No throttling here: T-Mobile promises truly unlimited 5G phone plan

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T-Mobile Magenta Max is all the 5G you can eat.
T-Mobile commits to no-fooling unlimited 4G and 5G wireless data with Magenta Max.
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T-Mobile’s new 5G plan isn’t limited by data caps or throttling. Its Magenta Max offers unlimited 4G and 5G data to smartphone users. And it includes high-definition video streaming and Netflix on Us.

The plan seeks to stand out from rivals that promise unlimited data but slow down data transfers under certain conditions.

Take your 5G iPhone to the Magenta Max

The iPhone 12 with 5G is huge popular. But that can cause problems. “5G can deliver more data, faster, but consuming more, faster can quickly run afoul of rules found in plans built for 4G networks,” says Jason Leigh, Research Manager, 5G and Mobile Services Research at IDC.

T-Mobile thinks Magenta Max with unlimited 4G or 5G data is the answer. Especially as the telecom promised on Monday that, “you can’t be slowed down based on how much you use.” Not even if you use 200GB or more.

But the carrier doesn’t let phones share their unlimited data with other computers. Mobile hotspot data is capped at 40GB per month, which T-Mobile calls the “industry’s most generous.”

Still, Magenta Max comes with a few bonuses. That includes Netflix on Us for single lines and family plans, plus unlimited UHD streaming at up to 4K resolution. And unlimited Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi.

And the cost is…

T-Mobile’s new truly unlimited plan is $57 per line per month for three lines. A single line is $85 per month. The service launches February 24 for consumers and small businesses.

For a price comparison, Verizon’s top-tier unlimited data plan is $80 per month, but includes only 50GB of 5G/4G data. And 15GB of hotspot data. After that, speeds for both drop to 600 Kbps.

Rival AT&T offers an unlimited 4G/5G plan for $85 per month per line, with 30GB of hotspot data. But after 100GB, the telecom will temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.

Source: T-Mobile