Mobile phone plans are often quite expensive, but confusingly so. There’s nothing worse than not really knowing how much money you have left or how long it will last because you’re never really sure how much voice calls or text messages will cost. T-Mobile is trying to simplify the whole arrangement, and in doing so it may even have managed to make things cheaper for us too.

Launching its new Pay as You Go plan, T-Mobile has changed the way it bills for usage. So long as they buy a minimum of $3-worth of credit, users will pay 10 cents per minute for voice calls or text messages regardless of the amount of money deposited. This differs from previous plans that saw prices fluctuate depending on how much money users put down up front.

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According to T-Mobile:

T-Mobile’s new Pay as You Go plan gives customers one flat rate of $0.10 / minute or message for talk and text – which is the lowest “pay as you go” offer in the industry, amongst major nationwide carriers. The $3 monthly minimum, gives customers 30 minutes of talk or text messages and the piece-of-mind that their account will remain active. No credit check. No deposit. No annual service contract required.

T-Mobile hasn’t forgotten those that need some data with their calls and texts either, because under the new Pay as You Go plan, customers will be able to pay $5 and get 500MB of data to use in a 24-hour period. Paying $10 will get you a gigabyte of data but that will last a week, giving users the choice of either a short-term deal or something a little longer lasting. And that data is not limited to 3G, your hard earned money will get your LTE data, so in those terms, this is a pretty sweet deal for those looking to get more without stumping up some extra cash.

And, because the Un-carrier never stops, we’re giving Pay as You Go customers the option to purchase on-the-go daily and weekly 4G LTE data passes ($5 for a 1 day pass up to 500 MB LTE data; $10 for a 7 day pass up to 1GB LTE data),  so they can experience T-Mobile’s data strong network.

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While this new plan may mean those who use their phones sparingly will save some money in the long term, anyone who makes heavier use of their smartphone in particular will be better off sticking with a conventional contract plan thanks to its differing fees.

Choice is always a good though though, so well played to T-Mobile for simplifying things in the Pay as You Go market.

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