On April 12th, T-Mobile introduced its latest affordable mobile phone plan called Simple Starter. This is a pretty basic plan that offers unlimited talk, unlimited text, and up to 500MB of 4G LTE data for only $40 per month.
In the past several months we have been seeing T-Mobile really stepping up its game and being quite brazen about attacking the other big mobile phone carriers, particularly AT&T. The fight is on and us consumers are reaping the benefits with plans like the T-Mobile Simple Starter plan.
The nice thing about this plan is that there is no contract to get locked into. Not only do they not lock you into a contract, but they will buyout your existing contract from another carrier like AT&T or Verizon. Essentially, if you break your existing contract to switch to T-Mobile they will give you up to a $300 credit on the market value of your phone plus up to a $350 credit to cover the early termination fee of your existing contract. So it’s quite possible to get up to $650 credit for breaking your contract which certainly helps to make the switch all the more palatable. Not bad.
Another nice thing I noticed about this plan is that there are no overage fees for data. This is nice considering that there are some mobile carriers out there that can be a bit deceptive about this sort of thing, where they sometimes charge exorbitant rates for going over your data limit. Fortunately with this plan you apparently don’t have to worry about that.
Of course the one caveat with this plan is that while that talk and text is unlimited, there is a hard 500MB cap for the data. So depending on how much data one uses will depend on whether this is a good plan or not. Although, for an extra $10 you could always go with the $50 per month T-Mobile Simple Choice plan which would basically give you unlimited everything, including data.
All this said, the T-Mobile Simple Starter looks like a decent plan and would certainly be a worth choice to switch from either AT&T or Verizon, but for me personally I’ve been a bit more excited about the even cheaper Republic Wireless $25 per month unlimited everything plan otherwise I’d strongly consider going with T-Mobile.