T-Mobile US launched two new low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) connection plans, including the access module. For applications that use a little data, customers can get up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device in the first year and $6 per year per device afterwards.
For unlimited data at 64kbps, connections cost $25 per year per device. For a limited time, these customers get $5 off the first year for each device, T-Mobile US says.
With both T-Mobile IoT Access packs, T-Mobile will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module, up to $16 per module.
Verizon and AT&T likewise have created service plans for unmanned aerial vehicle communications. AT&T’s “Machine Type Communication” prepaid plans, which target developers and businesses, include three tiers of data and text messages: 1 gigabyte of data valid for up to 1 year and 500 text messages for $25; 3 GB of data valid for up to 1 year and 1,000 text messages for $60; and 5 GB of data valid for up to 2 years and 1,500 text messages for $100.
As always is the case, pricing will be an issue as mobile operators and IoT specialists try to grab leadership in the IoT connections business. In some cases, narrowband IoT networks offer connections about an order of magnitude lower than mobile rates.