T-Mobile’s new unlimited plan offers the basic essentials for $45 a month

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T-Mobile is offering a new unlimited plan that’s cheaper than its other offerings. Just be prepared to give up some benefits.

The new plan, called Base Essentials, went live on April 21 and costs $45 per month for a single line, a savings of $15 from its current cheapest Unlimited Essentials plan, which is $60 per month. month. The new option is also $25 cheaper than the Magenta option and $40 cheaper than a single line on its most expensive Magenta Max offering.

With this plan, you’ll get 20GB of high-speed data and access to T-Mobile’s 5G network, but you’ll lose high-speed data once that allowance runs out. Instead, your download speeds will slow to 1.5 Mbps for the rest of your billing cycle.

Those on this Basic Essentials plan will also be limited to “3G speeds” when using your phone as a hotspot, according to Reddit user a9uirre and The T-Mo Report, who first spotted the details. new plans.

Read more: CNET’s guide to choosing the best unlimited plans

Unlike other T-Mobile plans, Basic Essentials users won’t be able to take advantage of device upgrade offers or have taxes and fees included in the sticker price. There’s no discount for automatic payments, and the carrier doesn’t bundle Netflix subscriptions or a free year of Apple TV Plus like it does with its Magenta and Magenta Max plans. However, you will still be able to get a free year of Paramount Plus Essentials.

Two lines will run at $80 on the Base Essentials plan — a savings of $10 per month compared to regular Essentials (which runs at $90 per month with AutoPay). You can have a maximum of four lines with Base Essentials, with three lines at $100 and four lines at $120.

With T-Mobile’s current promotions on its other plans, this Base Essentials option only makes sense for those with one or two lines. Three lines of regular Essentials – which have 50GB of high-speed data per month – will run for $90 per month ($10 less than Base Essentials), while four lines of regular Essentials are $105 per month (one $15 savings over Base Essentials).

The new Base Essentials offer can be found by clicking the “See other plans” option on T-Mobile’s wireless plan listing.

“Starting April 21, 2022, new and existing customers can get Base Essentials for $45 per month plus taxes and fees for 1 line, with 20GB of high-speed smartphone data, with 5G access included,” the company said. in a statement provided Monday. at CNET.

“We know there is a group of customers who are looking for a low-cost option, have limited data needs, aren’t looking for device deals or extras, and don’t need more than four lines. – but who want a T-Mobile branded service. And Base Essentials allows us to reach and serve this group of customers in a unique way.”

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier creating new simplified unlimited plans for single users. AT&T recently added a new unlimited plan option to its portfolio called Value Plus. The $50-per-month option is limited to a single line and doesn’t have any hotspot features or perks like HBO Max, but does include unlimited talk, text and data with 5G network access from AT&T.

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