April 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM ET
T-Mobile customers who may be psyched that unlimited plans are now available on the network may need to take it down a notch or two, as it comes with a catch: those exceeding 2GB of use in a billing month will notice a slower connection to their data, as the company will throttle down the speed until the next billing cycle.
The company announced today a new, single-line unlimited "Even More" plan available for $79.99 per month, with a two-year contract. It includes nationwide calling, texting and data — with no overage charges. But, there will be that slowdown should you go over 2GB. In its press release, T-Mobile indicated this shouldn't a problem, as its "4G smartphone customers consume about 1GB of data per billing month."
T-Mobile says its 4G network reaches 167 markets and more than 200 million people nationwide. Verizon's 4G LTE reaches 39 markets, over 60 airports and 110 million people. It is scheduled to reach 145 markets by the end of this year.
For those not ready to take the plunge with unlimited data, T-Mobile offers entry-level data plans starting at $10 for 200 MB per billing month. It also sends SMS alerts when customers come close to reaching data limits.
In contrast, unlimited talk and texting with 200MB of data regularly runs at $79.99 and other limits, such as 1,000 minutes and unlimited text and data, will set you back $89.99.
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