T-Mobile Data Stash

In its latest Un-carrier move, T-Mobile unveiled today Data Stash, a program in which all unused data automatically rolls over to the next month, for up to a year. The unused data, which is then put in the virtual Data Stash, can be used anytime during that year. To top it all off, the company is also stocking each Data Stash with 10 GB of free data.

“Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse. Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the Un-carrier 8.0 event today. “That data is rightfully yours,” he added. “And, we’re putting an end to this appalling industry practice today. With Data Stash, when you buy additional high-speed data, there’s no need to lose what you don’t use.”

Unused data will be rounded up to the nearest megabyte, and will automatically roll into the Data Stash every month. Available January 2015 at no extra cost, Data Stash applies to T-Mobile users with a postpaid plan who purchased additional 4G LTE data, 3GB or more for smartphones, and 1 GB or more for tablets. This program is available to all new and existing T-Mobile customer, whether on an individual, family, or business plan. The company noted there is no limit to how much data you can store in your stash.

If that wasn’t enough, every Data Stash will be stocked with 10 GB of free 4G LTE data.

Before most carriers started offering unlimited calls, it was a common practice for them to roll over unused minutes of talk time to the next month. This move by T-Mobile will surely shake the industry one more time, hopefully forcing other carriers to offer similar programs.

Source: T-Mobile

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Waiting on AT&T to do this…..

    • besweeet

      As mentioned in the announcement, overage fees are worth hundreds of millions to Verizon and AT&T. Knowing how they are, this will never happen to them.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Clarify. Do you mean Big Red and Blue won’t respond to T-Magenta by offering a “Data Stash” plan of their own? I hope they do, otherwise I’m hopping to T-Mo as there plans have been getting sweeter ans sweeter as of recent.

      • besweeet

        They probably will, but they’ll sneak something into them that’ll make them enough money as an alternative to overages.

      • Brandon Miranda

        But alas, one can only hope that the consumer will someday be on the better side of a deal.

      • mlee19841

        Exactly. Their not gonna lose all their customer base to T-Mobile. Just because they have this feature now. Vzw and att will continue to over charge and I will continue to pay.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      a wet dream that will never happen.

      • pauleebe

        The big carriers have actually modified their plans multiple times in response to T-mobile, so clearly T-mobile’s tactics are working.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I shall be corrected when it becomes evident.

      • Nathan

        Too bad their service is crap outside the city,

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      So glad I switch from AT&T to T-Mobile.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        T mobile has horrible coverage though. Great features but horrible coverage

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        All depends on we’re you live. I’m getting great coverage in my area.

  • besweeet

    It’s not available to all users, as you need to be on the 3GB or 5GB [before throttling] plan to be eligible. On the base $50 1GB [before throttling] plan? You won’t get data stash.

    • You’re correct. My bad. I edited the post accordingly. Thank you

      • besweeet

        No problem.

    • Eddie Hines

      do you need to be on BOTH the 3+ GB phone plan AND the 1+GB tablet plan or can you just be on the phone plan only?

      • besweeet

        I imagine it could be either device.

  • Merman123

    If only T-Mobile was reliable indoors, I would have made the switch already. I have a couple of buddies who struggle with signal in different places, while I have full bars right next to them. These changes are good because they shake up the industry, but before I make the switch, I’d like to be able to use my phone wherever I am.

    • dont forget tmobile supports the wifi calling!

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        And trully unlimited

  • El Matador

    Now if only their network was as game changing as their un-carrier plans. If you don’t have reception it won’t matter how much data you stash!

    • JayDee917

      I had that fear before I switched as well. But it’s actually just as good as AT&T and Verizon in the SoCal area. But I’m sure it varies greatly based on where you live.

  • Juan Genao

    I have 3 people on my 15gb ATT plan and we never even get close.

    • L J

      Then reduce it

      • Tobias9413

        He probably got the promotion from a month ago that upgrades your 10 gb plan to 15 gb for free

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Doesn’t matter about being close to using your data up. It’s all about great networking and half the price. I have tmobile and very happy with the resluts.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Resluts?

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        I been using T-mobile for about 3 months. My girlfriend and friends used it for years. I have to say so far so good. IPhone 6 Plus supports WiFi calling, that’s what hooked me in. Indoors too.

  • sashk

    I guess, this never happens on Verizon…

  • JayDee917

    Made the switch to T-Mobile a few months ago for the iPhone 6 Plus. Best move I’ve ever made.

    Fast LTE, unlimited data, Wi-Fi calling and texts, free Asus wireless-AC router, and now I get to keep my unused data all for $35 per line on a family plan including insurance and JUMP early upgrade plan, all without being locked into a contract.

    If you’re thinking about switching over, do it. It’s really a no brainer, especially since they will also pay your ETF’s if you’re under contract.

    • iBanks

      Sounds good and all, but T-Mobile coverage is garbage. All those perks, but unreliable coverage just doesn’t make sense to me. At some point, all these perks won’t matter because their profits will shrink because of the lack of revenue and that will slow down their ability to enhance their network. What use of such an awesome plan and many many features with poor coverage?

      • JayDee917

        In the SoCal Los Angeles area, the coverage is as good as AT&T or Verizon, but with even faster LTE speeds. So I guess it depends on where you live.

      • Mark Kramer

        Name every city where their coverage is garbage so that I can look up some locations. Otherwise it’s just your opinion based on where you live.

      • iBanks

        How about you go research their coverage map. LOL! And no, it’s not just based on where I live. I travel quite often and had T-Mobile so I’m fully aware of its coverage issues coming from GA to NY!

  • Esteban Gonzalez

    Does this apply to the $30 a month plan associated with wallmart and other similar stores?

  • George

    Can’t for at&t to do this, bless tmobile. If I am paying for a certain amount of data I deserve to keep that data that I haven’t used.

  • Mark Kramer

    Hilarious that the data is yours yet for only up to 1 year.

  • Jim Hart

    T-Mobile has little to no service in my area. These plans sound nice, but if my connection is crap then why should I care?

    • Manuel Molina

      My only thought process with this is that they are trying to grab subscribers to generate more money. Then they will allocate the money towards building towards and so forth. That’s the only thing I could think of.

  • mrgerbik

    Damn… It wasnt that long ago that you US customers were being raped for 1 and 2GB plans. My unlimited (throttles @ 15GB) for $100/mo here in Canada dosen’t look so good anymore.
    You’ll probably be getting 20GB+ plans in a couple years.