T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint offer new unlimited data plans

(Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

(Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

The battle for customers seeking unlimited data plans intensified this week with T-Mobile, MetroPCS and Sprint announcing they will offer them with few strings attached as larger rivals move away from the plans.

T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Nationwide 4G plan comes without data caps or the threat of throttling, or slowing connection speeds for users who gobble up data unmercifully. Starting Sept. 5, customers can get unlimited text, talk and data for $89.99 a month with a subsidized smartphone, or $69.99 without the subsidy.

Unlike new, and more expensive, “shared plans” from Verizon and AT&T, however, T-Mobile’s plan doesn’t come with a mobile hotspot option that allows you to share the phone data connection with other devices.

MetroPCS’ unlimited data plan offers a better price for talk, text and data on prepaid phones for $55 a month for a single line and $50 for additional lines (up to three). MetroPCS, however, is only in 14 cities, including Atlanta, while T-Mobile has lot larger reach as the nation’s fourth-largest carrier. MetroPCS also doesn’t come with the mobile hotspot option.

MetroPCS says its deal is for a limited time but even after the promotion the deal rates continue as long as you keep the service.

Sprint’s Simply Everything unlimited data plan also “boasts no throttling, metering or overages for data use — as long as you are on the Sprint network,” according to PC World. “ If you are roaming, the limit is 300MB, after which you will get throttled.”

A price comparison by the Wall Street Journal showed:

Unlimited voice, text and data will cost $89.99 for a single T-Mobile user with a subsidized phone. On Sprint, a similar plan will cost $109.99. Under the shared-data plans from AT&T and Verizon unlimited talk and text with 4 gigabytes of data will cost about $110 for a single user.

What’s the best service among the latest plans? According to a recent PC Magazine review of speed and coverage, “T-Mobile has the best balance of speed, a broad selection of smartphones, and nationwide coverage.”

31 comments Add your comment

Denise Adams

August 22nd, 2012
1:05 pm

MetroPCS is the best !!!!!! Unlimited talk,text,etc.!!!!! I have been with MetroPCS for years with no problems the bill is always the same amount each month which is easy on the budget.

david h

August 22nd, 2012
1:26 pm

Metro PCS with this new plan will take them over the top. On my current phone LG connect 4g I’m getting 5 mb download and 3mb upload. It’s great and for only $55 dollars a month it’s a steal!

David Puddy

August 22nd, 2012
1:28 pm

My priority is coverage and reliability. I find myself a few times a month in mo.re rural areas with a group of people. I have routinely during these times had others ask to use my phone, as theirs does not have adequate coverage, including AT&T, Sprint,and T-Mobile customers. My Verizon service has always held up. I probably pay more than the more obscure carriers, but I can’t recall ever having to borrow a phone the past 20+ years. You get what you pay for.

Elaine Benes

August 22nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Puddy, this is Elaine. I think we should get back together. I miss you.

-EB

Laschea

August 22nd, 2012
1:55 pm

David, you said a mouthful…..”I agree, you do get what you pay for”!!! I have a concern with Verizon’s prices, but at least I know if i’m in a rural aera, my phone will work.

Miss J

August 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

I agree with David and Laschea. Verizon works in places that none of the others work… and I can’t remember the last time I had a dropped call!

MR. C

August 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

METRO PCS is for people that do not travel and have bad credit! It is for people that stay in the metro area. Travel to Cherokee county and try to use Metro PCS. If you travel then a major carrier is your best bet. My bill is always the same, I never have overages. SPRINT everything plan is the best.

Puddy

August 22nd, 2012
2:00 pm

Sure Elaine, let’s make out

@ Puddy

August 22nd, 2012
2:09 pm

You’ve had a cell phone since before 1992? Well done.

Laura

August 22nd, 2012
2:14 pm

I wish we could use Metro PCS but we travel out of the coverage area too often. We use Pure TalkUSA (no contract) and are happy with them. Did get 300mb of data, but as of yesterday (apparently), we now get 600mb for $43.95 w unlimited talk/text.

Business Tactics

August 22nd, 2012
2:23 pm

Lots of blog plants today. Red oceans as far as the eye can see!

Bridge

August 22nd, 2012
2:25 pm

Mr. C, what you said about MetroPCS is not true. I have good credit and I do travel. I had two cell phone carriers back in 2007 (AT&T & Metro). I used Metro for my business phone, because it was unlimited and I didn’t have to worry about the length of calls and wanted a set bill amount. After using the phone and impressed with the coverage, I switched to Metro exclusively. I traveled a lot at that time…just to name a few places I traveled with Metro (Ontario, CA, Puerto Rico, Detroit, Miami, ans Hawaii). Cellphone is a cellphone, I have to look out for my budget.

