Overview: Prepaid Plans by T-Mobile (Cellular Data Plans)

T-Mobile is one of the major cellular carriers in the US.

T-Mobile's prepaid plans are designed for those who don't qualify for postpaid T-Mobile plans, want more flexibility, or who don't need all the features of a post-paid plan. Prepaid plans do NOT include the added perk of having fees and taxes included in a plan's base price, as T-Mobile Postpaid plans do.

Currently, T-Mobile offers several prepaid plan options:

  • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only
  • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid
  • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go
  • Simple Choice Prepaid Mobile Internet

For Our Comparative Pricing Grid:
Guide to Cellular Data Plan Pricing

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Testing Status

We are not currently testing any T-Mobile Prepaid (direct) plans.


Current Smartphone Plans

T-Mobile prepaid currently offers three prepaid plan types, none of which include taxes and fees in their pricing:



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  • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only: Unlimited, domestic on device data with 3G speeds hotspot data. Unlimited domestic talk/text. 1st line is $50; Each additional line is $30.
  • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid: 10GB of high-speed 10GB data. Unlimited domestic talk/text. 1st Line: $40; Each additional line is $30
  • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go: Purchase 500MB LTE Data for $5/ day or 1GB data for $10/ week. 30 minutes of talk & 30 texts -  each additional is 10 cents per minute/message (sending and receiving) Single line only, starts at $3/month.
Policies & Perks
  • Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
  • Carrier Relation: Direct, prepaid
  • Plan Types Available: Phone
  • Device Types Permitted: Phone
  • Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
  • Mobile Hotspot Use:
    • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only: Unlimited 3G speeds.
    • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid: 10GB of full LTE speed per month then slowed to 2G speeds (~256kbps).
    • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go: Allowed for any purchased data pass.
  • Throttling: Hotspot data on ONE prepaid plans is throttled to 3G speeds.
  • Network Management: 50GB for all plans
  • International Roaming: "Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. Service may be terminated or restricted for excessive roaming."
    • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only: 5GB of data in Canada/Mexico available for +$5/month
    • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid: 5GB of data (from data bucket) in Canada/Mexico available for +$5/month
    • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go: None
  • Domestic Roaming: 
    • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only: 200MB/month
    • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid: 50MB/month
    • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go: None
  • Plan Period: Monthly
  • Data Roll Over: No
  • Overage Charges: None
  • Streaming: 
    • T-Mobile ONE Prepaid Domestic Only: Includes Music Unlimited. Subject to Data Maximizer (480p) restrictions. A daily ($3) pass can be purchased to enable HD video.
    • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid: Includes Music Unlimited. Subject to Data Maximizer (480p) restrictions, but these can be turned off.
    • T-Mobile Prepaid Pay-as-you-go: Subject to Data Maximizer (480p) restrictions.
  • Unlimited: Yes, with ONE Prepaid
  • Lines permitted per plan:
  • Extras: Music Unlimited which means that audio streaming doesn't count against your high speed data limit, is included on ONE and Simply plans.

Data-Only Plans

Currently there is a single data-only prepaid option.

Simple Choice Prepaid Mobile Internet

This is a tiered data only plan for hotspot devices, tablets, and wearables. After the capped data amount is reached, speeds are slowed to 2G. This plan is eligible for Data Passes ($30/3GB of extra data per month).

Available Plan Data Buckets:

  • 2GB: $10 + taxes&fees
  • 6GB: $20 + taxes&fees
  • 10GB: $40 + taxes&fees
  • 14GB: $55 + taxes&fees
  • 18GB: $70 + taxes&fees
  • 22GB: $85 + taxes&fees
Policies & Perks:
  • Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
  • Carrier Relation: Direct, prepaid
  • Plan Types Available: Data Only
  • Device Types Permitted: Hotspots, Tablets, Wearables
  • Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: Yes, all
  • Throttling: Full speeds available up to data allotment then data is slowed to 2G speeds for balance of service period.
  • Network Management: 50GB (not applicable)
  • International Roaming: Fine print: "Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. Service may be terminated or restricted for excessive roaming."
    • 5GB/month of high-speed data use permitted in Canada & Mexico.
  • Domestic Roaming: None
  • Plan Period: 30 Day
  • Data Roll Over: None
  • Overage Charges: None
  • Streaming: 
    • Video streams at 480p (SD) via Data Maximizer, but this feature can be turned off at anytime for HD streaming.
    • Plans include Music Unlimited which means that audio streaming doesn't count against your high speed data limit.
  • Unlimited: None
  • Lines permitted per plan:
  • Extras: None

Simple Choice Prepaid (Retired)

In late March 2017, T-Mobile retired their popular Simple Choice Prepaid plans. Customers on those plans will be grandfathered until they change/end their payments on their plan.

Testing Status: We do not keep a T-Mobile Prepaid Plan

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Quick Take

T-Mobile is the carrier to watch, and a worthwhile consideration as a secondary network for RVers and cruisers. Their prepaid plans however don't include all the alluring perks of their postpaid options.

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