If you’re one of the many Americans eager to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S4, you may be faced with a tough decision - how to ensure you’ve picked the best plan for you, but also spend the least amount of money. We’ll take a look at all the major carriers stocking the S4 over the next few days, but first up: T-Mobile.
For customers looking for a great value deal on the S4, T-Mobile has the most affordable plans of all the major carriers, and still offers an unlimited, unthrottled data option for users who love unrestricted browsing and downloading.
All of T-Mobile’s plans feature unlimited talk and text, with your choice of 500MB, 2.5GB or unlimited high-speed data. Family plans are also available, with customers able to add up to 5 lines to one plan.
The real highlight of T-Mobile plans for many customers is the carrier’s no-contract, month-to-month service, meaning users are free to switch at any time without penalties or early termination fees. The main thing you need to be aware of is that, if you’ve bought a new device and have signed on for T-Mobile’s $20/month repayment option, you’ll need to pay out the remaining balance owing before you can cancel your T-Mobile service (for more information, read our earlier blog post).
A quick overview of T-Mobile plans available for the Galaxy S4:
T-Mobile’s network speeds aren’t typically as fast as those of its competitors. However, as with all carriers, network strength and speed will vary according to your location – a carrier may have great coverage in one city, but customers may struggle to get a signal in the next. So it’s important to research how effective coverage is in your area and anywhere you may require your phone, especially if you’re a frequent traveler.
Another issue that may ward off customers is that T-Mobile doesn’t offer a subsidized phone plan – customers are required to purchase their device upfront, or repay in installments the full purchase price. But overall, T-Mobile customers are likely to save money long-term, compared to if they sign on for a 2-year contract with a rival carrier.
If you’re looking for an affordable plan and prefer not to be locked into a contract, T-Mobile may be the best option for you. Just be aware that if you purchase the Galaxy S4 through their repayment plan, you will be required to pay off the phone completely before you can take your device to another network.