Mobile Essentials is a new rate plan that’s launching August 10th

Marco Green
August 6, 2018

T-Mobile has a new smartphone plan focusing on the holy trifecta: unlimited calls, messaging, and data, and very little else.

T-Mobile revealed most of the details of Essentials, but the basics are that it's supposed to be a plan that only includes unlimited talk, text, and data. The plans start at $60 for one line or $30 per line for four lines every month, a discount of $10 per line. The price of T-Mobile One Plus will also be increasing, going to $15 per month for a single line.

Keep in mind that to get to those prices, you need to agree to pay account taxes and enable auto payments. If you decide to skip autopay, you'll have to pony up $5 more per month. Video streaming on the new plan is limited to 480p quality, and during times of network congestion, T-Mobile Essentials customers may encounter slower speeds. Also, despite being advertized as an unlimited plan, throttling still hits after you pass over 50GB of used data in a month. Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot use, but capped at 3G speeds. If you need faster, $10 per month adds on 10 GB of LTE mobile hotspot access.

How does this differ from T-Mobile ONE?

Then there's use outside of the US. In just the last few weeks, Verizon introduced a higher tier plan for the especially data-hungry user, while Sprint and AT&T both relaunched their data offerings with new, pricier options.

T-Mobile Essentials will be open for new and existing subscribers to sign up as of August 10. A $5 24-hour Global Pass will give 512MB of up to 4G LTE data plus unlimited calling in Mexico, Canada, and other worldwide destinations.

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