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T-Mobile Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

June 27, 2017
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T-Mobile has an unlimited data prepaid plan, a more conventional plan with two different sizes of data allotment, and an attractive pay-as-you-go plan.


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AT A Glance

  • Notables: Unlimited music streaming on some plans; unlimited data prepaid plan with 3G hot spot ability
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Get started at T-Mobile's site

T-Mobile prepaid plans

T-Mobile One Prepaid

With the prepaid version of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, you get unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month.

You also get unlimited mobile hot spot usage at 3G speeds, plus unlimited plan usage in Mexico and Canada.

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Streaming video is restricted to standard definition (480p) unless you buy a high definition day pass for $3.

Simply Prepaid

These plans include unlimited minutes and text messages, as well as unlimited music streaming from select services. International service is not included in these plans, but you can add voice and data coverage in Canada and Mexico for $5 per month. And for $15 per month, you can call or text to other countries from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

  • 4GB: $45
  • 6GB: $55

Tourist plan

T-Mobile now offers a short-term plan for people visiting the United States. The prepaid plan includes 1,000 minutes, unlimited text messaging and 2GB of high-speed data. The plan is good for 21 days and can’t be refilled or extended.

Pay As You Go

This plan doesn’t include data, but the feature can be added to smartphones. High-speed data packages are $5 per day for 500 megabytes or $10 per week for 1GB. Calls and texts beyond the 30 included in the plan cost 10 cents each.

  • $3 per month for any combination of 30 minutes and texts, sent or received

T-Mobile’s prepaid network

T-Mobile prepaid customers use the same wireless network as those who opt for a traditional plan. Coverage on the carrier’s Simple Choice prepaid plans mirrors that of its regular plans, with parts of Mexico and Canada included in the coverage area. T-Mobile’s other prepaid plans include coverage only in the United States.

T-Mobile Coverage Map

Click the map to check coverage in your area.

» MORE: How much data do you really need?

How T-Mobile’s Simply Prepaid plan compares on price

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Project Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (1GB)$50 (8GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$55
MetroPCS
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Project Fi*
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$30 (1GB)
$40 (2GB)

$50 (3GB)

$60 (4GB)
$70 (5GB)

$80 (6GB+)
$80
Republic Wireless**
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
N/A
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$70
Verizon prepaid
$30 (500MB)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$75
Virgin Mobile
$35 (5GB)$45 (10GB)$60
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