updated 09:55 am EDT, Mon November 1, 2010
T-Mobile offers 15 dollar data and tethering plans
T-Mobile this morning responded to cheaper plans from AT&T and Verizon with new data plans of its own. The company is now offering a 200MB plan for light smartphone use at prices below others. Those willing to re-sign a contract can pay as little as $10 a month; those unwilling to extend their terms can get the same bandwidth for $15 per month.
Unlike AT&T, T-Mobile is keeping its unlimited $30 data plan. The carrier has usually implemented a soft cap where use past 5GB is potentially subject to throttling if a given user is bogging down the network.
Tethering is also now an official option and gives those with Android or other platforms that support it a carrier-sanctioned way of sharing the connection, including Wi-Fi sharing on devices like the T-Mobile G2. Adding it requires both the regular $30 smartphone plan to avoid hitting caps quickly as well as a $15 plan, which raises the price but also costs less than equivalents from AT&T and Verizon.
All of the new plan changes should take effect November 3.