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T-Mobile changing prepaid plans

Somehow I missed this last week. I have no idea how. It kind of changes the results of yesterday’s prepaid showdown. According to information obtained by, T-Mobile will change its prepaid rate plans this month. These include two tiers of unlimited plans, plus a high-usage offering that will compete with Straight Talk. They’ve also made a minor change to their pay-as-you-go plans, which I can’t remember changing at all since I started editing this site.

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As the image above describes, there are now four monthly prepaid options. The big one is the $70 plan, which includes unlimited talk and text plus 2GB of data. This certainly signals that T-Mobile will start to offer better phones for prepaid. The $50 plan remains the same, but will now include 100MB of data, which is perfect for QWERTY feature phones.

I expect the $30 plan to be the most popular. It provides 1,500 minutes or messages. Users can use those 1,500 units however they see fit. That comes in a bit below Straight Talk’s offering, but T-Mobile has the name recognition behind it. There is also something to be said for the flexibility. The $30 plan includes 30MB of data.

In terms of the pay-as-you-go side, T-Mobile has made a slight change. They have simply changed the $25 card to $30, raising the number of minutes from 130 to 160. That actually works out for the user. With the $25 card minutes were 19.2 cents per minute; with the $30 card they’re 18.75 cents.

It sounds like this will be coming in a week, on Wednesday, October 20.