T-Mobile prepaid phone plans review
A wide range of data packages with scam-blocking protection and caller ID.
T-Mobile’s prepaid plans get you on the T-Mobile network without a long-term contract or credit check. But you’ll miss out on special discounts and perks that its postpaid plans offer. Find out if T-Mobile prepaid is right for you.
How much do T-Mobile prepaid phone plans cost?
Find a T-Mobile prepaid plan that works for you.
|T-Mobile Unlimited||$50/month||Yes, $5/month off monthly bill|
|T-Mobile Unlimited plus||$60/month||Yes, $5/month off monthly bill|
T-Mobile prepaid phone plan features
- Wi-Fi calling
- Mobile hotspot
- Bring your own device
- Keep your phone number
- International service add-on
- Rollover data
Are there other discounts available?
You can get a discount for up to four additional lines on an eligible plan. T-Mobile’s multiple-line discount applies to the following plans:
- T-Mobile One Prepaid Plan
- T-Mobile One Domestic Only Prepaid Plan
- Simply Prepaid Plan
Is there a data cap or speed throttling?
Yes. Customers that use more than 50GB in one bill cycle may experience slower speeds when the network is busy.
What carrier network does T-Mobile prepaid use?
T-Mobile prepaid is part of the T-Mobile family and uses the T-Mobile network.
T-Mobile additional features
Here are a few extra perks that you’ll get with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans.
- Scam-blocking protection. Scam ID warns you if a call might be a scam, while Scam Block stops scammers before you get the call.
- Caller ID. See the caller’s name and number even if they’re not listed in your contacts.
- Music unlimited. Listen to licensed music streaming without running your data.
Pros and cons of T-Mobile prepaid phone plans
These are a few reasons that set T-Mobile prepaid above its competitors— with a few downsides.
- Wide range of plans. T-Mobile offers prepaid plans from $15 to $60 per month with monthly data options ranging from 2GB to unlimited — so there’s something for everyone.
- Mobile hotspot. Tethering is included in all plans. And while most companies cap you on how much data you can share on its unlimited plan, T-Mobile lets you use as much as you want at 3G speeds.
- Pick add-ons. Add coverage for service when you’re in Mexico and Canada, or add international calling to your plan.
- Difficulty comparing plans. T-Mobile separates its three Simply Prepaid plan options (10 GB, Unlimited and Unlimited Plus) from its two T-Mobile Connect plans (2GB and 5GB). It’s difficult to compare all five options at once.
- Fewer perks than postpaid plans. T-Mobile’s postpaid plans have more discounts and promotions, such as the AutoPay discount on all plans and free Netflix.
Compare T-Mobile with other prepaid plans
How do I sign up for a T-Mobile prepaid plan?
Signing up for a T-Mobile prepaid plan is quick and easy.
- Go to the T-Mobile home page.
- Click or tap Prepaid in the top menu bar.
- Select Shop plans.
- If you need 5GB of data or less, select Shop prepaid plans to view details about T-Mobile Connect. If you need 10GB or more, click or tap Check it out to compare its Simply Prepaid plans.
- Enter your ZIP code and choose your plan. Hit Select when you’ve found a winner.
- Choose whether you’re a new or existing customer.
- Shop for a compatible phone or choose Bring your own compatible device.
- Go to your cart and check out.
Is a T-Mobile prepaid phone plan worth it?
Yes. T-Mobile’s prepaid has a plan for a variety of data users at a competitive price point. And you’ll be on the network that ranked for highest video quality alongside AT&T, according to Global Wireless Solutions’ 2020 US Nationwide Test of Mobile Networks.
But be ready to see a slightly higher bill when you checkout because T-Mobile charges $10 for its SIM Starter Kit and then adds on taxes. If you’re not completely sold, see what other prepaid cell phone plans are out there.