T-Mobile ONE Unlimited Plan Gains HD Video and 10GB High-Speed Hotspot Data to One-Up Verizon

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Over the weekend, Verizon announced a new unlimited data plan for $80 per month, designed to rival T-Mobile's ONE data plan that provides unlimited data for $70 per month.

    To set itself apart from T-Mobile, Verizon promised 10GB of tethering data per month and full HD video streaming, two offers that have spurred T-Mobile to offer matching benefits.


    As of this afternoon, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that T-Mobile ONE subscribers will be able to stream HD video and will get 10GB of high-speed data at no extra charge. Legere has also announced a promotion that will see T-Mobile offering customers two lines with unlimited data for $100 per month, a $20 discount off of the standard $120 price point and $40 cheaper than two lines on Verizon's new unlimited plan.

    Prior to Verizon's announcement, the T-Mobile ONE plan offered unlimited hotspot data that was limited to 2G speeds, with an option to pay for 5GB of data for an additional $15 per month.

    As for video, the ONE plan originally limited subscribers to 480p "optimized" video provided for free through its Binge On program, but users will now be able to stream Binge On content in a higher resolution by default. T-Mobile has not given specific details on the new resolution that'll be available to ONE subscribers, but "HD" likely equates to 720p.

    The addition of 10GB LTE tethering data and better quality video streaming is a huge win for T-Mobile customers, and the new additions once again make T-Mobile the more attractive carrier, with the company offering better features for consumers at a lower price.

    With Verizon now offering an unlimited data plan, all four of the major carriers in the United States have unlimited data offerings, a major change from a few years ago when AT&T and Verizon eliminated unlimited data. T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" initiatives over the past few years have sparked some major changes to the mobile wireless market, resulting in significant competition that's brought positive changes for subscribers.

    For a single person, T-Mobile's ONE plan is priced at $70 per month, while Verizon charges $65 plus a $20 device fee. Sprint charges $55 per month for a single subscriber, and AT&T's unlimited plan is only available to AT&T U-verse or DirecTV subscribers.

    The new T-Mobile ONE benefits will be available to T-Mobile subscribers starting on Friday, February 17.

    Article Link: T-Mobile ONE Unlimited Plan Gains HD Video and 10GB High-Speed Hotspot Data to One-Up Verizon
  2. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Do you still have to manually enable HD video every day on T-Mobile?

    If so - not impressed. That is super anti-consumer.
  3. thatJohann macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2013
    Debating whether to switch to the new T-Mobile One from my current simple Choice unlimited plan. I would pay less with Tmobile One, but curious about how the HD works on T-Mobile One video playback. I don't want to have to go to tmobile app to enable HD video passes every day.
  4. brian3uk macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2016
    Its $65+$20 access for $85, then $5 off for autopay/paperless to get $80, not this..

  5. krause734 macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2010
    Too bad Verizon is the only one that works in the boonies.
  6. SeaFox macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2003
    Somewhere Else
    Proving once again how competition can have a positive impact for consumers.
    Now maybe if we could get that in wired home Internet services, too.
  7. TouchMint.com macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2012
    T-Mobile is really where it's at. Best service for the best price. Bonus if you go to Europe it works there too free data and messaging for no extra cost. Really can't beat it.
  8. itsmilo macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2016
    i am so jealous, meanwhile T-Mobile is the biggest phone provider in Germany and it would cost me a fortune to get anything over 5 GB if that is even possible
  9. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    my biggest issue with tmobile is their hd calling only works with other tmobile customers

    att & verizon have interoperabiltiy

    tmobile coverage is quite good in my area, but I talk on the phone a good bit (to almost always att/verizon customers) and it is really hard to go back from hd calling

    fix that and I would stay on tmobile
  10. oldtime macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    Only reason I'm with vzw.
  11. BeSweeet macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Isn't AT&T + VZW interoperability due to them not wanting to work with T-Mobile? Or maybe T-Mobile's is slightly more advanced as far as bitrate and support (works on HSPA rather than just LTE) goes?
  12. Septembersrain Contributor


    Dec 14, 2013
    I can't move. I do not like the options that involve the devices. I found a weird catch that allows me multiple EIP on one line. Right now I'm paying for a 6s and a 7+. I'll be trading in the 7+ for the 7s(8) or an Android in December.

    The newest JUMP on demand makes me return a device to get a new one.

    While it's lucrative, I like being able to keep paying on one phone I want to keep, trading in one I don't, or trading them both in for two new ones!

    My situation is weird though, probably not very common.
  13. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012

    Yep, I fixed it. Thanks for the heads up. I'm a VZW subscriber and the new plan is about $87/month for one person with taxes and fees.
  14. Neepman macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2008
    Unless you know from personal use if you in an area that T-mobile coverage friendly and play on STAYING there ,dont event THINK about switching.
  15. HopefulHumanist, Feb 13, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2017

    HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    If it works for you, that's great. T-Mobile has always been awful in my area and Verizon has always been the best of the big 4 (tried all 4 a year ago). The unlimited data outside of North America is 2G which is unusable so it's not really a selling point to me.

    EDIT: Geez, didn't expect such a backlash lol. Alright, 2G is serviceable for many people. Point taken. Please, no more replies on this point.
  16. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I've read that tmobile lowered their hd calling bitrate in hopes of interoperability, it used to be much higher afaik

    wouldnt be surprised in the slightest if it was att/verizon blackballing tmobile. It really sucks that EVERYTHING else works great for me
  17. eroslws macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    So much this. It's the same reason I love Microsoft and Google for pushing innovative products that I'll never buy, simply because it causes Apple to react...eventually. I'll always cheer for the success of multiple companies and truly hope for the success of AT&T and Sprint just so we always have four viable competitors (as opposed to two realistically right now).
  18. ejfontenot macrumors 6502


    Dec 6, 2008
    I used 2G in Japan back in January. Worked great for google maps, Facebook, twitter, iMessage and the sort. Hard to beat free.
  19. weave macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2003
    Depends where. For some reason on US-340 for 25 miles between Luray and Front Royal VA, Verizon has zero signal where AT&T and T-Mobile have strong LTE. It's been like that for years. Same thing on the other side of the mountain near Sperryville too. Their coverage map is white in this area as well so I'm not imagining it...

    My work Mifi is Verizon so it's quite frustrating....

    (Here's hoping this shames them into doing something about it -- ha!)
  20. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    meanwhile, AT&T is jacking up the prices on unlimited and totally unable to compete
  21. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    Unlimited data is back! #MakingAmericaGreatAgain :D
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    So I wonder if AT&T is still on "GO" for it's $5 increase on grandfathered plans next month. $5 more plus no tethering it's making it hard not to switch. Still usure if this is VZW us baiting people to switch then will cancel the plan when 5G comes out and push everyone on expensive data bucket plans.

    If ATT had not already said those of us that were grandfathered were for life it would be a no brainer.

    BTW anyone know if you bring your unlocked world phone to VZW if you still have to pay an activation fee with this plan? When I bought my phone ATT did not charge me an activation fee since I just switch out the SIM.
  23. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Hopefully soon AT&T is going to make their plans more competitive. Competition is a good thing.
  24. tominco macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2008
    T-Mobile (and previously, VoiceStream) has always had great pricing, but coverage is still poor in rural and even some suburban areas. I put up with it for the price, but really would like some effort put into improving coverage. I'm sorry, but every interstate highway should be pretty much covered. I'll stick with T-Mobile for now, put patience is wearing thing.
  25. elemenohme, Feb 13, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017

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