T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier prepaid plan is more yawn-inducing the last announcement


If you remember, not that long ago T-Mobile tried to hype up its Uncarrier 5.0 announcement. It turned out to be a seven-day iPhone trial, in which potential new customers could take T-Mobile for a “test drive” for free. It might be kind of exciting if you’re shopping for a new carrier, and you’re not already on T-Mobile, but for the rest of us, it was pretty boring.

Apparently, one yawn wasn’t enough.

A few days ago, T-Mobile announced new “Uncarrier” prepaid pricing, which includes a flat rate for minutes and messages of $0.10 each. The plan also has a $3.00 monthly minimum, which gives customers 30 minutes of talk or 30 SMS messages, or any combination thereof that adds up to 30.

T-Mobile is also offering these customers new daily or weekly LTE data passes. A day pass that includes 500MB is $5.00 and a seven-day pass that includes 1GB is $10.

I have yet to see what is so revolutionary or Uncarrier about these plans.

For it’s part, T-Mobile says that prepaid plans have traditionally been “difficult to understand,” and these more straightforward rates makes “it easier than ever to switch to T-Mobile.” I’m not so sure about that, and I’m just hoping that T-Mobile hasn’t started running out of ideas. Ten cent prepaid pricing for texts and minutes is certainly nothing new – Net10 built an entire business around this concept.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s new prepaid plans? In this case, it seems to me to be more of the same.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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