Mobile's new unlimited plan drops perks, offers basics for discount

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T-Mobile may have said last week that they had no current plans to increase pricing on their unlimited offerings, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to make changes. Essentials starts at United States dollars 60 per month for one line and goes down to USD 30 for four lines on the same account with auto-pay.

The carrier's Essentials plan includes talk, text, and data for a lower price than its other basic plan, T-Mobile One. And "during times and places with heavy network demand, Essentials customers may notice slower speeds than other customers", as will Essentials customers using more than 50 GB of data per month. You can have up to six lines on the new plan, with the fifth and sixth lines each costing an additional $15 per month.

What's not included in T-Mobile Essentials are features like free Netflix for family plans. Essentials includes unlimited talk, text, and 2G data when roaming, but only in Canada and Mexico.

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.

"The other guys have got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More ..." Yesterday T-Mobile introduced the new T-Mobile Essentials plan for those consumers who want to reduce their monthly bills even more.

Thank you for signing up for the 3 Things to Know Newsletter. Most unlimited plans allow you at least 22GB of data before being throttled, while T-Mobile and Sprint hit the brakes at 50GB. Well have to wait until T-Mobile releases its terms and conditions for the new plan to see exactly which of the T-Mobile perks it will or will not include.

T-Mobiles plans are no longer simple for the average customer to understand. Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials. All of those prices are with autopay enabled; if you forgo autopay, you'll pay $5/month extra per line. It starts at $40 per line with taxes and fees included for a family for four with autopay.

T-Mobile One Plus International, finally, is also an upgrade over ONE.