T-Mobile doubles tablet data plan, expands family plan

If you add a tablet to your T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, starting September 3rd T-Mobile will charge you $10-a-month for the privilege and will double your data allotment in the process. The plan creates a duplicate bucket of data reserved for that tablet, up to 5 GB per month.

This is in stark contrast to other carriers, where adding a new device, tablet or otherwise, draws from your preexisting bucket of data. It's worth noting that this is a segregated bucket for the tablet — you've got one bucket for your phone (say, a 3 GB T-Mobile plan) and a separate 3 GB for the tablet.

In addition to the new tablet plans, T-Mobile's also expanding their family plans. Previously limited to five lines on a plan, the Simple Choice family plans now can support a full ten lines. T-Mobile still offers each line with a separated allotment of data, unlike the shared data buckets that its competitors offer.

Just yesterday we saw T-Mobile offer a 2 GB second-tier plan for just $5 over the $40 base plan. They've been on something of a roll since the collapse of the proposed merger with Sprint, though they are facing aggressive pricing competition from the desperate and reinvigorated carrier.

Source: T-Mobile (1, 2)

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.