Walmart Family Mobile the way to go

August 22nd, 2012
2:30 pm

$45 for unlimited talk, text and web. $35 for each additional line (was $25). Use any GSM phone since it is utilizing the TMobile system. Buy a used GSM phone to use with the service if you need to save money. Far better than going through TMobile for the same service. The only negative is the coverage is not as good as ATT, Verizon or Sprint. Also, when I signed up it only had 404 area code available, but that may have changed.

@ Puddy & Elaine

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

awww! LOL use facetime ;-)

Robert

August 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

I still find it is crazy how much these phone comanies charge for there service and people continue to use them. $110 a month for phone service…Crooks if you ask me.

Evian

August 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

METRO PCS SUCKS IF YOUR TRAVELING… It barely pass Forsyth, Ga.. Starts going out, before u can get pass Macon, then starts to roam on METRO TRAVEL TALK, WHICH THEY CHARGE YOU FOR IT.. YOU HAVE TO BUY MINUTES TO USE IT… IT’S WORKS BETTER FOR LOCAL ONLY!

Monkey Man

August 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Sprints Data sucks like a Dyson Vac. Verizon makes you pay excessively for their mediocre data. Im a Sprint customer using 3G/4G wimax is compare to using a 14.4k baud modem in New Guinea.

KnightInATL

August 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

20 years is especially impressive considering that Verizon was founded in 2000

Cinnamon

August 22nd, 2012
3:45 pm

Before it was Verizon, it was called Air Touch and they were around at least since 1994 which is when I had my first cell phone (which was actually a ‘bag phone’.)

Uncle Ruckus

August 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Straight talk works great in rural areas and its only $45 unlimited everything.

MR. C

August 22nd, 2012
3:57 pm

BRIDGE— You are taking a Plane to other METRO Areas (METRO PCS)try driving around to other states as other people have,and you will then understand what I am saying.

Naffy

August 22nd, 2012
5:27 pm

I have had sprint for over 10 years, but moved to Savannah in 2009. I have yet to enjoy any 4G service of any kind from sprint although with the Epic I bought a few years ago the charged me for 4G service. Add to that Sprint has the worst reliability in and around my house! Yeah… uh.. no. Combined with the fact that no one there can give me even a ballpark time frame of when 4G will be available in Savannah, and yet Verizon and T-mobile users down here already enjoy it, Sprint, I loved you for a long time, but alas all things must come to an end.

monroe

August 22nd, 2012
5:52 pm

go with verizon–fewer dropped calls, but their customer service is average

Joey Milliken

August 22nd, 2012
7:13 pm

It seems rare these days in the mobile industry to hear about a pro-consumer policy. I am excited to read T-Mobile is bringing back unlimited data. Being the most affordable with unlimited data really reinforces their image as a value carrier. I use T-Mobile everyday on my commute. I work at Dish and use my Samsung Galaxy S III to watch media or as a hotspot for my iPad to stream media. Either way I will be streaming free movies and TV to Android or iOS through Dish Online. I love having the ability to watch TV wherever I am.

Joey B

August 22nd, 2012
9:12 pm

Ghetto PCS sucks.

@Joey Milliken

August 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

Too bad Dish sucks bawls………………………………

MissJonda

August 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

There is a new service provider that trumps all the big names. It’s Solavei, they operate on T-mobiles 4G Network. You get Unlimited Talk, Text and even Data for $49. Nationwide. And they pay the customers money back for referrals. Check out http://www.49dollarcellphonebill.com and http://www.Solavei.com for details

SANDRA M.

August 23rd, 2012
10:16 pm

METRO HAS A HOTSPOT OPTION AND THEY IN MORE CITIES THEN 14… U SHOULD’VE DONE YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU WROTE YOUR ARTICLE! I HAVE BEEN WITH METRO PCS SINCE THEY STARTED IN SOUTH FLORIDA, UNLIMITED EVERYTHING AND MY BILLS STAYS THE SAME!

JSARVR1

August 24th, 2012
3:51 pm

I use Metropcs and it works fine everywhere.It now has National coverage.Good luck to you morons caught in a 2 yr contract with the big guys and no better coverage….Oh and it’s only $50.00 a month for an android phone….

danish

August 24th, 2012
6:28 pm

this article is missing a point when it mentions metroPCS doesnt have mobile hotspot!
metroPCS is actually now offering mobile hotspot! might want to edit this Christopher Seward:)

andres

August 25th, 2012
6:51 pm

MetroPcs is offering mobile hotspot!!! We have expanded are 4G LTE coverage. We do not offer a contract we work for the working families that sometimes struggle. Imagine being binded to a contract and at the same time you phone gets stolen,wet, or even damaged and at that time your car needs new tires being under contract will make you spend more money with MetroPcs you have options. Its something to really think about