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T-Mobile Family Cell Phone Plans

June 6, 2017
Cell Phones, Utilities
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The T-Mobile One family plan is an attractive option if you, your partner or your kids burn through data. There are other, less expensive unlimited plans out there, but T-Mobile’s plan also allows unlimited mobile hot spot use. However, if you’re outside a major metropolitan area, T-Mobile’s network might leave something to be desired.


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AT A Glance

  • Plans start at $130 per month for two lines
  • Notable: Good value if you use tons of data; unlimited 3G speed mobile hot spot; international roaming perks
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T-Mobile family cell phone plans

The T-Mobile One plan offers unlimited minutes, texts and data for $75 per month and a discount on each additional line. You can sign up for as many as eight lines online.

  • Line 1: $75 per month
  • Line 2: $55 per month
  • Lines 3-8: $25 per month

That shakes out to $180 for a family of four. Signing up for automatic payments gets you a discount of $5 per line, per month, for a total of $160 per month.

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On T-Mobile One, video streaming is restricted to standard definition (480p). You also get unlimited hot spot usage, albeit at 3G speeds. You also get unlimited texting and 2G data in over 140 countries abroad; calling is extra.

You can bump up to the One Plus plan for an additional $15 per line, per month to stream video in high definition and snag 20GB of 4G LTE mobile hot spot data. The price for One Plus drops to $10 per month, per line if you add it to each line on your account.

» MORE: Best family cell phone plans

How T-Mobile’s family plan compares on prices

T-Mobile One’s advertised price now includes most monthly taxes and fees, the kind that might otherwise inflate your bill beyond what you expect. It doesn’t include taxes or fees for add-ons like insurance or phone payments.

Monthly price comparison1 line2 lines3 lines4 lines
*Restricted LTE data download speeds.
T-Mobile$75$130$155$180
Sprint$65$110$135$160
AT&T*$80$145$165$180
Verizon$80$140$165$180
U.S. Cellular$75$140$180$200
Boost$50$80$110$140
MetroPCS$50$80$110$140
Cricket*$55$100$135$170
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Stephen Layton is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: slayton@nerdwallet.com.