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T-Mobile will begin offering unlimited data plans starting July 24, the company announced today. The new data plans may be a bold attempt to differentiate T-Mobile from AT&T and Verizon, perhaps even undermining one of the reasons AT&T cited for wanting to buy up the smaller carrier: that T-Mobile wasn't trying hard enough to compete. However, T-Mobile says that "high-speed" (read: 3G and HPSA+) data will be capped at 2GB, 5GB, or 10GB a month depending on the plan, so only data as slow as 2G will flow freely.

The current least expensive unlimited data plan is priced at $139.98 per month for two lines, and is accompanied by a disclaimer that customers may be reduced to "up to 2G speeds" once their 2GB allotment of high-speed data is used. T-Mobile did not respond to requests for clarification.

T-Mobile stresses customers won't be charged for overages, though customers will be dropped down to the slower 2G network once they pass their monthly data allotments. T-Mobile notes that the unlimited data plans will be upgradeable to "2GB, 5GB, or 10GB of high-speed data." There is no mention of pricing, save the example cited above.

If individual plans follow the form of the family plans and also lose the $20 charge for data, customers will be able to pay $59.99 per month for unlimited minutes, texts, and 2GB of "high-speed" data, which is also T-Mobile's least expensive plan. Verizon's least expensive plan with 2GB of data and limited minutes and texts is $70 per month at $30 for 2GB, and AT&T's is $64.99 per month at $25 for 2GB.
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That's actually a good deal...
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I really don't like data caps, but that is cheap compared to all the others I have seen.
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that's cool....also hoping the iPhone 4S comes to tmobile soon
    
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$60 for unlimited and text and 2GB of data? That's impressive. The excerpt that you quoted is kinda misleading for AT&T and Verizon, because if you really want to compare it to T-Mobile blow for blow, AT&T and Verizon are $85 and $90 per month when including unlimited texting. The numbers they provided are just the talking and data part of the plan, but then again, that may be the point they were trying to get across.
 
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Should read 3g/3g+ HSPA+ is not NOT 4G in any way! I'm sick of these companies lying about having 4G, While Verizon is the only company actually using LTE at the moment, they're not even close to actual 4G, but they're still alot faster than anyone else out there right now. I'll stick with my truely unlimited 30down 5up "4G" thank you.
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i've seen this on their website for months... ?????? how is this new?
Because the unlimited talk and text+2GB of data is currently $80 per month. A $30 price reduction is definitely news.
 
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One last thing, I'll live by what my parents always taught me "you get what you pay for and you pay for quality" nuf said!
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still horrible prices.

i'll stick with my VM 25$ a month.
    
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$60 for unlimited and text and 2GB of data? That's impressive. The excerpt that you quoted is kinda misleading for AT&T and Verizon, because if you really want to compare it to T-Mobile blow for blow, AT&T and Verizon are $85 and $90 per month when including unlimited texting. The numbers they provided are just the talking and data part of the plan, but then again, that may be the point they were trying to get across.
yeah, here in the UK T-mobile is by far the best, i mean we get two networks worth of coverage, as orange and t-mobile are together now, so if t-mobile can't reach me, oranges signal will. and it's cheap as chips £35 a month for unlimited everything and a 2GB data cap... or you can pay £1 for a whole day on the internet no caps... lol
(the £35 is like one of the most expensive ones.. so yeah..)
    
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