T-Mobile prepaid options still not as good as Metro

With T-Mobile’s announcement of its new eSIM app for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, it had also rejiggered all of its prepaid plans as well. The Un-carrier pulled a few sly moves in doing so, though given how nonsensically odd the original T-Mobile ONE Prepaid plan was, T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only may, perhaps, be a step up.

It might be a longer name, but it still offers unlimited talk, text and high-speed data — speeds for streaming media, such as videos, music and games, are throttled to moderate quality while general traffic can be slowed down after more than 50GB of use in a cycle — as well as hotspot tethering at 3G speeds.

Whereas the plan formerly wrapped up international calls from the US plus Mexico and Canada coverage, this plan separates them as add-ons for $15 and $5 per month, respectively. That said, the base rate for one line is just $50, so customers would pay less than the $75 with the old plan even with both add-ons. But there is a catch we’ll have to explain ahead.

The lower-tier Simply Prepaid plan makes a few changes: high-speed data is capped at 10GB, though streaming media — except for music, which does not count against the data cap — and hotspot throttling can be toggled on or off. The same international add-ons are available here. It’s all for $40 per month.

Unlike the postpaid family of T-Mobile ONE plans, the advertised cost of these plans do not include taxes and fees — so $40 per month or $70 per month isn’t actually $40 or $70 per month. Both plans offer up to four additional lines at $30 per month apiece.

For frame of reference, subsidiary Metro by T-Mobile (though still stuck on its old MetroPCS web domain) also offers a $50 unlimited high-speed data plan, but offers 5GB of LTE-speed hotspot data, 100GB of Google One cloud storage and offers international calling for up to 50 countries at $10 per month plus Canada and Mexico roaming coverage for $5 per month each. To top it off, taxes and fees ARE included in the price.

As we’ve said before, if you can’t access postpaid plans for a lack of credit and are looking for a better deal here, we’d recommend going with Metro by T-Mobile over T-Mobile. However, if you’re looking for a way to use that eSIM in your iPhone, it seems that this is what you’ve got to work with.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.