Are Data-only plans the future?

Data-only plans and bill of rights
T-Mobile continues to innovate
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With Data-only plans, voice is just another application

While many of us still make regular cellular voice calls, many others rely on VoIP options — like Skype, Tango, WhatsApp Voice, Viber, etc. Some just use text-based chat to keep in touch with others. Usually mobile customers have to buy some amount of voice minutes with their cell plan, data-only plans were available just for tablets, however, it looks like T-Mobile has a new direction.

T-Mobile is planning to launch Simple Choice Data-Only rate plans on March 30
The plans will only be available for GSM devices and are not eligible for the $10 Automatic Mobile Internet Discount. BlackBerry devices will need to be BB10 or a Priv in order to use the Simple Choice Data-Only plan.

Packages will be;

2GB for $20 per month, 6GB for $35, 10GB for $50, 14GB for $65, 18GB for $80,
22GB for $95

In addition to monthly data quota, each of the data-only plans will include unlimited regular SMS/ texting.

There is a T-Mobile prepaid plan that offers 5GB of high-speed data, unlimited text, and just 100 minutes of talk for $30 that’s was popular with customers that were looking for the least amount of voice minutes as possible, but these Simple Choice Data-Only plans could replace them for the data-centric T-Mobile customers. As long as you’re comfortable with having zero voice minutes, these plans offer many different bucket sizes so that you can get enough high-speed data to meet your needs.

An interesting announcement from T-Mobile this week was their “wireless customer Bill of rights” Sounds like they are try to fight the FCC regulation approach in an interesting manner

This bill of rights was announced during the T-Mobile third anniversary of its Uncarrier initiatives celebrations. During those three years, T-Mobile has launched ten Uncarrier moves. According to CEO John Legere, during this time period 30 million customers have joined T-Mobile, which is now the third largest carrier in the nation after surpassing Sprint last year.

Legere points out that during those three years the cost of data per GB has dropped a whopping 62%, and $1.2 billion in switching fees was eliminated. No matter which wireless operator you use, Legere says that every customer is entitled to certain rights. So naturally, he has drawn up the Wireless Customer Bill of Rights. The executive strongly insists that Verizon and AT&T (which he refers to as ‘Dumb and Dumber’) need to adhere to these basic wireless customer rights.

The Wireless Customer Bill of Rights includes No Service Contracts, No Overage Penalties, Love Your Phone, Keep What You Pay For (with rollover data), Stream Without Fear (of using up your data allowance while streaming music or video), Roam Without Fear, Coverage Without Limits, and No-Haggle Business Pricing.

More Here [TmoNews] [Phonearena]

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