Mobile announces "Essentials" plan that no longer includes taxes and fees

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T-Mobile Essentials does without the usual add-ons of worldwide data access, unlimited mobile hotspot, and other features, in the name of keeping the price down every month. Two lines of T-Mobile One costs $120 including tax, so you're saving $14 a month with Essentials - although two lines of T-Mobile One comes with a free Netflix subscription, and when you add the price of that to the Essentials plan, it's almost a wash.

T-Mobile Essentials offers the bare necessities - unlimited talk, text and data in the U.S. - for just $30 per month. Subscribers on the Essentials plan will also be the first to see slower speeds at times and in places where there's "heavy network demand". Using that average, a single line of T-Mobile Essentials would cost $71, which is more than a single line of T-Mobile One! The Plus plan costs $10 per line more when added to a family plan, or $15 more for a single line.

T-Mobile Essentials will be available starting August 10.

The return of unlimited data plans has been both a blessing and a curse for customers.

The plan still comes with the ability to turn your phone into a mobile WiFi hotspot, but that is limited to 3G speeds. They've got Above Unlimited, Unlimited Plus, Beyond Unlimited, Unlimited and More...

What it doesn't include are some of the perks reserved for T-Mobile One customers. If you want those services, you'll need to bump your plan to the T-Mobile One or similar plans from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T.

Thank you for signing up for the 3 Things to Know Newsletter. As mentioned. Netflix is included with both plans. As you might expect, though, the savings only really kick in when you activate multiple lines.

T-Mobile's LTE network has tripled in size over the last three years and now reaches almost every American! T-Mobile commissioned a survey in which "a whopping 86 percent of respondents "it is wrong for the price on your monthly wireless bill to be more than the advertised price" and said "wireless carriers should include taxes and fees in the prices they advertise", T-Mobile crowed in its press release". Also of note is that taxes and fees are extra with T-Mobile Essentials.

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