If you’re tired of getting locked into two year contracts with wireless carriers, T-Mobile’s newly-revealed voice and data plans give you a viable alternative.
$50 per month gets you 500 MB of high-speed data with unlimited calling and texting. You won’t be charged for going over the data cap, but you will be throttled. If that won’t cut it, you can bolt on extra data at a rate of $10 for every 2 GB. The plans even include wireless tethering from the same pool of data, which is awesome if you have a tablet but don’t want to pay for a separate data plan (or risk getting caught using an unauthorized tethering app).
The tradeoff here is that T-Mobile is moving away from subsidized handsets, so while you won’t be locked into a contract, you’ll be paying more for your phone upfront. T-Mobile also hasn’t yet begun its LTE rollout (though all indications are that it’s starting soon), so you’ll have to live with 3G HSPA+ speeds for awhile. Still though, if your wireless contract is close to expiring, it may be worth giving T-Mobile a look.
Update: T-Mobile is also offering a $70 plan with unlimited data, calls, and texts. That’s the same price as a 4.5 GB plan, but it only includes 500 MB of hotspot data, rather than all of it.