Wednesday, May 25, 2011

T-Mobile ditches unlimited data for new tiers, shared family data

Forget Verizon—wireless carrier T-Mobile has beaten everyone in the US to the punch with shared family data plans. The company announced its new pricing structures Monday morning, not just for family plans but also individual plans, thereby eliminating its unlimited data plan option for new customers.

The new plans offer individuals the choice of 500, 1,000, or unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texting for an extra $10. A 200MB data plan will cost an extra $10 per month—$5 less than AT&T—though you can also purchase 2GB of data for $20, 5GB for $30, or 10GB for $60. Similarly, "families" (or anyone with more than one device on the same cell network) now have the option of sharing 1,000, 2,000 or unlimited minutes with unlimited shared texts costing an extra $20. All data plans, when shared under the family plan, cost twice as much as they are under the individual plans.

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