In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, T-Mobile is launching its T-Mobile Connect service ahead of schedule and at half the price of the company’s lowest smartphone plan, the carrier announced today.

T-Mobile Connect was originally announced in November in connection with T-Mobile’s 5G for Good Initiative — a group of offerings that was expected to launch when T-Mobile’s planned merger with Sprint was completed.

T-Mobile also said today that it is adding lower-cost options for its prepaid Metro by T-Mobile brand.

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T-Mobile Connect
T-Mobile Connect is priced at $15 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 2GB high-speed smartphone data. For $25 per month plus tax, customers get 5GB of high-speed smartphone data. T-Mobile Connect also has an annual data upgrade, giving customers an additional 500MB of monthly data, every year, at no additional cost, for the next five years. The plan is available beginning Wednesday as are lower-priced plans from Metro by T-Mobile.

On the Metro by T-Mobile side, T-Mobile will offer a different $15 plan. For 60 days after customers activate, the service will cost $15 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 2GB of high-speed smartphone data. New and current Metro customers with any voice line can also get a free 8” tablet (via rebate redemption) with a $15 unlimited tablet data plan.

MetroSmart Hotspot devices will be half off, and the $35 per month data plan will include 20GB — double the normal monthly data — for the next 60 days.

“Right now, having a reliable, low-cost connection is absolutely crucial for Americans, and with many facing financial strain, time is of the essence. We knew we couldn’t wait for the merger to finalize to launch T-Mobile Connect, our lowest priced smartphone plan, so we’re rolling out ahead of schedule,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, in a prepared statement.

With T-Mobile Connect, he said, “we’re giving those hardest hit an even more affordable way to stay in touch. Half the price of our lowest-ever priced smartphone plan. So everyone can stay connected.”

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