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    T-Mobile Becomes Less Budget, Increases Price on Data Plans

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    Before T-Mobile customers start cheering for the long-awaited 3G services which began rolling out earlier this year, they might want to stop and think twice as rumors surface that T-Mobile plans to increase their data packages as early as the beginning of November. The cost of supporting the 3G network is now being passed on to consumers.

    Some people will not be affected, such as Blackberry users who want unlimited data and unlimited messaging. Included among some of the changes is a data cap for T-Mobile Shadow users, at 50 MB and 100 MB respectively. Current T-Mobile customers who are planning to add data to their existing plans might want to do so now to grandfather the price.

    via gizmodo.com

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    I wonder if you uprade after two years with T-mobile they will make you change to the new plan?

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    sorry, I'm a little sleepy right now but I can't understand exactly how it may affect me. I'm on an unlimited BIS with 400 text messages for around $45. would I be charged more for the new plan or what? (as near as I can figure, the pricing in the pic is for whoever already have a voice plan. I don't have any voice plan because I'm deaf.)

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    i don't get it.. it looks the same to me. 20 bucks for unlimited BIS and 5 bucks for 400 sms/mms. plus i spoke to a tmo rep about 3g prices and he said there's no extra charge.

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    I have the $99.00 unlimited plan & the $19.99 BIS plan so what changes for me? ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Some people will not be affected, such as Blackberry users who want unlimited data and unlimited messaging.
    maybe why you dont see a change, it looks like Sidekick and Shadow user are getting hit though.
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    The way I'm looking at it this is going to cost my family an extra 45 a month . All four of us have BB, 3 with unlimited data. Moving from 60 a month for data to 105?!?! Well dang, tmobile needs a unlimited family data plan asap....

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    Thanks CC for the heads up. Here is a bit more info from TmoNews...of particular interest may be the last statement about hotspot and wifi....


    With the launch of T-Mobile’s costly 3G network, it is almost inevitable that some of the costs for the new speedy data network are passed on to the consumer, AKA you. A fellow blogger and a discussion here got wind of the change and our ninjas went to work uncovering the details.
    Rest assured these changes don’t result in bad news for all of you. Blackberry users who want unlimited data and unlimited messaging will have no price changes, as well as some other combination’s of data, e-mail, and messaging packages. As you can see from the chart, “Phone First” and T-Mobile Shadow customers can purchase one of three options, each with either a 50 or 100 MB limit respectively. After customers without unlimited data reach their limit of data usage, they will be charged $.20/KB of usage. Although in and of itself that deal may be slightly consumer-unfriendly, T-Mobile comes through by capping the data overage charge at no more than $15, ever. Regardless of these changes T-mobile remains the least expensive and the most liberal of all carriers with regards to data usage.
    Note: hotspot access and wifi is NOW INCLUDED in the blackberry/smartphone plans.
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    Thank goodness the data for the BlackBerry isn't going up. That would have been a good reason to get me to port. I wonder how long it will last.

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    It just looks like Tmo is bundling web and text together. I don't think it will affect BB/WinMo/G1 users. SK and regular phone users would the most affected. Just start getting the data rates now so you can be grandfathered. Reading the article, this sounds like the "web n' walk" feature we've been hearing about for a month.

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    I am lost on that grid (which is sad since I sell T-Mobile). Currently SK's messaging is included in their data plan (they have to have data to even send a message) and is unlimited. I wonder if the grid is truly accurate or if someone took the info they were given and made the grid. If the sk is incorrect then the only true change may be the requirement of adding a MMS package to a data plan when you add it (like the G1 has now) and the changes on cell phones (I always put the shadow on a PDA plan anyhow).

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    More money then we better not have any problems in the future. Then again we are dealing with T-Mobile.

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    So you'll be grandfathered onto these if all ready on them? I got a sidekick with a plan through them just for text messaging. Certainly no reason for me to stay once my contract is up.

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    How about the customers that use the 3G network pay for the 3G network? It doesn't make sense to pass this cost onto other non 3G customers. Does anyone know how the data usage will apply to blackberry email only users since the HTML email can be somewhat large?

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