Saturday, 04 April, 2020

Mobile's Connect Budget $ 15 plan will launch on March 25

T-Mobile is rolling out a dirt-cheap new plan in response to the coronavirus crisis T-Mobile Connect launching this week with $15 smartphone plan
Cecil Davis | 25 March, 2020, 18:44

T-Mobile Connect was to have launched once the T-Mobile-Sprint merger was finalized, but neither wireless carrier expects that to happen before April - perhaps longer, now that the COVID-19 outbreak has ground the economy to a halt. As a result, the FCC-backed temporary authority will help T-Mobile to better serve customers who are making adjustments to their daily lives by practicing social distancing, thereby controlling the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Giving all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers as of March 13, 2020 who have legacy plans without unlimited high-speed data, unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).

In addition to the 2GB tier, T-Mobile Connect includes a 5GB allotment of LTE data for $25 a month.

T-Mobile Connect was announced in November of 2019 as part of 5G for Good – the first planned Un-carrier moves for the proposed New T-Mobile – but in response to customer needs in these trying times, the Un-carrier is launching it this week.

"Right now, having a reliable, low-priced connection is absolutely crucial", said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in announcing the plan. The plans come with an annual data upgrade each year, providing 500MB of additional monthly data at no extra cost for the next five years. "We're still solving pain points and forcing change, but now we'll be powered by a supercharged network that is only possible with a combined T-Mobile and Sprint".

Nearly 500 Coronavirus Cases in India; 9 Deaths
On Monday night, the Indian government said 30 states and union territories, or 548 districts, were under "complete lockdown". Karnataka has 33 cases of coronavirus patients after seven more persons tested positive for the deadly virus.

As for why T-Mobile has pushed up the launch of Connect, I think we all know that there is an at-risk population in this country that could certainly benefit from a less expensive cell plan.

T-Mobile this week also launched its lowest-cost smartphone plan, T-Mobile Connect, ahead of schedule. That is a great feature to have, as we're going to be using more and more data with 5G becoming more readily available.

Metro by T-Mobile is also launching a 2GB, $15 plan on Wednesday, but that one is a less compelling because it will reset to $30 after two months.

For the next two months, Metro is offering a $15 plan. Similar to T-Mobile Connect. Also, a MetroSmart Hotspot will be half-price ($40) for the time being and the $35 hotspot data plan will include a 20GB monthly allowance - double the usual amount - for the next 60 days.

New and current Metro by T-Mobile customers with any voice line can also get a free 8-inch tablet with a $15 unlimited tablet plan.