T-Mobile revealed the next stage of its ‘Un-carrier’ plan this morning with the introduction of a new feature called ‘Data Stash’ that’s pretty much just like AT&T’s old rollover minutes, expect for your data plan.
The new plans automatically roll any data you don’t use for the month into your Data Stash. You can then tap into the saved gigabites anytime you need some extra data to keep you out of those nasty overage fees. To make the new feature even more alluring, T-Mobile says its tossing in 10GB of free data for every line on your family plan.
“Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse,” said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. “Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose.”
Data Stash will be automatically added to every existing T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, so there’s nothing to sign up for if you’re already on the pink network. The new rollover data feature will be available starting in January. All unused data is rounded up to the nearest megabyte and folded into the stash, available anytime you need within the next 12 months.
Your Data Stash won’t be shared with other lines on the account, so you don’t have to worry about someone eating through your precious savings. T-Mobile is including up to 10GB for free, but they won’t automatically add any of your unused data to Data Stash until you’ve used up the first free 10GB.