T-Mobile prepaid phone plans review

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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.

Details

DataStarting at 2 GB
MinutesUnlimited
TextsUnlimited
Can I bring my own phone?Yes
Cell phone plans starting at:$15

How much do T-Mobile prepaid phone plans cost?

Find a T-Mobile prepaid plan that works for you.

PlanCostAutopay discount
T-Mobile 2GB$15/monthNo
T-Mobile 5GB$25/monthNo
T-Mobile 10GB$40/monthNo
T-Mobile Unlimited$50/monthYes, $5/month off monthly bill
T-Mobile Unlimited plus$60/monthYes, $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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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

Name Product Plans start at: Data Autopay discount Keep your phone numbers Rollover data Mobile hotspot
Verizon
$40/per month
5GB, 15GB, Unlimited
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
AT&T
$25/per month
5GB, 8GB, 15GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $15/mo. for new customers, and $10/mo. for existing customers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cricket
$30/per month
2GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited + 15 GB mobile hotspot
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
No
Yes
Mint
$15/per month
4GB, 10GB, 15GB, Unlimited
No
Yes
No
Yes
Boost
$10/per month
1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 15GB, 35GB
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
T-Mobile
$15/per month
2GB, 5GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
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How do I sign up for a T-Mobile prepaid plan?

Signing up for a T-Mobile prepaid plan is quick and easy.

  1. Go to the T-Mobile home page.
  2. Click or tap Prepaid in the top menu bar.
  3. Select Shop plans.
  4. 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.
  5. Enter your ZIP code and choose your plan. Hit Select when you’ve found a winner.
  6. Choose whether you’re a new or existing customer.
  7. Shop for a compatible phone or choose Bring your own compatible device.
  8. 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.

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