New T-Mobile tariffs

T-Mobile will be launching a new, simplified contract range on Monday, 1 February. It looks like its existing Flext, Combi and U-Fix ranges will all be ringfenced (unavailable to buy, but existing customers can continue on them), and that Solo ‘SIM only’ plans will be replaced with new rolling and 12-month offers from early March.

The unnamed new price plan range will be available as 18 or 24-month versions, and has been touted in the mobile press by T-Mobile sales bigwig John Fannon as “like a Chinese menu”.

Customers will get X and Y allowance minutes and texts for a set cost, then can choose a free booster that works for them. Booster choices include; unlimited texts, unlimited UK fixed-line calls, up to 1GB of internet access a month, and a variety of international call packages. I imagine some of these booster will only be available on higher priced plans, but I’m willing to be surprised and delighted. Other bolt-ons can then be added to a plan from £5 a month.

Does this sound familiar to you to? The plans are extremely similar to market-leader O2’s range, but T-Mobile can make a difference by offering a choice of booster at a lower price point. Currently O2 customers only get a choice at the £35+ point for 18-month deals, and at £30+ with 24-month contracts.

Because not everyone uses so many, it’s pleasing that unlimited texts will no longer be heaped on every plan, far better to have a choice you can swap out every month. I am a little sad that the era of 12-month deals with a phone has passed at T-Mobile, but at least this provides a market gap for someone else to plug.

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