When I first signed a cell phone contract with AT&T some eons ago, one of the main selling points for me was the fact that I could “roll over” any unused minutes I had from the previous month; this was well before the days of inexpensive unlimited calling plans. So, if I’d only used 200 out of my 700 minutes for the month, they’d credit an additional 500 minutes into my rollover balance which would last for up to a year. Since I didn’t spend a whole lot of minutes on the phone, it didn’t take me long at all to end up with all kinds of rollover minutes. Fast forward several years, and now T-Mobile has announced they will basically be doing the same thing, only with your LTE data plan instead of your minutes. Assuming no problems or unforeseen changes occur, this service is all set to roll out on January 1st of the new year.
As with any new service, there’s a certain criteria customers will have to meet, mainly that they’ll have to opt for a Simple Choice Plan that includes 3 or more GB of data. Tablet users can also take advantage of the new offer if they purchase a plan with at least 1GB of data. As far as I can tell, T-Mobile is the first major wireless provider to offer such a deal. While many others offer “unlimited” plans, this is the first I’ve heard of a provider letting you store whatever you don’t use now so you can use it later.
To me, this seems like a great idea, and time will only tell if the other major carriers will begin to offer something like this in the future. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
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