Hate Talking on the Phone? Check Out T-Mobile’s (Cheap) Data-Only Plan

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T-Mobile offers a phone plan that doesn't include any actual phone calls (except 911). Read on for the details on this unadvertised unlimited data and texting phone plan.

If you use your mobile phone primarily for texting and Web access, you can get an unlimited data and texting plan from T-Mobile for as little as $20 with the carrier’s recently revised Simple Choice Data Only plan.

Even if you’re a longtime T-Mobile customer, this is likely the first you’ve heard of the carrier’s data-only plan, even though a spokesman for Washington-based T-Mobile told CNET that the company’s Simple Choice Data Only plan has been around for several years.

But because T-Mobile doesn’t offer the plan online, and doesn’t advertise it, it wasn’t until a revision to the existing Simple Choice Data Only plan was leaked to TmoNews.com earlier this week that the plan’s existence became publicly known.

T-Mobile said it hasn’t broadly publicized its data-only plan, which also includes unlimited texting, because the plan was designed for a niche market: deaf or hard-of-hearing customers. Also, because it’s not offered online, a customer needs to go to a T-Mobile store and ask about that specific plan to get information on it and sign up.

As it turns out, the Simple Choice Data Only plan — which according to the leaked document now has six different data-based monthly rates — is available to anyone, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The revised Simple Choice Data Only plan had an effective date of March 30. It appears the following data-based pricing packages are now available within the plan:

  • 2 gigabytes of data – $20 per month
  • 6 GB – $35
  • 10 GB – $50
  • 14 GB – $65
  • 18 GB – $80
  • 22 GB – $95

CNET said T-Mobile’s data-only plan only works with GSM (Global System for Mobiles) phones, which are used by T-Mobile and AT&T.

Although the Simple Choice Data Only plan doesn’t include voice calls, 911 is still available in emergency situations. If you use an Internet-based phone service like Skype, you could still make calls as long as you have Wi-Fi access.

According to the Journal, Sprint offers a similar data-only plan for $40 a month and Verizon has a $55 data-only plan, but both of those plans are exclusively for customers with hearing difficulties.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s data-only plan? Would you be interested in a phone plan with no voice calling? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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