Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

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For one line, the Essentials plan costs $60, while One costs $70 (including taxes).

By stripping away the unnecessary, the new T-Mobile Essentials plan helps bring the cost down, so you can have four lines on the plan and pay just $30 per line. If you don't have Autopay turned on, those prices will all go up by $5. With that said, it does include hotspot data at 3G speeds, 2G data use in Canada and Mexico, and 480p (DVD) quality video streaming. It offers unlimited talk, text and smartphone data. As always, T-Mobile is listening to customers, and T-Mobile Essentials is designed for those who say they just want the basics: unlimited talk, text and smartphone data in the US - all at the industry's best price, only $30 per line for a family of four with autopay.

As a result, T-Mobile's big boast with its Essentials plan is that you can get four lines for $30 per line.

In return for a discounted price, Essentials customers lose the free Netflix that comes with the One plan, as well as the free high-speed roaming in Canada and Mexico, and the free low-speed roaming in most countries around the world.

No changes are being made to the earlier T-Mobile One and One Plus plans.

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Customers using 50GB/mo. may notice further reduced speeds.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available beginning August 10th. And Verizon charges $80 for the first line of service on its cheapest "gounlimited" plan.

Of course, most people want more, and that's why T-Mobile ONE is the Un-carrier's most popular option, setting the bar across the industry. Also, despite being advertized as an unlimited plan, throttling still hits after you pass over 50GB of used data in a month. Family plans can get One Plus for $10 per month per line. About T-Mobile US, Inc.

Costs aside, it's a bad look for T-Mobile to be adding a new "unlimited" option that doesn't include taxes and fees. T-Mobile commissioned a survey in which "a whopping 86 percent of respondents "it is wrong for the price on your monthly wireless bill to be more than the advertised price" and said "wireless carriers should include taxes and fees in the prices they advertise", T-Mobile crowed in its press release".

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