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T-Mobile launching Internet of Things Access packs that bundle wireless data and modules

T-Mobile launching Internet of Things Access packs that bundle wireless data and modules

  • The next-gen modules can utilize T-Mobile’s LTE coverage and will help to give IoT customers options for faster data and longer life cycles compared to 2G networks.
  • T-Mobile has introduced two IoT Access packs that aim to make it simple to get IoT devices online.
  • The base plan includes up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device, and $6 per year per device afterward.
  • The step-up plan offers unlimited data at 64Kbps for $25 per year per device, with a limited time offer of $5 off the first year for each device.
  • With its new IoT Access packs, T-Mo aims to make its service attractive to IoT customers by bundling the service and module into one purchase, making it easier and faster for customers to get their IoT devices online.

T-Mobile has introduced two IoT Access packs that aim to make it simple to get IoT devices online. The base plan includes up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device, and $6 per year per device afterward. The step-up plan offers unlimited data at 64Kbps for $25 per year per device, with a limited time offer of $5 off the first year for each device.

@TmoNews: T-Mobile launching Internet of Things Access packs that bundle wireless data and modules

T-Mobile’s been making a big Internet of Things (IoT) push over the last year or so, and today that effort continues.

T-Mobile has introduced two IoT Access packs that aim to make it simple to get IoT devices online. The base plan includes up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device, and $6 per year per device afterward. The step-up plan offers unlimited data at 64Kbps for $25 per year per device, with a limited time offer of $5 off the first year for each device.

No matter which plan customers choose, T-Mo will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module via bill credits.

In other T-Mobile IoT news, T-Mo says that it is continuing to work on Category M and Narrowband IoT. These next-gen modules can utilize T-Mobile’s LTE coverage and will help to give IoT customers options for faster data and longer life cycles compared to 2G networks.

Today’s announcements are just the latest in T-Mobile’s effort to be part of the growing IoT market, following partnerships with companies like Twilio, Sequans, and Novatel Wireless. With its new IoT Access packs, T-Mo aims to make its service attractive to IoT customers by bundling the service and module into one purchase, making it easier and faster for customers to get their IoT devices online.

To help explain this (hopefully) as there seems to be some confusion — this is intended for little sensors and whatnot. Think about devices like the Automatic plug-in module for cars (it just pings the server once per car ride with your GPS locations/some status updates).

Another example would be something like a temperature or motion sensor… Something that maybe reports a few bits/bytes a couple of times and hour, or only when it’s status/state changes.

These things require very little bandwidth since the payloads are so small. There’s a ton of opportunity for these in industrial and agriculture outside of the home as well (eg no wifi or bluetooth).

T-Mobile launching Internet of Things Access packs that bundle wireless data and modules