Following several rumors, Engadget has confirmed that T-Mobile is doing away with old data plans and forcing customers to choose from one of its current Simple Choice plans. According to a statement from the company a "vast majority" of customers will get "similar or better features at a comparable price."
A scanned letter sent to a T-Mobile customer provides more details about how exactly T-Mobile's forced migration will go down. The letter says in November the customer would be transferred to an automatically selected new plan most similar to her old one.
We reached out to T-Mobile for comment, and we'll update when and if we learn more.
T-Mobile is heaping its forced migration in with the "Un-carrier" rhetoric it's been slinging around for the last six months or so. Yes, forcing people to give up their old data plans does simplify things, but only for T-Mobile. Not giving people the option to hang on to the plans they originally signed up for seems intuitively wrong, even if T-Mo technically has the right to do it. The good news is that if you're upset with your new T-Mobile plan, you can cancel by February without the customary penalty. [Howard Forums and TmoNews and Engadget]
Here's the statement from T-Mobile:
Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity. Simple is better, which is why we’re reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We’re giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price.