T-Mobile Quietly Drops 4G Mobile Hotspot and HD Video From One Plan

18 April 2017

T-Mobile CEP John Legere

When T-Mobile, that shining beacon of magenta, announced it was adding unlimited HD streaming to its unlimited One plan, the occasion was marked with a press release and tweet from CEO-slash-agitator John Legere. 

Now they've taken it away without so much as a peep. 

On the carrier's website, in small print under "unlimited streaming," it now reads: "video typically streams on smartphone/tablet at DVD quality (480p)." 

That's not all; the 10GB of 4G LTE hotspot/tethering allowance has been done away with on the One plan as well, reduced to 3G speeds. 

Don't despair, though: both the full HD streaming and the 4G LTE hotspot use are now available on the One Plus plan, which costs $5 more a month for one line (with auto pay). Here are both plans: 


So why has T-Mobile decided to make this change? Since the features were originally added during February's unlimited madness, it seems the company wanted to do something in the short term to differentiate itself from the other three major carriers, who were copping T-Mobile's moves in this space. 

Now that the hubbub has died down, T-Mobile has decided to pull the features, or rather, make them available for $5 more a month (for one line). 

How One Plus Compares

Here's how One Plus stacks up against the unlimited offerings from Sprint, AT&T and Verizon:

One Plus is still less expensive than AT&T and Verizon's flagship plans, at least for lines 1-3. Sprint's unlimited plans remain markedly cheaper than the competition, though its network tends to be a bit weaker (the company claims its coverage is within 1% of Verizon now, though this has been disputed). 

T-Mobile's coverage has tested very strong in urban areas, and less so in rural regions. However, the company is aggressively working to change this, as news this week of their $8 million acquisition of low-band spectrum indicates. 

You can compare T-Mobile's unlimited cell phone plans to those of other carriers via WhistleOut's comparison tool. Here's a sampling:

About T-Mobile...
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T-Mobile is one of the "Big Four" cell phone carriers in the United States, a key player in the wireless market. Founded in 1994, T-Mobile USA is helmed by outspoken CEO John Legere. 

  • Network: T-Mobile's 4G LTE network runs on LTE bands 4 and 12. These bands use the frequencies 1900, 1700 def and 700a. For phones using 2G or 3G network technology, the T-Mobile network will primarily use the 1900 MHz frequency.
  • Where to Buy: T-Mobile products can be purchased online or at one of the company's over 3,500 U.S. stores. 
  • Bring Your Own Phone to T-Mobile: Customers can bring along their unlocked, GSM-compatible phones for service on T-Mobile. Just make sure that the device supports T-Mobile's LTE bands and 3G frequencies; you can check here
  • Tethering: T-Mobile's unlimited ONE plan includes unlimited hotspot data at up to 3G speeds. Customers can add ONE Plus to get unlimited Smartphone Mobile HotSpot data at up to 4G LTE speeds.
  • Taxes & Fees: One of the biggest perks of T-Mobile is that all taxes and fees are included in the price of their plans. 

Fact: T-Mobile's unlimited plans have been incredibly popular, and arguably moved the entire wireless industry in the direction of all-you-can-use talk, text and data plans. Learn more about T-Mobile via our carrier review


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