Another Un-carrier event went down today, which means T-Mobile and CEO John Legere sent over another volley directed at the other three carriers. This time, the press conference dealt mostly with business plans, but there were still a couple pretty sweet announcements for personal wireless users, too.
The big take-home for T-Mobile’s new business plans is simplicity. Legere talked about how current business pricing plans often involve price negotiations and later rate hikes before introducing one simple plan available to all businesses. From now on, businesses that need between 1 and 20 lines will pay $16 per line, $15 per line for 21 to 1000 lines, and $10 per line for any line past 1,000. Those rates include unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data for each device. More data can be added per line at $10 extra for 2 GB or $30 extra for unlimited. Businesses can also buy pooled data plans at $4.75 per GB for 100 to 500 GB, $4.50 per GB for 500 GB to 1 TB and $4.25 per GB past 1 TB. And, that’s about it. Simple!
More perks abound. Thanks to a partnership with GoDaddy, any business that signs up for a new Simple Choice plan will get a free mobile-optimized .com from the web hosting service, while Microsoft will throw in a free domain-based email account courtesy of Outlook by way of Office 365. And, employees with families can now count their employer-paid line as the first line on their own family plan, which could save as much as 50 percent on their monthly bill.
For both business and personal customers, T-Mobile also announced their Un-contract and Carrier Freedom programs. The Un-contract is just a promise that the rates you pay at the start of your Simple Choice plans won’t go up during the next two years of service, even if you sign up using a promotional offer. Carrier Freedom is an extension of T-Mobile’s already-existing offer to pay off early-termination fees for anyone who wants to get out of a contract with another carrier early. AT&T and Verizon responded to that program by rolling out plans that replace contracts with device payment plans (like AT&T Next). If you leave the carrier, you have to pay off the full cost of the phone immediately, which is effectively an early termination fee, even if there’s no contract involved. So, T-Mobile is now offering to pay off what you owe on your device is you’re on a program like AT&T Next, as long as you agree to switch to T-Mobile. You’ll be paid in the form of device trade-in credit and a prepaid card containing the remaining balance that you’re owed.