everyone's enthusiasm. If only he'd donate to ALS, he might prove useful.
  • Yeah that is exactly what I do, just troll the threads. oh and yeah I donate to several organizations, how about you Scotty boy?
  • Oh. I'm sorry. I forgot your other purpose; corporate apologist on negative Sprint articles. Please accept my sincere apology.
  • Show me one post where I am apologizing for a bad sprint area and I will make a donation in your name scotty boy. Just one.
  • Actually T-mobile made 10 lines available for 200 on August 17th before Sprints 10 line on the 18th. This just lowers it to 160 for 10 and makes the information more apparent. They officially had 6 lines on their website on the 17th for new sign ups. Customers were required to call in or go in store and add lines 7-10 for $20 a month. With this announcement the price dropped $10 for each line 7-10.
  • Pretty sure that the Framily plan was 10 lines all along....stopped reading after you were wrong right there...
  • I don't believe Sprint allowed 1 user to sign up for 10 lines and be in complete control of all the accounts that's a little different.
  • Pretty sure you had the option. You could have one Framily plan of ten on one account or 10 one line accounts under the same plan....I am currently pushing 6 on my framily plan, under one bill (mostly because I am being lazy, it should be 2, 2 , 1, 1 as far as bills go)
  • Lmao Ha Ha! Whammy!!
  • Right that's why sprint is doing so well note a days? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's always been pretty plain and simple for me since June 2012. If not rolling with T-Mobile then you're simply not rolling at all. T-Mobile is the carrier game today nothing else matters period. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • I disagree since carriers are area dependent :). Posted via my T-Mobile Note 3 using the AC App.
  • and everyone else sucks monkey balls (I am so glad he retired that one)
  • It makes an appearance every once in a while, unfortunately Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah but it is better than it used to be
  • Not really, it's been the same carbon copy response over and over with no actual contribution to the thread. Ha Ha! Whammy!!
  • Mostly you are right, he has been getting away from the cut and paste lately though, and he has actually be responding to people.
  • The monkey balls was at least something entertaining to laugh at.
  • +1, added character
  • April 29, 2013 for me with T-Mobile. Left Verizon. No complaints. But am eagerly awaiting Wideband LTE to come to Fairfield County Connecticut (Bridgeport). Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not when all you get is 2G in some areas... Posted via my 1+1
  • Actually, monkey ball boy, COVERAGE is what truly matters, and as good as T-Mo is performing these days plan-wise, they just aren't there in terms of coverage yet. Expect stiff competition from the other carriers, while at least AT&T and Verizon attempt very diligently to prevent them from acquiring more spectrum or land/leases for additional towers.
  • Expand your 4g LTE network. Unlimited data means little to those who only get EDGE data speeds. Posted via Android Central App
  • They're working on that as fast as they can. 2G to 4G LTE coverage should come sometime next June/July. They bought 700 MHz A block spectrum from Actel LLC and from I-700 LLC. States include Montana, New Mexico, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.
  • Doesn't T-mobile already give you 200mb free data if you want for any LTE tablet even if you don't have any other plan? Does that figure go to 400mb now?
  • T-mobile allows you to get 1.2 GB free if you are a voice customer. With this new plan if you are a customer and subscribe to the 3 GB, 5GB, or unlimited plan you get matching data (up to 5 GB) on your tablet for $10 per month
  • This is good for the consumers Posted via the Android Central App
  • The data should be shared. Out of 10gb Att, plan I use more than half of it. Posted via Android Central App on 1+1