Ever wondered how T Mobile’s data stash works? Well, many people are curious about it, so we wanted to explore this concept to see the inside workings and discover how all of it comes together. Billing itself as the “un-carrier,” T Mobile’s new rallying cry is against big cellular service providers with high rates and yearly contracts. T Mobile’s talk, text, and data plans come in a variety of formats from monthly to prepaid and feature various levels of cellular data availability, from no data all the way to unlimited. In 2015, the company launched T Mobile Data Stash, allowing customers to roll over their unused data month-to-month.
The Data Stash plan has seen wide adoption across the T Mobile network. Generally, users give the program good reviews, despite the occasional hiccups in the way Data Stash kicks in at the end of the month. This article is your complete guide to T Mobile Data Stash, everything you need to know about the un-carrier’s new plan to give customers a better data experience.
What is T Mobile Data Stash?
T Mobile announced the Data Stash program in 2014 and implemented it network-wide in 2015. However, according to SlashGear, the Data Stash program doesn’t apply to all T Mobile Customers. Only about 80% of T Mobile’s users receive Data Stash benefits. Users on prepaid plans, or those with unlimited data plans, don’t receive any benefit from the Data Stash program.
The program only applies to users with data plans between 3 GB and 21 GB. If you upgrade or downgrade your plan outside this range, you’ll lose your data stash balance. Other rules apply, so if you’re considering a switch to T Mobile, it’s worth reading the fine print on T Mobile’s official Data Stash website.
The Data Stash program rolls over any unused data at the end of the month into your Data Stash account. For example, imagine you have a 5 GB/month plan. In the month of September, if you used 4.5 GB, the remaining 500 MB would be added to your data stash account. In October, you could use 5 GB from your monthly plan, but you could also use 500 MB from your stash, bringing your total available data up to 5.5 GB.
Over the course of several months, the rollover effect can really add up, giving you flexibility month-to-month with your data usage. If you go over your data limit a little. It’s no big deal, so just use your stash. One great feature of T Mobile Data Stash is you can roll over up to 20 GB, and the data remains in your Data Stash for 12 months from the time you accumulated it.
How Do I Use My Data Stash?
Since T Mobile is one of the first carriers to offer rollover data, many consumers are confused and skeptical about how the system works. Here’s a step-by-step guide to using T Mobile Data Stash to help you get up and running.
1. Get a T Mobile Data Plan
If you don’t already have a data plan with T Mobile, setting one up is the first step. If you already have your own phone, this step is as easy as visiting T Mobile’s website to check your phone’s compatibility with the T Mobile network. You can order a new SIM card online and install it yourself to join the T Mobile network. If you don’t have a phone that’s compatible with the T Mobile network, you’ll need to purchase one in store or from a 3rd party to join T Mobile.
The plan you choose matters for getting Data Stash. Your plan must be at least 6 GB/month and no more than 10 GB/month. Customers outside of that range don’t get access to Data Stash.
2. Use Up Your Bonus
Depending on the plan you get, T Mobile may award you bonus data into your Data Stash. This is awesome, until you realize that you can’t build your Data Stash until you’ve used the bonus. In order to use the bonus, you’ll need to exceed your monthly plan enough times until you eliminate the bonus amount. Your unused data starts to accumulate in your Data Stash once you use up the bonus.
3. Use Your Data
Now, you’re ready to go! In months where you don’t use all your monthly data, it will roll over into your data stash. In months where you exceed your monthly plan, Data Stash will kick in automatically to cover the difference. If you manage your plan well, you’ll avoid overage fees charged by other carriers using Data Stash.
T Mobile Keeps Up the Generosity
T Mobile also offers affordable unlimited plans, making the Data Stash a moot point if you decide to get unlimited. Last year, T Mobile automatically upgraded many users to higher plans at no extra cost as part of a push for better data usage and customer satisfaction. The company has also introduced a new program called BingeOn that allows customers to stream unlimited shows and movies on their devices, outside the normal, monthly data plan.
T Mobile continues to push the envelope in terms of customer pleasing programs and new ways of operating. So far, customers have responded well. T Mobile has some of the best customer satisfaction ratings in the industry, and these perks indicate that they intend to get even better.
This article has shown pretty much every aspect of T Mobile’s data stash and the benefits it has for you and how it affects you as the user. The company has incorporated several perks of the data stash that will benefit consumers such as the rollover of your data into the next month.
The company has also an affordable unlimited plan. So for those of you who use copious amount of data, you’ll be glad to know that an option for you exists that allows you to use as much data as you want for the same monthly cost.
Let us know your questions or concerns, as well as your experience with T Mobile’s data stash.