Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mobile Launches Cheap New Plan With Limited Data for COVID-19 Era

Mobile Launches Cheap New Plan With Limited Data for COVID-19 Era

Originally slated to launch if and when T-Mobile concludes its merger with Sprint, the company said it "couldn't wait for the merger" to be finalized to debut the plan.

"Right now, having a reliable, low-priced connection is absolutely crucial for Americans, and with many facing financial strain, time is of the essence", said T-Mobile CEO John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile referencing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For those that need more data, however, the company's Magenta plan will get you "unlimited" 5G data for $70 month with taxes and fees included. That means that in year two, customers on the 2GB plan will get 2.5GB of high-speed data, 3GB in year three, and so on. The prepaid package will deliver unlimited calls and text messages, as well as 2GB of data for $ 15 per month (or 5GB for $ 25).

T-Mobile Connect was announced in November of 2019 as part of 5G for Good – the first planned Un-carrier moves for the proposed New T-Mobile – but in response to customer needs in these trying times, the Un-carrier is launching it this week.

The plans compare favorably with low-priced MVNOs like Ting and US Mobile, which generally charge $20 or more per month for this level of service.

Another feature of T-Mobile Connect is the Annual Data Upgrade.

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Sprint, meanwhile, will provide for 60 days unlimited data to customers with metered plans, starting March 18, along with 20GB of free mobile hotspot data.

The Bellevue, WA-based wireless carrier also revealed a new prepaid plan - T-Mobile Connect - that has been created to benefit low-income Americans who can not afford wireless communications services. T-Mobile Connect is available starting this Wednesday, March 25. From then on, we assume Metro's most affordable option will go back up to a $30 monthly rate, including the same aforementioned amenities.

For the next two months, Metro is offering a $15 plan – that's half the price of the current most affordable plan.

As the new coronavirus pandemic forces businesses to close, T-Mobile says Connect is ideal for Americans in financial difficulty. The offer is half the price of the previous one and was scheduled to launch after the company's takeover of Sprint is completed next month.

As people spend time inside, other T-Mobile network trends include more gaming time, with a 45% increase in video game traffic, along with a 38% bump in smartphone mobile hotspot usage as customers use cellular data to connect to devices like laptops and tablets in the home.

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