T-Mobile’s new ONE add-ons bring unlimited LTE tethering, daily HD passes & more

By , Aug 29, 2016

T-Mobile One logo

When T-Mobile announced its upcoming ONE service that’ll give all customers “unlimited” 4G LTE data, eagled-eyed readers discovered in the fine print that mobile tethering is limited to sluggish 2G speeds, with 5GB of 4G LTE tethering sold as a $15 add-on. Today, the carrier clarified that ONE would include unlimited tethering at 3G speeds at no additional cost after all while unveiling ONE Plus upgrades with unlimited 4G LTE tethering, daily HD passes and more.

“T-Mobile today proved once again why it’s the Un-carrier by doing something the carriers would never do—actually listening to customers and taking quick and decisive action,” reads the press release.

The new ONE Plus upgrade gives you unlimited mobile hotspot tethering at 4G LTE speeds, unlimited video streaming in high-definition (up to 4K) and Simple Global international data roaming at up to 3G speeds for an extra $25 per month per line.

Originally, the high-definition video add-on itself was a $25 upgrade.

Launching September 1, a few days earlier than planned, ONE offers unlimited 4G LTE data, calling and text for $70 per month. ONE subscribers who won’t be upgrading to ONE Plus can stream unlimited video from any service in DVD-like 480p resolution.

T-Mobile ONE fact sheet 002

If you need unlimited streaming in high-definition for just a few days or hours, T-Mobile will now treat you to HD passes for $3 per day, available starting in October.

Although T-Mobile says ONE imposes no data caps, that’s not entirely true: if you use more than 26GB of 4G LTE data per month, the carrier will decrease your data transfer speeds to 3G or 2G after the 26GB threshold at specific times and places that the network sees high congestion.

T-Mobile ONE chart 001

Both the ONE plan and the new ONE Plus upgrades will be available beginning September 1 at T-Mobile stores nationwide and t-mobile.com.

Prepaid customers will be allowed to sign up for ONE in the future while existing customers can either keep their Simple Choice plan or switch over to ONE for $5 per month extra per line without AutoPay enabled.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Chindavon

    I ditched Verizon exactly a year ago and have regretted it ever since. Will be going back soon. T-Mobile is a joke when it comes to reception. And their 4G with 4-5 bars buffers all the time. I hate this carrier.

    • Bill

      Pro tip- not all carriers have fantastic service in all areas. Some work better than others, depending on location. Sprint works great in some areas. Verizon in others. AT&T in others. T-Mobile in others.

      That’s just like, the way it is, man.

      • Chindavon

        True to a point. In the past when I had Verizon, I RARELY had any reception or data issues on road trips (AZ, NV, UT, CA). With T-Mobile, I need to be in a fairly high populated area to get a decent signal for both. I got what I paid for, and it’s now an expensive lesson learned.

      • Bill

        It’s not really “true to a point”…it’s simply true. Your response actually reiterates what I said.

      • Chindavon

        Thing is, you said not all carriers have fantastic service in all areas. What I said was Verizon does (from my experience). I haven’t been everywhere in the U.S, but I’ve never experienced this much of a headache with T-Mobile. So in my eyes, it’s garbage, and counting the days until I can afford to switch back.

      • Bill

        You just said from your experience Verizon does, and that you haven’t been everywhere in the U.S. Again, you are reiterating what I am saying.

        Here’s the thing… I HAVE been all over the U.S., and with multiple carriers. Some work great, some don’t. Just depends on where you are. None of them are 100% great across the board, and none of them are 100% garbage across the board. They all have pros and cons, but again, this depends mostly on location.

        Talking about Verizon specifically since you mention them- they do NOT have fantastic service in all areas. (Nor does T-Mo, etc.)

        I don’t think I can make this any simpler lol. Cheers 🙂

      • 9to5Slavery

        Verizon is garbage in some rural areas. They removed their towers because not enough traffic

      • Chindavon

        Good for you Verizon is king for me.

      • 9to5Slavery

        I said in some areas. Like the other poster said. Not all is good in every location, all the time. Idiot

      • Chindavon

        Hey d-bag. Read my comments. “In my experience.” Smdh

      • Julio Hernandez

        I live in a not so populated area in Southern California but I get amazing coverage and speeds from T-Mobile. I used to have AT&T and they used to be the best here but something has seriously gone wrong with them because their coverage has gone down somehow and their speeds have significantly reduced. I’m glad I switched but like the person said before it depends on your area and the coverage there. T-Mobile is great and is worth the money but only if you live someplace with good coverage.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Tmobile here in St. Louis smokes Verizon and lagging AT&T which refuse to upgrade towers and heavily congested. Verizon can handle the load better but at ball games renders useless. Is slower than Tmobile. Sprint is fastest here but not reliable as Tmobile.

    • Jibbley Gravey

      VERIZON is poop. 😀 I laughed at my friends $500 a month phone bill. That’s verizon for you. 😀 ripping you off one day at a time.

    • John Smith

      Carriers are a YMMV type of thing. I ditched Verizon for T-Mobile’s original Simple Choice Plan promotion with the iPhone 5S when it came out and I haven’t regretted it ever since. 4 lines for $180 and the original 9006GB LTE usage before throttle (compared to the 20GB T-Mobile gives current unlimited plans). Their customer service has been awesome whenever something’s gone wrong. Though yeah no service whatsoever from California to Nevada until you get there…

  • Nhung Phanm

    i have 5 phone lines and 1 tablet line and the price is 200$ before tax and addition fee, so T_mobile so far is my best. Anyway, just get 2 iphone 6s plus 64 Gb for 600 at T-mobile