10/18/2011 10:19 am ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011

T-Mobile Offers Daily, Monthly Plans With Unlimited Data, Talk, Text

Want to pay by the day and surf on a 4G network? T-Mobile's got you covered.

The nation's fourth-largest mobile carrier, in an effort to attract a new batch of cost-conscious customers, has announced new daily and monthly plans for its 4G network.

The monthly plan is $60 and gets you unlimited talk, text and web, though your data speeds will be throttled down after your first 2GB of use. More intriguing are the three daily plans: The first is $1/day for unlimited texting, with talk at 10 cents per minute; the second is $2/day for unlimited talk, text and web at 2G speeds; and the third is (any guesses?) $3 per day for unlimited talk, text and web (up to 200MB) at 4G speeds.

T-Mobile, after missing out on the iPhone 4S this autumn and with its merger with AT&T facing a block by the Department of Justice, already has pay-as-you-go, no-contract plans, and they appear to be looking at even more non-traditional sources of revenue with these new plans. (Halloween's right around the corner, and perhaps they're counting on parents wanting to send their pre-teens out with a cell phone in their candy bag.) The carrier's monthly plan, with unlimited talk, text and web at $60, is still much cheaper than comparable plans from Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint (PCMag has a pretty chart comparing plans across those three carriers for 900 minutes of talk, unlimited texting and unlimited data. Spoiler alert: The cheapest plan is Sprint's, at a hair under $100).