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The superbly priced wireless provider known for great prices — and a bad signal.

Long-standing customers of wireless giant T-Mobile appreciate its lower costs despite complaints of weak coverage in rural areas. But with recent T-Mobile marketing seemingly addressing these concerns, maybe we now can focus on its affordable unlimited wireless solutions on the fastest network around.


Can I bring my own phone?Yes
Cell phone plans starting at:$70

What is T-Mobile?

A major US carrier, T-Mobile offers wireless service for individuals, families and businesses. With 72.6 million customers, it’s among the top three wireless telco providers in the United States.

T-Mobile’s wireless voice and data services can be found throughout the US, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands under both the T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands. Its network also hosts many MVNOs. T-Mobile boasts that its network currently reaches 98% of Americans.

What is an MVNO

Short for mobile virtual network operator, an MVNO is a smaller companies without its own wireless network. Instead, it buys talk, text and data wholesale from big-name carriers to resell under its brand to customers. MVNOs are effectively one of the “big four” carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon — running under a different name.

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What services does T-Mobile offer?

T-Mobile offers a wide array of services and wireless solutions to satisfy your personal, family and business needs.

Simply Prepaid Plans

These prepaid plans include unlimited music streaming, and you can add on international calling.

  • $40 a month for unlimited talk, text and data with up to 10GB 4G LTE
  • $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and data – plus add up to four additional lines for $30/line per month

T-Mobile One Prepaid

Prepaid plan include unlimited service to Mexico and Canada for +$5/month and 3G mobile hotspots.

  • $50 a month for 1 line, unlimited talk, text and unlimited high-speed data. Add up to four additional lines for $30/line per month
  • $70 a month for unlimited talk, text and unlimited 4G LTE data

Simply Prepaid Plans

Are there any other features I should know about?

T-Mobile offers an excessive number of “extras.” So many, it’s hard to know them all before purchasing — or even as an active customer. Here are a few of their most popular.

  • Free in-flight texting and data. T-Mobile users can enjoy unlimited texting and an hour of free data on Gogo-enabled flights.
  • The Uncontract. T-Mobile One users are able to take advantage of the Uncontract — which means that you can change the price you pay for your service.
  • International wireless service. Add T-Mobile One Plus International for $25 a line per month to get unlimited international calling to landlines in more than 70 countries and mobile devices in more than 30.
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays. For T-Mobile users, Tuesdays are when they receive their “rewards.” Simply download the app and wait for T-Mobile to reward you.

What to watch out for

While T-Mobile appears to be taking a proactive approach to what some might call its “weaknesses,” it does have some work to do.

  • So-so signal. While describing the T-Mobile coverage as “bad” or “poor” is exaggerating the issue, you could accurately say that it doesn’t offer the best coverage. Verify that you don’t live in one of the areas T-Mobile is still working to improve.
  • Retail store–call center disconnect. If you sign up for a service at a T-Mobile retail store, you may be directed by the call center to return to the store if you have a problem.

Compare cell phone plan providers

Name Product Data Minutes Texts Can I bring my own phone? Cell phone plans starting at:
From 2 GB
Get unlimited data, calls and text or a customized plan on a 5G network. Eligible plans come with Hulu, Amazon Prime or Tidal subscriptions.
Unlimited talk, text and data for up to 5 lines at one flat price — taxes and fees included. Discounts available for military and those ages 55 years and older.
From 500 MB
200 minutes
500 texts
Bring your own phone for a free plan with 500MB of data, 200 minutes and 500 texts per month using Sprint's CDMA Network. Prepaid plans with more data, talk and text start at $9.99/month.
From 1 GB
Unlimited talk and text with plans that let you rollover your LTE data each month. You'll always be connected to the internet, but once you reach your plan's data limit, internet speeds can drop significantly.
From 2 GB
30-day phone plans that allow you to cancel your service at anytime. Choose from five different talk, text and data options with the choice to add international calling for $10/month.

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How do I sign up for TMobile?

To sign up for T-Mobile, visit your nearest T-Mobile retail store or authorized dealer or sign up online.

T Mobile sign up form screenshot

Bottom line

T-Mobile is a solid option for wireless service, offering a wide variety of “unlimited” and prepaid plans on a leading network. If you have good T-Mobile service in your area and want to work with a major carrier, compare its options to your current provider.

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